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On Hadrian's Arch is inscribed, "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus," Theseus who killed the Minotaur. Athens comes into many myths, like its patron goddess, Athena. It's one of the oldest cities – people have been living here for over five millenia. And because the Athenians were amazing builders and fabulous artists, exploring Athens with kids is the key stone to ancient Greece.
  The Acropolis and Agora – Parthenon
    Plaka and Monastiraki
    Syntagma Square – National Gardens
    National Archaeological Museum
    Lykavitos (Lycabettus)
    Ride the Metro – The metro in Athens is a modern system, and absolutely your best way to get around Athens! At the stations, there are excavation exhibits (when they were digging the subway, they kept bumping into all sorts of ancient stuff) – an old aqueduct, potters kiln, Christian graves, ancient road, plus vases and statues. It's cheap and fast, get a day ticket and hop on and off.



Bring an extra tote bag to hold all your souvenirs from Athens – dolls in costume (some are museum reproductions), polished stone eggs, embroidered slippers and shirts, miniature Greek vases and statues, ceramic boxes, tiny bronze helmets, clay horses, painted wooden donkeys, onyx boxes, Athena's owl, Greek music.

family tours athens greece

The Acropolis was the site of festivals, temples and shrines, law courts, marketplace, concerts and theater, but how to make it come alive for kids? Take a private family walking tour with a knowledgeable guide:

Acropolis Tour for Kids
Acropolis for Families Private Tour

Small group treasure hunt, exploring the Acropolis to solve a mystery, fun for adults and kids, with fun facts, history, puzzles and games, for kids 8 and up:

Acropolis Treasure Hunt
The National Archeological Museum is just chock full of stunning statues from ancient Greece, but can you tell the difference between Zeus and Poseidon? Find out about the gods, goddesses and heroes on a family walking tour of the museum :
National Archeological Museum Tour for Kids
kids books athens greece
where is the parthenon  
Where is the Parthenon?
Roberta Edwards

Illustrated history of the Parthenon – Pericles plan to build the temple in the 5th century BC, Phidias gold covered statue of Athena and marble frieze sculptures, how the temple was constructed, Parthenon became a Christian church, Islamic mosque, and ruin over the centuries. (Chapter book)


Athena: Goddess of Wisdom and War
Imogen and Isabel Greenberg

Daring tales of Athena, smart and fearless goddess, who helps Perseus defeat Medusa, and Odysseus win the Trojan War. She also gets into a big fight with Poseidon over who will sponsor the city that is ultimately named Athens (she won). Spirited and fun! (Graphic novel)

The goddess Athena is the patron of Athens, and in ancient Greece festivals were held each year in her honor on the Acropolis.


Ancient Greece kids books athens  

See what life was like in Athens in 400 BC, choose to be a government official, sculptor, or philospher, work on the Parthenon, study with Socrates, go to war with the Spartans. (Chapter book)


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