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Top things to do Athens with younger kids
With a downtown area that is compact, safe and boasts several parks, playgrounds and many kid-friendly activities, Athens makes an ideal vacation destination for families with young kids. Best of all, Greeks love children and welcome them everywhere. Here are the top things to do in Athens with young kids (6 and under).
The Acropolis of Athens and the New Acropolis Museum
When visiting these sites, it’s best to opt for a Private Family Guided Tour to the Acropolis. Specialized guides will engage little participants through storytelling and with tablets that show three-dimensional representations of the Acropolis as it used to be. The treasures from the Acropolis also come to life during the Acropolis Museum for Families Group Tour which focuses on the myths of the Goddess Athena!
For large groups with very young kids, Kids Love Greece can arrange a licensed guide for the older kids and adults and a second team leader to keep the younger kids (4-6) engaged with creative activities.
Greek Mythology Workshop: the Myths of Goddess Athena
This interactive Myths of Goddess Athena workshop in Athens’ National Garden introduces the Greek Gods and narrates their fascinating stories. Highly recommended for younger kids (up to 7-8 years old) and facilitated by an experienced educator, this activity includes theatre, puzzles, loom weaving games and lots of fun!
Family Walking Tour with a creative twist
The best way to experience a city is to walk its streets and visit its sites with someone who knows the history well. Take a shorter version of the Family Walking Tour in Athens and enjoy the perfect introduction to the city at your own pace.
If your children are into arts and crafts, your family walking tour can be combined with a ceramic workshop where they will use their hands and imagination to create their own souvenir out.
For those who love taking photos, we offer a very fun add-on, the instant camera activity. Specifically, during the walking tour kids take pictures of their favorite places, items, food who then stick on the Kids Love Greece scrapbook/ photo album that the take at home with them.
Athens Bike Tour for Families
If you are an active family, what a better way to explore the ancient monuments of Athens on a fun and easy bike tour?
You will be following our local guide along safe bike-friendly paths and streets covering much more distance than walking. Young kids can sit on either tandem riders or child seats on bikes. All children and adults received helmets. This is a great introduction to Athens for first-time visitors who love some physical activity as well.
Baking Workshop for Families
Who does like Greek food? The real answer is everyone! Our Bakery workshop is a big hit among families and definitely one of the most favorite activities of younger kids who visit Athens. During this workshop kids learn how to bake traditional greek cookies and create their own edible Greek god/ goddess! The workshop can be customized to any dietary restrictions and can also incorporate an activity for the adults such as learning of how to make a traditional cheese/or spinach pie. At the end, families will receive a printed booklet with our top selection of recipes for the whole family.
Sailing in the Athens Riviera
For a luxurious and relaxed family excursion, we recommend the Athens Riviera Family Day Cruise. Kids will love swimming in the turquoise waters, listening to stories and enjoying beautiful views while parents unwind and savour Greek delicacies. Kids love Greece can arrange this activity on a private basis or you can join a small group in the morning or afternoon.
Customized Athens Riviera Road Tour
This tour combines a visit to the Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society, Lake Vouliagmeni and Cape Sounion. Kids will meet the Greek sea turtle, Caretta caretta, which hatches exclusively on the Greek coast. The next stop is at Lake Vouliagmeni, where you will have the opportunity to swim in the thermal waters of the Lake. This tour ends at the stunning archaeological site of Cape Sounion where families can watch the sunset over the Temple of Poseidon.
More ideas of what to do at your own time
If you are not interested in hiring a tour guide, here are some ideas of what you can do at your own time
For rest and relaxation, the National Garden is a must-visit in Athens with young kids. Located in the heart of Athens, this public park is an urban oasis with grass areas and two playgrounds. There is also a mini zoo, a turtle pond and a lake with ducks. Combine your stop here with a visit to next door Syntagma Square. Your kids will love watching the hourly changing of the guards and feeding the pigeons with some leftover bread.
The Museum of Cycladic Art will impress children of any age. Your kids will love the large Cycladic statues and the interactive exhibit about life in Ancient Greece. During the winter months, the museum organizes weekend activities for kids as young as 2 years old.
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is located in the city centre and hosts two collections; the Ancient Greek Technology exhibition and the Ancient Greek Musical Instruments collection. Introducing them to the origins of technology, children can see, touch and operate ancient inventions. The museum organizes several workshops for adults and kids and a weekly musical play for families.
The Floisvos Park Playground on the Athens coast offers fresh air, sea views, innovative game constructions and a special play area for the little ones. For more outdoor play near the sea, head to The Stavros Niarchos Park. It provides a lush garden landscape featuring wooden playgrounds, water fountains, walking paths, a labyrinth and many other outdoor surprises. Older siblings might find the Benaki Toy Museum interesting as a vast collection of vintage toys are on display (cannot be touched).
Young kids will love the up-close animal exhibits, petting farm and playground at the Attica Zoo Park. Among the zoo’s other family activities are a fascinating dolphin show and the Birds of Prey educational program.