Venice4Kids

As you know for sure, Venice is a unique city, and growing here is a total different experience, if compared to all the others cities in the world!

If one day you will want to raise you kids in Venice, or just taste it with the eyes of a Venetian kid, you have to try different experiences. So here we are with a list of the things that you have to expect growing up in Venice!

  1. Playing in the open air, especially in the campi (small squares) with your friends;
  2. During summer, going to Lido to take a bath in the Mediterranean sea;
  3. Learn how to do voga (taking Venetian Rowing Lesson);
  4. Eating delicious desserts, as biscuits (for example, Buranei) and sweet bread with raisins;
  5. Going to school with a gondola or a vaporetto (ships for public transportation).
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Now that the spring has definitely arrived, we can start organising our tours in the open air around the city!

One of our favourite activities for children and families is the one in which kids become painters for one day! We thought this tour as an opportunity to bring out the little artist that is in your children. The activity will be organised as a painting session in front of the of a typical Venetian gondola yard, with a visit afterwards to understand how the boats and gondolas are built. This is a place often frequented by painters because it is typical and very beautiful! Before and after, girls and boys will be accompanied by their tour guide in one of the most suggestive sestieri (districts of Venice) to catch the  right inspiration, drawing and painting down the most beautiful places.

Finally, to chill out and rest for a while, we propose to taste a big ice cream sitting in the sun at Fondamenta delle Zattere, to make your day even more special!

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If you want to start travelling with your kids, you have to think about how to survive with them in a small space full of strangers!

Especially if you will choose to reach Venice by aeroplane, you will need to think about the best way to entertain your young attenders. It’s really easy for children of 10 years old or less, to get bored. Here below you will find some real simple advices to transform your travelling in an oasis of peace, for you and all the people around you!

  1. travel pillow: the newest models can really be adapted to any situation and sits, to guarantee a good quality sleep in any occasions and situations.
  2. Ipad: you are allowed to use Ipads also during the flight, so your children can have fun playing some virtual games that don’t need internet connection to work.
  3. Novels, pencils, colouring books… the most traditional tools for entertainment are usually the most efficient ones!
  4. And do not forget to bring… a sick bag! Unfortunately, they aren’t always in the back of the seats, and children are more sensible to turbulence than adults.
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Mother and son in a Venetian kitchen making cookies.

One of the best things about holidays is that you finally have time to concentrate on the things you love most: cooking, sports, travelling… and your family!

If you have children, you will know for sure that is really difficult to find some activities where you and your kids can have fun at the same time, but cooking is one of these.

So here we are to help you giving some inspirations that allow you to cook also with the help of your little chefs!

Savoury Tart: with cheese, vegetables, ham or… whatever you have in mind! Preparing the puff pastry is really easy and your kids will love to play and cook with it!

Chocolate Salami & fried creams: we simply love them: simple, fast and super yummy! On our blog you can find the recipes to prepare with all the family!

Smile Risotto: if you have kids that are too young to prepare food, they can just decorated it! You can prepare a risotto, and then give a strange and funny shape, as the face of a puppy!

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We saw in a precedent article that Venice is one of the safest place on earth. In fact, in the streets of this gorgeous island, there are no cars, motorcycles or bicycles to care about!

Kids are free to play a lot of games inside the famous campi (small squares) and to draw incredible masterpieces with colourful chalks on the Venetian ground.

It is a very simple game, but is the perfect way to enter in contact with the city, signing their passage in Venice and becoming part of the city itself! Sometimes children draw just some white lines, to play games with other kids, but usually they have more fun painting great and wide compositions with a lot of colours, surprising their parents!

If you were in Venice, what kind of subject would you paint on the ground?

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It’s quite hard to get a real impression of Venice before visiting it, especially if you want to visit it with kids!

We want to help you, giving a short list about what you can really expect from Venice when you visit it with your family!

  1. Kids love the idea of a city floating in water… and this is what they will get! The magic of this city is real, and they will feel it from the beginning until the last second of their trip.
  2. It’s grey and decadent. Venice has the charm of a decadent city, but is also colourful and cheerful!
  3. “It’s crowed, so we will have problems with traffic jam”… not at all! Sometimes it’s quite difficult to walk fast because of the crowd, but there are no gridlock. Consequently, you and your beloved can stay our drinking a glass on wine while your kids play safely in the middle of the streets or in the squares.
  4. A big mistake: do not take a water taxi or a gondola ride. Ok, it’s not cheap, but is a perfect relaxed way to see Venice, especially with children: they will love to go inside narrow canals, passing under the bridges!
  5. Searching for home made toys in Venice. There are some workshop specialised in creating beautiful wooden kink knacks, as for example spinning tops.
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Saint Mark’s day just passed few days ago, and we celebrated a lot to honour our Saint patron and protector of Venice.

It may sounds odd to you, but this Saint is incredibly important for this city built on water, and now we will discover why. Celebrating Saint Mark we celebrate also the symbol of Venice: the winged lion! It represents the power and the strength of the Republic, capable to protect it from terrible enemies. It’s also a symbol appreciated by kids, so it’s very popular also as a puppy, that will protect children from the evils of the world while they grow up.

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We are so lucky to have at just few minutes from our office the best Venetian ice cream!

Nico’s is a traditional ice cream parlour located in the Dorsoduro district, just in front of the Giudecca island. Sitting outside in the private terrace of the bar, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the lagoon, that reveals itself in all its splendour at sunset.

The magic of this place is not just its breathtaking view, but its mostly Nico’s delicious ice creams! The standard flavours are enriched with the unrivalled Gianduiotto: a particular chocolate flavour with a shade of hazelnut. Children love it! In effect, at Nico’s it is possibly to choose also the real Gianduiotto experience: a great piece of chocolate ice cream immersed in a mountain of soft exquisite traditional whipped cream!

Yummy!

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Housed in a 13th Century Palace overlooking the Grand Canal, this much-loved museum does a sterling job of presenting a fascinating and entertaining history of its scientific collections!

Thanks to its new aspect, is now possibly to visit its expositions plunging in a world of light, different sensations and evidences! A lot of thought has gone into making this museum child-friendly, from adding new technological systems where kids can actively partecipate and play with, to stunning scenarios to explain in the most seductive way all the tools, skeletons and fossils.

In addition to this, the museum organise also special activities and visits for kids, to let them discover the museum while having fun!

So what are you waiting for? Let’s discover this unusual place in Venice!

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The “salame al cioccolato” (literally, the chocolate salami) is one of the most famous Italian desserts. It is super yummy and really easy to make, also by kids!

You only need chocolate (200g), biscuits (300g), 2 eggs, sugar (100g) and butter (150g). To create it, you just have to follow the steps here below:

  • crumble the biscuits in a large bowl, then melt the chocolate in a double boiler and knead it with a wooden spoon, until it becomes creamy and without lumps. Let it cool.
  • When the butter is soft enough, knead it to the cream with a spatula, adding sugar, eggs and the melted chocolate.
  • Put everything in the biscuits bowl, put the dough into a sheet of baking paper and then roll it!
  • Then wrap the chocolate salami in an aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator, at least for two or three hours.

And now cut it in slices and taste it!

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