If you have enough trouble getting your kids out of the house in the morning, dragging them thousands of miles away may seem an insurmountable challenge. But family travel can be immensely rewarding, giving you new ways of seeing the world through smaller pairs of eyes.
Set goals for your family for your travels in Greece. The whole family can head for the beaches. At the other extreme, however, think twice about taking younger kids along on a full-day exploration of museums and archaeological sites. Travel with infants and young children -- say, up to about age 5 -- can work; most children ages 6 to 16 become restless at historical sites. If you're lucky, your children may tune into history at some point in their teens.
There are some kid-friendly distractions in Greece: playgrounds all over the place, water parks here and there, and zoos. Greeks boys now play pickup basketball even in small towns -- if your kids go for that, it's a great way to be quickly accepted.
Most hotels allow children 5 and under a free bed or cot in your room, and reduced prices for children 11 and under. Some museums have children's prices, but by and large Greece is not set up to offer reductions at every turn.
As for passport requirements for children, go to the State Department's website, www.travel.state.gov). If you are traveling with children other than your own, you must be sure you have full identification as well as notarized authorization from their parents.
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