A trip to Athens is impressive not only for adults, but also for children, for whom a meeting with the ancient heritage and entertainment of the Greek capital is memories for a lifetime. What to see in Athens with children and what will young tourists definitely like?
Acropolis and New Acropolis Museum
A visit to the Acropolis of Athens is the first thing that most families start their walk around the city with. For children, this is an opportunity to see with their own eyes the legendary Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea and many other structures that turned the Acropolis into a majestic monument of history.
To get the most out of the tour, it is best to combine it with a visit to the New Acropolis Museum . In addition to ancient artifacts, it offers special activities for children. At the entrance you can get a "Family Backpack" with games and puzzles that will help you learn more about each exhibit and make your visit even more interesting. Master classes are held for children 4-12 years old. Their program is constantly changing. The museum's souvenir shop sells special colorful books for children on the history and architecture of Athens.
Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15
Opening hours: in summer the museum opens at 8:00 and closes at 16:00 (Monday), 22:00 (Friday), 20:00 (other days). In winter, it starts at 9:00 and is open until 22:00 on Friday, 20:00 on weekends and 17:00 on other days.
In the late 80s, a museum dedicated to the work of the children of Greece was opened in Athens. Today it is not just a museum, but rather a large playground and one of the best places in the capital for family leisure. In the museum, you can visit exhibitions of children's work, play educational games, show creativity during master classes in cooking, drawing and other types of creativity, and conduct exciting experiments.
Please note: the museum is suitable for children under 12 years old
Address: Rigillis & Vasileos Georgiou B' Ave 17-19
Opening hours: daily (except Monday and Tuesday) from 11:00 to 15:00. On Wednesday the museum is open until 19:00
Athens Zoo is a combination of natural beauty and charming inhabitants. This is an alternative to the stone monuments of the metropolis and an opportunity to spend a few hours interestingly. The Somali wild donkey, buffoon eagle, American alligator, Asian elephant, as well as snakes, felines, monkeys, kangaroos, deer, penguins and dozens of other bird and animal species live in the Attica Zoo.
Especially for families with children, the zoo offers many interesting educational programs. Take part in falconry, invite your child to become a farmer and take care of farm animals, go on an individual excursion to meet birds of prey or feed hippos, giraffes and reptiles.
Please note: all educational programs are paid extra. The price is from 30 euros. The duration of each program is from 1 to 3 hours.
Address: the zoo is located in Spata (a suburb of Athens). You can get there from the Doukisis Plakentias stop by bus number 319. A taxi from the center of Athens will cost about 23 euros
Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to sunset. Entrance closes 1 hour before sunset
Center of the Earth Park
The Center of the Earth is a spacious green area where children and adults learn how to interact with the environment. The park with a vegetable garden, vineyard, olive grove and an exhibition of historical agricultural implements is a place for cooking workshops, ecological games and guided tours. For visitors, a 60-minute program has been developed here with the participation of ecologists, agronomists and teachers.
Address: The park is located 6 km from the center of Athens, in the suburb of Nea Llosia, Leof. Dimokratias 67
Opening hours: activities are held on Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00, themed games for children from 11:00 to 14:00
Idea for family leisure: the Athenian Riviera offers family cruises for those who want to look at the Greek coast from the sea, enjoy traditional dishes on board and swim in the azure sea. You can go on a cruise in the morning, or after 15:00. Price for adults - from 100 euros per person, for children - from 70 euros (including transfer and meals)
The Athens Planetarium is one of the most impressive attractions for children. The building with a 25-meter spherical dome offers a visual journey to the stars and planets. Before the eyes of visitors, the events of films about the conquest of space unfold, the effect of presence and immersion in virtual space reality is created. Each session lasts 40 minutes. On average, they manage to show at least 6-7 pictures per week.
Please note: the audio guide in the planetarium is only in English, but this does not affect the overall impression
Address: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 387, Paleo Faliro. The planetarium is located 5.5 km from the center of Athens. You can get to it (stop Onaseio) by buses No. B2 and 550
Opening hours: Monday - Friday - from 9:30 to 14:30, weekends - from 10:30 to 16:30
Museum of Emotions
Athens surprises when it comes to family leisure. For example, there is the Museum of Emotions - unique in its kind. Its creators dreamed of organizing a space where, with the help of games, exhibitions and fairy tales, a child could discover and manifest his emotional world. Each exhibition is dedicated to a certain emotion: anger, joy, sadness. The Museum of Emotions employs animators who are ready to turn a visit to the museum into an exciting adventure.
Please note: the museum is designed for children 5-15 years old
Address: Karatza 7, 117 41 Filopappou
Opening hours: the museum is open to foreigners on weekends from 10:00 to 13:00
Ride on the Athens Happy Train
The most fun way to get to know Athens for kids is on the Athens Happy Train. It runs through the old city center and travels around all the main attractions of the Greek capital in 40 minutes. Enjoying fantastic views, making stops wherever you like, saving on transport are just some of the benefits of Happy Train. You can get on the train at Syntagma Square. It leaves every 40-50 minutes.
The Happy Train tour includes stops:
- Houses of Parliament;
- Unkown soldiers grave;
- the Benaki Museum;
- Museum of Cycladic Art;
- Byzantine Museum;
- Military Museum;
- Panathinaikos Stadium;
- Temple of Zeus
Opening hours: Athens Happy Train starts at 9:00 and runs until 21:00. Low season - until 11:00.