By Maryam Montague
January 20, 2017
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The adults will find plenty to see and do in Marrakesh, but (surprise) your kids’ idea of the coolest vacation ever does not involve endless amounts of shopping in the twisty alleys of the souk. I’ve got two kids of my own and I live in Marrakesh year round, so I get it.  So what’s a family traveling with small children to do?  High on the odd-but-cool spectrum is the city’s star attraction, the famed Jemma El Fnaa Square with its built in circus of snake charmers, monkeys, and weird games that may or may not involve knocking down soda bottles.  Come with piles of change in your pocket. With so much going on in the Square, you might be staying for a long time.  Other than that, capitalize on the 300+ days of sunshine annually for some outdoor activities.  Here are a few ideas that should keep everyone entertained. 

Oasiria

From March-October, the Oasiria water park is sure to please young and old. There are slides, a lagoon ride, wave pool and kiddies’ water area with mini slides. This is just 15 minutes from downtown Marrakesh with frequent courtesy buses from many hotels. In trippy-but-fun news, my family and I once shot a TV commercial here.

Caleche (horse drawn carriages)

Just outside of the Jemma el-Fnaa Square you’ll find the horse drawn carriages.  This is a great way to pass an hour in Marrakesh while giving the tired legs a rest.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of Marrakesh with the rhythmic clickety-clack of the horse’s hooves. 

Terre d'Amanar

In Tahannaout, 45 minutes away from Marrakesh, is the adventure park, Terre d’Amanar.  There are plenty of zip lines and a suspension bridge traversing a breathtaking valley for teens and grown-ups. Rent mountain bikes, try archery, ride horses, and for the wee ones, play in the children’s park. 

Camel rides

If there’s not enough time for a day in the mountains, try a camel ride next to Menara Park—it’s only a five minute taxi ride from the medina. The camels come in many sizes and temperaments, but are generally well behaved. There are also miniature ponies for the real little ones.

Bowling and game room Al Mazar

Ok, so it not a parent’s dream to entertain a kid at the mall. But if you catch that rare rainy day in Marrakesh, a visit to Al Mazar mall might get a few smiles. There’s a bowling alley just across from an arcade with a food court. 

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