What’s On for Families: Zurich

Here are a variety of upcoming events and activities in and around Zurich. We also have a list of indoor play centres and other family places to go on our Things to Do in Zurich page.

Outdoor Activities

Dolder Ice Rink
Nov. 1 to Mar. 10
Enjoy skating in the largest open-air ice rink in Europe. For more info. please call 044/267-7080 or visit the Dolder Sports website.

Hotel Sonne Küsnacht Ice Rink
Nov. 18 to Jan. 27
A spectacular ice rink by the lake. For more info. please call 044/914-1818 or visit the Hotel Sonne website.

Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon
Oct. 6 to Mar. 10
For more info. please click here.


Events, Theater & Performances

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:  

Nov. 21 at 14:00 and 16:00

Belle und Sebastian
Nov. 24, Dec. 15, 29

For reservations please call 044/211-6666 or visit the Filmpodium website. 

Kino Xenix presents:

Pünktchen und Anton
Nov. 18 to 28 Sundays and Wednesdays

Das fliegende Klassenzimmer
Dec. 2 to Jan. 2

For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Purpur presents:

Der Spielverderber
Nov. 17 and 18
A play for children 7+

Dec.5, 8 and 9
A play for children 3+

7 kleine blaue Wunder
Jan. 16, 19 and 20
A play for children 2+

For more info. please visit the Theater Purpur website.

Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Jan. 6 and 20 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.

Academicus presents:

Creative Storytelling for Kids in Küsnacht Zürich: The Highway Rat
Dec. 1 and 15 at 10:00
Storytelling for children 3+ in English at Pip Squeak Book Shop.

For more info. and to register please visit the Academicus website.


Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

Kinderoper: Konrad oder Das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse
Dec. 1, 2, 5, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23 and Jan. 12, 13, 16

Hänsel und Gretel
Nov. 22, 25, Dec. 12, 13, 15, 23, 26, 30, Jan. 18, 20 and 27, Feb. 17, Mar. 24, and Apr. 20, 22 and 25

Märchen auf dem Klangteppich – Nussknacker
Dec. 8, 9, Jan. 19, 20
For children 4-6

Musikgeschichten: Malalas magischer Stift
Jan. 26, 27, Feb. 9, 10
For children 6-9

Family Workshop: Hänsel und Gretel
Nov. 24, 25 at 15:00

Family Workshop: Nussknacker und Mausekönig
Nov. 24, 25 at 14:30

Workshops for children 7-12 together with their family which promises an eventful afternoon at the Opera House and are the best way to prepare for your trip to the ballet or opera.

For more info. please call 044/268-6666 or visit the Opera House website.

Zürcher Kammerorchester present:

Purzel-Konzert:Ein Geräusch, wie wenn einer versucht, kein Geräusch zu machen
Dec. 8 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children 3-5

Dec. 9 at 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children upto 1 year

For info. please call 0848 848 844 or visit the ZKO website.

Museum Events & Exhibits

The Swiss National Museum (Landesmusem) presents:

History of Switzerland
Until Jan. 6
The exhibition shows how Switzerland became what it is today. It includes around 800 objects arranged in three thematic areas, “Migration”, “Politics” and “Religious confession and economics”, with lots of special highlights. For details click here.

Chrismans and Cribs
Nov. 23 to Jan. 6
This year, the National Museum will be exhibiting nativity scenes made of clay, glass, paper and wood, including a traditional Neapolitan nativity and a nativity from the Czech Republic. There are also Christmas trees with classic tree decorations and Advent calendars from the 1920s to discover. For details click here.

For more info. please visit the Landesmuseum Zurich website.

Kulturama presents:

Wer Is(s)t denn da?
Exhibition continues until Aug. 4 2019
The history of eating and drinking begins in the exhibition 80,000 years ago. It gives an insight into the culinary past of Ice Age hunters, Stone Age farmers’ wives, Roman millers’ servants, medieval city dwellers and a modern family. For details, click here.

Erzähl Urzeit
Dec. 5, Feb. 6An adventure exploring prehistoric animals and dinosaurs from the stone ages. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Wie wir lernen
Dec. 9 and Feb. 10
Exploring the learning process, whether we learn through practice or by making mistakes, consciously or by coincidence. For more details, click here.

Dec. 23, Feb. 16 at 13:00
A fun family activity to answer tricky questions and unravel the mystery. For more details, click here.

Einblicke in den Menschlichen Körper
Nov. 25, Jan. 27, Mar. 31 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Dec. 30, Feb. 24, Apr. 28 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Dec. 16, Feb. 17 at 14:30
A surprise tour through the museum. For more details click here.

For more info. please visit the Kulturama website.

focusTerra presents:

Earthquake Simulator
The Earth Science exhibition focusTerra hosts an earthquake simulator. The facility, weighing a massive 3 tonnes, can simulate the ground motion of earthquakes up to intensity 8. The simulator is open to children 5 – 11 years only if accompanied by adults. For more info. please visit the Earthquake Simulator website.

Zurich Kunsthaus: Treffpunkt Kunst
Painting lessons for kids at the Zurich Art Museum. The Kunsthaus Zürich has several art classes for children ages 3 and up, teenagers, and adults. Please check the Kunsthaus website or call 044/253-8484 for more information.

Haus Konstruktiv: SonntagsAtelier
Nov. 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, Jan. 13 at 11:15 – 13:15
Children ages 5 – 10 experiment with art while at the same time the parents may join the museum’s public tour. For further details visit the Haus Konstruktiv website. To register call 044 /217 70 80.

Kunsthaus Zug presents:

Family Workshop
Nov. 18, 10:30-12:30
Parents and children explore the art works on exhibition and get creative in the Atelier.

Open Atelier
Nov. 18
The museum Atelier will be open for families to freely explore their creativity.

For more info. please visit the Kunsthaus Zug website.


The What’s On for Families  was compiled by Dina El Halaby.

Photo by Tanya Deans.



One thought on “What’s On for Families: Zurich

  • February 23, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same subjects? Thanks a ton!


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