Although it does not rain often in Greece, where do you take your kids when it is too wet or when you do not want to play outside ?
We actually like playing in the rain. But there are days that it is too cold or too wet. Here are my favorite places to go on such days:
1.Visit Golden Hall shopping mall
Athens has several shopping malls, spread all over the city. They are all recently build and therefore new and clean with good facilities for children. My personal favorite and the most exclusive is Golden Hall in Marousi on Kifissias Avenue 37A. For families there is much to do and to see in Golden Hall. Outside of the mall is a huge square with a beautiful fountain. My children always enjoy watching the water changing shape and colors. The square has many picnic tables and there is also a very well organized and clean playground with a sand pit, swings, zig-zags, and a jungle gym for children 2- 4 years old. Inside the Golden Hall on the second floor you will find an indoor soft play area for children starting 3 years old. The entrance fee is 5 Euro per child. There is a separate play area with computer games for older children. Besides play, Golden Hall often organizes events for children (check out their website for current events). Finally, there are several family friendly restaurants in Golden Hall, there is a very clean and organized baby changing room, toilets for children (on the second floor next to the indoor play area) and strollers are available at the reception area. Don’t forget to check out the fish tank on the main floor, my kids cannot get enough watching the little sharks in there. Golden Hall can be easily reached by car and by public transport. If you use the train (green line to station Neratziotissa) and the special free shuttle bus, this excursion does not have to cost much.
2. Playmobil FunPark
If your children like playmobil toys as much as mine, than this will be the place to be. The funpark has recently moved into a new building and it is like being in a huge toy store where endless play with all sorts of playmobil is possible. What I like most is that there is a special closed area just for the little ones were they can play with the ‘baby’ playmobil. No danger of small pieces here and this makes playmobil funpark suitable for children starting from 18 months old. There is also a (non-smoking) cafe and a shop. The entrance in the weekend is 9 euro per child, parents do not pay. More info here.
- The Acropolis museum
Winter or summer, a visit to the Acropolis museum is always a success!The museum regularly organizes events for families and there are guided tours designed for children. You can also borrow a Family Backpack from the museum’s information desk (you need to leave identification – first-in first-served basis) With the educational package in these bags your kids can learn about the exhibits. The museum also hosts children gallery talks, there are video presentations and there is a series of children’s books and games that can also be found in their book corner and museum shop. My daughters likes the Lego Acropolis model at the first floor of the museum. Best for children from 4 years old. Check out all current programs on the website.
4. Blanos Sports Park
Your kids have too much energy but it is to wet to run outside ? Take them to Blanos Sports Park in Spata. I discovered the park some years ago when I was trying to find a venue for my daughter’s 3rd birthday. I am not a big fan of indoor fun parks with electronics and plastic. In my opinion they are usually too small and too busy. I found Blanos was different. This entertainment venue is huge. It offers a long list of activities for young children, teenagers and adults. There are bowling lanes (with special children’s bowling balls!) table football, billiard, electronic games, roller skating, trampolines, restaurants and bars. The best part is the enormous jungle gym. It is separated in different sections so young children can play safely separated from the older kids. Whilst I was playing with my baby in the soft play area, I could still watch my older one. Blanos is easy to access and has a large car park. The facilities are good and there is lots of daylight coming in the building. Find more information on their website.
5. Goulandris Natural History Museum
What I like about the Goulandris museum in Kifissia is it’s size. There is a lot to see but all in a very child friendly setting. The preserved giraffe at the entrance of the museum prepare you for what is coming. The collection shows zoological, marine, rock and fossil specimens.
The next door GAIA centre is suitable for older children and educates about Planet Earth, Atmosphere and the Solar System as well as Agriculture, Technology and Science through interactive displays. The museum is stroller friendly and the facilities include a very nice cafe with healthy choices and a souvenir shop. The museum can easily be reached by train and bus. There is free parking around the museum (but difficult to find a spot) and there are several paid parking stations in Kifissia. Entrance for children is 4 Euro and free entrance under 5 years old. The museum often organizes events for children. Found out more on current events on their website.
What are your favorite indoor places in Athens ? Do let us know !
**I was a paying guest in all the above mentioned places. As always, all thoughts, experiences and opinions expressed above are my own**
Celeste Tat is an expat living in Greece for 20+ years of which 16 years in Athens. She is the mother of 2 young children and always searching for family friendly activities and vacation destinations. She is the creator of Family Experiences Blog and the exclusive Blogger and Community Manager for Family Goes Out in Greece.