Le Caire ce ne sont pas seulement les musees, les pyramides ou les souks, si vous disposez d'un peu de temps et
que vous enfants en ont marre des visites culturelles voici des idees pour eux:
Crazy water: A environ 30 minutes de l'hotel en taxi (selon trafic) le parc a une piscine a vagues, des petites piscines avec des petits toboggans et des toboggans assez spectaculaires pour les parents en mal de sensations fortes. L'entree coute 55 LE pour les enfants et 65 LE pour les adultes et le repas est inclus avec le billet d'entree. Nous pouvons organiser un taxi pour vous emmener et aller vous rechercher. Parc ouvert de 10h a 22heures
Parc d'amusement: Dream park
site officiel: http://www.dreamparkegypt.com/
3 prix: 50 LE 70 LE ou 120 LE (ce dernier inclut toutes les attractions et les repas)
les 2 premiers prix ne donnent pas droit a certaines attractions (montagnes russes...). Si vos enfants sont petits (moins de 9 ans environ) ils ne seront de toutes facons pas autorises sur les grandes attractions et le billet a 50 LE suffit.
le parc est en dehors du caire (environ 45 min) nous pouvons reserver un taxi pour vous emmener et aller vous rechercher
Al Azhar Park: Site officiel: http://www.alazharpark.com/
pour une journee sereine et loin de la pollution, aire de jeux pour enfants et restaurants gastronomiques. Quelques livres l'entree
ouvert de 9h a minuit
pour un taxi de la rue depuis l'hotel comptez 10 LE
Le village pharaonique:
site officiel: http://www.pharaonicvillage.com/
lisez l'opinion des touristes qui sont alles au village pharaonique sur: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g294202-d566580-Reviews-Dr_Ragab_s_Pharaonic_Village-Giza.html
compter 150 LE par personne
Balade sur le Nil jusqu'au Delta:
a environ une vingtaine de minutes a pied depuis l'hotel vous pouvez prendre un bateau qui vous emmenera en 2h30 environ au Delta. Le long du Nil vous verrez les pecheurs, les rives du Nil avec ses habitations et ses habitants vaquant a leurs occupations (porter les courses sur la tete, laver le linge dans le nil, travailler aux champs...)
Arrives au Delta vous pouvez prendre une caleche ou un cheval (compter 10 LE) pour vous amener a un petit parc ou vous pouvez manger du poisson, poulet... (environ 30 LE le repas par personne)
attention de bien demander a quelle heure rentre le bateau et d'y etre a l'heure.
Une balade agreable qui vous fera voir d'autres aspects de la vie cairote, le bateau est bonde d'egyptiens, surtout les vendredis et samedis, tres peu de touristes
l'aller retour coute 10 LE, gratuit pour les enfants
pour prendre le bateau allez a L'embarcadere: Maspero (un peu apres l'hotel Ramses Hilton) en face du batiment de la Radio et Television Maspero
les bateaux sont verts. Horaires indefinis, soyez y vers 9hoo ou 10hoo
journee piscine vers saqqara
il n'y a pas de piscine municipales au caire, seulement dans les grands hotels, le moins cher est celui du Nile hotel (bientot ferme) et coute quand meme 150 LE par personne!!!!
pour une journee detente a la piscine nous recommendons certains hotels-restaurants le long de la route de saqqara qui pour environ 100 LE par personne vous donne acces a la piscine et le repas du midi (buffet a volonte, boissons non incluses) vous devrez egalement prendre un taxi pour vous emmener et vous ramener
Article from Egypt Today (the information has not be checked and you should always phone to know if places are still open)
Cairo for Kids
Great tips for parents who want to get out and about and enjoy the capital with the kids
By Manal el-Jesri
At the grand old age of eight, my twins believe they are above most ‘childish’ forms of recreation. Although they still enjoy a jaunt in the club’s children’s park, they would never admit it — particularly not my son, a self-proclaimed intellectual, carrying his books around everywhere he goes. So, in addition to the places they used to enjoy as “mere babies,” as my daughter puts it, I will tell you about several new places that they loved visiting over the past year. (Barring going to the malls, of course; this remains a favorite activity of all kids, young and old).
At the top of the list is the Suzanne Mubarak Science Exploration Center. The only facility of its kind in Egypt, this place offers children the chance to grapple with elusive scientific concepts that they may not be able to comprehend in their textbooks, including how the ear works, how a baby is born, etc. My kids especially enjoyed the blood-pump exhibit. Children get to try to use their hands and actually pump a quantity of liquid; what they see is that even the strongest of them cannot get the level of the liquid to go high enough, emphasizing just how strong the heart is as a muscle. In the optics section, mirrors demonstrate both scientific concepts and some tricks and visual effects. A concave mirror allows the kids to shake their own hand, and a plain mirror demonstrates how it was possible to achieve the illusion of floating in old movies.
The lobby introduces children to prehistoric Egypt, with a passable display of dinosaurs that once lived in Bahariyya Oasis, in addition to an overview of Egypt’s geological features (very popular with wannabe paleontologists). The center is complete with a Space Odyssey room, models of schools in ancient and Islamic Egypt, in addition to a hall of fame with information about renowned Arab and Western scientists and philosophers.
The center also boasts a mediocre planetarium, but really fun is the Rainforest Hall, in which magnified models of insects’ eyes and wings show kids how the creatures are able to navigate in a dark environment. Every summer, the center offers a number of activities to young visitors, including an introduction to the internet. Entrance is free, although adults have to leave their IDs with security. Open everyday 9am–7pm. (Al-Wafa and Al-Safa wal Marwa streets, Hadayek El-Kobba, tel: (02) 259-7277 / (02) 256-6035).
If you the energy after what will doubtless be a long visit to the Science Center, take the kids to the Suzanne Mubarak Children’s Museum. Leave the car where you parked it, because the museum is just a five-minute taxi ride away at 34 Abu Bakr El-Siddiq St., Heliopolis (tel: (02) 649-9915). This is another rarity: an interactive museum where children learn through play.
Last year, the kids went with their school and loved it. They came back with ‘passports’ stamped with a cartouche bearing the name of the museum, in addition to perfumes that they had watched museum staffers make in a section introducing children to ancient Egyptian arts. (A laudable effort, although we had to keep the carpet on the balcony for two weeks to get rid of the scent of the lotus perfume after an accidental spill). Each hall in this huge museum introduces children to an area of Egypt, including deserts, Nubia, the Delta, and the Red Sea. Children also get to experience what it was like to live in ancient Egypt through interactive displays. They are allowed to touch everything, and nobody tells them to keep their hands off, which is something all kids enjoy.
The museum made me realize that my kids just might enjoy going to the Egyptian Museum, which is where we headed on our next outing. Huge as the museum is, I decided to keep it simple on their first visit, and took the children to the Tutankhamun Treasures room, a sure win with everybody. Next, we visited the mummy room. This place I found to be a little intimidating, but my twins proclaimed it “really cool,” so in we went. After finishing our visit, the kids were clamoring for more, so we spent a while in the museum garden, which remains one of my favorite sections of the museum. (Check our listings guide for museum information and see Weekend 14 for more on the Egyptian Museum.)
Another all-time favorite is Giza’s Sun Bird Culture Gardens. Run by Layla Seddik, the privately owned farm is billed as an “ethnological, outdoor museum with recreational facilities.” It’s a perfect place for children to enjoy fun in clean air while learning about native Egyptian vegetables, fruits and trees — all grown without chemical fertilizers. Signs in Arabic, English, French and German abound.
Seddik (a retired tour guide herself) or one of her staff takes groups around the model Delta farmhouse and describes what it is like to be a farmer or Bedouin. Children are invited to pet farm animals, weave baskets and, of course, enjoy the freshly baked fatir. (25 Mansouriya Road, Giza, about 4 km past the sign for Kerdasa, tel: (02) 795-4817. Open by appointment.)
Another favorite is the Fagnoon Art School, but make certain you all wear old T-shirts if it appears on your weekend agenda. We’ve been going there since the kids were as young as two. The minute they walk into this farm-turned-school (or maybe school-turned-farm), kids are introduced to Khokha the Docile Donkey — and parents are shown to a safely removed shady spot where they can watch the children without interfering too much with the artistic processes about to be unleashed.
Armed with a brush and dozens of colors, children are encouraged to paint anything in sight. Tables, benches (even the poor donkey) rarely escape the earnest onslaught. Pottery time is next: Younger children are given a big chunk of clay to do with as they like, while older kids are shown how to work the wheel. Older kids can also try their hands at beginner’s carpentry, iron bending and silk painting.
My kids get a particular kick out of making cloth dolls. They get to choose a design and are then taught how to sew the pieces together, stuff them with cotton-wool, then color them. If you go early enough, you can taste the freshly baked fellahin bread. (Saqqara Road, Sabil Umm Hashim, 12 km east of Al-Haram St., tel: (02) 815-1014.)
The Pharaonic Village is the only place in Cairo surrounded by 5,000 trees, which automatically makes it a favorite of mine. As for the kids, if you want yours to go around with eyes wide with wonder, it’s definitely the place to go. Riding through the canal on a boat that leaves every 30 minutes, you are taken on a tour back to Ancient Egypt. First, you hear stories of who and what the ancients deemed their gods, and then you get to watch 100 actors and actresses enacting the various life activities of the Ancient Egyptians.
The boat trip includes many stops. One is at a nobleman’s house, followed by the boat museum, then a replica of King Tut’s tomb and the Museum of Art and Beliefs. The village has added a number of museums of modern history, but younger kids seem to prefer the ancient ones. Still, if your kids are older, be sure not to miss the Nasser and Sadat museums (the latter opened this past February). The restaurant and playground offer a nice respite from all the sightseeing. (3 Al-Bahr Al-Aazam St., tel: (02) 571-8675/6/7. Open 10am–6pm, LE 44 for Egyptians, LE 119 for foreigners. Kids under five get in free, ages 5-10 pay half price.)
On a rainy day take the kids to the new indoor amusement park at Nasr City’s CityStars mall. There are lots of rides and arcade games to choose from, and then you can have lunch in the food court. If you’re closer to Maadi, check out the smaller Carrefour entertainment section, again with lots of rides to keep kids busy.
To enjoy the glorious outdoors there’s nothing to match the recently opened Al-Azhar Park on Darassa, near Darb Al-Ahmar. Christened Egypt’s Versailles, this enormous hilly site is a perfect place to stretch your legs or picnic. et