Amusing Children in
Amusing children in Athens is easy as there is lots to do including a
children’s museum, planetarium, beaches, and easy excursions to the nearest
At the Hellenic Children's Museum in Athens
Here's our A-Z Guide (well, B-S to be accurate) on how to amuse children in Athens.
Amusing Children in Athens
While adults are attracted to Athens for its cultural sites,
your visit can be turned into a family holiday by choosing a hotel in one of
the coastal suburbs. Places like Glyfada provide sea and sand, and it's easy to
get to and from the city centre using buses or fairly cheap taxis.
At Astir Beach there are plenty of watersports to amuse all the family, plus good shopping and numerous places to eat. The suburbs of Varkiza, Voula and Vouliagmeni also have good beach facilities, and the area around Cape Sounion is becoming known as the Athens Riviera.
The Goulandris Natural History Museum Has More Than Just Natural History
A journey to Kifisia should keep children happy for at least
half a day, as it not only combines a ride on the metro but can include a visit
to this excellent museum. There are good displays on environmental problems,
some of which are caused by tourism – a lesson that travellers are never too
young to learn.
The Goulandris Natural History Museum
There are also extensive collections on Greek flora and
fauna, including some of the larger birds of prey and mammals such as bears and
wolves, which few visitors will ever see in the wild. https://www.gnhm.gr
Contact the museum for details of current activities.
Although some of the staff speak English and welcome children of all ages and
nationalities, advance notice for visits by non-Greek speaking children is
Mount Lykabettos as seen from the Acropolis
Though children are not normally gripped for long by
panoramic views over cities, such as you get from the top of Mount Lykabettos,
they will probably enjoy the journey up there if you take them on the
funicular. The only drawback may be that they will want to come straight back
down again, without allowing you time to enjoy the view. Persuade them to stay
with a drink in one of the cafés at the top.
Museum of Greek Children's
Museum of Greek Children's Art
This small, lively museum has displays of art that includes
imaginative sculptures, as well as tables and materials for children to use. http://www.childrensartmuseum.gr
Museum of Greek Folk Musical
The Greek Folk Musical Instruments Museum
While it isn't possible to actually play any of
the instruments in this valuable collection, you can listen to most of them on
headphones provided at each case. Videos are also shown, illustrating how
various instruments are made and played. We once saw the lovely sight of a
Greek boy with a big smile on his face while dancing to the music only he could
hear on his headphones. athensmuseums.net
In addition to simply exploring the gardens, perhaps looking
for small ponds where fish and terrapins live, there is also a Children's
Library in the centre of the gardens: signposted from the main entrance on
Amalias. Adults are not admitted, and there are books, toys, tapes, and games
in Greek, English and other languages.
Let Your Kids Race Each Other Around This!
The running track of the 1896 Olympic Stadium is open to
anyone to use during the day, and children might enjoy races around the track
or even up the steep seating and down again. See our full page all about the Olympic Stadium.
Piraeus and the
A good day out is to make a day trip to one or more of the
Saronic Gulf Islands. An early start will mean a ride on the metro to Piraeus, the
sight of the huge harbour there, and then the excitement of a journey on one of
the ferries to Aegina, Póros, Spétses or Hydra.
Although it's a little way out of the city centre, the Athens
Planetarium has some very enjoyable shows, including programmes about the
ancient Greeks which have joint Greek-English voice-overs. https://www.eef.edu.gr/en
The Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is a dramatic precision routine
that fascinates young and old alike. It takes place hourly on the hour, with a
fuller ceremony with a marching band on Sunday mornings, in front of the
Parliament Building at the top of Syntagma Square. While waiting, younger children
will probably enjoy chasing the pigeons!
Where to Stay in Athens
Some other Athens pages
This drive around Attica offers visitors high hills, beach resorts, small villages and classical sites like Marathon and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion.
Athens culinary tours are among the food walking tours offered by an unusual company, Culinary Backstreets.
The beach resorts of Athens are easily reached from the city and also close are Cape Sounion with the Temple of Poseidon, ancient Marathon and Rafina's port.
This extract of Artistic Athens in the Lonely Planet book Culture Trails takes visitors on a journey through the artistic side of Athens..
Athens walking tours and other experiences like cookery lessons, ceramics workshops, dining with a family, and street art are available from Alternative Athens
Piraeus is the port of Athens from where many ferries to the Greek islands depart, and it also has an Archaeological Museum and the Hellenic Maritime Museum.
Athens' Benaki Museum is one of the city’s top museums with an outstanding collection, especially of Greek and Egyptian artefacts, in a beautiful mansion.
Easter in Athens is, like everywhere in Greece, the biggest religious celebration of the year and this page tells you what to expect over the Easter weekend.
Greece Travel Secrets visits the Monastiraki Flea Market, followed by Sunday lunch at Sigalas on Monastiraki Square
The Athens War Museum is a fascinating look at Greek history through the lens of warfare from ancient battles to the Greek War of Independence and World War II.
The Athens Acropolis has the city's most iconic building, the Parthenon, along with other historic buildings and is where the Elgin Marbles were taken from.
There's all kinds of entertainment in Athens whether you're interested in theatre, dance, classical music, jazz, Greek music, rock music, disco, opera or movies.
Athens Food Tours are being introduced by new company The Greek Fork, and will include tours of the Central Market, and the best street food.
This walk around the Kolonaki neighbourhood of Athens starts and ends in Syntagma Square and takes you to several museums, Kolonaki Square and Mount Lykabettos.
The best things to do in Athens, Greece, include top archaeological sites like the Acropolis and must-see attractions such as the National Archaeological Museum
If visiting Athens it helps to know when major events and public holidays take place, as some shops and attractions may be closed, but to be there at times like Easter can make for a magical trip.
Athens Airport car rentals include Alamo/National Car Rental, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt, all with offices at the airport.
Ten Fun Things to Do in Athens include eating in the Central Market, watching the sun set over the Acropolis and seeing one of the world's oldest theatres.
Pictures of Athens from the Greece Travel Secrets website
This beginner's guide to Greek architecture explains how to tell your Ionic from your Doric columns, and what to look for in temples and Byzantine churches.
The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum is housed in a beautiful villa with an underground wing and lovely gardens too.
Greece Travel Secrets lists the ten best museums in Athens, with the top two being the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum.
Two of the best cocktail bars in Athens, MoMix Kerameikos and The Clumsies, are making creative cocktails using that most Greek of Greek spirits, Metaxa.
Athens car rental options include almost all of the major international car hire firms such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Europcar.
This Athens dining guide doesn't list restaurants but gives practical advice on types of eating places, tipping, hotel breakfasts and picnics.
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