Things kids love:

Parco di Collodi
The Pinocchio Park, inaugurated in 1956, is not a typical theme park, but a precious collective creation by fascinating artists.

The literary trail, consisting of mosaics, buildings and sculptures dotted around the park, is the perfect fusion of art and environment: it is a twisting trail through thick greenery, along which the plants themselves contribute to creating the atmosphere and episodes from the story of the Adventures of Pinocchio.
The Park is also a venue for cultural activities which are constantly updated but which never forget their roots: art and illustration exhibitions inspired by Pinocchio’s stories for children, laboratories for making marionettes, marionette shows, marionettes and storytellers that change according to the season.

The Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory
If you want to let your children see the moon “close up” then we suggest you bring them to the Acetri Observatory which, in the framework of didactic activities and scientific divulgation, welcomes guests organising guided tours with observations of the sky.
Night visits: for organised groups of up tp 35 people. Every week of the first quarter of the moon.
at 18.30 and 21.00 from November to March
at 21.00 from April to October

The “Open Observatory” visits are organised on Saturday evenings for individual visitors or groups of tup five people and are organised by the Associazione Astronomica Amici di Arcetri, a non-profit cultural organisation for the diffusion of science.
Prices:
4 euro for children up to end-of-junior high school age (14)
5 euro for high-school age children
7 euro for adults
For further information please calle 055 2752280 Monday to Friday from 055 2752280 from 10.00 alle 12.00.

The Children’s Museum
Museo, laboratorio, bottega. Ma solo per i più piccoli.
A museum, laboratory and workshop. But only for kids. The Bottega dei Ragazzi is the newest museum dedicated to children: a space with creative laboratories for young visitors in one of Florence’s symbolic buildings for kids, the Istituto degli Innocenti. The Bottega is managed by the didactic section of the MUDI Museo degli Innocenti and offers children aged from 3 to 11 a wealth of fun and creative programmes focusing on art and history, with a smile; animated visits and over 70 fun and creative laboratories on art, the history of Florence and the ancient Spedale. Discover art, mess around, play and sing: fantasy has no limits!
The Bottega dei Ragazzi works with schools and families as well as with individual tourists through Italian, English, French and Spanish. The activities last 90 minutes, and after the laboratory work the kids can stay on to play together for another hour, while their parents can take in a visit to the nearby museums or to the Church of the Annunziata.
www.istitutodeglinnocenti.it

Museums for families
Florence’s didactic museums have an interesting calendar of events which, day by day, delve into the different aspects of the many works in the Uffizi, the Bargello Museum, the San Marco, the Galleria dell'Accademia and the Gallery of Modern Art.
The family events are for parents and children from the ages of 8 to 12. For information and bookings contact the Sezione Didattica del Polo Museale di Firenze (http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/didattica/) at 055-284272 on Wednesday from 15 to 18 and on Thursdays from 9 to 12 or write to didattica@polomuseale.firenze.it
Only adults pay the entrance fee, minors under the age of 18 enter state-run museums free of charge.





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