So, are you ready? Here goes:
http://www.carona-tourism.ch/en/carona/ - Parco San Grato, has a playground, restaurant and beautiful surroundings to explore
http://www.lugano-tourism.ch/en/95/the-tassino-park - Parco Tassino, large playground and deer! Great park with lots of space, picnic and play areas
http://www.montetamaro.ch - bobsleigh track, flying fox (zip wire) restaurant and great playground
www.tarzaning.ch an adventure park with zip wires, rope bridges and climbing frames between trees in the forest
http://www.ticino.ch/The-Verzasca-Valley-trail/ - A walk rated as easy, so possible with kids, in beautiful scenery
http://www.cardada.ch/estate - take a cable car up to Cardada for some lovely family friendly walks.
http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Parco-giochi-Parsifal-Monte-Verità-Ascona - one playground in Ascona, however I have been told that there is a really great playground on the lakefront of Ascona. If you go down to the mini roundabout where the start of the pedestrianised promenade is on your right (where all the restaurants are), instead turn left, walk past a large public car park, and you will see this playground - it has electric minicars - need 1CHF coins for them.
http://www.ataf.ch/ - steam miniature railway - strange opening hours though.
http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Isole-di-Brissago-Parco-Botanico - a boat trip to the island of Brissago, perhaps combine with a trip to Ascona and the playground on the lakefront!
www.minigolfcaslano.ch - Has electric mini-cars and great trampolines as well as the mini golf. Is next door to a great little lido too, with a very nice beach. (and they sell Ben and Jerry's ice cream)
http://www.zoo.ch - Switzerland's largest zoo and definately worth a trek up north
http://www.alpamare.ch - amazing looking waterpark - it is two hours away from Lugano by car but it looks like an excellent day trip nonetheless
http://www.tierpark.ch/english - Goldau wildlfe park, with restaurant and playground, came highly recommended by one of our members
Just across the border in Italy:
www.safaripark.it - brilliant safari park, not far from Malpensa airport, complete with amusement park with rides suitable for toddlers, reptile house, animal shows... a fantastic full day out
http://www.parcodellapreistoria.it/ - a large park with models of dinosaurs, playground, and restaurant
www.minitalia.com - a fantastic day out, an amusement park with lots of rides suitable for the youngest members of the family, reptile house, aquarium, mini farm, and to-scale models of the famous monuments of Italy
http://www.minigolf-adventure.it - has a playground, inflatable slides and trampolines as well as the minigolf
http://www.idropark.mi.it - man made lake in Milan with playground, lido and restaurant
http://www.jungleraiderpark.com - same as www.tarzaning.ch (adventure park with zip wires, rope bridges and climbing frames) but in Italy
http://www.latorbiera.it - large natural park to explore, with a large lake, restaurant and what seems to be a zoo too
http://www.lecornelle.it - a zoo with a wide variety of animals, white tigers, elephants
http://www.castellodivezio.it Castle of Vezio on the shores of Lake Como, complete with a display of falconry if you are lucky
Ever wondered where that stunning backdrop to Daniel Craig's rest & recuperation in the film 'Casino Royale' was? Well, the name's Como, Lake Como!
So, go see for yourself and explore the villas on Lake Como (http://www.lakecomovillas.net/villas.php) - the kids may enjoy running around the gardens while you excape into James Bond's or George Clooney's arms (in your dreams). Perhaps best combined with eating ice cream somewhere, and feeding the ducks on the lakefront, or a boat trip on the lake
Villa Carlotta - the most well known, parking is easy, you can have access to the villa as well as the grounds. There is a fountain that is full of fish and toads which can kept little explorers amused for at ages while they watch 'toad arguments'. Also a nice cafe there, picnic areas and beautiful scenery
Villa Del Balbianello (Lenno) - only the gardens are open to the public
Villa Melzi (Bellagio) - only the gardens are open to the public
Villa Monestero (Varenna)
Punta Balbianello - Villa Balbianello is the romantic spot featured in the second episode of the Star Wars saga
Now isn't this is a smashing list?
Thank you so much for sharing.
This should keep your little explorers busy for a while.
The question is can we keep up with them???