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.

FantaSea Venice is a 2021 public art project by the Venice Art Center in partnership with FantaSea Venice sponsors and regional artists to create unique designs for 22 fiberglass mermaids and 30 fiberglass seahorses. The outdoor sculptures are located throughout Venice and will be on display until April 2023. You can search for 34 of the 52 mermaids and seahorses right in the heart of downtown Venice! For a map and more information go to FantaSeaVenice.com.

Venice Shark Spotting-  Do the one mile walking loop and find all 10 bronze shark sculptures of species native to the area’s waters! CLICK HERE FOR CLUES and follow Venice Shark Spotting on Facebook. Tag your photos #VeniceSharkSpotting!

In celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2020, Gulf Coast Community Foundation commissioned the bronze sculptures and plaque and gifted them to the City of Venice for a permanent public art display. 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. The native shark species — living and prehistoric — pay homage to Venice’s longstanding and beloved association with sharks and shark teeth.

The approximately 10-inch sculptures are installed in different locations throughout West Venice, Miami, Tampa and Nokomis avenues in downtown Venice. A bronze plaque in Centennial Park informs visitors of the family-friendly public art installation and is the starting point of the shark loop. 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.

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 Family Foundation. For more information visit the City of Venice website.

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
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Search Venice or Venice Quest
Choose from eight different quests: FantaSea Mermaids & Seahorses Quest, History, Arts & Culture, Downtown/Venice Beach Walk, Young at Heart, Shark Spotting, Search for Fairy Doors, and Venice Public Library Centennial Quest.