If you are visiting Athens or the Peloponnese, than I recommend you to visit the site of Epidaurus, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. Epidaurus is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Children can learn here about Asclepius, the important healer God in ancient Greece. Epidaurus was the healing center of the Classical world, ill people would go there to be cured. They would stay the night in the so called Enkoimetria - a big sleeping space. They would wait for the God to appear in their dreams to advise them on how to get better. Children can still see the remains of this: the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, the Temples of Artemis and Asklepius, the Tholos but also the hotel, springs/ baths as well as sport and hospital areas. The theater of Epidaurus is unique in its kind. Your kids can travel back in time here and feel like the ancient actors for a moment.
The best time to discover Epidaurus is in the spring and fall. It can get very busy and hot inside the excavations in the summer. There is no shade. It is recommended to choose the early morning hours for a visit. To avoid long lines at the entrance, you could opt for a guided tour. A tour guide will get your children engaged and there are specially designed tours for kids. Bring lots of water, sunscreen and hats. Some parts of the site are not stroller accessible.
Τhe Festival of Epidaurus takes place, during summer months, in the ancient amphitheater of Epidaurus where musical, theatrical and other artistic performances are organized, contributing to the cultural and touristic growth of the region.
Last year, Epidaurus Festival launched a pilot program entitled: “A creative summer activity program for children at Epidaurus” suitable for children between the ages of four and twelve, and it aims at engaging them in creative activities for the duration of the theater performance. For more information, click here.
Keep in mind that children under the age of six are not allowed, for obvious reasons, in any of the festival’s regular performances.Full ticket, valid both for the archaeological site and the museum, is €12 and the reduced €6, but during winter period ticket costs €6.