While Venice can seem a bit overwhelming and crowded at first glance, a challenge for family travel, with a little planning, there are a range of exceptional Venice activities for kids that will acquaint them with all of the city’s treasures on their own level, in fact in most cases digging a little deeper behind the scenes into the art, architecture, and intrigue of the culture of Venice than your average adult tour!
Every Sunday from 3:00-4:30 pm the Guggenheim Venice offers free “Kids Day” workshops for children ages 4-10. The activities are designed to enable children to engage with modern and contemporary art at their own level by experimenting with artistic techniques and themes. The workshops begin with some projects in the museum visiting permanent and temporary exhibits, then continue on back in the classroom with art projects and other creative exercises. The workshops are primarily in Italian but English is offered as well. For this reason, we suggest emailing the museum in advance to reserve a spot for your children and indicate their language needs. Other languages may be accommodated as well. The Guggenheim hosts a series of other family events and activities throughout the year, so be sure to check their website before your visit.
The Arte al Sole educational travel programs, which offers art and cultural courses for kids in English throughout Italy, has fun-filled options for Venice Kids Tours and Activities that allow parents some free time, along with several interactive activities for the whole family to explore Venice together. In these workshops, kids explore the magic of Venice in an interactive way. The program allows parents some free time while children are learning in-depth and hands-on about the city’s cultural legacy with other students, meeting friends and enjoying an international cultural experience. Activities include an adventure around the city themed around Venetian traditions of alchemy and visiting the sites of some intriguing legends, followed by a papier-mache mask workshop. A Murano tour and workshop, and then in the afternoon the children will make their own glass pearl jewels. Families can enjoy a treasure hunt together, and then the kids can create a comic strip illustrating their adventure. Arte al Sole also offers a variety of fun workshops in Rome, Lucca, and Florence, as well as summer day camps for international children.
We love the super family-friendly tours by LivTours. Their Venice family-friendly tour of the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square can be combined with a Venice mask-making workshop for kids at the end. Or explore the quieter canals of Venice with a combined kid-friendly Venice walking tour and gondola ride.
MORE VENICE SUGGESTIONS
Plan Your Trip
Use our Italy Trip Planning Tool to create an account for your own personal Italy family travel inspiration. Save this article along with other information of interest so that you can gather all of your Italy with kids research in one place.
Add to favorites