Fascinating museums narrating centuries of history; lush green gardens; spacious playgrounds and exciting amusement parks make out the perfect destination for children and grownups who wish to remember their age of innocence: Athens! Especially in September, when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities, a down-town family trip offers unique entertainment and fun opportunities for all family members!
In Athens learning and having fun go hand in hand; the city has not only a plethora of children-oriented museums but also modern cultural institutions that attractively narrate the city’s history making it part of our soul!
• Children’s museum
Welcome to the ultimate children’s paradise! Little ones have the opportunity to admire an exhibition of children’s paintings and old toys or visit the library of the museum with its rare editions. At the museum’s attic, the so-called “grandmas and grandpas room”, a typical room of an old Athenian house with antique furniture and objects, will take children on a journey to the past while giving them the chance to dress in old times’ clothes.
Address: 14 Kidathinaion Str, Plaka
Access: metro line 2 or 3, station: Syntagma
Tel: 210 3312995-6
• Children’s art museum
Visit an amazing museum dedicated to children’s creativity and imagination! Through their participation to fascinating educational programmes organised by the museum’s art laboratory, children will familiarise themselves with art and will be able to express creatively their inner world. In the museum you can also admire paintings and children’s creations from all over Greece!
Address: 9 Kodrou Str, Plaka
Access by metro line 2 or 3, station: Syntagma
Tel: 210 3312621, 210 33 12750
• Eugenides Planetarium
The digital planetarium is one of the biggest and most well equipped in the world; its dome is 25 m in diameter and covers a 950 m2 area. The ultra modern theatre room with special reclining and interactive participation seats takes the visitor to a fascinating virtual reality journey to the universe!
Address: 387 Syggrou Avenue, Paleo Faliro (entrance from Pentelis street)
Tel: 210 9469600, 210 9469621
• Foundation of the Hellenic World
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through the ancient agora in Athens? Or explore the city of Miletus 2,000 years ago? Greek history and civilization are brought back to life in this cultural centre, the so-called “Hellenic Cosmos” by means of modern technology! Greek history is presented starting from the Stone Age until today through the digital reproduction of ancient monuments and spaces. By means of virtual reality systems like “Tholos”, “Ark” and “Magic Screen”, children and parents as well get an insight into the glorious ancient Greek world!
Address: 254 Pireos Str, Tauros
Access: metro line 1, station: Kallithea
Tel: 212 2540000
Lying in the most famous spots of Athens or tucked away in well-hidden areas, the lush gardens and parks of Athens adorn the city’s neighbourhoods and thanks to their scenic beauty they form oases in the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Whether you want to take a romantic stroll, relax or offer your children a pleasant environment to play, the gardens of Athens are definitely to be visited during your stay in the Greek capital!
• National garden: an oasis in the centre of the city; with more than 500 different species of plants, trees, birds and animals, this is one of the most important habitats in Athens. In a vast area of 160 m2, you will also find the Botanical Museum, a zoo, a pond, a playground, a children’s library, a traditional café as well as scattered ancient monuments and statues.
Access: metro line 2 or 3 (station: Syntagma)
• Pedio Areos: the biggest park in Athens. It was created in 1934 in order to become a training ground for military units. It has now been fully restored and has become the Athenians’ favourite spot for walking, relaxing or having fun! Loose yourself in the specially designed “Minoan Labyrinth”, sip your coffee in one of its picturesque cafes or follow a breathtaking path among the plane trees. Don’t forget to visit to the nearby Archaeological Museum!
Access: metro line 1 (station: Victoria)
• Thissio Park: the south-westernmost part of the Ancient Agora archaeological site, a favourite spot of the locals and one of the most frequented city places! Combine a leisurely stroll with a visit to the archaeological site or enjoy a bicycle ride to the most beautiful pedestrian street of Athens starting from Olympiio passing by Dionysiou Areopagitou Street, Apostolou Pavlou Street, Ermou Street and ending at Gkazi.
Access: metro line 1 (station: Thissio)
In Thissio, as well as in other city spots like Dexamenis square in Kolonaki or in Zappion garden, you will find many modern playground facilities.
Don’t forget to pay a visit to the biggest entertainment park in Athens, “Allou Fun Park” , situated in the area of Réndi, 7 km away from the city centre, or “Attica Zoological Park”, one of the biggest zoos in the Balkans.