I’m Tanya, a writer and explorer. I love sharing all the wonderful places I visit with my family. But instead of a short generic overview that you can get on lots of other sites, I give you lots of details based on our experience that will help you minimize the frustration and maximize the fun.
I also want to inspire you to try activities that you perhaps hadn’t considered doing with your kids. Switzerland makes it easy for people of all abilities to enjoy the outdoors and I want to be a part of the effort to get more people out there. I hope you find the blog helpful and have many happy adventures in Switzerland and beyond.
My origin story
In 2005, I moved from San Francisco to Zürich, Switzerland with my husband and one year old son. Like any transition, it was tough at first, but the beautiful Swiss landscape made it much easier to love where I lived. It took us awhile to figure out how to enjoy hiking and traveling with kids, but now it’s our favorite thing to do. It makes me happy that my two boys now excitedly ask “Are we going on a gondola today?” or “Are we building a fire for lunch?” I want my kids to love being outside and enjoy simple pleasures like picking wildflowers and throwing rocks in a river. So far it’s working.
I started this website with a few moms I met in a playgroup in Zurich. We wanted to keep track of all the travel tips the moms shared at the playgroup. Although lots of moms had great ideas, I was one of the only ones actually posting them. Eventually, I took over the blog and made it into my own pet project. With over 400 posts of all sorts of family-friendly activities in Switzerland, you are bound to find something you like.
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Where else you can find me
A sample of the online and print publications based in Switzerland for which I’ve written:
- Hello Switzerland – Autumn walks with kids in Switzerland, Hiking with kids in Switzerland
- Expatica – The top 10 Swiss theme trails even lazy kids will like (republished)
- Expat Arrivals – Interview with Tanya – an American expat living in Zurich
- Girlfriend Guide Zurich – Make Your Own Swiss Army Knife
- Mothering Matters Switzerland – Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Life in Switzerland
I am also an editor and website manager for Mothering Matters Switzerland.
Kind words from our readers
Thank you for your AMAZING website. My wife and I have a now 5 and 3 year old. We came for two years in 2011 and we never want to leave. Thanks mainly due to how amazing Switzerland is but also because of all the fantastic suggestions and information you have given on your site. It is such an amazing site and I tell every expat with children it is our first stop when trying to plan family excursions. Thanks again, Chris
Just a quick note to say Thank You for your amazing website. Its a beautiful sunny day today and I started to think about planning my family’s spring/summer getaways, and the first site I went to, as always, was Moms:Tots:Zurich. Your site has led us on countless hiking and biking trips over the last 3 years. Well done and a HUGE thank you!! – Laura
Thank you for your fantastic web site. We’ve visited Zürich twice in the last year and a half (2 weeks each visit) and are visiting again next month. So I’ve been researching again! I have gotten so many excellent activity ideas from reading your posts over the years. @seattlerachel
Thanks so much for your blog – I told my husband that I “hit gold” when I found it. We are expat Americans in Germany with a 2 and 5 year old and I’ll be selecting some of your hikes for our vacation this summer. Now in my next life I want to live in Zurich! – Andrea
I just want to thank you for the amazing service you provide. We moved to the Zurich area from Singapore almost a year ago and have enjoyed so many lovely, interesting and fun excursions thanks to you. Today it was the Kilchberg Farm – would have probably never discovered that otherwise! So many thanks to you. – Lindsey
Thank you for another great hiking idea! We ventured to the Bachalpsee (and back to First) yesterday and it was my son’s longest hike. The views were beautiful, but the best part was the confidence my son got from finishing the hike. Thank you!! – Sheila