Are you in Athens and looking for some fun things to do with your children? Read on for 10 top things you can do with your children in Athens, Greece.
1. Goulandris Museum
In this museum, life-sized replicas of animals and interesting plant species will raise awareness and understanding about how our ecosystem works. You will find an interesting exhibition at Gaia Centre which provides information about the way our planet works and the role of the humanity. Click here if you want to find out more about the Goulandris museum.
2. Hellenic Children’s Museum
This museum is dedicated to kids and helps them learn in a fun way about how the world around them. They get the opportunity to make structures out of building materials, learn about supply and demand in the marketplace, and even experiment with food in the kitchen. Click here to to be directed to the Hellenic museum’s site.
3. Eugenides Foundation Planetarium
This is a must visit for both young and older kids. They will simply love the huge domed screen and the auditorium and the understanding of complex concepts in a fun and interactive way. The themes change regularly and schools often pick this as an educational venue visit. Click here to learn more about the Planetarium.
4. Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
This venue allows you to learn about Greek history through virtual tours and performances. You will travel back in time and visit interesting and places and monuments that no longer exist. Children love it. Click here to be directed to their site.
5. Zappeio – National Garden
On a good day, the National Garden, next to Syntagma Square is a great outing for the family. Your children can run around and play in the two playgrounds, interact with the animals at the mini zoo and of course feed the ducks at the lake. You can admire the amazing statues such as the woodworker, the little harvester and the satyr. Click here for more information on Zappeio and the National Garden.
6. Attica Zoological Park
Definitely worth a visit with your little ones. Make sure you pick up a map to guide you around the park as it is huge, housing more than 350 animal species of which half are on the endangered list. Click here to learn more.
7. Mount Lycabettus
This is an activity that both youngsters and adults will enjoy. The hill of Lycabettus stands next to the popular area of Kolonaki and is famous for its breathtaking views. Children will be excited at the prospect of a ride in the mini cable car which takes you to the top of the hill. Click here to learn more.
8. Archelon – The Sea Turtle Protection Society
An alternative activity in Athens is to head towards the sea to visit the Sea Turtle Protection Society where your children will meet the famous Caretta Caretta. They are going to love to see turtles of all sizes and at the same time learn about the marine biology of turtles, their feeding habits and reproduction patterns. Click here to be head over to their site.
9. A day at the beach with the family
Athenian beaches can be equally as beautiful as the ones you see on postcards from the islands. Head out for a day at the beach for a stroll by the beach or a swim if the weather is warm enough.
10. Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum
On top of the list and a definite must-see when visiting Athens with children is the Acropolis. Travel back to ancient Athens and show your kids the birthplace of democracy. The Acropolis is suitable for children starting from 3-4 years old; prams arne’t allowed inside the Acropolis. The new Acropolis museum offers family backpacks with an educational program for families, it organizes family tours, there is an educational lab, kid-friendly guides and a number special family events throughout the year. Not to be missed! Click here for more information.
Till next time…