(Updated April 2019) As the name of the park implies, Family Park is designed with the whole family in mind. It is huge, has 3 playgrounds, tons of grass, and lots of other activities like a small zoo, a train, a mini amusement park, theaters and more.
We went on a weekend morning and it was already full of families even though we arrived shortly after opening. It was easy to find and well-marked–always a plus! There is an entrance fee and a camera fee (but only for real cameras, not phones), which I found odd as you’re mostly taking pictures of your family. Security was fairly tight as well. All reminders that we’re not in Kansas anymore (not that we ever actually WERE in Kansas). Kids can bring in scooters and small bikes, but they don’t allow balls. Ours was actually confiscated, though we did get it back when we left. Most parks here we’re discovering don’t allow things like balls. I guess it’s to prevent people bothering others?
Anyway, it was a fairly hot morning so our focus was getting a quick overview of the park and playing on the playgrounds some. There are three playgrounds. The first one (if you head counterclockwise like we did from the first entrance) is the smallest. It had some fun spinning contraptions the kids loved. Plus some cool slides that were anything but cool in the heat as they were made from metal. We didn’t spend much time there before heading on to the next playground that was definitely the most popular.
This one, the Lotus Playground, was bigger and had a ton of climbing and swinging items. Most things weren’t great for DS as he was too little to climb them despite his best efforts. But they did have baby swings and he liked the little house under a playset. We also found a shady spot for a snack, which both kids always enjoy. DD4 loved all the climbing things and any kid who is energetic or a big climber is sure to adore them. It also all looked very safe and well planned.
Update April 2019: Went again with kids being almost 6 and 3. DS3 was able to do more, though still has a hard time with the rope climbing. DD6 was able to climb all of it and had a blast.
DS loved finding a car to touch and look at and then we headed past a large observation tower and some beautiful grass. You get so used to sand and dirty here that grass is worth mentioning! There was a history museum, but it wasn’t open and I don’t actually know if it is currently open or not period. Then we found the third and largest playground, the Up and Down Playground. No one was on it, which surprised me. It is way in the back and not as easily accessible. We didn’t play on it as the kids were getting hot, but it looked very cool with lots of things to climb.
Update April 2019: We spent the bulk of our time on the Up and Down Playground in the back. It was still mostly empty and we really enjoyed it! DD6 (almost) could do everything. DS3 could do the lower things but wasn’t quite able to handle the bigger things. I enjoyed climbing too!
We had arrived just after 9 when the park opens. But the food vendors, amusement park, train, etc didn’t seem to start opening up til 11 or later. Behind the zoo and near the Up and Down Playground were about 6 military vehicles displayed. They had ladders on them so you could climb up to see the tank, fighter jet, armored vehicles, etc. The zoo is small and had monkeys, ostriches, emus, deer, camels, horses (donkeys? can’t remember), and birds. We left before trying the rides, but they looked fun for kids.
Update April 2019: We spent a lot of time with the military vehicles when we first arrived and had them to ourselves (9 am on a Friday). By 11 am, they were very popular! A favorite was an anti-aircraft gun that had seats for 2 people and one seat could move the entire thing in a circle and the other could move the gun up and down.
Walking around the grounds was beautiful. You can bring a picnic or buy food on grounds. We definitely plan to go back and explore in more depth once the weather cools off.
How to Get There-There is a large parking lot or it is easy to reach by taxi. It is north of New Cairo and just off Suez Rd. From Old Maadi it took 35 minutes on a Friday morning (no traffic). The park is well marked. There are two entrances. The first shares a parking lot with a mall and the second is a bit farther down the road.
Cost–Kids 4 and under are free. 5 and older are 50le for foreigners.
Camera Fee-Yes, and this bothered me as you’re photographing your family. Cell phones wouldn’t have a charge, but my DSLR was LE50.
Food/Drink?–You can bring your own, or buy inside the park. A friend said sometimes you’re charged for bringing food, but we brought in substantial snacks in my purse and no one said anything at security (and they did catch my camera and make us go buy a camera ticket). Little food stalls with chips and drinks and similar start opening between 10 and 11.
Bathrooms-Yes, they have them all over. The first one we tried was locked, but the second one was open, clean, and had soap. No toilet paper, but I always bring that.
Of Note–Playgrounds are best for ages 5 and up with kids 3-4 able to do some things (unless they are fearless climbers!) Under 3 have limited options. No balls allowed on grounds, but small scooters and bikes are allowed and the paths are great.
Website–The website is in Arabic, but the google translate website feature works fairly well. http://www.familypark.com.eg/