Every year during the All Saints holidays, the Normandie Cabourg Pays d'Auge inter-municipal tourist office organizes Discovery Week - one of the most anticipated events in the region by children aged 2 to 16 . For ten days, your toddlers and teenagers will be able to take part in dozens of activities. Enough to awaken them to culture, science, sport, fauna or even flora. 

In our region, there are many activities that you can fully share with your children — very young or a little older. But during the autumn holidays, it's not always easy to occupy your children, especially when the weather is gray. The tourist office has thought of everything, creating a Discovery Week, dedicated to 2-16 year olds. Something to satisfy all desires, and allow you (too) to take advantage of this All Saints' break. 

Registrations will begin from October 19, 2022. They will be done online or at the tourist offices of the territory.

Activities for budding artists

Whether they want to become musicians, photographers or even painters, children are sometimes overflowing with talent, which they are eager to exploit. Here are some of the activities during which they can let their creativity speak: 

  • A cinema workshop, to learn the mechanics of the image and make your first compositions;
  • A drawing course, to master a handful of key techniques;
  • Origami on canvas, to become an expert in folding (and leave with a unique work); 
  • Theater, to know all the tricks of this universe. 

In 2021, three new features won over participants: 

  • Les accomplices de Fantômas, a great treasure hunt organized in the Villa of Time Regained;
  • Make your own story, a workshop that offers you to write your own story, then learn to read it (yes, voice effects included); 
  • Rally of the villas, a fascinating dive into the history of the city, the Belle Époque architecture and sea bathing, through a guided tour. Bonus: the photo challenges, which do not fail to make the getaway even more interesting. 

Activities for apprentice scientists 

Children are never too young to learn. Notice to those who, like Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory, have a special penchant for science: Discovery Week has thought of everything. Here are some workshops that will satisfy them: 

  • The construction of a robot, a big construction site that requires the child's presence all day. At the end of it, he will be able to leave with a creation that moves forward, backwards and turns. It may be a detail for you, but for them it means a lot;  
  • Molecular cuisine, which allows you to understand chemical reactions and then use them to create original recipes. What to impress your guests at the next dinner;   
  • The scientific police, to manipulate and carry out experiments (as in the laboratory), to solve an enigma;
  • The planetarium, the great novelty of the year 2021. As its name suggests, it is a question here of immersing oneself (virtually speaking, it goes without saying) in the sky, to discover the stars, the constellations and the planets. 
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Activities for the curious 

No, curiosity isn't always a bad thing. In children, it is a sign of a certain interest in a multitude of subjects. Take the opportunity to register your toddlers for one of these workshops: 

  • Floral art, to create a unique composition, guided by a professional florist;
  • A pony baptism, for a ride of about fifteen minutes and a tour of the stables. Does your child want to sign up for horse riding? It's time to confirm (or not) this new passion;  
  • Fishing on foot, to explore the sandy foreshore and observe the local fauna; 
  • Sophrology, to relax, breathe and enjoy a moment of relaxation thanks to the valuable advice of a professional. Advice that can, without a doubt, be taken home;  
  • Urban stilts, just to see the world at the same height as adults. 

Activities for future athletes 

Children often want to try many activities, until they find the one that suits them. Good news: during Discovery Week, they can select a handful, practice them during a workshop, before making their choice. Enough to facilitate registration for extra-curricular activities. The sports offered include: 

  • Basketball, to learn to dribble like a pro. Attention, for this activity it will be necessary to provide clean sports shoes;  
  • The sand yacht, to let yourself be guided by the rhythm of the wind, while learning to handle the sail (to keep the trajectory and avoid going off the road… of sand);  
  • Football, to perhaps become the future Zinedine Zidane or Cristiano Ronaldo;  
  • Tennis, to evolve on a court, while tickling the little yellow ball;  
  • The zumbakids, a sport practiced by many mums at the gym, here adapted for the little ones. 

A few new features have joined the (already long) list of sports activities offered in 2021. Among others, baby climbing which, as its name suggests, is aimed at the little ones. A first introduction to climbing, on a surface suitable for babies. An activity obviously supervised by professional adults. 

21 years of passion! 

For 21 years, Discovery Week has taken over the town of Cabourg. Great novelty: the field of action of the event has been extended to Houlgate in 2021.

In 2022, Discovery Week also took place in Merville-Franceville-Plage, Beuvron-en-Auge, Dives-sur-Mer, Gonneville-en-Auge, Basseneville and Saint-Jouin.

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Did you know?

During the event, a big Halloween parade is organized where children frolic on the avenue de la Mer in Cabourg.