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Top things to do in Athens with Kids

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January 22, 2018 6 Comments

Athens with children is great! What are my top favorite places in my adopted hometown for kids? I find it difficult to choose. There are so many interesting things to do in the Greek capital. So for this post, I listed the places that we have visited the most often in the past eight years. These are places that I want to show to guests visiting us from abroad and things that we do often ourselves. These outings are suitable for winter and summer, they are fun for all ages and most of them are stroller friendly!

Athens Center

Plaka

Athens with children has to start in the center. I am very passionate about Athens. It is such a historic place and I feel happy just walking around the monuments and sights. Wherever you are in the city, the landmarks of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill are always nearby.

A walk around the historic Plaka area is a favorite excursion when friends or family are visiting from abroad. But not only for tourists: winter and summer, any time of the day, me and my kids love coming here. These neighborhoods are car-free and your kids can run safely around. My favorite place in Plaka is the Lisikrati Square. The children love playing inside the ancient monument there and we sit and have lunch in one of the restaurants around this little square. I also love Vyzantino taverna at Kydatheneon square. It is one of the best in the tourist area of Plaka with traditional Greek dishes and the locals eat here too. For drinks, we go to the historic Brettos Bar in Plaka. Athens with children is nice in all seasons. The weather stays mild and it does not rain often.

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 from 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.

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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

The National Garden

The National Gardens, formerly called the Royal Garden’, is a public park of 15.5 hectares in the center 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.

Attica Zoological Park or Attiko Parko

We have been visiting the Attiko Parko ever since our kids were babies. The sounds, scents, and colors in an animal park will appeal to even the youngest children. The Attiko Parko is very stroller friendly. The stroller can come up close to the animals. I used to love ‘parking the stroller’ in front of the bird cages and let my toddler watch the colorful birds for hours. We still try to go to the Athens Zoo at least once per month, my two 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. Our most recent visit was in December 2016 to see the latest addition to the park: the Asian elephants! 

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.  Perfect for winter inside the reptile house cool in summer at the dolphin educational center. Are you traveling to Athens with children via the Athens airport: the Athens zoo is nearby!

 

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Stroller friendly and very easy to see the animals

More animal parks in Athens with children can be found here.

The New Acropolis Museum

In a list of things to do in Athens with children, the New Acropolis Museum cannot be left out. Maybe not our monthly visit but at least 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 very family friendly museum. One of my greatest passions is History and Archeology and my daughters seem to follow me. The museum makes it very easy for children to get excited! The New Acropolis museum offers family backpacks with an educational program for families, it organizes family tours, there is a children’s lab, there are children guides and a number special family events throughout the year. In summer 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, there is a children’s menu’s available. Check out the gorgeous view from the balcony (safe for children because surrounded by a wall).

Finally, children from the EU under 18 years of age with a current identification card are entitled to free admission.

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Reading a book in the kid’s cozy book corner in the New Acropolis Museum

Malakasa Adventure Park 

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. The park is outside the city, located near the national road Athens – Lamia at about 40 kilometers from Athens center 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. The park is set in 50 acres of forest with enormous pine trees and impressive mountains. It is a climbing park where you can enjoy the trees, challenging ropes, swings, platforms and more. Kids are assigned to groups according to their age and there is a little test and training for them before they start. The staff is super child-friendly and fun to be around with.  I find the park safe, clean and great fun for a family day out. The budget the day out you can bring your own picnic basket. Adults (‘the Eagles’) and children can start flying through the trees as early as 3 years  (‘the Squirrels’) old. (the little ones need supervision from the parents) But even younger ones will enjoy the park. There is a garden for gardening, there are balls and free play areas.  The park is stroller friendly and even with the baby I used to visit the park, she was enjoying the nature around her.  The park is cool in the summer because of the trees and in the mild Greek winter, the climbing will get you warmed up. 

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Kids learn coordination, strategy, and bravery in the fresh air of the mountains

 

Flisvos Park Playground

Athens with children will take you to outdoor playgrounds. One big one can be found in the South part of Athens.  It is called Flisvos park and offers a full day out all year round and for the whole family. If you bring your own snacks and you use the public transport to reach Flisvos park than this is a budget outing as well. The public part of Flisvos Park is one of the best and largest playgrounds in Attica. It is located in the South of Athens, next to the sea and Flisvos Marina (a posh marina), along Poseidonos Avenue. The park is divided into three sections with toys suitable according to age. There are plenty of cafes, picnic tables, a bike route, a dog park and an open-air cinema. You can rent family bikes too. In Flisvos Park your family will be all day out playing whilst enjoying the sea and fresh sea. In the marina of Flisvos, you can find a soft play area (with an entrance fee) that is suitable for the 1-4 years old. Flisvos Park offers a sea breeze in the summer and it never gets very cold in winter because it is right next to the sea.

 

Athens with kids is great. Don’t hesitate to start exploring! Need more family-friendly ideas for Athens with children? Take a look at my list of best parks here. In the mood for some magic? The themed cafe Little KooK will enchant you and your kids.

 

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January 26, 2018

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I am Celeste and this is my Family Travel Blog. The first and only one about Greece in English and Dutch with real stories. This is where I share my experiences on family travel and activities in Greece and tips on how to make wonderful family memories.

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