Places to See in Athens with Children
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There’s plenty to see when visiting Athens, but if you are bringing the family you will need to keep the children entertained.
Here are 4 places to bring your children while visiting Athens:
Hellenic Children’s Museum
The Hellenic Children’s Museum was established in 1994 and is located within a neoclassical building circa 1900 that was once a private home. It is the only multi-thematic, interactive museum specially designed for children in Greece. The Children’s Museum is oriented to children up to 12 years of age, parents, educators and anyone else interested in learning. The Hellenic Children’s Museum “aims to encourage every child to discover, comprehend, learn, be happy and shape their self and the world which surrounds them with respect for individuality and emphasis on cooperation”. It features hands on experiments such as baking workshops and bubble making, puzzles, arts and crafts, a mock up of a metro tunnel, a playground with building materials, a room dedicated to the human body and health, and a factory room where children can learn about mass production. The museum covers 250 sq. m. and has both permanent and temporary exhibits. It is open Tuesday through Sunday and is open for school trips Monday to Friday. There is no entrance fee and the museum is closed on public holidays.
Museum of Greek Children’s Art
The Museum of Greek Children’s Art is one of the few museums worldwide that exhibits exclusively drawings and three dimensional artworks that were created by children aged 5 to 14 years old. It was founded in 1994 by the Association of its Friends as a non-profit, public benefit, cultural Association. It “aims to bring forth and promote the uniqueness of children’s art”. Admission is free and the museum includes more than 7,000 artworks and is always getting new acquisitions. Collections and exhibits include children’s artwork from contests, artwork from donations, artwork from collaborations, artwork from the Museum’s workshops, and artwork by people with special needs.
Kidom at Allou Fun Park
Allou Fun Park is Athens’ biggest amusement park complex. Kidom is the section of the amusement park that is geared towards younger children. Attractions in Kidom include a carousel, a flying elephant ride, a family friendly roller coaster, swan boats, a playground, pirate ships, mini rafting, a train ride, and a trampoline. There are also kid friendly games that include “fishing for frogs”. Plenty of food options exist at Kidom including pizza, hot dogs, French fries, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, waffles, soft drinks, fresh juices, coffee, ice cream. Family passes can be purchased as well as gift cards.
Attica Zoological Park
The Attica Zoological Park opened in May 2000 and was initially a Bird Park that hosted the 3rd largest bird collection in the world. It has grown to host more than 2,000 animals from 350 different species. Exhibits include the “World of Reptiles”, the “Greek Fauna” section that has animals rarely seen in Greece, the “African Savannah” with animals from Africa, a monkeys and apes section, the “Big Cats” section, the “Money Forest” where visitors are in the same enclosure with the monkeys, “Cheetah Land”, and the “Arid Lands” section that hosts animals such as camels, Somali wild asses, etc. In 2010, 4 dolphins and 2 California sea lions joined the zoo.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com