What’s On for Families: Zurich

Zurich: What's On

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

Christmas Markets Zurich and surrounding towns
Nov. 23 – Dec. 23
Dates and locations of the Singing Christmas Tree and Christmas Markets are listed here.

Dolder Ice Rink
Nov. 1 to Mar. 11
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. 12 to Feb. 4
A spectacular ice rink by the lake. For more info. please call 044/914-1818 or visit the Hotel Sonne website.

Kunsteisbahn Oerlikon
Oct. 7 to Mar. 11
For more info. please click here.

Events, Theater & Performances

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:

Mitten in der Winternacht
Dec. 2 and 16
For reservations please call 044/211-6666 or visit the Filmpodium website. 

Kino Xenix: Der Weihnachtsmann heisst Willi
Dec. 3 to Jan. 3, Sundays and Wednesdays
For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Purpur presents:

Bruno im Glück
Dec. 2, 3
For children 6+.

Das bucklige Männlein
Dec. 9, 10 and 13
For children 3+.

Der Tag an dem Louis gefressen wurde
Jan. 13, 14 and 17
For children 5+.

Zwischen Sternen fliegt der Staub
Jan. 20, 21 and 24
A play for children 4+

For more info. please call 044/201-3151 or visit the Theater Purpur website

Theater Stadelhofen presents:

Marius von der Jagdkapelle
Dec. 2
For children 4+.

Ein grosses grosses Fest
Dec. 6, 9, 12 and 13
For children 4+.

Törli uf, Törli zue
Dec. 10

Kleine Fabeln
Dec. 16 and 17
For children 8+.

chliiHeini
Dec. 20, 23 and 24
For children 5+.

Hans im Glück
Jan. 6
For children 4+.

Es ist einmal
Jan. 10, 13, 14 and 17
For children 5+.

Hands up!
Jan. 20 and 21
For children 5+.

Mücke und die Nacht im Marmeladenglas
Jan. 27, 28 and 31
For children 5+.

For more info. please visit the Theater Stadelhofen website

Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Dec. 3 and Jan. 14 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.

Märli Theater: Dornrösli
Dec. 2 to Feb. 3
A play for children 4+. For more info. please visit the Märli Theater website.

Kasperlitheater
Nov. 29 to Dec. 23, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays at 14:30 and 16:30
The new winter Kasperli playing in Europaallee Passage. Free entry. Fore more info. please visit the Kasperli website.

Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

Ronja Räubertochter
Dec. 3, 8, 9, 12, 31, Jan. 14, Apr. 22, 25
Opera for children 8+

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

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich presents:

Weihnachtssingen
Dec. 10, 11:15 and 14:15
A concert for the whole family to enjoy.

For more info. please visit the Tonhalle Orchester Family Concerts page.

For reservations please call 044/206-3434 or go to  www.tonhalle-orchester.ch.

Zürcher Kammerorchester present:

Purzel-Konzert: Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
Dec. 10 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children between 3 and 5 years

Kinderkonzert: Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen
Dec. 16 at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00
A concert for children 3+

Nuggi-Konzert
Dec. 17 at 14:00, 16:00
A concert for children up to 1 year of age.

Kinderkonzert: Tino Flautino und der Kater Leo
Jan. 21 at 11:00
A concert for children 5+.

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

Museum Events & Exhibits

Landesmuseum Zurich presents:

Christmas and Cribs
Nov. 24 to Jan. 7
The National Museum Zurich invites you to a traditional nativity exhibition. Both young and old are fascinated by the precious mangers and figures lovingly staged in an enchanting winter landscape. Children can listen to the Christmas story and Christmas carols or make gifts under expert guidance. For details click here.

Swiss bestiary: Cow, marmot, alpine ibex and St Bernhard dog
Now to Mar. 11
Many countries have an official national animal – Finland has the brown bear, Greece the dolphin and Australia the kangaroo. Switzerland does not actually have one, but the cow, marmot, ibex and St. Bernard would be top candidates. The exhibition is equally suited to both children and adults and is dedicated to these four animals, which shape the Swiss countryside and culture. For details click here.

Illuminarium
Until 31 Dec., 2017
The Light and sound show, Illuminarium, runs until New Year’s Eve, 2017 at the Landesmuseum with hourly shows from 5 – 9pm. For details and to advance purchase tickets, click here.

For more info. please visit the Landesmuseum Zurich website.

Kulturama presents:

Wie viel Urzeit steckt in dir?
Exhibition continues until Aug. 2018
The exhibition travels back in time to explore the primeval times and how they influence our lives today. Through the exhibition one sees the present through different eyes and poses questions about the future. An interdisciplinary and interactive exhibition that is suitable for all ages.

Workshop: Erzähl – Urzeit
Jan. 3 at 17:00
An adventure exploring the animals from primeval times for children 4-8. For more details, click here.

Wie wir lernen
Dec. 17 and Jan. 14 at 14:30
Exploring the learning process, whether we learn through practice or by making mistakes, consciously or by coincidence. For more details, click here.

Detektivparcours
Feb. 18 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
Jan. 28 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Feb. 25 at 14:30
An adventure exploring animals and dinosaurs from time immemorial. For children 4-8 years. For more details, click here.

Schattentheater: Aus dem Leben eines Toastbrots
Jan. 31 at 17:30
The adventure of a toast bread through the human body after it has been eaten for children 6-10 years. For more details, click here.

Taschenlampenführung: Nachts im Museum für Kinder und Familien
Jan. 12, 19 and 26
Kulturama closes its doors and the lights go out as families explore the museum at night using their torchlight. For children 6-10. 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
Dec. 3 (special Santa Claus event), 10, 17 and Jan.14 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.


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

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