Graz Opera

The Graz Opera House is wonderful grand old building and a fun night out. The program includes a wide range of classical and modern performances from opera, ballet, family shows to musicals. Kostprobe The Kostprobe (taster evenings) are a great opportunity to preview a performance. For only €5 you can see a rehearsal of the […]

Free integration sports program

Caritas offers a free sports program to promote integration for third-country nationals, refugees, socialcard holders, EU citizens and Austrians with a migration background. Current offerings include: football for girls and boys Women’s swimming at ATG (with a german and sports program for kids 6 yrs+ so mothers can swim in peace!) walk & talk women’s […]

Sport activities & classes for babies & kids

There are a lot of great affordable classes and activities to keep kids active in Graz! Babies & younger children Eltern Kind Zentrum (Petersgasse 44A, 8010) offers a wide range of classes and programs for parents and babies / small kids. Kinderfreundehaus (Schlossergasse 4, 8010) offers classes, parent & kid groups (they welcome international parents) […]

Resources for parents in Graz

Below are some very helpful organisations who can provide support, advice and classes for new parents, daycare options (plus flexible drop off / emergency care options), schools, training and education opportunities  for teenagers and more. New parents The City of Graz has an informative website with lots of resources for families (switch the language in […]

Pregnancy Resources in Graz

Being pregnant in a foreign country can be challenging! Here are some links you might find useful explaining healthcare, maternity leaves & money and where to get support. Family Guide – Services for Family in Austria This very helpful English brochure contains just about everything you need to know about being pregnant in Austria! You can download […]

Preparing for Volksschule

Starting primary / elementary school in a foreign country is often a challenge. Here are a few tips to help get prepared. School Bag Most Volksschule kids carry a special type of large square backpack called ‘Schulranzen‘. They come in many different patterns – Starwars, dinosaurs, ponies etc and often include a matching sports bag […]

‘Pick your own’ Strawberry fields in Graz

The start of summer is often signaled by arrival of local strawberries in the farmer markets. For the freshest berries (and a fun family activity), the pick-your-own strawberry fields around Graz are very popular. They usually open from around middle / end of May and the season lasts to until about end of July / […]

kids summer activity programs

If you are looking for fun but affordable kids activities during the summer, the city of Graz offers two great programs – weekly sport courses for only €10! and Freizeithits program (offered by partner organisations – see program for prices). Places are limited and go fast. To be eligible you must have your main residence […]

Lets Go! Graz – 2021 sports challenge

You may have already seen the ‘Lets Go! Graz‘ posters all over Graz promoting their new 2021 sports campaign to get citizens moving – especially aimed at children, pensioners and non-active residents. There are a list of challenges, for example motivating as many people as possible to walk up the Schloßberg. Take a ticket (look […]

Carnival parade (Faschingszug) in Graz

It’s Carnival time in Austria! This is a time of partying and eating before Lent starts with 40 days of fasting for Easter. You may have already been to one of the balls in Graz or Vienna or eaten the traditional krapfen doughnuts. On Faschingsdienstag / Shrove Tuesday (this year Feb 25, 2020) there is […]