Some of the greatest shared experiences are those family days spent carelessly frolicking on the beach. In preparation for your afternoon in the water, a visit to Mollusk Surf Shop will not only get your family equipped for its beach day, but it will also put you in touch with the laid-back vibe Venice is famous for. As you approach the shop, the Venice sidewalks reveal what this vibe is all about: the harmonious cohabitation of street locals, affluent yuppies, solo surfer dudes, families and everything in between. Once inside Mollusk’s, a myriad of surfboards of various sizes and colors dominates the offerings within, but it’s little gift items like art and photography books that make this place more than just a beach supply store. This surfing haven feels more like a clubhouse than a store, so rather than being bored, your kids will likely find themselves checking out the in-store tree house or the surf videos playing on flat screen monitors throughout the shop. While the kids are occupied, you can chat up the easygoing staff about all things beach-related; whether it’s about suggested beach and surfing equipment or even daily surf conditions, there’s not much about Southern California beaches the staff doesn’t know. With your purchases made and your knowledge expanded, it is now time to go out and catch some waves — just don’t forget the sunscreen.