Easter Party and Egg Decoration for Families

Children can dye and decorate Easter eggs and make Easter bonnets on Saturday, April 13 (4-6 pm) at the Children’s Lending Library Party in the undercroft of St. James Church, via Rucellai 9.  Accompanying adults can come to the event wearing an Easter hat as well. An event designed for members and their families, non-members are most welcome as well.  Participants are advised to bring hardboiled white eggs (available fresh at the Mercato [...]

A Fun Family Afternoon in English at Springfest

To celebrate both the arrival of spring and World Poetry Day, an afternoon of readings and games in English will take place on March 21 at the Children’s Lending Library (via B. Rucellai 9) hosted in the undercroft of St. James American church.  Kids of of all ages and their families are welcome at the Springfest to enjoy listening to poetry and short stories. For more information, call 328 328 2757.

Holiday Children’s Reading at the British Institute

To start off the holidays right, kids and parents are welcome to listen to the magical Christmas story “The Polar Express” read in English at the British Institute Library (Lungarno Guicciardini, 9) on Thursday, December 13. The award-winning children’s book, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg is about a curious, brave boy who hops on a magical train with other children that takes them to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. On [...]

A Tale of Trolls for Kids at the British Institute

Kids and parents are welcome to listen to the wonderful tale of “Troll Swap” at the Library of the British Institute (Lungarno Guicciardini, 9, Florence) on Thursday, November 15. The library holds Storytime about twice a month for ages 3 to 8, but everyone is welcome. The reading will take place in their cozy children’s room. The reading will start at 5 pm and their Afternoon Tea upstairs is open from 4:30 to 6 [...]

Spooky Storytime at the British Institute

Frankenstein is the focus for the October 25 “Storytime,” a monthly children’s event at Florence’s British Institute library. The English reading and workshop will take place at 5 pm. Children ages 4-8 are the ideal audience to hear the delightful story “Do Not Build a Frankenstein,” but guests of all ages are welcome to attend. After the reading, kids can bring to the story to life by making spooky Frankenstein masks just in time [...]

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 [...]