- 3 December 2023
What to do in Thessaloniki with children? 7 activities suitable for the whole family!
What are the best things to do with kids in Thessaloniki? If you are a family who wants to spend a few days in the Greek city, how can you entertain your children? In this article you will find a complete guide on activities suitable for children and teenagers in the city of Thessaloniki.
Important note: the city of Thessaloniki, in my humble opinion, does not seem “family friendly” at first glance due to the lack of large pedestrian areas in the center (with the exception of the seafront), poorly maintained sidewalks and cars parked everywhere that obstruct the passage of wheelchairs.
Despite this note, there are many activities to do in Thessaloniki for the whole family. I do not t want to tell you about the usual walking tours of the city’s historical sites and I will not even tell you to take the children to one of the beaches near the city, because these are obvious things. Instead, I will tell you about some original ideas, selected while living in the city of central Macedonia for years.
1. Museums for children in Thessaloniki: the museum of illusions and the selfie museum
The archeological museum, the war museum or the museum of Byzantine history are certainly not to be left out. But if you are looking for museums in Thessaloniki that are more suitable for children, I recommend the two below. They are both located in the heart of the city and therefore easily accessible:
- The museum of illusions: perhaps you have already heard of it because it is a “copy and paste” in many cities. It can be a good alternative when you get to spend an hour having fun with illusions. It is located in Ladadika, the neighborhood best known for taverns and bars.
- The selfie museum: this museum is the right choice if you want to take really nice photos both for adults and children. You can photograph yourself in a pool of balloons, sitting at the hairdresser and many other Instagrammable themes.
2. The many indoor playground areas scattered in all corners of the city
You should know that it is fashionable among Greeks to organize many birthday parties for children, to which the whole class is invited. This trend has brought to Thessaloniki many indoor areas with playgrounds of all types, to name just a few:
- The Wall: where there is an interactive wall with various games.
- We SKG: where there is the ski and snowboard simulator and a roller skating area.
- Pin Bowling: there’s no need to say much… there are bowling alleys.
- Terra Famila: large venue outside the city with inflatables or game rooms especially for the little ones.
3. Water Land, the water park a stone’s throw from Thessaloniki airport
Water Land is a water park not far from Thessaloniki airport. If your holiday is on the Halkidiki Peninsula, it is just up the street. Obviously, it is a fun solution for children only in the summer. It is a good option in order to spend a different day.
The park is quite large and surrounded by gardens and trees. There is no shortage of classic water attractions such as a pirate island, with various water games, the river with inflatable boats, many slides, the wave pool and even pools for younger children.
4. The seafront of Thessaloniki: bike rental, many playgrounds and coffee breaks for adults
The seafront of Thessaloniki extends for several kilometers and is the ideal place for walking or cycling. Here you don’t find the chaos of city traffic but you can breathe a sense of freedom.
There is a very wide sidewalk and a dedicated cycle path. In some places they rent both two-wheeled bikes and four-wheeled bikes which are ideal for a family ride with children.
But the most beautiful thing, besides having the sea next to you, are the many playgrounds scattered along the route: some are quite large and with rides of all types; there is also a bike path for children complete with road signs to help them learn to ride! There are also a few basketball and tennis courts.
What about parents? Parents can order coffee or drinks in the various “take away” bars. Going to Thessaloniki with children, it is almost obligatory to visit the seafront!
5. Noesis, the planetarium that organizes many thematic events for children
I consider Noesis a very interesting place and not just for children. It is the planetarium of Thessaloniki. I recommend you check if there are any special events during the dates of your visit.
On their official website you can find the calendar of events or temporary exhibitions:
I prefer referencing you to their website because between laboratories, the technological museum and the simulators, it is difficult to describe everything in a few lines.
6. Go to Mediterranean Cosmos and Magic Park the largest shopping mall and amusement park in Thessaloniki
Mediterranean Cosmos is the largest shopping mall in Thessaloniki. The mall is located between the city and the airport and therefore, from a logistical point of view, it is easily accessible during a visit to the second largest city in Greece. In Mediterranean Cosmos you will find shops of all kinds if you like doing some shopping.
There is a dedicated area to a movie theater (called “The Village”) where films are played in the original language, with the exception of films for the little ones. It could be a great opportunity for an English lesson! Adjacent to the cinema there is a game room, close by an Escape Room, open spaces with fountains and an entire floor with fast food.
The Magic Park, on the other hand, is the classic Luna Park. I added it here because it is located right in front of Mediterranean Cosmos and therefore you can combine them on the same day. However, the Magic Park is operational only during the summer season. In the park you can find the Ferris wheel, the carousel, the bumper cars and the apple caterpillar train.
7. Boat activities: tour the bay with the pirates and visit Velos, the warship
A boat ride is often a great idea for children to do, and if there is a pirate to accompany you on board even the better! In front of the White Tower there are a couple of boats, set up like pirate ships, which set sail at any time of the day for a tour of the bay of Thessaloniki. I consider it a tourist activity but pleasant for the whole family. On board you can have a drink and enjoy the view of the city from a different perspective.
Another boat activity (but it never sails!) is to board Velos. Velos is a historic military ship anchored at the end of the city’s seafront (to get there from the center requires a generous walk). The warship has been transformed into a floating museum and it is exciting to visit.
In addition to the activities listed above, keep in mind that there are other experiences for children in Thessaloniki. There is a “military style” Paint Ball field, a Go-Kart track, mini golf, the Zoo, the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus or cooking lessons.
Here and there around the city, there you can find small playgrounds which are sometimes more than enough to distract younger children, while you sip a cold espresso like the locals!
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