Navigating Venice with kids needn’t be tricky, even if it’s wet weather! Of course, this historic city has a great range of museums and galleries, but which ones are suitable for children? And where can you paint your own Venetian Mask for carnival?
Babybreaks is here to help! We have listed five of the best indoor activities for families, so you won’t be stuck for ideas when you’re in Venice with kids.
1. Peggy Guggenheim Collection
A great modern art museum that’s very child friendly, this tops the list of many families visiting Venice with kids. As well as the excellent exhibitions, there are weekly Kids Days each Sunday. Aimed at children between 4 and 10 years, these free workshops introduce children to modern art in an engaging way. They will love having the chance to experiment with different techniques, whilst parents have some time alone to enjoy a coffee!
2. Mask Making Workshop
Make and paint your own Venetian mask at this unique workshop for the whole family. Firstly you will learn about ancient techniques, then put your new skills to the test and produce a stunning mask for yourself. The kids will love the gold and silver metallic paints, and adding finishing touches with feathers, ribbons, and sequins.
3. Rialto Market
Visiting this covered market is a fantastic idea for a rainy day in Venice. Its main focus is seafood from the lagoon, but there are also fruits, cheeses and meats from all around the Veneto region. A riot of sights, smells and tastes, and a fab place to pick up some fresh ingredients for your dinner. Why not make a checklist of things to spot (squid, langoustines, mushrooms!) as a fun game for the little ones? The market is open daily from 07:30 – 13:00.
4. Querini Stampalia Foundation
This Venetian cultural institute is something of a hidden gem, but it’s a fantastic place for all ages that we’re sure you’ll love. Part museum, part art gallery and part library, this beautiful historic house is like a snapshop of Venice’s past. There are Renaissance paintings, stunning furnishings and unique architecture to admire, as well as a library full of treasures. In addition, the amazing modern garden designed by Carlo Scarpa in the 1960’s is a serene space where those in the know come to escape the city hubub.
If you’re visiting the museum you can leave your kids at the Casa Macchietta. This is a new space for children (ages 3-6) where multilingual staff will entertain them with games, activities and workshops.
5. Natural History Museum
Most kids favourite type of museum is about animals, so they’re bound to love this one! Delve into the past as you admire varied exhibits from the natural world, from dinosaur bones to insects and marine life. It’s also rarely as busy as other Venice museums, so you can hopefully avoid the queues and crowds. This museum is very family focused, so there are often children’s workshops and tours. Check the website before you visit to see what’s on.
Visiting Venice with kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday.
Which of these activities in Venice will you choose for your next holiday?
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