9 great proposals for family activities in Attica during springtime

Spring is here and the nature is at its best. Attica has plenty of choices when it comes to parks, gardens and playgrounds, where you can spend carefree moments while youngsters enjoy exciting and educational activities.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Kallithea has changed the vibe of an entire neighborhood and is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Greece. It doesn’t stand out only for the countless cultural events it hosts, but it is an attraction for families all over Attica because it accommodates a marvelous playground, with wooden constructions, dugouts and many more games. The adventurous scenery stretches to bridges, creeks, plants, small houses, rocking horses, climbing nets and ping pong tables.

If your offspring is too young, then a stroller walk by Attica Riviera would be an excellent choice. From Faliro and Flisvos Marina to Glyfada, you can toddle along a seaside pedestrian walkway, perfectly combining breeze and amble. Of course, Attica Riviera is an excellent choice if you want to walk with your children, whereas at Flisvos Park you can find one of the best playgrounds, with much greenery and play facilities, providing separated sections for toddlers and older children up to 12 years old.

Looking for a breath of fresh air? Visit Syngrou Estate at Kifissias Avenue. It is the only natural forest within the Attica basin and its approximately 700,000 sq.m. are filled with pines, cypresses, kermes oaks, plants and wildflowers. Delve into a unique springtime experience inside an enchanting place, which you can also explore on your bike. If you don’t want to leave the city center, move up to Philopappos Hill; after a short and easy hike for children, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view.

In the heart of Ellinikon, a truly historic area of Attica, one the biggest parks of the world is turning into reality. 14 times the size of the National Garden, even larger than Hyde Park in London, the Ellinikon Park, at the former International Airport of Athens, will be of colossal magnitude, a gem of innovative architecture. The biggest part of the project is expected to be ready in 2025, while people have already loved one of its sections; Experience Park has opened its doors and welcomed locals and visitors with more than 700 new trees and 80,000 Mediterranean plants, outdoor activity areas and a venue that can be enjoyed all day long.

The western areas of Attica can boast of “Antonis Tritsis” Environmental Awareness Park, deploying along 1,000,000 sq.m. and 3 municipalities: Ilion, Kamatero and Agioi Anargyroi. Feel a sense of tranquility while walking among olive trees, pistachio trees, pines, almond trees, planes, cypresses and many other trees and plants and listen to a unique variety of birds. The Hellenic Ornithological Society has recorded 168 species! The numerous artificial lakes are a great asset of this park, but most of all the free spaces where children can run and play safely, while parents can enjoy a cup of coffee or snack inside the park.

Karaiskaki square in Glyfada probably accommodates the most beautiful playground in the south. A truly wondrous play area, suitable for disabled persons, meeting high standards of safety. Let your children explore its funicular, tunnels, tiny houses, fountain and many more games. While children fling themselves into endless playing, parents can relax at the playground benches, or enjoy its free wi-fi.

Close to the center of Athens, covering a surface of 256,000 sq.m., Veikou Grove is a green oasis inside the city. With idyllic nature and a well-equipped playground, the park is also an ideal option for sports activities; choose among its football, basketball and tennis courts, skateboard trucks and outdoor exercising equipment.

If, however, you wish to combine greek and international flora with learning, take your family to Diomedes Botanical Garden in Chaidari. Inside its 1,860,000 sq.m. of pure nature, children will get to know hundredths of plant and tree species, marked with scientific labels, providing details on their identity and geographical spread. Access is free, however you have to book your e-ticket in advance, since, in order to protect the garden’s sustainability, only a limited number of visitors can be inside the area at any given time.

Parks, playgrounds and groves all around Attica wait for you and your little ones. With the ample sun of Attica by your side, go on a sortie full of games, culture and contact with nature.

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