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Where do you love to take your children or grandchildren?

“My oldest grandchild’s favorite place is the interactive fountain in downtown Venice. The interaction between him and the water is as much fun for him as for all those watching. He’s always sad to leave and looks forward to the next visit.” —Jean Trammell, Venice MainStreet President

“We enjoy frequenting downtown Venice with our 12-year-old daughter. We love the variety of restaurants and places to get sweet treats like ice cream or candy. Other favorite places are the beach, Venetian Waterway Trail for biking and the water for boating.” —Andrea Arnold, Upturn Services owner and sales manager

“Two special things my husband and I enjoy doing with our sons, Dominic, 3, and Quinn, 2, are the Fall Festival at Hazeltine Nurseries in October and the Venice Area Beautification Inc. Boat Bash in December. [We also] picnic at the playground next to the downtown tennis courts. The equipment, which is low to the ground, and the fencing allow a 2-year-old to safely explore and play.” —Victoria Dietz, MPS Development and Construction purchasing manager and artist

“Snake Island. We enjoy watching the boats coming and going, people paddle boarding, picnicking and playing with their dogs in the water. Snake Island is special to me because I served on the West Coast Inland Navigational District board, which [helped place] revetments around the island to save it from erosion, and I worked on the Dona Bay project to reverse millions of gallons of untreated storm-water runoff, which will keep it out of the Venice Inlet, Shakett Creek and Dona Bay and restore the saltwater estuary.” —Charles Hines, Sarasota County Commissioner

“Venice Sertoma Club’s Breakfast with Santa. My children have an opportunity to tell Santa everything he should bring them for Christmas. Better yet, they receive a present from Mrs. Claus. Recently, my 8 ½-year-old daughter, Melina, announced Santa Claus ‘may not be real.’ So I don’t know if climbing onto the lap of Santa was as exciting for her as it has been in the past. Personally, I didn’t care. I still sat on his lap and told him everything I wanted for Christmas.” —Dr. Chris Cortman, psychologist and author

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