5 Places to Visit with Kids in Cairo

One of my biggest struggles living in Cairo was the lack of playgrounds, especially free and public ones. Back in Boston, I could go on random walks and always find new playgrounds and it was an effortless, inexpensive thing to do with your kids. Here in Egypt on the other hand is completely different, you can’t go on random walks easily not to mention finding free access to safe playgrounds for your children to play in. I was getting very frustration that my kids could hardly enjoy the outdoors in a safe place. So, I googled and searched everywhere in the internet for easy, inexpensive places that I could take my kids to on a weekly basis. There are 5 places that I would say, I enjoy visiting the most and my kids are beyond happy.

  1. First place, is the closest to Maadi and it is called Maadi Island, in Corniche which overlooks the Nile. There are many things to do for both adults with children or without. There are upscale restaurants and cafes. There’s also a gran space of greenery where you kid can run wild as well as playgrounds.

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2. Al Azhar Botanic Garden is my favorite place to visit with children or without. Azhar garden has the most amazing panorama view of OId Cairo. It’s a perfect place to escape from the chaotic concrete metropolitan city and enjoy the scenery encompass with water fountains and vast greenery. It has upscale restaurants, wedding venues as well as street vendors selling affordable sandwiches and ice cream or you can plan a perfect picnic outing. There is a huge playground area build on sand which is totally safe for children of all ages. Azhar Garden is a Gem in Cairo!

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3. If you need to take your children outside of home but the weather is too cold or not so great than Maadi City Centre a.k.a Carrefour in Zahraa Al Maddi is a perfect place to visit. It’s kind of killing two birds with one stone because you can make your grocery shopping at Carrefour and have your children play at the Magic Planet.

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4. All children love to see animal so off course the Zoo would be the next option on the list. The Zoo is located in Giza not too far from Al Maadi and it’s pretty inexpensive. It’s not the best kept zoo in the world but you have a wide range of exotic animals and a nice space of greenery. It is also a nice place to have a picnic after an exhausting day of walking around the zoo.

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5. The Orman Park right across the Giza Zoo is an old Botanic Garden that cost  1 Egyptian pound for the entrance (consider this free). This park is not as well kept as Al Azhar Graden, however, it is a perfect place to escape the city and enjoy nature for a very low prize. There is not much you can do besides having your children run around the park. There is also a playground inside the park which you have to pay a separate entrance to but I would not recommend any parents to let their children play inside it ( I REPEAT DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN IN). The playground is totally unsafe and design to have accidents. Other than that it is a nice place to visit with children. Not to mention every spring they run a Plant Festivel, where plant business owners get to showcase their many plants. During this time, the park is filled with people and gorgeous plants.

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Disclaimer none of these pictures are mine, I took them from google image.All pictures taken in this blog are mine unless I stated not.
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20 thoughts on “5 Places to Visit with Kids in Cairo

          • Oh yes of course. Never drive or travel far in Egypt without your husband. I’ve never taken a taxi alone here nor do my husband allow me. I’m either with my husband or my 21 year old son. So be on the safe side especially you have a baby.

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          • Unfortunately I have no other choice but to travel alone since my husband is not here. I think,I would still travel alone even if he was here. I grew up very independent and one think I hate the most is to depend on someone. My husband doesn’t like this trait but he has learned to deal with it.

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          • Yeah I know. I was independent too. I travel everywhere myself when I was in Singapore n the States. But somehow, here, I just don’t trust the people. It’s ironic because it’s a Muslim country and I’m supposed to feel safer here. I guess because I hear and read too many scary stories. People are desperate here so they have resorted to crimes to get money. Pity.

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          • I feel kind of the opposite.. I feel saver here than in USA. However I must say I get surprised of how people act sometimes which contradicts Islam. But majority of the time I feel saver walking outside the streets at night more than in the US

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          • Maybe you are right. I stayed in Harrison, New Jersey for only 4 months. A pretty little quiet town. That’s why I felt safe. Maybe if I had stayed in New York, it would be different. Anyways, it’s good to hear different perspectives. Well, Islam is perfect but not necessarily Muslims.

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          • I totally agree with you when you say Islam is perfect but Muslims are not. I just wished people would not confuse the too. It’s nice to have different perspective and share about it. Are you in Egypt now? I though you were in Singapore.

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          • I’m in Egypt now. Have been here since Nov 2011. Teaching in a school here. Haven’t gone back to Singapore since then. Stayed in NJ for 4 months from Aug last year to Jan this year. Now I’m back to teaching. Today is last day of winter break. Tomorrow start school ISA.

            After 15 years in Singapore, my husband missed his country. That’s why we migrated here in 2011. Lol. Long story.

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          • Oh yah Egyptians are very attached to their countries. My husband is the same way. I was teaching for a while but I found teaching in Egypt very hectic and overwhelming. I was about to loose my marbles. I was too exhausted to take care of kids afterwards specially being here without my husband. Now, I am just doing some private tutoring and it has some ups and downs. It might have been just my school but I am kind of scarred.

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          • I’m not sure about Cairo but teaching here in Ismailia is less less stressful than teaching in Singapore. Here, I’m in school from 7.30 am till 3.00 pm. In Singapore I was in school from 7.15 am till 6.30 pm. There are wayyyyyy too much work in Singapore and the pressure and stress is wayyyyyy too much. Lol. So, I’m practically enjoying teaching here and amazingly I get to create more interesting and engaging activities – thus the blog.

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          • It might have been my school. I’ve heard from colleagues that the school I was working was not good and I heard from others that there are worst. I couldn’t imagine knowing that there are worst schools than that one. Therefore, I feel I should venture out of the teaching field here. But once I am over that trauma, I might go back to teaching. I guess having a toughter environment and transitioning to a better one makes the experience a lot better than the other way around. 7-6:30? How are you suppose to have a family with those hours? I am kind of shocked coming from Singapore

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          • It’s tough being a teacher in Singapore. That’s why most teachers employ maids to look after their kids and help with the housework or they send kids to child care centers. Daily meals are from outside unless their parents chip in and help. Thus problems of misbehavior as children are not raised by own parents. As for me and my husband, we can’t bear having our children being taken care by an outsider either maids or child care centers. I was full time mum until my kids were slightly bigger. When I started working again, my husband and I rotated. He looked after kids while I worked and when I came back from work, off he went for his freelance tennis coaching. Only when the kids started schooling in the same school where I was teaching, then he was able to do full time coaching during the day. I did everything myself – going to work, cooking and cleaning and helping my own kids with their homework. It was exhausting but it was worth it. I don’t know how I did it but I did it and alhamdulillah now they are big and I am here and life is more relaxing now here. Sorry for the long story. 😊

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          • Hahaha sounds like my life..we’ve done thr rotation thing in the states until i decided to stay home with the kids..it wasnt until i came to egypt where i have my kids grandma look after the little one that ibwent back to work again..its hard work but totally worth..kids shoulbr be around their parents or fsmily members not strangers as they grow up

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