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April 28, 2012

May in Parma

Our selection for May:

1st May "Vieni a giocare con noi" a Sala Baganza, a full day dedicated to kids, free activities and games in the castle park and in the city streets that will be closed to traffic on this occasion. Possibility to picnic on site.

5-6 May De Gustibus

Workshop at the Archeological Museum on 6 May.

13 and 20 May fattorie aperte: farms open their doors to the public. We recommend cheese farms (early morning...) to see the making of Parmigiano.

9-13 May Festa dell'Europa. A rich programme of events including La Festa dell'Orto Botanico, one full day of activities in the botanical garden on 13 May.

4-10 May Cibus in Città: events for the general public will take place downtown. Visit the website for updates.

Giornata nazionale "Bimbimbici" (national day of "kids on bikes"): visit the website of FIAB-Bicinsieme to know more about specific activities in Parma. Due to bad weather, has been postponed to June 2.

17-20 May: Salone del Cavallo Americano in Reggio Emilia, a fun idea for the weekend.

19 and 20 May: the rescue center for wild animals of Salsomaggiore will exceptionally open its doors to the public. A rare opportunity to approach owls, deers, etc.

19 and 20 May: Festa delle Maschere, a festival dedicated to the traditional art of masks.

19 May Notte dei Musei (museums open till late): Casa della Musica, Museo archeologico (Pilotta), etc.

20 May festa delle Oasi WWF: in the provincia of Parma, it will take place at the Oasi dei Ghirardi, Borgotaro. Guided tours at 10 am and 4:30 pm, live music at 1:30 pm, theater show at 3 pm.

May 27: Casa dei Bimbi is back piazza Garibaldi.

27 May Cantine Aperte, vineyards open their doors... and their cellars. Visit the website for updates.

New activities at Laboratorio Famiglia located strada Quarta: art on Tuesday and Wednesday (ooooh noooo, we want cooking classes for the kiddos back!) and special events (follow link).

Bibliomondo is collecting used (but still usable) toys and books in order to support the library Baia del Re.
For information tel. 3334505309 e-mail
They can pick up the stuff at your home (please call to arrange appointment).

Visit the "April in Parma" post for ongoing events, as well as our "Tourism", "Kids" and "Nature" pages for suggestions.

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