Birthday Parties for Children in Basel

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Happy Birthday

Birthday Party Ideas

In your home country, you are more than likely already aware of all the places in which you can book a birthday party for your children, but once you move abroad, the searching begins. Don’t allow this to stress you out. The more birthday parties we attend, the less hoopla that surrounds the event, the better the party seems to go. To help you plan your next party, I have compiled a list of ideas to get you started.

 

Local Parks

We have attended several birthday parties at local parks, and I must admit they are a real treat. Children run freely, come around for snacks and cake and are once again, off to play and explore. Parents love this idea because there is little mess to clean up and the worry over too many children in one house or location simply doesn’t exist. Plan a few activities such as face painting, water balloons tosses, or other creative games to pull the children together during key times.

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Okidoki

– Küpferstrasse 3,

79540 Lörrach, Germany

+49 7621 424940

A huge indoor play place, this haven for children hosts birthday parties for children of all ages. Book in advance especially during the winter months.

 Community Centers – Familienzentrum

For a nominal rental fee, the community center in your neighborhood will rent out their common space, typically consisting of a kitchen space, equipped with a coffee machine and access to a stove, a toy room for the children in the group and a space for parents and children to sit and relax. We have enjoyed renting these spaces for our son’s winter birthday when weather prohibits long celebrations outdoors. Contact your local community center well in advance, as they tend to book – up far in advance.

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The Forest

The forest is another prime location for birthday parties. Invite friends, plan to grill with plenty of sausages, bread, also known in German as Schlangenbrot (pre-made pizza dough works perfectly if you don’t have the time to make your own), plus children love cooking the bread and the sausages on sticks over the campfire. Bring a few games to play, invite the parents to stay and allow the children to simply explore and play in their new surroundings.

Some forest playgroups even offer organized birthday parties for children of all ages. One example of this is the Waldentdeckungsraum located in the Allschwiler Wald.

Waldentdeckungsraum:

Contact person: Andrea Pfandlbauer

077 464 0959

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Zoo Basel

Basel Zoo

The Basel Zoo is a particularly special place to celebrate a birthday. The zoo will help you choose a theme for your party and will provide a unique experience, including personalized tours for all of your guests. To learn more about their offerings or to book your birthday party, please call +41 061 295 35 35.

McDonald’s

For a nominal expense, children can celebrate their birthday at McDonald’s with a few of their closest friends. Meals, a cake and party favors are all provided along with craft making possibilities.. Contact your local McDonald’s to learn more about the price and available dates.

Robispiel – Several of the Robispiel sites allow families to rent the space to host birthday parties.  Consider SpielEstrich, which costs 200 for an afternoon rental.

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Aquabasilea – Hardstrasse 57, 4133 Pratteln

Birthday parties can be booked in two – four hour time frames for children six years of age to 15. Entrance is CHF 18 for two hours per child and CHF 27 for four hours per child.

To learn more about the birthday parties offered by Aquabasilea, or to book your party visit their website at http://www.aquabasilea.ch/de/wasserwelten/kindergeburtstage.php.

Sutter Begg

The Sutter Begg located on Frankfurt-Strasse 80 in Münchenstein offers birthday parties for children from 5 years of age to 12 years old. To learn more about what they have to offer, please call +41 061 685 9696 or email them at info@sutterbegg.ch

Basler Kinder Theater Schützengraben 9, 4051

If your child enjoys theater, consider scheduling a birthday party with the Basler Kinder Theater.   The theater is for children and by children, is located at Schützengraben 9. The productions change on a routine basis and are certain to engage children from four to 16 years of age.

All Familienpass cardholders receive a discount on tickets, so be certain to have your card with your upon entry. Children who are celebrating a birthday receive free entry and all friends of the birthday child receive entry at just 5 francs. What better way to bring in a new year in your child’s life?

To learn more about the Basler Kinder Theater, please visit the website at: baslerkindertheater.ch

Happy Birthday!

*If any information is not correct, please let us know!

 

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Tuesday Round – Up

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Photo: Lady’s – Slippers found in Obersteinberg, what a rare sight!

This week we will focus on nature, the environment and feeling ever so grateful to call Switzerland home.  This country is beautiful and how lucky are we to experience more of her awesomeness this summer.  It is quite possible we have just fallen deeper in love.

This song because it is entitled, “Rain” by Simply Three.

This book, Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different because it highlights some pretty awesome heroes and my kids love it!

This message is profound and essential. “While intelligence speaks, wisdom listens.” Enough said.

If you haven’t read The Nature Fix by Florence Williams get reading now.

Have a great week and please tread lightly because as Christina Rossetti once said, “Tread softly!  All the earth is holy ground.”

Swimming in the Basel Area

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Basel is home to some pretty remarkable activities for families of all ages, but I must admit, the public swimming pools in this area are amazing.  If you do not already have the Familien Pass, considering purchasing this handy little card that not only provides discounts for family activities, but for just SFr 30 per year, it comes with two pages of coupons, including multiple free passes for pools in the area.

Tip:  Place the pool coupons in a jar and allow your children to grab a coupon a random.  Once you see what the coupon reads, that will be your summer activity for the day.

Schwimmbad Aesch – Dornacherstrasse 85, 4147 Aesch

A personal favorite is the Aesch pool. Yes, prepare for a rather long journey to get there, but the pool is perfect for little people. The small river is a hit with our son who loves to watch balls and toys float down the path, I can watch both of them without having a mommy heart attack and if they are up for it, we can all three enjoy the slide together. A restaurant onsite and ample grass space, I simply adore this pool. Arrange to meet friends here on a sunny day and pack enough provisions for the day.

Gartenbad St. Jakob – St. Jakobs Strasse 400

St, Jakob pool is a gorgeous, outdoor haven for swim enthusiasts.   The baby pool has been completely redesigned, making it safer and more enjoyable for small children, which is a plus for parents with small children. The slides are always a big hit with older children, as are the diving boards.  With five pools, ample grass space, a restaurant, changing areas and showers, you might just spend an entire day here.

Oh, and one more thing before we go.  If you haven’t yet tried one of the swim areas at one of the lakes in Switzerland, give it a try.  We recently visited Strandbad Biel and it was a lovely alternative to the pools.

These are just two of the many pools in the area.  More pool information to come….

Hiking Confession

My mother would never label me as overly sentimental, in fact, she often thinks I am unvarnished by life’s situations, but honestly that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Last night, while sitting around my family table that once sat my own father, mother, and brother, I told my husband how I donated my old hiking boots.  As I said this, I felt tears form in my eyes.  I have always had a hard time passing along my old hiking boots.  That moment of placing them in a bag, handing them over to someone else, or donating them, always fills me with a pang of sadness, for those boots have hiked miles, either solo or with my family by my side.  My boots have seen the best and the worst of me, they have covered terrain that has tested me and my boots have supported me as I felt overcome with emotion whenever I witness a sunset, spot an animal in the distance, arrive at a turquoise lake, or reach a summit.  Those boots are infused with memories, miles and mud.

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I have never been one to cherish things, and there are few objects in this world that capture me ( I prefer to regard people and experiences over things), but those boots, oh, they are ever so hard to leave behind.  Do you feel the same?  Our boots are rich with history, right?

Travel Tip – A Swiss Must

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If you are contemplating a trip to Switzerland, here is a little tip for you.  You must, and we mean absolutely MUST hike (safely of course and with some general knowledge).  Yes, you can see mountains through public transportation, you can be whisked away on gondolas and funiculars, but to truly experience the magic that is Switzerland, you must do so on foot.

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To see the beauty of the country, to absorb the culture, to witness alpine lakes and the incredible network of trails, please trust us and hike throughout this stunning country.  We don’t know anyone that regrets a good hike in the Swiss Alps and we are still smiling after years of hitting the trails!

Tips:

If you are not in hiking shape, start small, and increase your kilometers slowly, but surely.  Wear a pack for extra weight, do hill repeats, and get outside.  Also purchase good hiking shoes, hiking socks and clothes you plan to wear on your trip.   Ask your hiking friends for tips on hiking, read a good book on hiking and book your trip.  Switzerland offers a plethora of information on hikes and we too, have information on our blog.

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