Athens is short on playgrounds, but between ice cream and street musicians and stray cats, there's plenty to keep kids amused. It helps too that children are welcome everywhere; at casual restaurants they're often encouraged to run off and play together while the adults eat.
Parks and Gardens
Museums and Spectacles
The Museum of Greek Children’s Art has a room set aside where children can learn about Ancient Greece. The Hellenic Children's Museum is a good place to meet Greek kids. Older children may like the War Museum, where they can climb into the cockpit of a WWII plane and other aircraft.
Escape the heat and amuse the kids with a virtual-reality tour of Ancient Greece at Hellenic Cosmos (call ahead to arrange English translation), or explore the universe at the impressive planetarium at the Eugenides Foundation.
Cinema and Theatre
Younger children may enjoy Greece's traditional shadow-puppet tradition. Shows are in Greek, but are slapstick, with lots of music. In summer, visit Theatro Skion Tasou Konsta; in winter, check the Melina Merkouri Cultural Centre.
An outdoor cinema makes even a Hollywood blockbuster special. Only films for the youngest kids are dubbed; everything else gets Greek subtitles. These open roughly May through October around the city; check www.athinorama.gr (in Greek) for schedules.