How to Create Summer Memories
The experience of memories around time spent with others especially your loved ones is priceless. What kind of experiences do you want to leave in your child’s memory? What can you do to create these stories? Remember you are one of the main authors of their memories so more important than the activity itself is finding a way to connect and relax.
Remember to be open and flexible to trying simple, silly, and fun activities that you can do together.
Here are some suggestions for time spent at home:
Group games such as charades
Board and card games
Singing, acting, dancing, putting on a mini-show together
Organising photo albums
Here are some suggestions for outings and trips:
I recommend you involve your children in deciding where to go to get them excited. When you engage them in the decision-making process, you prevent problems during the preparation stage and when you arrive at your destination or start your activity.
Even if you do face problems or challenges, your children will be keen to help you solve them. Children love it when they get to have a say and can participate in the search, planning, and preparation of an activity or outing.
You can start by choosing your destination; means of transportation and activities to do on the way and when you arrive as well as what to pack.
In Egypt, we have many inspiring places depending on the age of your children, weather, and the type of activities you are both interested in.
Here is a list of my favorites:
North coast for beach lovers: there are many resorts where you can enjoy the Mediterranean weather and beaches. Some resorts organize late night shows and musical events.
Red Sea: Ras Sudr, Nuwieba, Dahab, Taba, Sharm El Sheik, Ein Shokna, Hurghada, Gouna, Soma Bay, Sahl Hashish, Makadi Bay, Marsa Allam for scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers. Although famous for its coral reefs, the Red Sea also has safari trips and most resorts organize late night shows and music events. In Hurghada, there is an aquarium that holds dolphin shows.
Saint Catherine Mountain for those interested in climbing and a beautiful breathtaking view of the sunrise or the sunset.
Luxor and Aswan for nature lovers and families interested in history: Karnak, Valley of Kings, and Abou Simbel are a must see. You can take a Nile Cruise – for cruise lovers – and enjoy the lovely blended scenery between trees on either side of the Nile River and the extended desert view beyond. This may not suit small children whose movement will be limited by the cruise.
Fayoum for a tranquil stay over the lake.
Siwa Oasis for adventure lovers.
Farms for children interested in animals and plants such as Fagnoon and Nemo Farm near Cairo.
Historical and ancient sites in Cairo and Giza: El Moez Street, Azhar, Ibn Tulun mosque, the Egyptian museum, and of course, the Pyramids.
I would love to hear your stories (old and new ones) and hope you have a wonderful vacation with many pictures that you can later share stories and conversations about during bedtime.