A visit to Athens with children will certainly be enjoyable for all the family, with entertaining activities and interesting experiences. Depending on the season and the kids' preferences, a day at the beach or in the park is ideal. Museums with exhibits specifically for children, amusement parks, animals, are also high on the list of youngsters favourites. I have created this list of our tried and tested top activities to see and do in Athens Greece. This list is not complete and I will be constantly updating this post. I hope you find it useful and interesting!
Athens with Children
Athens with children is great! I am very passionate about my adopted home town Athens. It is such a historic place and there are lots of things to do for families. With perfect weather, good family hotels and easy to visit activities for children, Athens is a great destination for family vacation or city break. In summer, Athens can easily be combined with the beaches along the Athens Coast or the islands nearby. In the wintertime, Athens is an ideal destination for a weekend escape. This list is not complete and will be constantly updated. I have only mentioned the Athens museums that offer something extra for families and children besides their regular collection. So take the kids, put on some comfortable shoes and join me in exploring one of the oldest cities in the world!
Climb up the Acropolis
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. If you enter the Acropolis archaeological site from the main entrance on Dionysou Areopagitou street, you will see not only the world-famous Parthenon but also the Theatre of Dionysus and the Odeon of Herodes. The Acropolis is suitable for children starting from 3-4 years old; it is not allowed to use strollers inside the Acropolis. In the summertime, don’t forget to bring water, a sunhat and walking shoes!
Buy tickets for the Acropolis
If you just want to visit the Acropolis, you can buy your tickets directly from the entrance. There are two entrances to the Acropolis rock: the main one which is in the west and the side entrance (known as Dionysus Theater entrance), which is located in the south-east. Using the Dionysus Theater entrance you have the opportunity to see all the monuments on the slopes of the Acropolis. Keep in mind that there are long lines at the ticket offices in summer.
For prompt information about the Acropolis timetable and tickets please follow this link: http://odysseus.culture.gr/
You can also buy your e-tickets from the official e-ticketing service of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports at www.etickets.tap.gr. Children do not pay an entrance fee to the Acropolis. However, these free admission tickets are exclusively issued at the ticket office of the site you are visiting, upon proof of eligibility. This means that you still need to wait in line.
If you are planning to visit more ancient monuments, you can buy a combined ticket (in 2019 for 30€) that entitles you with entrance to the following archaeological sites: Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Agora of Athens, Archaeological Museum of Kerameikos, Hadrian’s Library, Kerameikos, Museum of the Ancient Agora, North slope of Acropolis, Olympieio, Roman Agora of Athens, South Slope of Acropolis. With just one ticket you will see the most important points of interest in Athens.
The crowds are huge between April and October at the Acropolis. If you want to beat them I recommend that you visit the Acropolis at the opening time (8:00 am). You can also purchase a skip the lines guided tour and avoid waiting in line with kids.
Acropolis Recommended Guided Tours
If you are interested in a guided tour on the Acropolis, I would recommend the following tours for families.
Athens: The Acropolis and Athena Interactive Tour for Kids. This is a specialized tour for kids of 5-10 years old with experienced guides who unravel the history of the Acropolis with activities that include stories of gods, goddesses, and giants.
Another shorter kid-friendly tour in Athens at the Acropolis is called Athens: 2-Hour Acropolis Guided Tour for Families.
Alternatively, for a longer kid-friendly tour at the Acropolis, I would recommend the Athens: 4-Hour Acropolis For Kids Private Guided Tour.
Finally, if you are interested in a shorter tour that combines both the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum and no need to wait in the ticket lines, I would recommend the Acropolis & Museum: Private Guided Tour without Tickets
The Acropolis Museum is considered one of the most important museums in Greece. It houses more than 3.000 artefacts from the Acropolis. In a list of things to do in Athens with children, the New Acropolis Museum cannot be left out either. We visit at least a couple of times per year. In summer because it is nice and cool and in winter because we don’t get wet or cold. The New Acropolis is a new and spacious museum with many family features.
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. In summer time, we love visiting the so-called ‘museum night’. Check out the family programs of the New Acropolis Museum here. With young, kids you can check out the Lego Acropolis model on the top floor. Older children will appreciate the movie about the history of the Acropolis and the book corner. The first-floor museum shop is next to the book corner and sells games, books, toys and other educational materials for kids in several languages. The museum offers strollers free of charge at the cloakroom. There is also a parents room on the first floor that can be used for changing and (breast)feeding your baby. At the second floor restaurant is a kids menu available. Check out the gorgeous view from the balcony (safe for children because surrounded by a wall).
For a guided tour in the museum, I would recommend families to choose for Athens: Acropolis Tour & Museum.
Acropolis Museum Excavations Tickets
Did you know that in July 2019, the excavations underneath the Acropolis Museum have opened to the public? Visitors, guided by the Museum’s archaeologists, can see an ancient Athenian neighbourhood as one giant exhibition and will be able to walk through ancient neighbourhood’s streets. If you want to visit the excavations as well as the museum, it is wise to buy a combined ticket and skip the lines. Click here for more information and to book your combined skip the line ticket for the Acropolis Museum Ticket & Access to Ancient Excavations
Creative Workshops in Athens
If you want to do something different in Athens with kids, have a look at Ancient with Kids at the Ancient Agora workshop. A family expert takes your kids painting, creating and learning at the ancient Athenian sites. We did a similar workshop in the Acropolis Museum and we loved it!
Painting the Parthenon is a 3-hour workshop at Pnyx Hill with a specialized painter. At Pnyx, you will get a short workshop on drawing and painting techniques. Learn about the combination of colours, how to create perspective in your drawings, and admire the architectural masterpiece of the Parthenon. Receive a canvas and all the required material for an unforgettable day, that will let you and your kids create your own souvenir to take back home with you. Click here for more information and to book.
If you kids like pottery, check out this Mythology & Pottery For Kids Private Experience. This creative experience includes a hotel pick-up (for hotels within walking distance from the tour’s location), a 2-hour mythological walking tour, a 2-hour pottery workshop, games and more. Click here for more information and to book.
Become an ancient Athenian is the most kid-friendly theatre workshop right there at the heart of history. Travel back in time and become an ancient Athenian for a day. Enjoy the most exciting way to discover ancient Athens with this child-friendly experiential game full of fun and a picnic! Click here for more information and booking the Become an ancient Athenian tour
Stroll around Plaka
The oldest residential neighbourhood in Athens, Plaka sits in the shadows of the city’s ancient ruins, a labyrinth of pedestrian-friendly streets and notable examples of Neoclassical architecture. It is a picturesque tourist-driven area with trendy shops, upscale restaurants, and sidewalk cafes. A walk around the historic Plaka area is a favourite excursion when friends or family are visiting from abroad. Winter and summer, any time of the day, my kids love it here. The neighbourhood is car-free and kids can run safely around. My favourite place in Plaka is Lisikrati Square. The children love playing around the ancient monument there and we sit and have lunch in one of the restaurants around this little square. For drinks, we go to the historic Brettos Bar in Plaka. Kids love the colours in this old distillery.
If you like to participate in an organized family stroll around the city, have a look at this Treasure hunt for families.
Museum of Ancient Greek Technology
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is great with kids and a must add to your list of things to do in Athens with kids. Children can see, touch and even operate the inventions of the Ancient Greek civilization. What I love about this museum is not only its well-displayed collection (with English and Greek signs) but its several educational activities. The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology Kostas Kotsanas is located in the centre of Athens at 6 Pindarou Street in Kolonaki, and hosts two exhibitions: the permanent exhibition of the Ancient Greek Technology: the Origins of Technology and the periodic exhibition of the Ancient Greek Musical instruments. The museum is housed in a beautiful historic Art Nouveau building that once belonged to the family of Queen Aspasia Manou, wife of Alexander I and is only a few minutes away from the Hellenic Parliament. For our full experience and more information, read our blog post called Museum of ancient Greek- Technology.
Watch the Change of the Guards
In front of the Parliament at Syntagma square lies the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. It is guarded around the clock by two men wearing traditional uniform called Evzones. Every hour takes place the ceremony of the Changing of the Guards. I had a chance to visit the headquarters of the Evzones and learn more about their history, education and current role. Read more about my experience and these special soldiers in this blog post.
Goulandris Natural History Museum
Goulandris Museum is not located in the Athens city center but in the green suburb of beautiful Kifissia in the North. This important private collection covers animals, fossils, shells and more from Greece and the rest of the world. Goulandris Museum is great with kids because they get very close to the collection and will be impressed by the large animals such as the giraffe and zebra. Further, the museum has two beautiful cafes, a courtyard and an amazing gift shop with high-quality souvenirs and art items.
Ride the Athens Street Train
The Athens Happy Train starts at Syntagma square and is a great way to introduce the city for families with young kids. Young children will love sitting on this red Thomas the Train vehicle cruising the city and strollers fit on the train when folded. You can also consider to walk partly through the city and hop on the train at the end of your tour when your little ones are tired of walking. My family tried the Athens Happy Train some seasons ago. You can read our experience here. Tickets to the train cost 5 (adults) and 3 (children) Euro. Reservations are not necessary. For more info for the 40-minute duration, Athens Sightseeing Tour with the Athens Happy Train check out the website.
Visit the Hellenic Motor Museum
The Hellenic Motor Museum is for anyone who loves old cars. The Museum occupies 5.000 m2 in a unique building in terms of architecture and design. Its exhibitions are dedicated to the evolution of the car and display more than 110 cars from the 19th and the 20th century. It is located in the heart of Athens, just a few minutes away from the National Archaeological Museum. For up to date information about prices and timetables, please follow this link: www.hellenicmotormuseum.gr. Click here to buy your tickets for the Hellenic Motor Museum.
Athens Family Walking Tours
A guided walking tour is a good way to discover the city with kids. We have tried several family walking tours in Athens over the years. You can find our experience with these tours here.
One of the most interesting tours was a tour highlighting mythology and monuments in Athens. Click here to read our tried & tested family experience. It was great to walk around the city and to hear the fascinating mythology stories related to the most imposing landmarks. From how Athens got its name, to the legends of the almighty Zeus and the intriguing truth behind the tales told by the Ancient Greeks. Here you can find more information and prices about this mythology tour.
I can also recommend another fun tour for families with young children called the Greek Mythology for Kids tour.
Do your kids love mythology as much as mine do? Do have a look at this Acropolis and Athena Interactive Tour for Kids suitable for kids from 5 to 10 years old.
Hellenic Children Museum
A small but unique museum in Plaka. It is dedicated to kids and helps them learn about the world around them There are sections in which they can play, create structures with building materials, learn about the concepts of supply and demand in the market, or even experiment with food in the kitchen. The museum is closed during the summer months, so have a look first for more information on the website: www.hcm.gr.
Family Food Tour with Kids
Food tours are a fun way to discover Athens. We tried and tested several food tours in Athens, have a look at Our Family Food Tour in Athens for our experience.
For a food tour suitable for families with young children I recommend the Athens Food on Foot Family Food Tour (available in many languages). Completely designed around the interests of my kids and full of fun tasting moments. We watched traditional ice cream being prepared, had Greek hot dogs at the market and were amazed by all the colours and scents during this 3 hour walk. It also included many nice neighbourhoods and picturesque photo moments.
My oldest daughter and I recently tried a self-guided audio tour in Athens by Clio Muse. Clio Muse tours are stories at sights in Athens and some of them are designed for young children or teenagers. You just use your Android or iOS device. Do you want to a family audio tour? Clio Muse offers a 15% discount on any Clio Muse tour to the readers of this blog. For more information and on how to claim your discount, please click here.
Visit the Panathenaic Stadium
Teach your children everything about the Olympic Games by visiting the Panathenaic Stadium. This classical and cultural monument of Athens is one of the most significant places not only for Athens but for all Greece. Its history is directly connected to the Modern Olympic Games as from their revival in 1896 until the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. It is also the place where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games. The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium that hosted athletic games in antiquity. In Roman times and the following periods, the stadium had different functions. The first Modern Olympic Games were also held here. It was in the Panathenaic Stadium that the Olympic Hymn was heard for the first time and throughout the twentieth century the Panathenaic Stadium hosted diverse events, among them pan-Hellenic and, international games. In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, archery contests were held here and the stadium is also the finishing line of the yearly Athens Marathon race.
The stadium is open March until October from 08:00 – 19:00 and November – February 08:00 – 17:00. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium (General Admission tickets 5 Euro, children under 6 years old free entrance). It can get very hot during the day here and there is no shade so an early visit is recommended. The stadium and the square in front of it are great for getting energy out. My kids love running on the tracks and feeling like an athlete. From the stadium, you will also enjoy a beautiful view over both the Acropolis hill and the Parthenon as well as the Lycabettus hill, two of Athens’ most important landmarks.
More on this unique marble Stadium: www.panathenaicstadium.gr
For a guided tour to the stadium and other monuments nearby, I would recommend Athens, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum Including Entry Fees. This 5-hour guided tour includes skip-the-line entrance tickets to both sites and a guided tour as well. It also includes a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium and the Royal Gardens.
Become and Olympic Athlete
If you want to learn the history of the original Olympics and what it meant to Greek society in an organized way, then head over to the Zappeion, the first modern purpose-built Olympic facility. Here you can participate in a workshop to stretch your muscles and hone your skills at a session at a historic 19th-century gym. Run like a champion in the Panathenaic Stadium, home of the 1896 Olympic Games and become an Olympic athlete! More information and the prices for this Private Olympic Games Tour and Workout can be found here.
The Athens War Museum
The Athens War Museum displays airplanes from past times as well as arms, uniforms and documents. The museum has apps, games and tours designed for children as well as children’s activities on special days. If you do not want to visit the museum inside, a walk through its yars is already an adventure. Your kids will love to see one of the first and oldest airplanes in Greece.
The Byzantine and Christian Museum
I have added this museum on this list of top things to do in Athens with kids because it has the most beautiful garden. Although the overwhelming collection of the museum is worth a visit, its courtyard is so full of colours, archaeological findings and shaded ponds, a real gem in the busy centre.
Located near the upmarket area of Kolonaki, the main museum building resembles a Tuscan villa set in a beautiful enclosed courtyard away from the busy main road of Vasilissis Sofias. The museum is next to the Athens War Museum and at walking distance from the Museum of Cycladic Art.
The Wheels on the Bus
I find the tourist site-seeing buses a great way to discover a city in any country with kids. There is no need to walk or figure things out on your own and it’s a great way to see many different monuments in one day. Athens gets very hot in the summer, these busses have air-conditioning and shaded rooftop seats. Do not miss a ride on the bus when you visit Athens with kids, they are a lot of fun!
Buy Tickets for the Athens Hop-on Hop-Off Bus
For families, I recommend the Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. This tour goes along three different routes. You’ll travel on an open-top, double-decker bus as you take in the many important sights and attractions of the city. The tour takes around 90 minutes and encompasses central Athens, commencing at Syntagma Square. There is an onboard multilingual audio guide. Buses are wheelchair/stroller accessible and start at Syntagma Square. Duration: 90 minutes. Frequency: every 15 minutes. You can opt for just the city centre or go to the Athens Coast and Piraeus port as well. For bookings and more information about prices, please click here.
You can also combine your bus ride with a skip-the-line Acropolis ticket. The Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Skip-the-Queue Acropolis Museum offer 1-day ticket for 4 different bus routes, plus one complimentary day to explore Athens, audio commentary in 16 languages, skip-the-queue tickets for the Acropolis Museum, fun train tours around Piraeus, valid from April through October, 2 walking tours around the Acropolis area, valid from April through October and family friendly staff onboard. Click here to purchase your Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Skip-the-Queue Acropolis Museum ticket
The island without a sea: Anafiotika
Anafiotika is located in the upper area of Plaka, just under the Acropolis. It is a beautiful area constructed by builders from the Aegean island of Anafi. Think of whitewashed houses and narrow alleys. We love walking through this part of town. It is very picturesque, car-free and colourful. It has a lot of shade and is a pleasant place to be with children even in the hot summer. Be careful, it is very difficult to cruise this part of Athens with strollers because of the many steps.
National Archaeological Museum
Another must-visit when in Athens with children is the National Archaeological Museum. This museum is one of the world’s most renowned museums and the largest in Greece. The National Archaeological Museum houses a remarkable collection of excavations from all over Greece. Children will be love discovering more than 11,000 artefacts including many statues and pottery which provide a unique panorama of the Greek civilization and its developments over the centuries — from Prehistory to Late Antiquity. To make the most out of your visit, you can consider a private guide tour. Click here to find my recommended private guided tour for families at the National Archaeological Museum.
You can also opt for a self-guided audio tour at the National Archaeological Museum. Find more information and a discount on the audio app here.
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Street Art with Teens
Athens is a street art paradise. Teens will love admiring graffiti and other artworks on buildings and walls in urban Athens. Our street art walking tour took us through the neighbourhoods of Gazi, Keramikos, Psirri and Thiseio. Together with Exarheia, these are the most painted areas in Athens. Read our full tried & tested family experience of the Street art tour here. For families, I recommend the Alternative Neighbourhoods Half-Day Walking Tour.
Museum of Cycladic Art
The Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens will speak to the imagination of children. The collection shows objects from ancient civilisations of the Cycladic Islands and shows how ancient Greeks lived. This is brought to life with the permanent audio-visual installations, very suitable for children. The most famous attractions in this museum are the Cycladic figurines found on the first floor. Their semi-abstract depictions of the human body inspired Cubist art and 20th-century artists like Picasso and Brancusi. The Museum of Cycladic Art has family programs in English and activities for kids all year round. For more information, visit the website of the museum here.
Greek dancing at Dora Stratou Dance Theatre
Children can learn the art of Greek dancing at the living museum of Greek dance which was founded in 1953. At this exceptional garden theatre located on the Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis visitors can enjoy a series of daily performances. The Theatre houses the largest collection of its kind of over 2,000 traditional Greek costumes which have been acquired over a course of 30 years. The theatre offers dance classes for all ages as well as a selection of workshops such as traditional embroidery.
Museum of Illusions
The Museum of Illusion is a relatively new attraction in Athens with children. It brings you into a world of illusions, suitable for all ages. Be brave enough to jump in an illusion created by the Vortex Tunnel that will drive you crazy and make you believe you’re heavily struggling just to make a step forward through a rotating cylinder – on a surface so stable and flat! Deform the image of yourself in a Mirror Room, let yourself free in an Infinity room, resist the laws of gravity and size ratio, and take pictures of yourself in all sorts of situations. The museum is small but good for an hour of fun and something different from the historical treasures in Athens.
Visit the National Gardens
The National Gardens, formerly called the ‘Royal Garden’, is a public park of 15.5 hectares in the centre of Athens. It is located directly behind the Greek Parliament building (the old palace) and in between the famous monuments of the Zappeion and the Panathenaiko Stadium. We always stop here when we are in Athens with children. My kids love it because of its huge and impressive palm trees at the entrance of the park, for its animals and its paths. Inside the National Garden, you will find, a little farm with animals and birds and a pond with turtles. There is also a nice playground with a large sandbox in the shade. There are impressive botanic gardens, a labyrinth of rare plants and trees and plenty of open grass areas and benches to have a picnic. The National Garden also features a botanical museum, a small cafe, and a children’s library. The main entrance is on Amalias Avenue but you also enter the garden from Vasilissis Sophias Avenue, Herodou Attikou street, and the Zappeion park area.
Top things to do in Athens Greece with kids –Little Kook Cafe
Kids will love the fairy tale theme cafe Little Kook in Psyrri. This season, the cute cafe brings to life the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. A unique F&B concept in Athens takes the Greek cafe culture to a whole new level, making it a wonderful place for a great day out with family. Now your kids can enjoy a Mad Hatters Tea Party right in the heart of Athens. More about this special place in my blog post dedicated to Little Kook Cafe.
National Observatory of Athens
Founded in 1842 the National Observatory of Athens is housed in the historic Sinas building, perched on a hill of the Nymphs, facing the Acropolis. At the Visitor Centre in Thissio, guests can discover the alluring world of astronomy and explore the historic library of the Observatory which houses a wealth of rare scientific books dating back to the 17th century. Discover the history of the Greek Astronomy by observing the Athens starry sky through the Doridis telescope. Various tours are organized in Greek and English. The Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9am until 2pm.
The Planetarium – Eugenides Foundation
If you want to learn more about the stars and universe, take your kids to the Planetarium or Eugenides Foundation. Located on Sygrou Avenue and easy to reach by car and public transport, the Planetarium uses state of the art 3D movies and other technology to teach us more. There are movies for kids starting from 5-years-old. For more information about opening hours and tickets, have a look on the website.
If your children like Playmobil toys as much as mine, then this will be the place to be. The fun park has recently moved into a new building and it is like being in a huge toy store where endless play with all sorts of Playmobil is possible. What I like most is that there is a special closed area just for the little ones where they can play with the ‘baby’ Playmobil. No danger of small pieces here and this makes Playmobil fun park suitable for children starting from 18 months old. There is also a pleasant (non-smoking) cafe and a toy shop. The entrance in the weekend is 9 euro per child (in 2019), parents do not pay. More info here.
Attica Zoological Park
We have been visiting the Athens zoo ever since our kids were babies. The sounds, scents, and colours in an animal park will appeal to even the youngest children. I find the Athens Zoo very family and stroller friendly. The stroller can come up close to the animals and generally, the animals live in large areas close to their original habitat. I used to love ‘parking the stroller’ in front of the bird cages and let my toddler watch the colourful birds for hours. We still try to visit the Athens Zoo at least once per month, my children never get bored going there. In summer it can get hot in the park but there are plenty of animals to see in the shade. The Athens zoo is located near the airport outside of Athens centre. The Zoo can be reached by car from the Attiki Odos. There is a large free of charge parking at the zoo. Children under 3 years old do not pay and on the so-called ‘Stroller Friday’, every mom or dad who will come with a baby stroller will pay a discounted price. The zoo regularly makes special deals and there are various discounted packages for (large) families and special prices for seniors and disabled persons. For more information about entrance prices and opening hours, please visit the zoo website.
If you are on vacation in Athens, I recommend the following packages for visiting Attica Zoological Park:
Athens: Attica Zoo and hopping Combo Full-Day Tour This package includes the entrance fee to Attica Zoo, a visit to the nearby family-friendly MacArthur Glen Designer Outlet and playground, with 10% discount card, Hotel pick-up and drop off by luxury, air-conditioned minivan or private car.
Athens: Full-Day Attica Athens Zoological Park Ticket This package includes a skip-the-queue ticket but does not include transport.
If you are looking for more animal parks in Athens, have a look at my blog post about animals and animal parks in Athens.
Allou! Fun Park
If your family is looking for the adrenaline thrills of an amusement park in Athens, skip the archaeological sites for the day and head over to Allou! Fun park, the largest in Greece. Feel your heart race on a 40-metre drop, enjoy panoramic views of Athens from the “Panorama” Ferris wheel and take a trip to the stars in the “Star Flyer”. Ride the sky at speeds of up to 30km/h with your hands and feet hanging in the air. Experience the biggest Ferris wheel in Greece on the “Panorama” as the 24 wagons (6 people per wagon) reach a height of 40 metres for panoramic views. Ride the “Loop It” rollercoaster and experience its heart-stopping slopes and sudden ups-and-downs. Visit “La Isla” and cross the lake waterfalls or slide on the 15-metre tall cliffs! Find more information and entrance prices here.
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Marina Flisvos is a private marina in Palio Faliro. It is full of beautiful yachts, nice family restaurants and little shops with ice cream, coffee and sweets. It is a nice area to walk or cycle and there is also a small entertainment park with a soft play area (with an entrance fee) that is suitable for the 1-4 years old and entertainment park. This Volta Fun Town, a small city of 12,000m2 for children and teenagers up to 12 years old has all sorts of entertainment such as boats, cart cars, trains and electronic games.
Flisvos Park Playground
Another playground one can be found in the South part of Athens. It is called Palio Faliro Park and it is next to the marina Flisvos. It is a public municipality park and offers a full day out all year round and for the whole family. It is one of the best and largest playgrounds in Attica and located next to the sea on Poseidonos Avenue. The park is divided into 2 sections with toys suitable according to age. Outside of the playgrounds are several family-friendly cafes, picnic tables, a bike route, a dog park and an open-air cinema. You can also rent family bikes. My children love the large spider web and the slides.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center combines a unique city park with a multifunctional event building housing the National Library and the Greek National Opera. Being the largest green space in Athens, the park offers playgrounds, botanical gardens, open grass areas for play, festivals, concerts and open-air movies. For little ones, the highlight of your visit will be the labyrinth, the wooden climbing toys, experimental outdoor mirrors, the canal with water jets and the bicycle paths. Rent a kid or adult bike or bring your own. My kids love the herb garden and the exciting ‘Lighthouse’, an impressive elevated glass construction overlooking the entire area. They also enjoy the large grass fields in summer. If you are resident to Athens, you can sign up for a membership and participate in many activities; canoe classes, arts & crafts, kids yoga, dance and theatre workshops and more. In the summer, children burn off excess energy in the outdoor sports fields. In winter there is a free of charge ice skating rink.
Benaki Toy Museum
This recent addition to the Athens’ cultural scene is housed in an impressive 19th-century villa on the Athens coast. The building is a fairytale-like castle and houses a remarkable collection of over 20,000 toys, books, clothing and various ephemera associated with childhood from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The museum is suitable for children starting from 6 years old. Younger children can join but may not be as fascinating. My daughter especially liked the toys from Ancient Greece. We like to combine this museum with a visit to the Flisvos Marina and the Averoff Battleship, all at walking distance.
Averoff Battleship Museum
On the edge of Flisvos Marina, next to the modern luxurious boats and some characteristic old ships, you can visit one of the most glorious ships in modern Greek history, the legendary battleship “Georgios Averoff”. This ship took part in great naval battles during the Balkan Wars and remained active until World War II. Nowadays, it functions as a museum and at its interior are preserved, among other, the cabins of the captain and the officers, the sailors’ quarters, the chapel of Agios Nikolaos and the kitchens. More info about opening times and tickets here.
Evgenidio Foundation Planetarium
Palio Faliro is also the place of the Athens Planetarium. The planetarium’s facilities, reputed to be the best in the world, are indeed superb. The main attraction is the domed auditorium where you can watch a variety of IMAX films. There is also a library, a computer room and a cafe with a nice courtyard.
Visit a beach
What better kids activity than sand and water play! I can recommend Astir Beach. This all year open private beach club features a long sandy beach, a crystal clear sea, (water) sports facilities and large grass areas. A spa, shop and gym will ensure a good experience for the whole family. Thanks to the calm sea with minimal waves, parents can feel at ease with little ones playing at the water’s edge. A beach restaurant and snack corner keep hungry kids happy and the changing rooms, showers and bathrooms ensure that everyone’s sand-free for the ride home. Other recommended family beaches in Athens are Grand Beach at Lagonisi Resort and L’Amico in Anavyssos. For a list of family-friendly beaches, have a look at my blog post here.
Indoor and outdoor play spaces make this Glyfada based family concept super kids-friendly all year round. A chalkboard wall is perfect for tiny artists in the making, while colourful art and surroundings serve as inspiration. The carpeted outdoor corner with a garden cafe is filled with playhouses and toys. Inside, tots can easily pass the time making their own sweets during baking classes, engage in dance and theatre games or let go of their energy during a treasure hunt. Parents can read a magazine, chill out or enjoy from a large variety of coffees, smoothies, cocktails, health food, burgers and more.
Lake Vouliagmeni near Athens is a natural phenomenon and a must see when visiting the Greek capital with your family. It is very nice to swim in the lake although it is deep and not suitable for very young kids. At the lake is a family-friendly spa and wellness centre. There are also toys and a playground for young children and walking paths for hiking. Read on about this special place near the Athens coast in my blog post Lake Vouliagmeni.
A unique place builds as a large beach house, the House Project- Balux Cafe embraces fun for all ages. Equipped with outdoor playgrounds, a baby playground, a small luna park and lots of grass, this family concept offers endless hours of free play. Parents can relax at the garden picnic tables or inside at the large sofas and lounge chairs, read a book in the library, watch TV or enjoy some sushi in the restaurant. There is also a supervised soft play area inside as well as a playroom with board games and a pool table. Maybe my favourite part of this laid-back house concept is the beautiful beach. Enjoy a cocktail while your kids play at the waterfront! Valet parking completes the hassle-free experience at this Glyfada based family paradise.
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio
Cape Sounio is located at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula overlooking the Aegean Sea. Capes Sounio hosts the world-renowned archaeological site of the ancient temple of Poseidon, the God of the sea. The temple is surrounded on three sides by the sea. History and Mythology are deeply connected at this site and the finds here date from as early as 700 BC. The Temple of Poseidon is also part of the so called ‘Sacred Triangle’ together with the Parthenon and the Temple of Aphaia in Aegina. If you decide to visit the archaeological site in the middle of the summer, the best time would be the morning or the afternoon. Bring water, a sunhat and steady walking shoes. Our tried & tested family experience can be found in my blog Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounio with Kids.
If you do not want to venture out alone but make your visit to Cape Sounio part of an organized excursion, I recommend The Athens Riviera Activities & Cape Sounion Private Tour. This tour combines a 4-hour private tour with a pick-up from your Athens hotel in a minivan towards the Attica Riviera with wonderful views over the Saronic Gulf and the rugged cliffs, beaches and villages along the way.
Turtle Rescue Center Archelon
Your family can support the rescue of injured Greek Caretta Caretta turtles by visiting the turtle rescue center Archelon. Children learn here how sick and injured turtles are cared for. The turtles are kept in large pools and volunteers are helpful in explaining (in English) about the circumstances of each turtle. There is also an educational corner and souvenirs are sold. Not recommended for very young children.
The serene gardens of the urban farm Perivoli in Vari are Athens best-kept secret. The Perivoli also organizes sensory play, Mommy & Me gardening and olive and honey tastings to help teach about Greek food sources and get hands-on with nature through gardening. Your kids will have a blast exploring the sand and water table, climbing the trees, hiding in the Tikki or getting dirty in the mud.
No need to bring snacks: the farm to fork restaurant serves healthy local produced breakfast, coffee, snacks and lunch. What my kids love most at this mini-paradise? The many dragonflies! Have a look at our experience in my blog post about this green gem.
For a well-deserved break after a day of shopping or exploring, head over to the latest addition to the Athens Coast family scene. Hygge House (pronounced “Hoo-Guh” and the Danish word for ‘cosiness’!) is a brand new family-friendly daytime restaurant in Glyfada that quickly became popular with the local parenting community. It offers a supervised indoor playroom with lots of daylight and creative toys, a baby room for changing or nursing and children’s toilets. Whilst kids are happily playing parents can chow down on healthy brunch options or enjoy a smoothie or homemade Mango lemonade. Hygge House is here to stay!
There is a comfortable way to explore the Athens Coast and its highlights. Have a look at the Athens Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Piraeus & Beach Riviera Line. There are two routes. The first one combines Athens city with the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus and the Planetarium. The second goes to the beaches and Faliro/Flisvos, the Vouliagmeni Lake Beach and the Temple of Zeus.
Beyond Athens with Children
Do you love to be active with your kids outdoors as much as I do? Then you cannot miss a visit to the Adventure Park. I have been so often that I have dedicated a post to this park called The Adventure Park great for kids and teens. This climbing park is outside the city, located near the national road Athens – Lamia at about 40 kilometres from Athens centre but worth your visit when in Athens with children. It is easiest to reach by car but there is a public bus stop at the park as well. It is a nice excursion for anyone staying either in Athens, South Evia island or the coastline of East Attica. I find the park safe, clean and great fun. To budget the day out you can bring your own picnic basket. Kids can be busy gardening, climb, jump on the trampolines and free play. The park is stroller friendly and even with my baby I used to visit the park. She loved watching the tall trees and the surrounding nature. The park is cool in the summer because of the trees.
Kouvaras Equestrian Club
Kouvaras Equestrian Club is located near the small village of Kouvaras in the mountains near Athens. It has a farm with traditional farm animals as well as lama’s and alpacas! Children car ride horses and there is a large playground with play castles and climbing toys. There is lots to see and do. I wrote about our experience in my blog post Kouvaras Equestrian Club.
A unique park, in Greece also called Politistiko Parko, located near Kerateas and possible one of my all-time favourites. This because of its small museum with old crafts, household items and tools.
There are farm animals and lots of open spaces for children to free play. We love the many swings, tree houses and trees for climbing. I also like the gardens and herbs. One side of the park has a dinosaurs’ exhibition. A small shop with snacks and drinks enables you to have a relaxing picnic in nature. Very nice in spring!
Farmamoo is a real farm where locals and Athenians can purchase a piece of land to grow their own produce. The farm also has play areas, animals, space for events and beautiful surroundings. A restaurant with farm to table dishes and drinks is available. Farmamoo is located in the Pentelis mountains.
Magic Garden Rafina
More animals can be found at Magic Garden. This special place in the mountains near the sea on the West side of Attica is specialized in miniature therapy horses. We loved the open spaces and play opportunities but most of all the friendly mini horses and the way the work with children.
Did you know that Athens is surrounded by beautiful mountains and that some of them are covered in snow during winter? Parnitha mountain is a beautiful natural area with lush green vegetation, hiking trails and white peaks in wintertime. It is possible to reach the top of Parnitha mountain by cable car, a wonderful excursion with kids.
Parnitha is the perfect place for nature and hiking lovers, herb collectors and gambling fans. Everybody finds something interesting on Parnitha Mountain, which is the highest mountain in Attica (1.400 m) and one of the most beautiful in Greece. If you go by car, follow Athens-Lamia National Road and turn left to Parnitha exit. The road that leads to the top has many turns but the route is amazing. If you do not want to take your car to the top, you can live it on the mountain foot and take the cable car. There are also organized trips to Parnitha. For families with children that are ready to have an easy hike, I recommend Easy Hiking Day in the National Park of Mount Parnitha. Click here for more information and bookings.
Day trips from Athens
If you want to leave the city behind you for a day and escape to the countryside or an island, have a look at my below suggestions.
If you want to combine your stay in Athens with ancient sites or historic places located further away, there are several options. The most popular day trips from Athens are to the historic city of Nafplio, to ancient Mycenae, to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, to ancient Nemea, to Corinth and its famous canal and to the ancient site of Delphi. These places are about two hours away from Athens. If Athens is your base, I would recommend doing this in an organized way and not drive there yourself. You will be very tired after a day in the sun, especially in the summer. If have reviewed several of such organized tours and I believe that the Argolis: Full-Day Tour in Mycenae, Epidaurus & Nafplio tour is suitable for families.
If you wish to visit Delphi, I recommend the Delphi Day Trip From Athens.
The world-famous Corinth Canal is a must-visit for anyone to Athens. It is not very far and you can easily go there on your own. But be careful because the road there and the passing of the canal is rather dangerous because there are no traffic lights and the road signs are not clear.
You can organize a group tour to Corinth Canal and also visit the Ancient Corinth castle. With a guide and driver, this will be a more relaxing experience. I believe that the Corinth Half-Day Small Group Tour from Athens is suitable for families. Click here for more information and booking.
Visit a Winery
Near Athens in the region of Peloponnese is one of the most important wine districts of Greece. It is easy to visit one or more vine estates from Athens in a day trip. My kids and I went along such trip, you can read our tried & tested family experience in Wine tasting Greece2Taste.
My kids loved running around the vineyards and learning more about the process of winemaking. I learned more about Greek wines and indulged on delicious Greek wines and food. When you visit a winery with a group or private tour, you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving!
Visit a nearby island
Families visiting Athens for a few days may be interested in visiting some nearby islands as a day trip. The most well-known are Aegina, Poros and Hydra. These islands are less than two hours away from either by ferry or private tour, making them quick and easy to get through. Just hop on a ferry boat from Piraeus port and sail away! There are also organized day excursions to the islands near Athens. We tried and tested such a one-day-three-islands day trip from Athens. There are several companies offering such tours. Some with VIP or catamaran services, others on traditional boats. For a value for money family-friendly trip to the islands in one day, I recommend Hydra, Poros, and Aegina Full-Day Cruise.
Athens with children is great. Don’t hesitate to start exploring! The city is easy to navigate and children are welcome everywhere. Do you need more family-friendly ideas for Athens with children? Have a look at the below posts of my tried and tested family experiences in Athens with my kids:
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