RAINY DAYS

The trickiest days of all!  While you're spoilt for choice when the sun shines, Switzerland in the rain can feel very limiting, and there's only so much CBeebies you can watch... These options will hopefully put a spring back in your step.  Some of them also contain outdoor areas but they're listed here because they're wet-weather-friendly (even if you aren't...)

ALPAMARE

While it's a definite option for a rainy day, much of Alpamare is outdoors and it's a great good-weather option as well, with outdoor pools as well as indoor flumes.  It's the largest covered aquapark in Europe and has an impressive wave machine and slides ranging from UK-sized to extraordinarily long (the Balla Balla can be seen here)

ŽSat Nav details:

Gwattstrasse 12
CH-8808 Pfäffikon

Parking: Free on site

BAGGER MUSEUM, EBIANUM

Well worth the 1 hour journey from Zug, this museum is suitable for both adults and children. The highlight is the indoor children's playground with large vehicles, ride on toys and a sand box. It truly is paradise for anyone who loves diggers! The cafe is child friendly, spacious and with an industrial chic/hipster vibe.

Open: Wednesday PM, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays

ŽSat Nav details:

Museumstrasse 1 
5467 Fisibach 

Parking: Free on site

GOOD TO KNOW: This is near the German border and there's an Aldi 7 mins away - so combine it with a shopping trip!

CHERRY BOWL, Zug

This bowling alley in Baar is a good rainy day activity if you have slightly older children. The lanes have bumpers for kids up to the age of 10, and there is a restaurant on site as well as darts and pool for adults. It's open 7 days a week, and birthday parties can be held there on Wednesday afternoons. On Mondays there is a special 50% discount on bowling between 2-11pm. Only bowling shoes are allowed and can be rented there.

ŽSat Nav details:

Sihlbruggstrasse 105 

6340 Baar

Parking: Free on site

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CHOCOWORLD, ROOT NEAR LUZERN

Just half an hour's drive from Zug, this all-you-can-eat Aeschbach chocolate experience is perfect for families with children and visitors alike.  Entrance is 15 CHF for adults and 8 CHF for children over 6.  There is the option to make your own (large) chocolate bar for a an extra 10 CHF.  Once in there are plenty of edible exhibits, and English translations to all the displays. 

ŽSat Nav details:

ChocoDromo 1, 
Hochschwerzlen, 6037 Root-Luzern

Parking: Free on site

FREIRUUM, BAAR

This new (and huge) open space is likely to become a local favourite on colder and wetter days, especially for parents of older children.  There's a large bouldering area, parkour and a trampoline play area.  For younger kids, there's a small soft play.  Outside the sports area is a number of eating areas and a large workspace with WiFi, sofas and tables.

ŽSat Nav details:

Zählerweg 5, 
6300 Zug

Parking: Plenty available but nearest are coin only

GOOD TO KNOW: Skip to the front of the queue for the sports room by filling in the disclaimer online before you go

HöLLGROTTEN CAVES, BAAR

The woods surrounding the Höllgrotten make for a lovely walk, but even if the rain makes that out of the question, these beautiful caves are well worth a visit.  Lit with coloured lights, they will fascinate children and visiting relatives alike, for a very reasonable (for Switzerland!) entry fee. 

ŽSat Nav details:

Lordendamm 28,

6340 Baar

Parking: Free.  

GOOD TO KNOW: The caves are down a long forest road, with big gaps between signs.  You're not lost!

HUpfburg ZIEGelei, EINSIDELN, SCHWYZ

This softplay centre in Schwyz is just 20 minutes away for Ägeri residents, and fairly close to Zug canton. It boasts a lovely cafe on it's top floor which has a softplay area for little ones and an area with toys for under 1s. This overlooks a larger area for older children that is on the floor below containing more softplay, a multi sports area, arcade games and ride on vehicles. On the side are comfortable sofas for parents to relax on! Under 2s get free entry.

ŽSat Nav details:

Zürichstrasse 38 
8840 Einsiedeln 

Parking: Paid parking on site

GOOD TO KNOW: Plans are in place for an outdoor water park in the summer with bouncy castles- check the website for updates

KIDS ARENA, LUZERN

To our knowledge there is no large indoor softplay in Zug, however Kids Arena is the largest indoor playground in Luzern, open for 0-10 year olds.

Phone: 041 281 00 44 
E-mail: info@kids-arena.ch

ŽSat Nav details:
Rüeggisingerstrasse 152 (Sport & Leisure Center Hangar 13) 
6032 Emmen 

Parking: Free on site

GOOD TO KNOW: Socks must be worn and they recommend non-slip ABS ones

Kino, ZUG (cinemas)

Rainy days can be perfect for relaxing with a movie and some popcorn at the cinema! There are three cinemas in the canton- two in Zug, and one in Baar with movies in English frequently shown. Look out for "Edf" next to a movie for those that are in English language, but with German/French subtities. Further afield, the shopping centre at Sihlcity has a multiplex.

For something different- in the summer there is an open air cinema by the lake!

Tel: 041 726 10 01 
info@kinozug.ch 

NUEJO's

This family centre in Baar is suitable for all- from babies, to teenagers and even the grown ups are taken care of! It is also a party venue and hosts events. Nuejo's offers after school clubs and holiday camps but it's worth a drop in at any time for childen to have a play. Drinks and food can be bought, and there are many activities that take place. 

Check out their website and Facebook for details about everything that they offer.

ŽSat Nav details:
Sihlbruggstrasse 3a

6340 Baar

Parking: Limited free spaces available; paid parking also available at the Lättich. 

GOOD TO KNOW: Payment is by card only, they do not accept cash

SWISS TRANSPORT MUSEUM, LUZERN

The Transport Museum, or Verkehrshaus, is one of the most visited museums in Switzerland.  It has a large Planetarium and the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, where you are guided through the history of chocolate (with an English translator phone). Tickets to the Planetarium and Chocolate Adventure are available online and best booked in advance.  Annual membership is available.

ŽSat Nav details:

Lidostrasse 5
6006 Lucerne

Parking: Paid parking along Lidostrasse and opposite the Lido beach

ZURICH Airport- Observation Deck B

This is a surprisingly popular excursion destination, that welcomes 300,000 visitors each year. The entrance is at check in 2, and young visitors will be delighted by the security check that is exactly as when one boards a flight. The terrace is vast and presents great views of planes taking off, whilst the covered outdoor playground in the form of a mini airport is excellent and can keep small children entertained for a very long time. There is an aeroplane that has a slide out the back of it, a pretend control tower and much more.  The SWISS Kid’s Tour includes a colouring book for children to complete in 12 stages (obtained at the entrance).

If you have a boarding pass for that day, access is free, otherwise there is a small fee to pay; however 0-10 year olds are free.

ŽSat Nav details:

Zurich Airport

8302 Kloten

Parking: In the airport car parks (see website) 

GOOD TO KNOW: There is a large Migros open till 11pm 7 days a week, so if you are stuck on a rainy Sunday and out of groceries- this is your perfect destination! If your shopping and/or dining bill is at least CHF 60 you can park for 3 hours for just CHF 3 - just present your parking ticket when paying

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