Family activities in Ticino Switzerland for families

With an abundance of natural playgrounds: mountains, lakes and rivers, fascinating history and culture and museums, Switzerland is a great place for family outings. Take advantage of discounted family passes and railway combination offers to explore Switzerland without breaking the bank.

Things to do for families in Switzerland

Public facilities in Switzerland are clearly signposted and well maintained, but natural areas don't have restrictive safety measures. It's left to the individual to enjoy nature responsibly. This liberal philosophy allows for freedom and mutual respect and for children to become ‘street smart' in cities and ‘nature wise' in the great outdoors.

Tips for planning family activities

  • Facilities such as road rest stops, baby changing rooms, breast feeding areas, and pet friendly zones make life easier for families.
  • The Touring Club Schweiz (TCS) offers security on the road.
  • Swiss railways has great ideas and offers for family outings with play areas on SBB CFF trains.
  • Shopping centres have play zones.
  • The Swiss weather forecast can assist with planning.
  • Summer holiday camps have outstanding infrastructure and a tradition of welcoming young adventurers to discover new horizons. Book early.
  • Tandem Ticino offers holiday activities for schoolchildren.
  • The Ticino cantonal government has a list of resources for families.

Children's activities in Ticino

Ticino is particularly welcoming to children. Some great family activities include:

Babies and toddlers

Activities include baby gyms, music workshops, baby swimming to get babies used to water and pre-school and play groups.


Photo: © / Christof Sonderegger

Author: Julie Eassom

Julie has worked in relocation for the last 6 years helping expats from all over the world. With personal experience and many years in Switzerland Julie enjoys the challenges in helping people to make a very stressful time enjoyable. She enjoys a busy social life and meeting new people.

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