I experienced the work and style of Eleana Paschou in 2014 when me and some friends of mine had signed up our kids (5 at the time) for an interactive workshop in the Acropolis Museum. I liked what Eleana did with the children and I have been a fan of her workshops since. Meet the person behind one the most interesting activities for kids in Athens; artist, Montessori teacher, storyteller and children event's manager Eleana Paschou.
Tell us more about yourself!
I am Eleana Paschou and I have been born and raised in Athens. I am a trained advertiser, marketeer and event manager. Directly after my graduation I travelled around Greece for the production of a documentary on Greece for Lonely Planet. In 2003, I toured the world for the production of ERT Olympic Trophy as the production director that was made in sight of the Olympic Games. During the last 15 years I have worked in ERT and MEGA channel in the production of TV shows, as well as production agencies for advertisements and concerts.
I dedicate my free time to seminars on child psychology, storytelling, puppet play, theatre and yoga. I enriched my skills graduating from the Pedagogical Department of XYNI School and worked in Porto Elounda Resorts in Crete for two years managing the children’s department. I lived for two years in Geneva and attended Distance Learning Course on Montessori Educational System. In Geneva, I worked with Montessori teachers and in summer camps of various schools. Later I worked with children in Paris and I was teaching with iCayetana Rodenas for the large European cities. Returning to Greece, I designed an activity and yoga workshop for children between 4 and 10 years old and teenagers. I am still much enjoying organising these workshops.
In Greece, I also worked as an Event Manager & Executive Producer for kids in a variety of projects. I have been responsible for children festivals and story telling festivals in municipalities around Greece and resorts. This is something I also enjoy a lot.
What do you currently do?
The last couple of years, inspired by the Swiss educational system, I have designed an interactive experimental program for the Acropolis Museum in Athens and at the Athens ancient Agora for children aged 4-6 yeas old and 7-19 years old. I also do this with teens. I love executing these programs and I do this for local children and for foreign visitors to Athens in English and Greek.
Plans for the future?
I am planning to expand this program to two more Museums in Athens with a different subject. Stay tuned because it will be very exciting!
Thank you Eleana, wish you lots of success with your new programs!
Creative Programs in Acropolis Museum and Ancient Agora
From personal experience, I recommend the creative programs that Eleana organizes at the Acropolis Museum and at the ancient Agora. They are quality activities with respect for the children and the cultures that they explore. During the Acropolis Museum workshop, you do not need to follow your kids. Parents can have a drink or meal at the Acropolis Museum restaurant with excellent views on the Acropolis whilst Eleana and her team engage your kids inside the museum. A must-do when in Athens with kids!
For more information about the workshops and how to participate, please click here.