Basler Ferienpass (Basel Holiday Pass)
If you are planning to be around for part of this summer and are looking for interesting ways to keep your kids busy with creative activities, fun outings, and educational workshops of all kinds, you may want to check out the Basler Ferienpass. This wonderful pass offers access to awesome summertime activities and excursions for children ages 6-16.
Children who have the Basler Ferienpass can participate for free or at reduced prices in the following activities
- They can go on excursions and numerous outings and tours, including visits to a pony farm, Lange Erlen park, forest in Ettingen, swimming pools, museums, or the Tinguely museum. They can also spend a day as a noble lady or knight, go on a Geocaching GPS treasure hunt, find out where drinking water comes from, learn about police work, experiment with stencils and spray paint, or write their own songs or record their first groove hits in a mobile recording studio..
- They can participate in dozens of creative workshops and classes where they can build an electronic shaking cube, learn magic tricks, build a solar boat, do bike trails, or bind their own mini-book. They can also discover the main workshops of the Basel transport company; create with medicinal herbs; program a robot; make their own sweets or fragrant herbal creations; and experiment with screen printing, upcycling with paper and old books, and 2D- to 3D- painting and sculpture. Other offers include bubble effect on ceramics; discovering your superpowers; first aid at the University Hospital or in sports; sandblasting glass; experimenting with various materials in and out of the lab; creating video clips with an iPad or a stop-motion short film; learning how to program with Minecraft; or producing a radio show with interviews.
- More active kids can experience Mother Nature through their senses or try out acrobatics, archery, boccia, break dance, bouldering, casting sport, in-line skating, circus, climbing, fencing, martial arts, self-defense, rowing, swordsmanship, tap-dancing, or hip-hop dancing. Finally, they can experience a day with horses, ponies, or lamas.
With 115 different activities to choose from, there is surely something for everyone! The offers are divided into “Grundangebote” (basic offers) that can be enjoyed any time during the school holidays, such as visits to swimming pools or museums, and “Kreativangebote” (creative offers), which only take place on certain dates and for which you need to register in advance. These offers may incur an additional small fee. You can already register online for all tours, workshops, and outings.
The Ferienpass this year is valid from July 1 to August 11. It costs CHF 45 for residents of Basel-Stadt and CHF 65 for non-residents; discounts are available for holders of the Familienpass and Colourkey pass. The card also entitles the holder to full use of the TNW network of public transport for only CHF 8 per week.
Passes can be purchased online or at several locations in Basel-Stadt, including the BVB office in Barfüsserplatz, Dreirosen Freizeithalle, and DROPA Drogerie Apotheke Gundelitor. There are also many sales locations in Baselland; simply click on the desired community for a complete list. Bring a small passport-sized picture of your child with you for an on-the-spot membership card.