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Anyone who has traveled to a place like Greece with children knows that after awhile visiting archaeological site after archaeological site can sometimes get to be a bit too much for the kids. In the summer months the beach offers an easy escape from rock overload, but what’s a parent to do with the kids in Athens in the winter?

Take them ice skating!

It might come as a surprise, but Athens has several ice rinks:

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Megaro Mousiki

The Athens Concert Hall Ice Arena is located on Vasilisis Sophias Avenue – easily reached by metro (just 2 stops from Syntagma Square) and is open weekdays from 4:00 PM until 11:00 pm, and weekends from 11 :00 AM until 11:00 PM.  Admission is 10€ for unlimited skating and includes skate rental. The rink, located in the Atrium of the concert hall, is open from December to March 2017.

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Athens Heart

The largest permanent ice rink in Greece!  Athens Heart Ice Arena is located at 186 Pireos Street, Tavros. They’re open weekdays from 3:00 PM until 11:00 PM and weekends from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

 

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Village Shopping and more …

While the indoor Village Mall offers something for everyone this winter – shopping, dining, and movies, and a courtyard ice rink. Your 10€ ticket offers unlimited time on the rink along with skate rental.  The rink is open from October 31, 2016 through the end of March 2017.  Easily accessible with the #21 trolley from Omonia Square. The rink is open weekdays  from 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM and weekedns from 11:00 AM until midnight.

 

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Escape Center

The Escape Center is located in Dimokratias Avenue 67A in Ilion and is easily accessible from Exit 7 of Attiki Odos. The rink is open from November until the end of January 2017, weekdays from 4:00 PM until 11:00 PM and weekends from 11:00 AM until 11:00 Pm.

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By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!