Don’t worry, there are many extracurricular activities available in Luxembourg and elsewhere, for young and old alike, with a choice of languages.
You will find below our recommendations to keep your children busy during the long school vacations: nature and discovery camps, sports, vacation courses, language courses, etc.
Activities offered by the municipalities
During the school vacations, the municipalities very often organize training courses or outings for the children of the commune.
City of Luxembourg
Every year during the summer vacations, the City of Luxembourg offers young people aged 11 to 17 “Sports Weeks” in Luxembourg or even abroad. Water activities or land sports, these courses are supervised by qualified trainers and animators.
Registration is open to all, residents of Luxembourg City or not, including young people who are not residents of Luxembourg. Rates are progressive according to the trainee’s status. Please register quickly with the Bierger-Center of the City of Luxembourg, as these courses are quickly filled.
CAPEL – Pedagogical and Leisure Activity Center
CAPEL organizes free outdoor activities during the school vacations, reserved for children and young people living in the City of Luxembourg.
The vacation activities (4 weeks during the summer vacations) are offered by the City of Luxembourg and organized by the CAPEL (Centre d’animation pédagogique et de loisirs) during the afternoons from 14.00-18.00.
Participation is free.
- Aktioun Bambësch
The Aktioun Bambësch runs from 1:30 pm to 6 pm for 4 weeks during the summer vacations, and for one week during the Easter and Christmas vacations. The activity is offered to children from 5 to 12 years old during the summer, Christmas and Easter vacations.
A special free bus service with supervision is provided from the different areas of the city to CAPEL.
- Aktioun Jugend Aktiv
Participating in the Aktioun Jugend Aktiv during the summer vacations allows young residents of Luxembourg City, aged between 13 and 17, to spend their leisure time in a friendly, enjoyable and creative way.
Sports Services: Holiday Program
The City of Luxembourg has a special vacation program for young people aged 11 to 17. One-week sports courses in the Grand Duchy and abroad, with full board accommodation in youth hostels and sports centers (golf, sailing, horseback riding, martial arts, climbing, skateboarding, mountain biking, etc.).
Each community offers specific activities such as “Spillnometteger” or “afternoon games“. Please contact your local administration for more information. Registration is due in May/June.
Many private organizations specialized in language learning organize language camps during the school vacations, most often coupled with a sports, cultural or artistic activity.
Summer camps or camps
Again, there is no shortage of organizations offering summer camps or camps for children and teenagers.
The website colonies.lu works with many organizations or associations and offers camps for children from 4 years old and teenagers, in Luxembourg or elsewhere. The choice is important, even after the vacations have already begun.
With a minimum duration of 5 days, the camps are supervised by certified counselors, with generally 1 counselor for 8 youth. Several themes are proposed: sports or artistic activities, adventure camps, discovery camps, … Very practical, the colonies.lu website allows you to identify at a glance the target age for the proposed camp, the departure and return dates, the prices, the organizer, as well as whether the camp is still available, on the waiting list or already full.
You can request registration online, directly by filling out a form.
The vacation service of Caritas Jeunes et Famille asbl organizes summer and winter vacation camps for all children and teenagers. The activities are open to all, regardless of the parents’ income, the child’s origins or possibly his/her disability. Camps from 4 to 17 years old are offered in Luxembourg, Spain, Netherlands, France, … information on www.youngcaritas.lu .
Close to Luxembourg, think of the courses offered in Belgium, among others by the ADEPS for a French-speaking population.
Have you considered scouting? 3 scouting federations are available in Luxembourg, you will probably find the one that best suits your children. In addition to activities during the school year, scouting organizations also offer nature camps for your children during the vacations. Find out more!
Sports, artistic and scientific training courses…
Many private organizations offer a variety of internships. Does your child have an artistic soul or do you want to introduce him/her to the arts? You can also consult the websites of Luxembourg’s museums, which often offer thematic workshops for one day or a few hours.
Scientific activities at the Luxembourg Science Center in Differdange
The Luxembourg Science Center in Differdange is a center dedicated to Science and Technology. Kids can explore over 100 interactive stations and participate in daily workshops to discover the world in a different way. A great way to approach my science and technology in a more playful way.
Creative Activities Base 1 Makerspace
The Base 1 area on the Forum Geesseknäppchen campus offers various half-day workshops. The courses can be combined over several days.
Young people can learn about programming, 3D printing, electrical work and creative sewing.
Student jobs for older children
From the age of 15, young people can work in summer jobs during the school vacations. Not only can they earn money to finance future projects and/or their studies, but they can also gain valuable work experience early on when they find themselves in a position of job search.
Municipalities offer paid summer work to students. Check with your municipality.
Several sites are available to help you in this process, whether it is for a student summer job or a student internship.
Ideas to keep your children busy
Here you can find many ideas to go out and have fun with your children, with their family or with their friends.
Also take a look at Petitweb.lu. You will find a wide range of free or paid activities to offer your children during school vacations: artistic or culinary workshops, language courses, sports camps, vacations for young people of different ages, etc. The selection is very complete and regularly updated!
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