Athens is a large metropolis that might not seem particularly kid-friendly at first sight. However, despite what most people think there are lots of exciting things to do and see with your children in Athens. Home to numerous museums, parks and playgrounds, the Greek capital provides endless options for a fun and educational family outing.
Here are some our favorite children’s activities in and around the center of Athens:
The Planetarium - Eugenides Foundation
Visiting the Planetarium is a great opportunity to familiarize your children with complex concepts in a fun and interactive way. Kids love the huge domed screen, the amphitheatrical auditorium, and of course the state of the art interactive shows that take place in the Planetarium. It's a fun and educational outing for the whole family.
Address: 387 Syggrou Avenue, 175 64, Palaio Faliro
Hellenic Children’s Museum
Located inside the Athens Conservatoire, this museum aims to teach children all about the world they live in. Its philosophy is based on the phrase ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’ and therefore its activities include things like creating with building materials, experimenting with different ingredients in the kitchen, and learning about the concepts of supply and demand in the museum’s marketplace.
Address: 19 Vasileos Georgiou B, 106 75, Athens
Attica Zoological Park
The Attica Zoo Park is a massive park, housing more than 350 animal species many of which are on the endangered species list. Children will definitively fall in love with the playful dolphins, tease the lazy brown bears, watch the funny penguins, and enjoy observing the park’s lions and tigers. Make sure to pick up a map on your way in so you don’t miss any of the zoo's best attractions.
Address: Spata, 190 04, Athens
Flisvos Park Playground
Located near the Flisvos Marina, this playground is one of the best in Athens. It covers an area of almost 13 acres and offers various exciting activities. The park is divided into several sections; one for children aged 2 to 5, one for children up to 12 years old, walking and cycling paths, mini soccer and basketball facilities, and an outdoor gym! Just a step from the sea and full of exciting games and constructions, the Flisvos Park Playground is ideal for a fun family outing.
Address: Flisvos Park, Posidonos Avenue, Palaio Faliro
Goulandris Natural History Museum
Focused on the study, conservation, and protection of the natural environment, the Goulandris Natural History Museum will certainly impress children of all ages. The museum's collection is focused on botanology, entomology, minerals, palaeontology, and marine biology and includes hundreds of thousands of specimens. Children will be impressed by the life-sized replicas of animals and rare plant species that will help them comprehend the earth’s ever-changing ecosystem. The museum is also home to the Gaia Centre and the unique ‘Geosphere’ monitor, which presents the geological evolution of the planet from its creation, 4.6 billion years ago, until today.
Address: 13 Levidou, 145 62, Kifisia