In Athens, families that play together, stay together. Here it's believed that children should be seen, heard, and thoroughly enjoyed, which is why there's such a wide variety of family friendly things to do! Kids can be entertained while learning about the city's great history in ways they're sure to remember.
The Greek Children's Museum
is first on our list, because even if not all of the exhibitions are in multiple languages, the delightful, multilingual people behind the museum are all about reaching out to visitors. Grab three kids together and they'll even lead them on a walk through the city's oldest neighborhood, Plaka. Just a bit further down is the Museum of Greek Children's Art
where children can see the work of kids their own age as displayed for an international audience. The Sunshine Express
is the little blue and white train that runs throughout this charming neighborhood from ten in the morning until after dark. It passes by some of the most important sites of Athens like the Acropolis and Ancient Agora, letting everyone get an overview without getting worn out. One ticket is good for the day and kids ride for free. If ruins are becoming a bit abstract, go to the Hellenic Cosmos on Pireos street
. There you can travel back in time to see what Ancient Athens looked like when it was brand new.
The items chosen on our list were selected because they appeal to multiple generations and mostly in close distance to the other highlights of the city. Honorable mention goes to two, more out of the way attractions: Lake Vouliagmeni
, a magnificent natural swimming hole where kids get in for free, and the Goulandris Natural History Museum
. Housed in an old mansion with long hallways of dioramas showing the flora and fauna of Greece, it's an experience will grab the imagination.
14 Kydathineon Street
The best way to keep little hands busy in Plaka...
Aiolou Street, Plateia Agoras
Main entrance on Amalias Ave. Two other entrances from Vassilisis Sophias Ave. and Irodou Attikou Street.
Once the royal family's garden - now shared by all... read more
(next to the Athens School of Fine Arts)
A virtual reality trip to Ancient Greece... read more
Kanapitseri Street 5, Agios Ioannis Rentis
When you're sick of stones and museums... read more
(near the Spata cemetery)
Dolphins and monkeys and bears, oh my!... read more
Kodrou Street 9
Museum of the young, gifted, and expressive...
Spend an afternoon in Glyfada with endangered sea turtles... read more
10,000 m² of beach fun in Varkiza... read more