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Kid Friendly Athens

Destination(s): Athens

Here is a compiled list of some of the most family-friendly places Athens has to offer. There is a suggested itinerary based on location to simplify logistics and organizing transportation. Here are a few additional details:

-The Attica Zoo is very near the Venizelos Airport, making it a worthwhile visit if you have some time after arriving or before departing.

- A walk through the National Garden will produce lovely surprises. Fish, turtles, flowers, and a little reading room among the many.

-- Attending a football game at the Olympiakos, Karaiskaki Stadium might be an investment but it can also be one of the most memorable events you'll have. Ever!

- In terms of accommodations, The Ava Hotel is recommended due to it's large, apartment like rooms making them well suited to traveling families. The Baby Grand has whimsy and fun that kids will appreciate. read more about Kid Friendly Athens

Attica Zoological Park

Attica Zoological Park

  • Yalou
  • (near the Spata cemetery)
  • tel:+30 210 663 4724
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 190 04

For a zoo that is only ten years old, Greece's first and only zoo sure has made a name for itself. Started by a Frenchman, Jean-Jacques Lesueur, the park's first claim to fame was their bird collection, the third largest in the world. Year by year it has grown into two thousand varieties of birds living in walk-in aviaries, a reptile house, fauna from four continents including brown bears, white tigers, giraffes, monkeys, lions, hippos, free-range rabbits, a petting zoo, an upcoming dinosaur park and aquarium of "international stature," and the newly installed dolphinarium, the only one of its kind in Greece.

Four dolphins and two sea lions are some of the latest addition to the park and are currently being trained for special shows that will take place in the near future. For now they're being studied by researchers working with the Catalonian Polytechnic and the SaveWave company, both working to better understand the dolphins' auditory perception as well as possible therapeutic relationships between dolphins and children with autism.

Educational presentations in the dolphinarium are offered two to three times a day for an extra three euros on top of the park's admission. Check their website or call for exact hours as they change seasonally.

Necessary information on the park:
Hours
9am to sunset, 365 days a year.
Presentation hours for the dolphinarium from 31/10/2010 until 26/03/2011

Weekdays  11:30 and 15:30

Saturday  11:00   13:30   15:30

Sunday and holidays (06/01/2011, 07/03/2011, 25/03/2011) 11:00   12:30   14:00  15:30
Prices:
Adults: € 15
Children under three and the disabled are offered free admission.
Children until the age of twelve get a discounted rate of € 11.
Groups of twenty-five or more are also offered the discounted rate.
Family passes are offered at €48 and for two adults + two children
€58 for two adults + three children.

*There are places to buy sandwiches, drinks and tiropita (cheese pies) as well as welcoming picnic places for something that you brought along with you.
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Goulandris Museum of Natural History (The)

Goulandris Museum of Natural History (The)

  • Levidou Street 13
  • tel:+30 210 801 5870 / +30 210 808 6405
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 145 62
Hellenic Cosmos

Hellenic Cosmos

  • 254 Pireos
  • (next to the Athens School of Fine Arts)
  • tel:+30 212 254 0000
  • Visit website
  • Tavros, 17778
Classical Baby Grand Hotel

Classical Baby Grand Hotel

  • 65 Athinas Street
  • Ominia
  • tel:+30 210 3250900
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10552

Ever walked into a hotel to be greeted by stuffed monkeys swinging from paper vines? What about finding the receptionist sitting behind a full size MiniCooper, retrofitted to serve as a desk? The Classical Baby Grand Hotel has a wildly unique vision, filling each of its 76 rooms with unexpected touches. The "Graffiti" rooms have original artwork painted directly on the walls by ten international Graffiti artists. Kids are made welcome with many amenities directed toward parents, including the use of Bugaboo strollers and Stokke baby cots. The colorful breakfast room and indoor swimming pool are also popular with the younger generation. There's even a Spiderman room.


Classical Baby Grand is part of the Classical Chain of hotels, operated by well-established Grecotel.

Location.
In Athens's Omonia neighborhood, this hotel is close to Athens City Hall, Kotzia Square, and Omonia Square. Also nearby are National Archaeological Museum of Athens and Roman Agora.



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AVA Hotel, Apartments & Suites

AVA Hotel, Apartments & Suites

  • 9-11 Lyssikratous Street Plaka
  • tel: +30 210 320 9000
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 51
Athens Railway Museum

Athens Railway Museum

  • 4 Siokou Street
  • tel:+30 210 4903163
  • Athens Ece

A museum for train enthusiasts, lovers of old things, clock-punk Victoriana types and anyone with a little time to kill before their ferry to the islands departs. 19th century tools, gears, uniforms and tickets, restored and stuffed into the former steel workshop of the then Peloponnese Railway in Piraeus. See old steam engines, wagons for royalty, and the impressive smoking car of the Sultan Abdul Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, a gift from a French queen and taken as a trophy by the Greeks in the Balkan Wars.

Metro: Piraeus Station
Admission Free

Tuesday-Friday: 09.00-13.00
Monday: Closed
Saturday-Sunday: 10.00-13.00 read more about Athens Railway Museum

Athens Planetarium

Athens Planetarium

  • Singru 387
  • Paleo Faliro
  • tel:+30 21 0 946 9641
  • Visit website
  • Paleo Faliro, 17564
Greek Children's Museum

Greek Children's Museum

  • 14 Kydathineon Street
  • Plaka
  • tel:+30 210 331 2995
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58

The Hellenic Children's museum was founded in 1987 by a group of experts in child development with the philosophy that direct experiences and entertainment support learning. Located in a restored neoclassical building in historic Plaka, it is dedicated to children from four to twelve years of age with a large number of hands-on interactive exhibits. While much of the written information is in Greek, there's plenty of activities that require no language at all and allow kids to play, research, think, experiment, create and observe.

*Read the NileGuide Local Flavor Blog featuring the Hellenic Children's Museum's start of the 2010/2011 season for a more in-depth look at what they do.




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Spathario Museum of Shadow Theatre

Spathario Museum of Shadow Theatre

  • Kastalias Square
  • tel:+30 210 612 7245
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 151 24
Allou Fun Park

Allou Fun Park

  • Kanapitseri Street 5, Agios Ioannis Rentis
  • tel:210-4256999, 210-4256994
  • Visit website
  • Athens
Kifissia/Piraeus Railway

Kifissia/Piraeus Railway

  • Singru 387
  • Paleo Faliro
  • tel:210 5194 012
  • Visit website
  • Athens Ece

Part of this track is the oldest in Athens, dating back to 1869. It runs the length of the Port of Piraeus to lush and pricey Kifissia, with twenty two stops in between. Among the stops, some of the more interesting include the Faliro stop, running directly underneath home to popular Olympiakos football club, Karaiskakis stadium , the Monastriaki and Thissiou stations that lead immediately to the Ancient and Roman agoras and popular flea markets, and the Victoria station, the nearest station to the Archaeological museum.

The Piraeus Station is housed in a nineteenth century building that was restored for the Olympic Games. It gives access to the train museum and the Piraeus Archaeological Museum. The Kifissia Station gives access to the Goulandris natural museum.

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The Sunshine Express

The Sunshine Express

  • Aiolou Street, Plateia Agoras
  • tel:+30 210 8213185
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Goody's

Goody's

Watch out, golden arches. Thanks to Goody's, the people of Greece have "fast" food that is based on their traditional diet of olive oil, vegetables, and trustworthy meat. While the menu has all of the usual suspects you would expect from a fast food restaurant, (cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, fries, kids meals) Goody's prides itself on quality. Based on the crowds at any given time of the day, it seems that it's working.

Some of the best features include a self service salad bar with big blocks of feta cheese and a bottle of olive oil to use at your discretion, freshly baked bread, the aforementioned kids meals and occasionally, play areas for the kids.

There are 172 restaurants all over Greece. 72 of them are in Attica, four directly in the heart of the city center in four major squares:

Monastiraki Square on Ermou Street
Kolonaki Square on Irodotou Street
17 Stadiou Street just down from Kolokotroni Square
and Omonia Square in a restored neoclassical building.

There is also one just next to the Ledra Marriott again across from the Syngrou-Fix metro station, both on Syngrou Avenue.


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Karaiskaki Stadium

Karaiskaki Stadium

  • Karaoli Dimitriou - Sophianopoulou
  • Faliro
  • tel:+30 210 481 8440
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 16675
Museum of Greek Children's Art

Museum of Greek Children's Art

  • 9 Kodrou Street
  • tel:+30 210 331 2621 / +30 210 331 2750
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 105 58

Picasso said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child." Two museums in the world were among the first in recognizing the value of children's art to the extent of making it the focus of their collection, and one of those is in Athens, Greece. The aim of the museum is to preserve, study, and promote children's art as well as encouraging development in the young artists and art educators.

 Children will enjoy seeing work of other children their own age. There are also activity workshops most months of the year held every Sunday from 10am to 11:30. While most classes are in Greek, bilingual instructors can assist English speaking children.
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Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

Ilias Lalaounis Jewellery Museum

  • 12 Kalisperi
  • At Karyatidon
  • tel:+30 210 922 1044 / +30 210 922 7260
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 11742

Anyone who appreciates attention to detail, artistry and craftsmanship will enjoy a visit to one of the world's only jewelry museums where 4,000 creations of its founder, Ilias Lalounis, gleam brilliantly from display cases. You'll see all of the cultural and historical points of reference from which he drew inspiration, such as earrings inspired by an ivory plaque from Samaria, decorated with the motif of the sacred tree of life, or a pendant taken from the folds of a "chiton" an ancient Greek garments. The third level is given to temporary exhibitions by local artists and the first level has a protected courtyard for refreshments, rooms for special workshops (some directed specifically toward children) and a gift shop that sells fashion books, children's books, hats, t shirts, ceramics, silk scarves, and, hm... oh yes! World class jewelry.

Hours are 9-9 on Wednesday
Thr, Fri, Sat 8:30-4
Sunday 11-4
closed on Mondays

Acropolis Metro is a two minute walk. Located on Karyatidon and Kallisperi streets, just off of Dionysiou Areopagitou St.
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Hard Rock Cafe Athens

Hard Rock Cafe Athens

  • 18 Filellinon Street
  • tel:+30 210 325 2758
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10557