While historic sites and monuments, stately gardens and the delights of shopping in the souks of Marrakech may appeal to adults, children quickly tire of admiring Berber carpets, sampling spices (however colourful and tantalisingly odiferous!) and learning about ancient history.
So here are just a few great places for kids in Marrakech to keep them busy and, more importantly, smiling.
Situated in the Palmeraie, Le Bowling is a quaint, air-conditioned bowling alley. Featuring six lanes, it is perfect for keeping kids from going stir crazy in your hotel when it’s too hot to do anything else. A bar and billiard tables are also available.
Offering arts and crafts, workshops, games and a host of other state-of-the-art activities for children of all ages, the Kawkab Jeux on Rue Imam Chafaï in the central area of Marrakech is ideal for keeping your kids amused while you try your hand at a bit of old fashioned haggling in a nearby souk. There are video games, a mini-train, playground slides, mini foot tables and a snack bar.
Oasiria Aqua Park
For a smashing, splashing day out, consider taking your kids to the Oasiria Aqua Park. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00, it is located on the route to Amizmiz, approximately 3 km from the centre, off Boulevard Mohamed VI. Set within ten acres of delightful gardens, complete with wooden pontoons, desert crossings and flower beds, the site features stretches lush grass and olive trees. Oasiria also features Africa’s largest wave pool, a river and streams, lagoon pools, children’s play areas, water slides, a giant indoor Jacuzzi and heated indoor pool.
Park attractions for older children and adults include several adrenaline-pumping water slides, including the 160 m long ‘Rio Loco’, the 25 m high ‘Kamikaze’, 20 m high Cobra and 20m multi track slide/ tube.
Younger children are catered for by the Pirate Lagoon, complete with its tallship fitted with sails and cannons. There are also boat trips on calm stretches of the river.
For water-free fun and games visit the Terres D’Amanar nature park with its swings, slides and trampolines and BMX course. Try your hand at archery, horse riding, zip lining, rock climbing and more. Alternatively, there’s trekking, table tennis and even parlour games. There are drinks kiosks and a restaurant. Should it get too hot the park also has several cold water swimming pools.