Venice with kids? Top Things to do: Venetian mask decorating course

If you are looking for fun things to do in Venice with kids, forget about monuments and museums - especially if you're coming to Venice with toddlers. Try something more hands-on: our ABCs of mask decoration course.

These workshops for the whole family allow you to have a different kind of experience. Venice children's activities don't get any better because our workshop is fun for everyone, whatever their age. Even if you find yourself in Venice with teenagers who are hard to satisfy!

Our ABCs of mask decorating course is great fun for all ages. Thanks to the wide variety of decorative techniques available, children from four years old can do it on their own while adults are free to explore their creative side and experiment with different types of sophisticated, professional decoration.

The ABC course in 4 steps:

1- Choose one mask and a decorative style from the many available.

There are over 60 models of blank Venetian masks available to be painted and decorated. All our masks are genuine Venetian masks handmade from real cartapesta. You get to choose from all the categories: Venetian carnival masks, Commedia dell'Arte masks, animal masks, etc.

The decorative techniques we teach are also genuine. They're easy to do but they're the same techniques used by professionals. Everybody can get the effect he or she wants without too much stress, sometimes with a little help from the instructor. Also because of the way we do our course, you can change your mind about how your mask should look before the end.

2 – Decorate the mask in a totally free and creative way. Or if you like to copy one of the examples on display.

One reason why our ABCs course is among the top fun things to do in Venice with kids is that it's totally flexible. Our instructors guide kids and adults as they work independently. Nobody ever gets stuck or frustrated because you can really make the mask look however you like.

And because the kids are working on their own, the adults have a little free time to express themselves, too. This course is very flexible. Combine the decorative styles in all sorts of ways to realize unique possibilities!

3 – Choose the finishing

Use acrylic tempura, beeswax, and water-based paint for the finish along with gold, silver, and copper colors for the final touch. All absolutely non-toxic and safe materials.

4 – Take home your decorated mask!

At the end of the course, masks are dried and packaged with care so that they are not damaged during transport.

Together with the masks, each group receives a copy of our book “Venetian masks”, a book available in four languages about the rich history of Venetian carnival masks and the techniques used to make them.

If you have to do Venice in a day with kids, really there's nothing better than this surprisingly good course. You get history, art, and something new - all in an experience that stimulates children and keeps them occupied and frees adults to explore their creative side, too.

Our ABCs course is basically a hands-on course and language is not a problem. Instructors can speak little English and are professional decorators with over 25 years of experience making genuine Venetian masks at our master workshop. They will walk you through each step of the decoration process. People from all over the world, regardless to their language and age, enjoy our course, and come away happy and surprised at their own artistic ability.

Price per person:

Participants €/Person
1 49
2 44
3 - 13 39


The ABCs mask decorating mini-course is not private so no deposit is required. You will pay (cash) before starting the workshop.

The workshop is available from Monday to Saturday during the following times:

- from 10:00 to 12:30 (last admission)
- 14:30 - 17:30 (last admission).

You can pop in anytime during the admission times.


In summer, you may eventually call us before coming in order to check the availability of seats at the very moment prior to your arrival.

If you have any further questions, our staff will answer you in English, French, and Italian via email or phone from 10 to 19 at +39 (0)412776142.

For ABCs course, we do not accept payment using credit or debit cards.
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Dorsoduro 3172 30123 Venezia (Italy)
Email: info@camacana.com
Phone:+39 041 5203229
P.IVA: 02070120270

Every day:
10AM - 8PM (Summer time)
10Am - 6:30PM (Winter time)

We are open during holidays

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