‘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 [...]

Miss Moppet at the B.I. Storytime

Storytime at the British Institute is back! On March 16 at 5 pm, families are invited to spend an afternoon with Beatrix Potter’s tale of a mischievous kitten and brave mouse with a reading of The Story of Miss Moppet. The program is designed for children ages 3 – 8 but everyone is welcome.  The event will be held in English in the Children’s Room of the Harold Acton Library at the British [...]

Florence Carnival Celebrations for the Kids

This Saturday, February 25 from 2 to 6 pm, Piazza Ognissanti will once again host its free Children’s Carnival. The Borgognissanti street association in partnership with the city of Florence will provide a festive day full of food, games and entertainment for adults and kids alike. This year an electric train will take passengers on a scenic tour of Lungarno Vespucci. There will be sweets like cotton candy, peanut brittle, and brigidini, games, cartoons, face [...]

Children’s Art Workshops in Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is offering a series of interactive art workshops to teach the techniques of famous artists to kids through March. A fresco workshop will be held on January 29; kids and families will experiment with the fresco technique and develop their own art to take home. On Sunday, February 19 participants have the opportunity to grind their own paints to customize their artwork. The final workshop is a gilding workshop on Sunday, [...]

Holiday Book Reading & Musical Theatre for Kids

This week in Florence will bring two Christmas-themed events that children will enjoy. BOOK READING The Harold Acton Library of the British Institute will hold its monthly reading for kids featuring “Pooh’s Christmas Adventure” on December 15 starting at 5 pm. Children are invited to spend the day with Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit and Eeyore as they celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. This activity is in English and will [...]

Time Traveling for Kids during ‘Festa della Toscana’

In 1786, Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo announced the reform of the Penal Code, which involved the abolition of the death penalty in Tuscany, the first region to do so in all of Italy. Each year, Tuscans celebrate the Festa della Toscana on November 30 to mark the anniversary of this historic moment. This year, the Galileo Museum (piazza dei Giudici 1) is holding a program for kids in collaboration with the Specola museum [...]

Cirque du Soleil’s Fantasy World

This fall, Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Florence for a limited time with their production of Varekai, the first time it will be presented in Italy. The show is directed by Dominic Champagne and illustrates the spirit and art of the circus and the adventures that await on the road to Varekai. The story follows two men who embark on an adventure into an enchanted forest filled with fantastic creatures. Together they [...]

Halloween Happenings for Kids in Florence

There are several events in Florence for children this Halloween season. Reading and Workshop The British Institute of Florence invites children to get in the spooky spirit with a reading of The Marvelous Monster Muddle on Thursday, October 27 at 5 pm. The reading will be followed by a scary mask workshop. This program is designed for children 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome. This reading is in English and will [...]