Thursday, April 25, 2013

Barzan Olympic Park

Last weekend was HOT...the kind that had me lamenting that it was the beginning of the end, of trying to find creative, indoor methods to tame weekend madness (we Epps need our outdoor time). Thankfully, I was wrong, and it has been a beautiful week; hot but lovely, with cool evening temperatures (keeping in mind that my version of "cool" has changed somewhat in the past year and a half!)

Not wanting to spend all of Saturday indoors, we decided on an after-breakfast jaunt to Barzan Olympic park. It has been open about a year now, but it was our first time. It's a fantastic park, just north of Doha and the new Ikea. There's a small entry fee... 5 or 10 riyal, depending on the day and time of year, and it's open from 6am till 10pm.

When we went, we had the place all to ourselves, with one family going as we were coming and another coming as we were going. We were really impressed by the facilities: large playground, some sand pits, complete with beach toys, a bike track (you rent the bikes), even a cafeteria and Baskin Robbins, though these were closed at that time of day.

Of course, Kaiya's favourite part was the fountain. Within minutes she was completely soaked. If there's water involved, you're going to have a very happy Kaiya.

Fun playground equipment

Checking it all out

Beautiful paths run all through the park. Very stroller friendly.

We didn't go in the buildings at all. There are toilets, a mosque, and a swimming pool.

There were mini replicas of many of Qatar's famous buildings. The State Mosque.

Table tennis... you can rent equipment for 30qr/hr. Same goes for chess.

The bikes aren't available till after 2pm. But who cares?! There was a fountain to play in!
Playing in the fountain.

Yes, she went right in the middle!

One very satisfied customer

This weekend we're checking out Aquapark for the first time. I'm thinking a certain spunky 5-year old is going to like it.


Suzanne Veenstra said...

How fun! You will really miss these parks when you come home in the summer. Our little park will not compare. What does her shirt say?

kooki said...

Love the photos. There's another Olympic Park in Simaisma worth going to!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous pictures! I had no idea this existed, or the one in Simaisma (thanks Kooki). Even though we don't have kids I still think I'd like to check them out.

Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne,

The little girls t-shirt spells out her name in Arabic. It's phonetically spelt. So it reads kaya