While the crowds can be challenging for family trips to Venice, these "off-the-beaten-path" kids art classes and family experiences allow a unique opportunity to discover the city’s fascinating mysteries and artistic traditions through art, interactive historical games, and treasure sketch hunts.
To book your family activity in Venice, please contact us.
Mystery & Fantasy in Venice: Treasure Hunt Exploration & Art Workshop3 hrs., 295 euro for family of 4, 65 euro each additional participant
A treasure hunt for the whole family. An original way to discover the mysteries and symbols illustrating the history of Venice. With the help of a map, photos of clues, a quiz and a fun and engaging teacher, Venice’s fascinating curiosities are brought to life for the whole family. We’ll visit the fantastic spaces of Campo Santa Maria Formosa andthe Querini Stampalia Foundation (1.5 hr). Afterwards, kids will sketch their own scene and mystery with our certified art docent, while parents can relax in the Foundation caffè. All materials included.
Murano Glassworking Studio Visit
with Glass Bead Art Workshop 3.0 hrs. 365 euro for 1-3 participants, 65 euro each additional participan
Visit an actual Glassblowing Furnace on the Venetian island of Murano. Our docents will help you discover the fine art of the master craftsmen who have been creating beautiful hand-blown glass objects and artworks here for centuries.We meet up on the island in the morning (1.5 hrs) / Families break to visit shops, have lunch and explore on their own / Before heading back by Waterbus to Venice proper where kids will learn more about the art of glass blowing and create their own unique pieces from hand blown Venetian glass beads, no two alike! (1.5 hrs). Parents can enjoy some quiet time or join in on the creativity!
All materials included. Vaporetto boat tickets to Murano Island not included. Murano Trip: 30-40 mins each way.
Mask-Making Workshop • Carnevale Traditions:1.5 hrs. 195 euro for 1-3 participants, 55 euro each additional participant
Families will venture out of the crowds and into the enchanting world of Venice masquerades! Kids will learn about this most Venetian style of dress, and kids will get to choose and create their own papier-maché mask, decorating it as per the traditional Carnival of Venice. Also available for birthday parties with a celebratory brunch. All materials included.
The Merchant of Venice: A Boat Tour Game for Families2.5 hrs., 395 euro for family of 4, 40 euro each additional participant
Your mission: Build your very own palace overlooking the Grand Canal. In this fantastical role-playing game, you are a family of merchants, just arrived in Venice…Enjoy an engaging private boat ride along the Grand Canal to be fully immersed in life during the Serenissima Republic like illustrious visitors of days long by.
Through a series of challenges to be overcome, exchanging goods and helping historical characters, you will get the materials needed to build your “palazzo”!
This 1.5 hr game for the whole family will allow you to discover the most beautiful palaces along the Grand Canal and learn about the history of the people who lived in them.
Afterwards, kids will be treated to a unique 1-hour architectural watercolor sketching lesson in which they’ll design their dream palazzo now that they are wealthy merchants. Parents can enjoy the surroundings with some grown-up time. All materials included.
Lion Hunt! Symbol of Venice, the entire island is peppered with the famous winged lion. But there are plenty more lion beasts to discover. We’ll take you into a stunning quiet section of town, where your kids will spot the stone lions and learn about the places around them – before going into our exclusive art lab to craft their very own animal masks, decorated our hand-made papier-mache masks steeped in Venetian tradition, while parents take a break in the caffè nearby.
2.5 hrs., 395 euro for family of 4, 55 euro each additional participant
Gondola Making Experience • Monday to Friday only / 2.5 hrs., 395 euro for family of 4, 55 euro each additional participant Open only to a select few each week, we’ll take your family for a guided tour of a gondola making site, to see Venetian craftsmen at work in a centuries-old tradition of woodwork.
After, kids will get to sketch their very own dream gondola with our art docents.
THE TIEPOLO AFFAIR & THE BURNING OF THE RIALTO BRIDGE • 2.5 hrs., 110 euro per person
It’s 1310, and a group of aristocrats plot to overthrow the Doge – the Governor of the old Venetian Republic. In this role playing game for the whole family, participants will discover some of the court intrigue and repercussions of Venice’s turbulent past – taking on different roles to win the final prize. Participants will be divided into teams and will have to find clues and items amidst the iconic places connected to the plot to overthrow the Doge – But will you succeed?
After, you will enjoy a typically Venetian aperitivo – sampling delicious treats while hearing what happened to the families – including a Princess – involved in the takeover.
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"Ciao! Grazie for an amazing experience yesterday! Our guide was incredible, informative, patient, warm, and beyond kind. We also truly enjoyed seeing a different (and quiet) part of Venice! The lion hunt and mask making was a major highlight of our trip!!!
Grazie Mille! Ciao! Mica, dave, Billie and Dylan"
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