6 Great Outings for Teenagers in Athens
Athens, we all know, is rich with historical and cultural attractions, making it a choice destination for family trips to Greece. But what about that hardest to please age-group: the teenager? Ethel Dilouambaka scouts out six fun activities in the capital, guaranteed to turn their frowns upside down.
Great Escape Rooms
For those who enjoy a bit of mental gymnastics in their down time, escape rooms are the perfect recreational release. With a series of original rooms with different themes such as the circus, Guantanamo, Survivor or an NCIS-inspired perfect crime room, Great Escape Rooms will keep your teens busy for a few hours. Intriguing puzzles and plots (many from their favourite movies and franchises), some involving performances and cryptic clues, are designed to get the adrenalin flowing. We guarantee they’ll be clamouring to sign up for an encore.
Lepeniotou 12, Psyrri, tel: +30 213.035.4432, www.greatescape.gr/en/
MG Laser Tag
The ultimate update of the traditional childhood game hide and seek, laser tag is a fun activity that your teen and their friends can enjoy together. Thankfully, MG Laser Tag, located between the metro stations of Eleonas and Egaleo, comes to the rescue with their infrared technology that makes it safe for everyone. Covering 850 square meters and featuring a multi-room with arcade games and air hockey tables, it is the perfect entertainment venue where everyone, from 7 to 77 years can have a bit of fun. Requiring motor skills and quick-thinking abilities with a bit of action, laser tag is pitched for everyone to enjoy. Perfect for small groups and birthday parties.
Kifisou Ave 32 & Ieras Odou, Egaleo, tel: + 30 210.531 5803, 6984.108327, www.mglasertag.gr
Limba Rage Room
Have you ever heard of rage rooms? These unique venues offering the most straightforward stress relief treatment are all the rage (pun intended) at the moment. Located in Psyrri, Limba Rage Room welcomes visitors and allows them to release some built-up tension from school, exams and just life in general very cheaply. Or simply just have some fun smashing things up. No need to be cautious here, everything can be broken and prices start at 5 euros for 8 bottles. Gloves, protective gear and visors are provided and visitors can stay locked in the room as long as they want to undisturbed. Open every day from 14.00 to 22.00.
Pittaki 6, Psyrri, tel: +30 211.406.5700, find them on FACEBOOK
Lure the kids out of the house and away from their screens with a fun afternoon at Karting Center Agios Kosmas, where they can recreate all the fun they are having playing Mario Kart in real life. Opened since 2011, Karting Center is located in Elliniko and is set along the coast, offering fantastic views over the gulf. But the fun part comes from the exhilaration of driving karts located two centimeters off the ground at high speeds. Fun for any daredevil and speed enthusiast, kart races are a great way to have fun and make unforgettable memories during the break with your kids.
Poseidonos Avenue 26, Elliniko, tel: +30 6944.655274, www.kartingcenter.gr
Athens Paintball Village
There’s something irresistibly fun about getting your hands dirty, right? So why not treat the kids to some messy sessions of paintball? Athens Paintball Village is located in Koropi, near the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and comprises two paintball fields with building sites, cars and a Hollywood-style movie set. The facilities include a café where parents can enjoy some refreshments while the younglings are having a blast. Laughs guaranteed!
Spirou Davari, Koropi, tel: +30 6945.150273, www.pbvillage.gr/newsite12/
Balux Café – The House Project
Balux Café – The House Project is definitely a one-of-a-kind café and restaurant where everyone, from teens to adults and even children, can indulge in some chill time, while taking in the stunning sea views. This spacious beach house-style venue is set up with vast dining rooms, a playground and a living room area where guests can enjoy drinks and food. The highlight for teens is undeniably the playroom area, equipped with board games, a pool table and a flat screen TV where they can lounge about and watch their favorite TV shows on super-sized floor pillows. Just like being at home. Only better.
Poseidonos Ave 58, Asteras Glyfadas Complex, tel: +30 210.898.3577, www.baluxcafe.com/