What’s On: 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

Jucker Farm: Pumpkin Exhibition
Sept. 1 until November 5
This is the largest Pumpkin Exhibition in Switzerland. The theme this year is “Forest” and there will be over 300 pumpkins on show of all shapes and sizes as well a great variety of pumpkins that you can buy and take home with you. More info. is available at the Jucker Farm website.

Knies Kinderzoo in Rapperswil
Mar. 4 until Oct. 31
A small fun zoo to visit where children can feed the animals, enjoy pony and elephant rides and play in the adventure playground. More info. available at the Knies Kinderzoo website.

Park im Grüene, Rüeschlikon
Summer season: End of March until End of October 2017
The Migros park is open all year round and offers various summer attractions (weather permitting) featuring puppet shows every Wed. and Sun. at 15:00, pony rides and train rides every Wed. and Sun. at 14:00-15:00 and 15:30-16:30, and different performances as well as plays for kids. These attractions are open daily during summer vacation as well. For more info. please see the Park im Grüene website.

Events, Theater & Performances

Filmpodium presents Kinderkino:

Der Lorax

Oct. 28 and Nov. 11

Nov. 1 at 14:00 and 16:00

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

Kino Xenix: Tim und Struppi am Haifischsee
Oct. 8 to Nov. 1, Sundays and Wednesdays at 14:30
A film for children 6+.
For reservations please visit the Kino Xenix website.

Theater Purpur presents:

Spring doch
Oct. 1 and 4
For children 6+.

Licht und Schatten -Ein theatralisches Erlebnis
Oct. 28
For children 2+

Oct. 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1
For children 2+.

Nov. 11, 12 and 15
For children 7+.

Bruno Hasenkind (Werkstattaufführung)
Nov. 22
For children 4+.

Bruno im Glück
Nov. 29 and Dec. 2, 3
For children 6+.

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

Theater Stadelhofen presents:

Alice im Wunderland
Oct. 29 – Nov. 5, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays
For children 7+.

Lili Plume oder das Glück sitzt im Fundbüro
Nov. 11, 12 and 15
For children 6+.

Rabenschwarz und Naseweiss oder: Wo kommen die Bilder her?
Nov. 18, 19 and 22
For children 4+.

Hase und Bär
Nov. 25, 26 and 29
For children 4+.

For more info. please visit the Theater Stadelhofen website

Miller’s Studio: Krokodilfarm
Oct. 22 and Nov. 12 at 10:00
A theatrical surprise preceded by breakfast. For children 5+. For more info. please visit Miller’s Studio website.

Zürich Liest ‘17
October 25 until 29
The international literary festival is taking place in the cities of Zurich and Winterthur and their surroundings, with more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas.

For more info. please visit the Zurich Liest website.

Music, Concerts, & Opera

Zurich Opera House presents:

Ronja Räubertochter
Nov. 18, 26, 30, 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:

Family Concert with Sven Epiney
Nov. 26, 11:15 and 14:15
A concert for the whole family to enjoy.
For more info. please visit the Tonhalle Orchester Family Concerts page.

Kammermusik für Kinder
Nov. 12 and 19
An imaginative way of introducing children to chamber music.

For more info. please visit the Tonhalle Orchester Chamber Music page.

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

Zürcher Kammerorchester present:

Krabbel-Konzert: Der kleine Igel und die rote Mütze
Oct. 22 at 11:00, 14:00, 16:00
A concert for children between 1 and 3 years.

Nov. 19 at 14:00, 16:00
A concert for children up to 1 year of age.

For info. please call 0848 848 844 or visit the Kammerorchester websiteOrganizer: iDDS “Serendipity” – international Dance & Drama School

Christmas Show: How Far I’ll Go in Lachen SZ
Nov. 26 at 15:00
Christmas Performance of the iDDS dance and theatre classes with the music of  Disney Films, Moana & Vaiana.
”A boy that dreams big and wishes that the world is a peaceful and good place to live in. A girl that wants to overcome the boundaries of her origin and environment.” 
Info & tickets click here. 

Museum Events & Exhibits

Landesmuseum Zurich presents:

Jewellery: Materials Craft Art
Now to Oct. 22
The exhibition presents materials and crafts along with core themes in jewellery such as love, rebellion and tradition and always makes the link with the wearer. There is a section dedicated to 20th century jewellery which shows how jewellery is being rediscovered as a form of artistic expression: it features items from the Art Nouveau movement by Lalique and Josef Hoffmann for instance, objects by visual artists Max Bill and Meret Oppenheim, and contemporary jewellery artists such as Johanna Dahm and Bernhard Schobinger. 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.

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
Oct. 18 at 17:00
An adventure exploring the animals from primeval times for children 4-8. For more details, click here.

Wie wir lernen
Oct. 15 and Nov. 19 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.

Oct. 22 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
Oct. 29 at 14:30
Exploring the human body and the development of human life. For more details, click here.

Blick in die Urzeit
Nov. 26 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
Oct. 4 and Nov. 1 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
Nov. 10, 17 and 24
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
Oct. 1 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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