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Attiko Parko Athens Zoo and Bird Park

The Attica Zoo family has planned a series of holiday week activities for the week between Christmas and New Years, and if you are traveling with children, a visit to this too often overlooked Zoo is a great break from all those rocks![box] The Attica Zoo is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day![/box]

This year, they’re welcoming visitors to join the fun as they create special holiday gifts for their family members: the chimps, the giraffes, and lions and monkeys and camels, birds and big cats.  And what fun would creating the gifts be if you didn’t have the chance to watch them open them, too!

A different group of animals will be celebrating each day, but the party is limited to a maximum of 20 guests each day, so you’ll need to sign up to participate. (Participation is free with Zoo admission).

Monday – December 26, 2011 – Bears & Wolves  noon-1 pm

Tuesday  – December 27, 2011 – Wild Dogs of Africa & Giraffes 2.45-3.45 pm

Wednesday December  28, 2011 – Lemurs & Camels  1.30-2.30short

Thursday, December  29, 2011 – Parrots & Iguana 1.30-2.30 pm

Friday December  30, 2011 – Monkey & White Rhinos  11.45am-12.45mm

Saturday December  31, 2011 – Jaguars & Tigers    1.30-2.30 pm

Sunday January 1, 2012 & Monday January 2, 2012 – Chimpanzees & Gibbons  noon-1 pm

The Attica Zoo’s mission is to raise public awareness about the animal kingdom  to preserve or even breed endangered species – some 60% of the zoo’s animals are rare or even threatened by extinction. Learn more here.

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!