Kids Activities Downtown

Fun for all ages (even adults too)!

Set off on an adventure to find hidden fairy doors, from the Kingdom of Venezia, throughout downtown Venice and beyond (on the island). This is a joint project between Venice MainStreet and the Venice Art Center, with help from the Venice High School Art Department and funding from The Ehrhart Family Foundation. For more information and an interactive map, go to VeniceFairies.com. Follow on Facebook and tag on Instagram #VeniceFairies.

The Intergenerational Fountain is a big hit with kids of all ages. Located in Centennial Park, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is maintained by the City of Venice Public Works Department to meet public swimming pool standards. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

It was built in 2006 as a Venice MainStreet project with support from the City of Venice, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and The Ehrhart Foundation. For more information visit the City of Venice website. Click HERE.

Play while you explore and learn more about the fascinating history of Venice! Venice Quest was developed by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce’s Inaugural Leadership Venice Class in 2019. For more information, go to the Chamber’s website HERE.

The Venice Quests are designed for:
– Locals wanting to learn more about our community
– Locals entertaining visitors to our area
– Visitors as a one stop shop for interesting things about Venice
– Schools and homeschool groups wanting to teach the History of Venice
– Lunch groups, service organizations, and social organizations looking for a fun and interesting way to learn more about what Venice has to offer

GET STARTED
Download the scavenger hunt app Scavify available at Google Play or Apple App Store or use QR code below
Register
your information
Search Venice or Venice Quest
Choose from four different quests: History, Arts & Culture, Downtown/Venice Beach Walk and Young at Heart

VENICE SHARK SPOTTING

Image courtesy of City of Venice, venicegov.com

Venice Shark Spotting is an interactive public art installation featuring bronze sculptures of 10 shark species native to the area’s waters. For a list of location clues, click HERE.

A gift to the City of Venice from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the roughly 10-inch-long sculptures are permanently installed in different locations throughout Miami, West Venice and Tampa avenues in downtown Venice. A bronze plaque in Centennial Park informs visitors of the family-friendly exhibit and invites them to search the avenues to find all 10 sharks. Artists from Sarasota’s Bronzart Foundry used a combination of centuries-old and cutting-edge techniques to bring lifelike detail to the miniature sharks they exquisitely sculpted and cast.

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the bronze sculptures and plaque and gifted them to the City of Venice for a permanent public art display. The native shark species — living and prehistoric — pay homage to Venice’s longstanding and beloved association with sharks and shark teeth. The installation aims to add fun and education to Venice’s already vibrant downtown, all in recognition of a charitable organization created by the community that it continues to serve today.