Games for children and their parents

The Acropolis Museum supports independent learning by making available backpacks filled with activities and ‘family trails’ for families with young children, free of charge. Families can choose between a quick and simple visit using one of the booklets, or a longer and more intricate one using one of the backpacks, which are also equipped with games. Family backpacks and Family trails are written and designed by the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team for the Acropolis Museum.

Family backpacks for children and parents contain various games and activities that are exhibition-based and are supported by colorful children’s exhibit labels in the Museum galleries. The pack activities require families to work together to solve its challenges.

Family trails for children and parents are individual theme based activities that focus on a ‘trail’ of exhibits throughout the Museum. The trails require less time and effort than the larger backpack, but still offer guidance for a structured activity in the galleries that makes Museum visits fun.

The Acropolis in LEGO® bricks and lots of fun!

Visitors have the opportunity to admire the impressive LEGO® Acropolis model that was donated to the Acropolis Museum by the University of Sydney’s Nicholson Museum, following the initiative of Michael Turner, Senior Curator at the Nicholson Museum. The model contains more than 120.000 LEGO® bricks and took about 300 hours to build by Ryan McNaught. The model is located on the Museum’s second floor, in the area of the lab next to the restaurant.

Discover scenes from the LEGO® Acropolis model.

Current - forthcoming family programs

During the winter months, festive periods and summertime is an opportunity for children aged 4 to 6 and 7 to 12 to engage with the Museum by taking part in workshops with alternating themes led by Museum Archaeologist-Hosts and the Acropolis Restoration Service Education Team. This provides stimuli and creative activities that bring life to the Museum and make it an attractive destination for families with young children. In some programs parental escort is required.

Festive stories

What kind of festivals did the ancient Athenians have and for which were the children looking forward to participate?

Let’s discover them at the Acropolis Museum and bring to life the emotions that these feasts were giving birth to children and adults. We will create festive sets and happy compositions that will uniquely adorn the Museum.

  • Days & hours: Saturday 21/12, Sunday 22/12, Saturday 28/12 & Sunday 29/12, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 5 p.m. in Greek only
  • Duration: 90 mins
  • Ages: 6-11 years old
  • Participacion: Participation for children is free. A general admission fee (5€) is required for parents/escorts
  • Reservations: For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served (25 children per workshop)

The workshops are held by the Department of Educational Programs – Acropolis Museum and the Department of Information & Education – Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA).

Past family programs

2017:
- Temples and other buildings made with LEGO® (17-18/12/2017)
- The planet of myths (23-24/12/2017 & 30-31/12/2017)
- A walk through the Museum with an archaeologist (27/12 - 29/12)

2016:
- Tracing the lion (18/5/2016)
- Temples and other buildings made with LEGO® and inspired by the Acropolis (17-18/12/2016)
- The trees of the gods (28/12/2016)
- The ship of the Panathenaic festival inside the Museum (29/12/2016)
- Suspended creations in the lit-up Museum (30/12/2016)

2015:
- Creatures of the animal kingdom (28/10/2015)
- Wings and feathers (18/5/2015)
- The Athenians remember their history (25/3/2015)

2014:
- Ancient customs and ornaments for good year (20 & 21/12/2014)
- Gifts for gods and people (20, 21, 27 & 28/12/2014)
- Decorate the wooden goddess (20, 21, 27 & 28/12/2014)
- Summer getaways for children aged 7 to 12 (1/7/2014-10/7/2014)
- Sunday group activities for children and parents (9/3/2014-27/7/2014)

2013:
- Gifts for gods and people (21, 22, 28 & 29/12/2013)
- The Iresioni (22 & 29/12/2013)
- We make ancient pastries at the Museum (22 & 29/12/2013)
- Myths in images (28/10/2013)
- The little roosters arrived… at the Museum! (18/5/2013)

2012:
- Iresioni and Carols (23 & 30/12/2012)
- Pomegranate Pomegranate are you here? (22, 23, 29 & 30/12/2012)