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Exploring the Panathenaic Stadium with Family: A Journey Through History and Sport

Exploring the Panathenaic Stadium with Family: A Journey Through History and Sport

Visit the Panathenaic stadium in Athens with Kids

Last Updated on April 22, 2024 by Celeste.

The Panathenaic Stadium, a marvel of marble nestled in the heart of Athens, stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Olympic spirit. Known as Kallimarmaro, meaning “beautifully marbled,” this stadium is a bridge between the ancient and the modern, where families can immerse themselves in the grandeur of athletic history.

A Family Affair at the Panathenaic Stadium

Visit the Panathenaic stadium in Athens with Kids

Visiting the Panathenaic Stadium with children is not just a walk through a historical site; it’s an interactive experience that sparks the imagination. Kids can tread the same paths where ancient athletes once competed, feeling the thrill of history come alive. The stadium’s open design and the sheer scale of its marble stands will impress visitors of all ages. It’s a place where families can learn about the ancient Panathenaic Games, precursors to the Olympics, which celebrated athletic prowess and civic pride.

Discover the Panathenaic Stadium

The stadium is open from March until October from 08:00 – 19:00 and November – February from 08:00 – 17:00. Tickets can be purchased outside the stadium. General Admission tickets are 10 Euro, and children under 6 years old have free entrance.

It can get hot during the day here and there is no shade, so an early visit is recommended. My kids love running on the tracks and feeling like an athlete. More information about opening hours and prices is on the website of this unique marble stadium:

Organized Family Olympic Games Worksout at the Panathenaic Stadium

Visit the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens with the family

If you want to learn the history of the original Olympics and what it meant to Greek society in an organized way, 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! 

Click here for more information and booking your Family Olympic Games Workout

The Olympic Games: A Legacy Born in Olympia

The origins of the Olympic Games are shrouded in the mists of time, with the first recorded Games dating back to 776 BC in Olympia. Here, in the lush valleys of the Peloponnese, athletes from city-states across ancient Greece gathered to compete in honor of Zeus. The Olympic Games were more than just sporting events; they were a unifying force in the ancient world, a celebration of peace and human excellence.

The Eternal Flame of Olympia

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Flame is lit for Paris 2024 in choreographed event in the birthplace of the ancient Olympics

Each year, the Olympic flame is kindled in the ruins of Olympia, a ritual that connects the modern Games to their ancient roots. This flame, symbolizing purity and the endeavor for perfection, is lit using the sun’s rays and a parabolic mirror, then carried to the Panathenaic Stadium. Here, it is handed over to the host country, beginning its journey to the far corners of the globe. This ceremony is a poignant reminder of the enduring values that the flame represents: peace, unity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

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Celebrating the Spirit of the Games: Museums of Marathon and Marousi

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The Olympic spirit is also preserved in the museums dedicated to its history. In Marathon (near Athens in the Attica peninsula), visitors can explore the exhibitions of the Marathon Run Museum. The museum traces the epic journey of the marathon race, from its legendary origins to the modern-day feats of endurance.

Read also: The best day trips from Athens: A fun family day trip to Marathon

Meanwhile, the Olympic Museum in Marousi (a northern suburb of Athens), located at the OAKA complex in Golden Hall, offers an immersive experience of the history of the Olympic Games, showcasing the achievements of Greek athletes and the philosophy of Olympism. These museums provide an educational and inspiring visit for families, highlighting the role of sports in fostering global camaraderie and cultural exchange. The Olympic Museum also organizes summer camps.

Read also: Activities for Kids in Athens: Xplore Golden Hall

In conclusion, the Panathenaic Stadium and the associated museums offer families a unique opportunity to connect with the past and inspire future generations with the Olympic ideals of friendship, respect, and excellence. It’s a special place where history is not just learned but felt, where every step echoes with the footsteps of legends, and where the Olympic flame continues to ignite passion and dreams.

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