Kids Hour: Galileo, Venice and Amazing Inventions (Ages 7-9) with Sara Grinzato - Context Travel

Kids Hour: Galileo, Venice and Amazing Inventions (Ages 7-9) with Sara Grinzato

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The webinar aims at providing to our younger learners some historical context to understand the invention of the telescope by Galileo Galilei and at analyzing it as an instrument that changed the way we know the world.

How did Galileo find his way to Venice and what was his business with the Grand Duke? Find out on our Venice for Kids Seminar, designed especially for kids. Join an art historian as we virtually explore Doge’s Palace to see what happened in August 1609, when professor Galileo Galilei presented his new invention to the State of Venice: the telescope.

But how did he show off his new invention? Galileo organized an experiment from the very top of the bell tower in Saint Mark’s Square which allowed him to really explain to the world his new tool. With a few games and activities, the kids and parents attending this conversation will reach an understanding of the world of Galileo while in Venice, one of the most liberal and freethinking cities in Europe at the time.

Led by an expert on art history, Sara Grinzato, this interactive seminar will provide information on who Galileo was, why he was in Venice, and, most importantly what his inventions were with a highlight on the telescope. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with the ability to create a Galilean instrument themselves!

Materials Needed:

  • 3 or 4 sheets of colored paper
  • glue
  • scotch tape
  • scissors
  • a pencil

About Kids Hour

Context’s Kids Hour conversations are 45-60 minute live, interactive sessions specially designed for kids. We include learning activities on all our Kids Hour conversations.

Your child should come prepared with any materials indicated in the conversation description.

Kids Hour Zoom etiquette:
  • Zoom display name should reflect the name of the child
  • The expert may mute all participants while she is speaking. Please use the raise hand feature to ask a question.


My child is older/younger than the suggested age grouping. May they join?
The age range we have indicated is a suggestion based on the content of the conversation and teaching approach. Ultimately the decision to book a younger or older child is at your discretion. We generally design our Kids Hour conversations for the following age groupings: 7-9 and 10-12.

Am I required to accompany my child?
Your child is welcome and encouraged to attend the conversation independently. We just ask that you assist with start-up in case your child has difficulty entering the Zoom room, changing their display name, and finding the mute and/or raise hand feature.

What if my child has a question during the conversation?
The expert may choose to mute all participants while she is speaking. On our adult conversations, participants use Zoom’s chat function to ask questions. On our Kids Hour conversations, we use the raise hand feature.

Does my child need to come with any materials?
We will indicate in the description of the conversation if there are materials that need to be pre-prepared.

Is your fee per learner or per family?
Our fee is per learner.

Are Kids Hour conversations group or private?
Our Kids Hour conversations are group sessions. Each is open to up to 20 learners. If you would like to schedule a private conversation for your child only, please contact us at

How do I change the Zoom participant display name to reflect my child’s?
To change your name after entering a Zoom meeting, click on the “Participants” button at the top of the Zoom window. Next, hover your mouse over your name in the“Participants” list on the right side of the Zoom window. Click on “Rename”. Enter the name you'd like to appear in the Zoom meeting and click “OK”.

Sara Grinzato is a professional art historian, tourist guide and conservator. The Veneto villas have been one of her major fields of research for years, especially as far as the 18-century decoration is concerned. She can boast a number of publications on Venetian Villas and above all on the Riviera del Brenta from the 16th to the 19th century.

This conversation is suitable for children aged 7-9.

60 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.