Monday, July 4, 2011

No. 0970 Geroland

Geroland is one of those fabulous locations in Egypt that does not receive the attention it really deserves. Tucked away behind the GolfCity mall in El Obour City just outside of Cairo, Geroland makes for a great afternoon with little kids. For anyone who has ever been to Toronto - it's the closest thing I've found to Toronto's Centerville Island - (minus the Island and the trees and the live animals). The rides are about the same however, classics from a similar faraway period, small-scale, not overly flashy and shiny or fast, but enough to absolutely thrill a 3 - 5 year old and spark her creativity. The requisite carousel is there, along with bumper cars and a haunted house (which was too spooky for my little one to enter yet). They also have some novelties like an inflatable transparent balloon the kid goes inside and then "walks on water" (note: I question the safety on that one). However, if you stick to the flying dinosaurs, the whirring boots, the gentle rocket rides, and the small spinning teacups, your kid should be more than fine. Apparently there is a nice family swan ride too however it was not open when we were there last. Lots of ice cream stands, fresh juice, cotton candy - the usual amusement park fare with some Egyptian specialties thrown in like hummus (chick peas).

Makes for a great day, and another very welcoming place with small kids.

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