Contrary to popular belief, Egypt is one amazing place for great adventures with your family. This significant nation in world history and human civilization is a must-visit for every child. Kids will encounter Egypt in their history or culture lessons.
Truth is, Egypt is more than the pyramids, deserts, and ancient ruins. In fact, you will realize that this country is one of the best destinations you have brought your children to. Besides the fun of every adventure, the kids will definitely gain new knowledge. Plus, travelling is an important influence in the children’s social skills. What more if they are exposed to a country of such huge significance to the human civilization? We’re sure they would be citizens you will be proud of.
Brace yourselves as we uncover the best things to do in Egypt with kids. Have fun!
Cost: $15 to $20
Little kids love riding, be it bump cars, carts, bicycles, airplanes, buses, and cars. In Egypt, they get to experience riding but on the back of an animal, such as a horse, a camel, or a donkey. Actually, this first activity on our list is a no-brainer as almost everyone who visits Egypt gets a go on riding these animals. Also, you can do this around Egypt. There are several tours which offer this riding option. However, we recommend that you do this activity, particularly riding a donkey or a camel, simultaneous with a trip to the pyramids, as it is a great way to appreciate the view of the entire place. It is also recommended to ride donkeys on the trail above the Valley of Kings. Try this activity in the morning, when the kids are still energized enough to befriend the animals.
Cost: $50 to $80
When you think of Egypt, you almost always think of vast deserts. These deserts are another opportunity for you to have a great bonding adventure with the kids. We recommend going to Sharm El Sheikh since it showcases amusing Egyptian entertainment for the visitors. You can usually book a tour to this desert from any operator as it is a popular trip to embark on. The fee covers an evening meal, a free belly dancing show, and a family-sized Bedouin tent. If your kids are up for something only Egypt can offer, try this activity.
Cost: $70 to $100
A hot air balloon experience is a fascinating adventure for kids and adults alike. If the kids have seen the animated film “Up”, they would not stop until they experience a hot air balloon ride. We recommend riding a hot air balloon in Luxor, which is home to several companies offering the service. Usually, the flights are made early in the morning. Through the activity, the kids can enjoy the feeling of flying over the beautiful city of Luxor.
Any trip to Egypt is not complete without learning all about the mummies. In Luxor, you can take the kids to the Mummification Museum so they can see and learn all about mummies – how they are made, who started it, and what is the principle behind it. Although adults are not too excited about a trip to see the mummies, children are enthralled with the pyramids, especially that they will get to see animal mummies inside the museum.
Cost: $8 to $20
Another important activity to do in Egypt with the kids is a river trip on the Nile. This is definitely an experience which the kids will love, as they are treated to various sceneries along the river. We recommend riding a felucca, a traditional sailing boat in Egypt, which you can rent for an hour or two. You also have the option to rent a motor launch instead. However, a felucca is slower but provides a more distinctive atmosphere for the kids.
Cost: $25 to $45
The Red Sea is known for its affluence and diversity in marine life. If you are in Egypt and have kids who love to swim to see the fishes down under, you can try snorkeling in the Red Sea and be amazed at the various sea creatures you will see. In Sharm El Sheikh, you can do a glass bottom boat ride, too. In the Red Sea, the children will definitely have the adventure of a lifetime as they swim with the colorful fishes.
Cost: $2 to $4.6
Another must-do when coming to Egypt with the kids is a visit to the Valley of the Kings. This is something you can do if you head to Luxor with the family. At the Valley of the Kings, the kids can see three tombs, plus a separate King Tut’s tomb and mummy. The tombs they will see are not the typical tombs we see today. Instead, they will have a closer look at the carvings and paintings on the wall of the tombs. Through this, they can understand Egyptian history, culture, and civilization better.
Cost: $35 to $65
When we are kids, we have always admired the skies and all its wonders. Kids today, regardless if they come from a younger generation, have the same feeling of awe when looking at the heavens. This is because the sky and the stars are universal concepts we have of beauty. In Egypt, stargazing is a popular activity. Locals go to the desert to have an unobstructed view of the heavens and the constellations. In order to do this, you can drive to a nearby desert (we recommend going to Sharm El Sheikh) or book a tour from a travel agency (i.e. Space Observers in Luxor). Most companies include a camel ride, dinner, telescopes, and some entertainment in the fee. What a lovely scene to imagine your whole family gazing up together to the skies! Surely, this activity will make your kids literally star-struck.
Moms love to shop. They love going to malls, checking out new toys, and convincing you to buy them one. In Egypt, you can take the kids shopping in the market places. Probably the best bazaar place in Egypt which you can go to is the Khan al Khalili or the Old Market in Cairo. You can also find a marketplace in each city in the country. Market places are like treasure boxes for the children, as they have a chance to go on a scavenger hunt for the souvenirs they can hold of Egypt. There are various kinds of products sold in Egyptian market places. You can find all sorts of jewelry, small pyramids, scarabs, miniature jars, and many other interesting stuff. We recommend doing this activity on your last day in the country.
Cost: $3 to $7
We mentioned a while ago that kids love riding. In Sharm El Sheikh, there is a go karting center, which will allow the kids to experience driving karts. They can do this alone (if they are playing independent and grownup) or with a companion. Kids will find go karting one of the thrilling activities to do in Egypt. If they crave for some adrenaline rush and physical activity, this is the perfect activity for them. The Go Karting center in Sharm El Sheikh allows children from age 7 and above to ride the karts.
One activity in Egypt if the kids are craving for some physical and thrilling adventure is a day at the Soho Square. Located in Sharm El Sheikh, the Soho Square is a complex which is home to various play spaces for the kids. Inside this complex, the children can do skating, bowling, and lots of playing in the arcade and on the kiddie rides. Toddlers and younger kids can stay in the toddler area and play with balls and slides. Indeed, the Soho Square is a great place to take your kids, especially when they have different kinds of activities in mind.
Cost: $4 to $6
You can’t leave Egypt if you haven’t yet visited the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Housing more than 120,000 artefacts, the Egyptian Museum is the most ideal place for your kids to better understand the Egyptian history and civilization. In this museum, the kids can check out various pottery, jewellery, mummies, and even Tutankhamen’s treasures unearthed by the archaeologists. The museum is usually open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
An ancient temple complex which was originally cut into a solid rock cliff, Abu Simbel is another must-visit in Egypt. It has two temples which were erected to celebrate the victory of Ramesses II over the Hittites. Although the date of construction of Abu Simbel is still vague until today, the structure is an evidence of the important history in Egypt.
Cost: $2.8 to $4
The Fagnoon Art Center is a center for kids to get their creative juices flowing. Founded by Mohamed Allam, an Egyptian artist who aimed to live in a society that upholds freedom of expression, the Fagnoon Art Center allows the young ones to develop their creativity in a place where they are free to express their mood and personalities. Inside the center, the kids can enjoy activities like pottery making, wood carpentry, jewelry making, welding, and gardening. They can also experience the mud pit and have a friendly wrestling competition in the mud.
A fascinating place in Egypt where you can take the kids for a learning adventure is the Papyrus Factory. In here, the kids can witness the actual process of how a papyrus paper is made. You can also buy papyrus products and take them home as souvenirs.
Give Egypt a chance to show you how kid-friendly it is. Try each activity we suggested, and tell us about your experience on the comments below. Share this article with your friends, too.
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