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Travel in Athens Greece With Kids: Travelling with kids can be a difficult experience sometimes. While you want to walk around the ancient sites and climb up hills to see the city from above, children will more likely get bored. Kids need entertainment in their trips and something to attract their interest. Athens is a town with plenty of fun activities for children. If you have some time left, check out what could be interesting not only for kids but for the whole family.
There are many museums for kids in Athens and many of them organize educational activities, too. The Hellenic Children's Museum, established in 1994, is a lovely museum based on the needs and the personality of young kids. It addresses to children up to 12 and every weekend, there are education activities with handicrafts and performances. It is located in the heart of Athens, in the quarter of Plaka, Kydathineon st, 14.
The cultural foundation Hellenic Cosmos also organizes educational programs for kids every weekend. Moreover, this foundation offers a unique Tholos with different movies every time. These 3D digital movies may concern ancient history, the environment, daily life or other interesting topics. Hellenic Cosmos is located on Pireos st, 254.
Karagiozis Museum is another fun museum for kids. Located in Kastalia square, Maroussi neighborhood, this museum is dedicated to shadow theatre and its long tradition in Greece. Children will see figures of shadow theatre and will learn the process of making such a figure.
Like all modern cities, Athens has its own zoo. Attica Zoological Park is located in Spata and you need a taxi or a car to get there. It first started as a bird collection and in fact, it has the 3rd largest bird collection in the world. However, it gradually started to host wild and domestic animals, snakes and other reptiles. All these are animals born in captivity or used for experimental purposes and were then adopted by the park. This is a place that kids will love.
If your children like snakes and reptiles, a visit to the Greek Reptile Centre will turn into a wonderful experience. Many snakes and lizards are on display and children can touch them, under the supervision of the staff. The center is housed in the Antonis Tritsis Environmental Education Park in Ilion, northwest of Athens.
Athens is also a city with many entertainment parks and funfairs. The most famous is Allou Fun Park in Renti neighborhood. This is a place with games for both kids and teenagers, although parents may be afraid of some of these games.