Especially recommended with kids:

Vaporetto down the Grand Canal: while your children will have fun riding the boat, you will be able to take in the breathtaking scenery of the palaces bordering the Grand Canal.

Doge's Palace (with or without the Secret Itinerary Tour): your guide will captivate you with the story of Casanova's daring escape, But even going at your own pace, the weapons, antique furnishings, and historical maps, books, coins and other documents can inspire the imagination of the child in anyone.

Glassmaking demonstrations: beware of pushy salespeople who will try to trick you into a "free" boat ride to Murano, but fail to mention that it is only free if you buy something from their shops, and often does not include the return trip. However, make sure to visit one of the fascinating furnaces in either Venice or Murano. Murano Glass is one of the trademarks of Venice. Since the 12th century, they have been making glass on the island of Murano. Originally it was made in Venice but they moved to spare Venice the danger of fires. You can get to Murano by vaporetto or by private water taxi. There you can go to the Museo del Vetro, or Glass Museum. The Museum is located in a 17th century palace and is a wonderful place to see the rare and beautiful glass works of art. At the entrance of the Museum is a glass sculpture made by the American artist Dale Chihuly. You can wander the rooms and gardens for hours looking at breathtaking works of glass art and you can spend some time in the gift shop, too.

Burano: this small island has rainbow-colored houses (supposedly to help the fishermen find their way home more easily in the fog of the lagoon), and makes a fun day trip. The net-making skills needed for the fishing trade supposedly led to the skill of the women of the island in the arts of lacemaking, done with the wooden "tombole" (weighted thread holders) which are wound together in delicate and beautiful patterns. Beware that many lace pieces found today on Burano are no longer actually made on the island.

Lido di Venezia: the beach can provide a restful moment away from the bustle of the city and give children a chance to have some fun.

Gelato: children of all ages enjoy stopping for gelato! Look for signs saying "gelateria artigianale" to find gelato made at the gelateria. Some popular gelato shops include Grom and Nico's.

Campanile (bell tower) - some are visitable to the top, such as the one located in Piazza San Marco, or the one facing it on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Walk up (or ride the elevator) to the top for some amazing bird's eye views of the city and surrounding lagoon. If your children have sensitive ears, bring some ear plugs in case the bells toll. Be sure to bring the camera.