A Kid’s Reading & Art Workshop in English

Katie Eadie, the author of the amusing short story “The Whistling Fish” will be reading it aloud in a family event on Saturday, May 5 in the Children’s Lending Library (undercroft of St. James American Church, via B. Rucellai 9) starting at 11 am.  Designed for 3 – 8 year olds, the event, free and open to all ages, will be followed by an activity where kids imitate and draw the protagonist of [...]

A Harry Potter Movie Marathon in English

Every Sunday through June 3: HARRY POTTER FILM FESTIVAL. Cinema La Compagnia (via Cavour 50/r, Florence) in conjunction with Villa Bardini’s “Pinocchio, Harry Potter, Topolino, Heidi and Many More…” art exhibition. Admission is €5, with a reduced price of €4 for Villa Bardini exhibition ticketholders. The Harry Potter film adaptations are based on J.K. Rowling’s incredibly popular seven book series about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard at the age of [...]

Easter Egg Hunt, Tea & Reading at the British Institute

An Easter tea will be served in the British Institute Library (via Guicciardini 9) on March 29 at 4:30 pm, followed by an Easter egg hunt for kids.  Last on the program is a reading in English of the book. “Peppa’s Easter Egg Hunt.” The tale begins with Grandpa Pig setting up an Easter egg hunt for Peppa Pig and her friends who, besides the chocolate delights, also find baby chicks hatching in [...]

Pinocchio, Kid’s Lit Show & Movie Festival

Until June 6: PINOCCHIO, HARRY POTTER, MICKEY MOUSE, HEIDI, AND OTHERS. Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2, Florence. Open daily except for Monday from 10 am – 7 pm. Admission €8, reduced €6, and Coop members €4. Free on the first Sunday of every month. Parking is reserved at Forte di Belvedere (Via San Leonardo 1, Florence). This exhibition is the real Disney for children of all ages featuring illustrations of beloved iconic characters [...]

Local Kids Carnivals in Florence & Prato

February 10 FLORENCE CHILDREN’S CARNIVAL, Piazza Ognissanti. 2 – 6 pm. The Florence Children’s Carnival will be held for the 11th year in Piazza Ognissanti. Children and parents alike, in costumes or masks, will spend a carefree afternoon enjoying entertainment and games. Fun activities, such as inflatable toys, cotton candy and face painting will be provided throughout the carnival. In addition, rides on an electric train will be offered to kids for an [...]

Cirk Fantastik Circus: Entertainment for All Ages

September 14-24: Cirk Fantastik. International Contemporary Circus Festival. Parco delle Cascine, Viale degli Olmi/Piazzale del Re. Daily from 3 pm – 1 am. The Parco delle Cascine would like to welcome families to the 12th edition of Cirk Fantastik: the International Contemporary Circus Festival, which is returning after an 11th successful edition. Two tents will be the location for many circus acts, with over 60 performances interpreted by contemporary national and international companies, [...]

June Book Readings for Kids in English

As the vacation approaches, and the pace begins to slow down, the events aimed at children do as well.  The Children’s Lending Library, located below the American Church, will close its doors for the summer on June 14, but offer a final reading on June 10 from 10 am to 12 noon for kids of all ages.  The book is Creatures of the Ocean, Big and Small, following by fun activities for all ages. The [...]

‘Firenze dei Bambini’ Children’s Festival

Firenze dei Bambini, a two-day program just for kids, will take place from May 19 to 21. Curious children will be able to discover, learn, explore, and most importantly: have fun with music, technology, art, and more. Learning workshops, courses, and events for every interest are open to girls, boys and their families; all are free. The festival begins Friday at 6 pm at the Opera di Firenze where children and their families [...]

Peter Rabbit Reading in English

The Harold Acton Library of the British Institute of Florence (Lungarno Guiccardini 9) is hosting an English reading of a Beatrix Potter classic, The Tale of Peter Rabbit at 5 pm on April 20. The children’s classic is the story of how, despite the warnings of his mother, the rebellious young Peter Rabbit enters the garden of Mrs McGregor to snack on some vegetables.  Listeners can discover how the story ends, which is intended for [...]

A Breath of Spring — Easter Egg Fun

Any child can tell you that the best part about Spring is decorating Easter eggs with the whole family and Easter egg hunts. Luckily, the Children’s Lending Library’s annual Easter egg decorating party and fundraiser is back this year on Saturday April 8 on via Rucellai 9, near the Santa Maria Novella train station. The non-profit volunteer-run association has a collection of books for kids up to age 16. The organization is able [...]