February Break: 10 Ideas for Children Nearby Zug

Today, the public schools break up for holidays with the international schools following suit next week. Your family may have an exciting trip to the mountains planned or a fun vacation abroad. However, if a staycation is the plan and you’re beginning to feel a little panicked about how to keep your children busy while they’re off school, this article is for you. 

  1. 1. The Museum of Prehistory in Zug displays archaeological finds from Canton Zug dated from the Ice Age to the Early Middle Ages. An activity book, which can be purchased in the museum shop, guides children through the exhibition and makes learning about the past both interactive and fun. The children’s gallery and the workshop for making artefacts are also not to be missed. More information
  2. 2. Keep the family active by planning a day trip to one of the many surrounding ski resorts. Most family-friendly options are just a 45-minute drive away and outlined in our recent article “Find Your Ideal Central Switzerland Ski Area”. More information
  3. 3. Go on a nail-biting scavenger hunt with the entire family. The Detective Trail Zug starts at the main train station and lasts between 3 and 5 hours during which you’ll have to find and solve clues to reach and unlock the treasure that awaits at the end. Throughout you’ll also learn new and interesting facts about Zug. More information
  4. 4. Watching planes take-off and land from Zurich Airport’s observation deck is a unique adventure. Points of information provide details about the aircrafts and their flight destinations. There is also a mini airport play area for children, which is great fun. More information
  5. 5. The 400 m2 large indoor trampoline park at Freiruum is the perfect place for active children to release any balled-up energy. Younger children aged 2 to 7 years may prefer the adjacent indoor playground and soft play area. Afterwards, the entire family can refuel at the various food stalls. More information

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  1. 6. Take part in the festivities surrounding “Fasnacht” (Swiss carnival). The long-held tradition before Lent has significant importance in central Switzerland and involves lots of confetti, music and costumes. The main event in Zug takes place on 16 February and includes a children’s parade as well as many other activities. More information 
  2. 7. Let the children express their inner artist with some arts and crafts time. Good options are the Creative You studio in Thalwil, which offers walk-in ceramic painting, or MALA in Cham, a creative atelier tailored to early years with walk-in available on Wednesdays and Fridays. More information
  3. 8. A visit to Aeschbach’s ChocoWorld in Root, just 20 minutes by car, is a great day out for all age groups. The self-guided tour interactively showcases the history of chocolate and provides a glimpse into the operational chocolate factory. Furthermore, everybody gets a turn at making their own personalized chocolate bar to take home and enjoy. More information
  4. 9. Make use of one of the largest open-air ice-skating rinks in Europe. The Dolder ice rink in Zurich covers 6,000 m2 and keeps the winter spirit alive despite the warming temperatures. You don’t have to worry about equipment either, with everything available for hire on-site. More information
  5. 10. Keep it simple with a trip to the playground. As it happens, there are more than 60 sites to choose from across the canton, all of which are listed in an elaborate guide by Zug Tourismus. Our personal favourites include Schluechthof in Cham, which is also home to various farm animals, and Schattwäldli on the Zugerberg, which can be paired with a ride on the furnicular. More information