Tips for an Unforgettable Family Vacation in Venice

The joys of family vacations are moments to be cherished, and for parents, watching your kids explore new and unfamiliar places, and begin to encounter new cultures is a thrilling and wondrous experience. There are few places in the world that pack the type of scenic beauty, delicious food, and new experiences that Italy’s northern city of Venice is famous for, so if you’re thinking of a family vacation, here are a few reasons why Venice is the perfect destination for you.


Waterway transportation
For anyone who hasn’t grown up in a city of canals and waterways, the chance to experience the boat taxis and gondolas that ferry tourists (and locals) around this stunning city is absolutely thrilling. Even upon arrival there are boat services that can take you from Marco Polo Airport into the center of the city, which is bound to start your holiday off on the right foot with your kids.Following arrival, a great way to acclimatize to the city and begin to adjust to the canals, bridges, and narrow passages is by taking a boat tour, which will lead you down the Grand Canal and allow you to map-out many of the city’s famous sites, such as the Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, Saint Mark’s Basilica, and the Doge’s Palace.

Family-Friendly Eating
The easiest part about taking family trips to Italy, is that most children love the type of food that is available to them, pizza and pasta can be found at all restaurants. If you’re looking for an atmosphere that is laid back and friendly with kids, the Rialto San Marco if the perfect place for you. After dinner or on hot afternoons, a stop by the gelato shop will give your family a tasty experience that the ice cream back home simply cannot match.

Relax and Play at the Lido
The Lido is Venice’s beach and is located on the Adriatic Sea. It is actually a sand bar that is about 11 kilometers long, and features both private and public beaches. Heading to the north or south will allow you to access the Lido’s two public beaches, whose waters are warm and shallow, making them a perfect place for kids to play. The local area is also home to a sporting centre that features football pitches, as well as tennis courts. If you happen to get hungry and haven’t packed a lunch, then there are plenty of family friends eating options around.

Explore by foot
The narrow winding passageways and staircases that open up onto Venice’s beautiful squares provide a magical experience of discovery for visitors of all ages. And when your family are tired and need a break, the cafés featuring live music in the evenings are a perfect place for parents to relax and unwind with a bottle of wine, while the kids chase Venice’s famous pigeons around the square.

So whether your kids are babies or teens, there are plenty of great reasons to book your flights to Venice and give your family an Italian experience that you will never forget.

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AMF Summer Unplugged & Summer Pass

I love bowling. I am absolutely terrible at it, but every time I go to the bowling alley, I have a great time. This summer, AMF wants to encourage families to get out and have fun together with two very special programs:

AMF Summer Unplugged

At select AMF centers, kids 15 and under get 2 free games of bowling per day. {The cost of shoe rental isn’t included, but it’s definitely worth paying for.}

  • Dates: Starts Monday, May 14th. Ends Monday, September 3rd {Labor Day}.
  • Time: 7 days a week, until 8PM.
  • Register: Parents, CLICK HERE to select a participating center {there are over 250 locations} and complete a simple registration form. Free game coupons will be emailed to you every week. It’s just that easy!
  • Eat: Not sure what to eat? Most AMF locations offer Kids Meals from just $3.29

AMF Summer Pass

This is the perfect deal for anyone 16 and over!

With just one $29.95 Summer Pass, you get 2 free games per day for up to 4 people that are ages 16 and over. All summer long! That comes down to just $7.50 per person. Shoe rental isn’t included, but it’s a small price to pay for a summer of fun! The same times and dates apply as the Summer Unplugged special.

CLICK HERE to purchase your pass now.

Disclaimer: Information in this post was provided to me through the One2One Network. I have not been compensated for this post, but I have been entered to win a gift card as a thank you for putting up this post.

Put the Boys in Cub Scouts

Last night, we had the official “parents meeting” with our local Cub Scout Troop. That means the boys are really, truly Cub Scouts now. They could not be more excited. Even Parker is excited, and he’s still almost 4 years away from being part of a pack.

As I was getting ready to go to last night’s meeting, Parker came up to my room and said, “Mom, I’m a parent. I need to go to the meeting tonight for Cub Scouts.” Bless his heart – he wanted to go so badly that hubby and I took him along with us. All went just fine until he started playing with my phone, found the Cube Dog app, and started making my phone meow like a cat. (I still have no idea how he did that. 1. My phone was on silent, and 2. it’s a Cube DOG app.) The other parents and leaders thought it was hysterical, though, so no one seemed to mind the interruption too much. At least I don’t think they did.

Truth be told, I’m really excited about the boys joining Scouts too. I think that Cub Scouts will be a very good thing for both of them. Zander needs the social interaction Cub Scouts offers, and Jace needs the disciplined atmosphere. Sounds like a win-win to me! And, since the whole family gets to get involved, I think it will be really good for all the kids. I just need to start praying now that hubby’s work schedule doesn’t conflict too badly with Cub Scouts. Taking 6 kids to Cub Scouts 4 – 5 times a month by myself sounds exhausting.

I don’t have much Cub Scout experience, but that will be changing very soon now that I’ll have 2 boys in the program. Luckily, my Uncle is the ultimate Boy Scout, still active with a troop here in our area. You can bet I’ll be leaning on him for advice and direction through the boys’ time in Scouts. So glad I have him in my life! 🙂

Do you have any experience with Cub Scouts? What did your boys learn? Would you do it again?

cub scout characters