What is a ludotehque? Who is it for? Where can I find one?
A ludotheque is a concept not known all around the globe, and so the idea is not so easy to grasp at first for all. Here’s the first hint: the name comes from the french word “ludique” – playful.
A ludotheque (“ludo”) is basically a toy library, but it’s also so much more. You can become a member of a ludotheque of your choice by paying a very modest membership fee. It will allow you to rent toys, and will help with birthday parties (more on this at the very bottom). Sweet, right?
Ludo is also a free of charge indoor playground, though each ludotheque is differently equipped for kids of different ages. For coming to play, you don’t need to be a member. Just be sure to check the opening hours, as no ludo is opened every day, but there is always at least one ludotheque opened every day.
It’s also a place, where you can meet other parents (and babysitters), where kids master their social skills by stealing toys from one another and refusing to share, without destroying your house.
- During the summer look out for 2 Ludobuses – ludotheques on wheels. Each Ludobus spends each week or two in a different spot in the city, where kids can play outdoors with toys brought from ludtheques.
- When looking for a birthday party venue – check your local ludotheque. Isn’t a room full of toys a perfect kids party place? It can also be the cheapest option there is.
- When hosting a birthday party at your place, you might still want to visit them and rent, for example, a bouncy castle.