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Activities for Kids, Venice: 2 reviews and 1 photos
This was part of my forum reply to a question regarding 2 young children in Venice for 3 days
I'd suggest buying a ticket for the vaporetto for at least one day, to get your bearings or to use to zip around to the different islands.The vaporettos run through the day and most of the night.
It is easy to get around Venice on foot, less so if in the height of summer, negotiating crowds and bridges with a buggy or 2 tired children. So having this ticket gives you the option of jumping onto the nearest vaporetto.
Some suggestions of things for children to do in Venice;
The Lido and Sant' Erasmo have beaches, and you can hire bicycles here. (You can't swim off of Venice)
There is a public swimming pool on Sacca Fisola, which is at the end of Giudecca.
Childrens play grounds -Giardini Pubblici has swings, climbing frames and table tennis. (This is also where the Biennale is held each odd numbered year - so it's running June - Sept 2009) You might see some free exhibits around these gardens or the old rope factory in Arsenale. (You have to pay an entrance fee for the main Biennale Exhibition.
Parco delle Rimembranze in Sant Elena has swings and a roller skating ring
Most restaurants are child friendly - a mezza porzione is a half portion. Plenty of take away pizza places serve slices of pizza for around 2 euros. There are supermarkets dotted around Venice to stock up on bottled water, juices, biscuits, yogurts etc. The Rialto market is worth visiting for fresh fruit etc. You could make a picnic to eat in one of the parks.
To make it more interesting for children walking around the streets, get them to look out for the many Lions and other animals portrayed around the city. The English church of St George in Dorsodura has a competition for children to find as many pictures and bas reliefs of St George and The Dragon around Venice.
Climbing Towers - The Campanile of St Georgio Maggiore has great views over Venice and beyond 3 euros for adults.(There is a lift)
Other towers - Campanile and The Clock Tower in San Marco Piazza. Scala Contarini del Bovolo (though this was being renovated in 2007)
Some Campos have entertainers, or other children riding bikes, playing games etc. Via Garibaldi near the Giardini Pubblici is a street that is bustling with locals shopping, chatting etc- there are usually children playing here too. There are a few toy shops and Ice cream parlours here as well as a supermarket.
Please Don't let them feed the pigeons in Piazza San Marco. They carry diseases that children and the elderly are more susceptible to.
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