Pumpkin Carving Activity in Time for Halloween

  The countdown to the end of October is on, and a pre-Halloween Eve event is taking place in Florence! The Children’s Lending Library and Bee-lingual are hosting a pumpkin carving event and themed book reading in English on Sunday, October 23. This activity is wonderful at this time of year. It really brings forward the spirit of the harvest season. Halloween may not be as widely celebrated in Europe as it is [...]

‘Firenze dei Bambini’: A Festival for Kids

May 13 – 15, 2022: FIRENZE DEI BAMBINI FESTIVAL – Give Me Your Hand.  Organized by the Municipality of Florence and MUS.E. Children can engage in free, all in-person activities at Florence’s annual festival, Firenze dei Bambini. The 2022 edition is three days long, allowing children up to 12 years old to participate in various events throughout the city. While events are free, some require a reservation. This year’s festival is entitled “Qua [...]

The 2022 Children’s Library Easter Party

With Easter just around the corner, many organizations are preparing for the holiday, including Florence’s Children’s Lending Library. Saturday, April 9: Children’s Lending Library’s Easter Party. Undercroft of the church of St. James, via Rucellai 9, Florence. 4 – 6 pm. Entrance: 1 child: €3. Families with 2 or more children: €5. Accompanying adults and children under the age of two are free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. [...]

Kid’s Events for International Mother Language Day

  To celebrate International Mother Language Day, the Children’s Lending Library, together with  Bee – Bilingual, is hosting a free event at the Giardino dell’Orticoltura (located on Via Vittorio Emanuele II n.4), on Sunday, February 20, starting at 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. In case of rain, the event will be postponed. The event is set up to promote linguistic/cultural diversity and multilingualism around the world. Mothers, who come from different countries and [...]

‘Giocattolo Sospeso’: Donate Christmas Gifts to Kids

  In a holiday season filled with gift giving, the toy stores of Florence want to provide a drop-off point for those wishing to help children of economically distressed families. The “Sospeso” Toy Project brings an opportunity for people in the city to donate gifts that they wish to give to the less fortunate, named after caffè sospeso tradition in Naples which involves paying for someone else’s coffee when they cannot buy one [...]

November Children’s Storytime at the British Institute

After a two year hiatus, the British Institute’s Storytime and Afternoon Tea is returning this month to the Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9. Thursday, November 25: Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, followed by Afternoon Tea This event is in English and will take place in the Children’s Room of the Library, which is located on Lungarno Guicciardini 9. This program is designed for children aged 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome. Author David [...]

Families during the COVID-19: Together in Close Quarters

Now that all schools in Italy have been closed for several weeks and restrictions are tightening up even further, parents and children must be getting bored, losing patience, bickering, starting to tear their hair out and searching for things to do to remedy the situation.  Last week playgrounds were a possibility, but now they are closed, and visits to grandparents are strongly ill advised. Italian families are not alone.  In addition to schools [...]

Santa Claus Descends from the Sky to Florence

Recognizable by his red suit, beard and bag full of gifts, Santa Claus (in Italian: Babbo Natale) and his helper elves have decided to bypass Florence chimneys in favor of descending down from the 311 ft (95 meters) of Palazzo Vecchio’s Arnolfo Tower at 3 pm on Sunday, December 22.  Once in Piazza Signoria, Santa and the elves will distribute sweets and small gifts to kids in a Christmas preview. This initiative entitled [...]

Holiday Party & Theatre at Children’s Lending Library

Florence residents and visitors are invited to the annual holiday party and theatre at the Children’s Lending Library on December 14.  The staff will present a musical puppet show in English. The curtain will rise on “Dr. Giacomino’s Tiny Bookshop” with Mikela Rebua and Francesca Mura, a story about the magic of books for children age 5-12 and above on December 14 at 4:30 pm. There will be free entrance for library members, [...]

The 2019 ‘Bricks in Florence’ LEGO Festival

“Bricks in Florence” is a festival for LEGO fans of all ages that will take place at the TuscanyHall (Obihall) from Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 10. The weekend will focus on colorful pieces of LEGO, featuring over 150 kg of small bricks, that can be utilized in the large free play area. Visitors will be able to learn more about Lego and the history of the brand in addition to having [...]