The ESFG Private FaceBook page and email list makes it easy for members to arrange informal events and get-togethers in addition to the official events organised and overseen by the Committee.
Coffee Mornings / Afternoon Tea
Get together for coffee, tea, cake and a chat. A great way to meet English-speaking people in your neighbourhood. Coffee mornings are open to all members, with or without their children. If you are hosting, you can set a limit on the number of guests.
In the past we have had great fun singing songs and making music with young children. The host can choose a theme for the event, which can be as simple as ‘Favourite Songs’, or they can provide word sheets and teach the group some new songs. Popular themes include Animals, Weather, Winter etc. Music groups have been especially popular with the pre-maternelle 1-3yr olds.
Families often join ESFG Lyon when they are expecting a baby or have young babies, aged 0-2yrs. Expectant parents, and those with very young babies can meet up and talk about pregnancy, birth options, post-natal care etc and can be particularly useful for couples who have recently arrived in France or are having their first child here.
These events give members the opportunity to talk about something other than their children! Book exchanges are a chance to talk about and swap some books that you have enjoyed reading. Daytime book swaps will often include children accompanying their parent(s), while evening book swaps are usually child-free and can be combined with a Potluck Supper, or just drinks and nibbles. Book swaps are usually hosted in a member’s home.
Family Trips and Outings
Our popular, informal events include playdates in a park or toy library, a picnic lunch, a family ramble at the weekend, or a trip to a swimming pool, ice rink or softplay venue. If you need support to organise a trip, you can contact the committee for help.
Informal Events for Parents
From time to time, members organise social events specifically for parents. In the past these have included cinema nights, pub quizzes, fine dining and wine tasting.
The ESFG Book Club meets once a month, either via Zoom or in person, to talk about a book chosen by members.