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Since 1990 the Petit Théâtre has hosted performances for all ages. Even though the shows are primarily aimed at a very young audience (from seven years old), the setting is nonetheless laid out as it is for the grown-ups. There is a bar, serving light fare, and the 88 red velvet chairs are certainly as grand as those found in more famous concert halls. Due to the high quality of their shows, sometimes you can spot a few forlorn adults, embarrassed not to have found a little nephew to accompany them.
Set in the manoir where he breathed his last, Chaplin's World is a museum dedicated entirely to the legendary comedian, Charlie Chaplin. This charming museum gives an insight deep into the comedian's personal as well as his professional life. The museum is divided into three sections, the world-class studio, the lush green park and the splendid manor. Within the studio, you will find yourself surrounded by model sets from some of his well-known films, wax statues of the legend and his co-stars, and audiovisuals that trace his journey from a nobody to one of the most talented actors, writers and filmmakers. The museum also illustrates his meetings with famous personalities like Sophia Loren and Mahatma Gandhi. For any further information, you can call on +41 842 422 422. If you wish to spend your day immersed in stories from the life of this legendary comedian, Chaplin's World assures you an enriching experience.
Located inside a hangar near train tracks and the Esplanade de Montbenon, this gritty skate park was created by a team of volunteers for La Fievre Association, the largest organization dedicated to urban sports in Switzerland. The facility, one of the first of its kind in Europe, has an indoor and outdoor skating bowl, quarter pipes, slide bars, ramps, and fun-boxes open to skaters and cyclists ten years of age and older. A hotspot for urban and sport culture, the HS36 also offers a skate shop, a café, and a climbing wall. The entire enterprise is designed for the public, and a modest annual fee gives access to the facilities, lessons, and rentals.
In the magnificent park of the Vallée de la Jeunesse lies Lausanne's Espace des Invention science museum. Located in an old 1964 National Exhibition building, this museum will explore specific themes that will change every two years. The exhibitions are aimed at children between seven and 15 years old but, as in all interactive and educational exhibits, adults will likely have more fun than they will admit to!
Lac de Joux is a beautiful lake in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland and is the biggest lake in the country. It is a great tourist attraction and is highly popular among the locals and tourists alike. In summer, Lac de Joux is a hub for several activities like water sports and hiking and in the winters, people enjoy ice skating and ice walking over the frozen waters of this lake. It is a wonderful place to be with your family or group of friends.
Charming public gardens, planted with exotic trees and shrubs and displaying bronze statues, lead you up to the museum. Once at the top, one can see the modern building is truly inspired by a Greek temple with its white marble facade. Two rows of white columns to the entrance carry the names of the towns that have hosted the Olympic games and the Olympic flame burns in an ornamental granite bowl illustrating the myth of Prometheus. The exhibition leads you through the history of the Olympic games, starting with Ancient Greece. There are beautifully preserved terracotta figures, gold laurel wreathes and marble sculptures to see. On display are all the torches that have been carried in every event since 1936 and a great collection of stamps, coins and medals bearing images of the Olympics. Huge video screens and stereo sound help the viewer to experience a part of the apprehension, excitement and concentration, the athlete encounters before an event.
If you cannot find a way to amuse yourself on this enormous site, then pack your bags and head on home. Sound harsh? Maybe, but Bellerive-Plage is just like an amusement park but more wet! It has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a 10-meter high diving board, access to Lake Geneva, beach-volleyball courts, kids' games, cafes... The pools are supervised so bring the kids along. If you still don't feel like jumping in the water, no problem: sip something cool at the café overlooking the lake and take in the sights. Also note that weather and poor attendance may affect opening hours. Open hours may vary according to weather, so call ahead.
Signal de Bougy, a leisure park that was conceived with the whole family in mind, has been open since the 1970s. You can relax by playing golf on a nine-hole course, mini golf, badminton, football and volleyball. For younger children there are swings, a playground, activities with clowns and a zoo. As far as eating is concerned, there is a self-service restaurant and picnic areas. For the major public holidays such as Easter and August 1st (a major Swiss holiday), a special entertainment program is organized.
This cultural center is situated in the church of the same name in Lausanne. Espace Culturel des Terreaux offers a wide range of activities including art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical productions for adults as well as children, and debates. Its patron church was established in 1890.
A trip to the city is incomplete without a visit to the famous Zoo de Servion. Covering a massive 55,000 square meters (592,015 square feet) of lush forest and landscaped area, this is one of the biggest zoos and wildlife parks in the city. Home to over 60 different species of exotic birds and animals, including wolves, lions, leopards and bears, here one can catch a glimpse of some of the most intriguing animals, without setting foot out of the country. One can also learn a thing or two about the nature and life of the animals, from the well-informed zookeepers and guides.
The Zoo is a nice place to visit, especially with family. The tranquil settings of the park are great to stroll around and watch the animals. There is also a goat park where you can pet the goats. There is a vivarium to witness numerous reptiles. The kids can play in the play area after they are through with seeing the zoo animals.
Established in the early 20th century, Place de Milan is a large multi-purpose playground that is used to host sporting events, school events and markets. Located adjacent to the botanical garden, this park is the perfect place to relax with family and friends.