Fez is a wonderfully unique, labyrinth-like ancient city that is sure to charm the whole family, particularly those with children. We have come up with a fun-packed list for the parents and kids; one that will surely please all.
Medina Children’s Library
Peek into a world of positive change in the medina of Fez; this wee oasis is the only children’s library in the city.
Founded in 2015 by a group of proactive, enthusiastic locals, it specifically focuses on early readers (up to age 14). It is a small place with a massive heart.
The Medina Children’s Library survives solely on donations by the public;
welcoming up to 100 children a day at times. The goal of this special, humble place is to welcome all children, where kids have ‘access to age and culturally appropriate books and resources.’ It is particularly poignant being the only reading center for the children of the Fez medina.
If you have the time, consider volunteering for ‘Story Time’ at the
institution. Your kids will thank you.
41Bis Swiqt Ben Safi,
Sghira, Zkak Rouah, Fes.
One of the best creative locales for children in Fes is the well-respected and widely-known Craft Draft. Innovative classes are offered, for children 10 and older, in bookbinding, brass, etching paper, and creating Islamic
Islamic geometric patterns are prominent in much of Moroccan mosaic and tile work. Craft Draft was uniquely founded by Hamza El Fasiki a gifted artist from Fez; whose dream is to make creativity accessible and for
everyone, and his wife Mariam Hicklin.
For parents, Mariam, a British-born herbalist, offers classes on preparing natural cosmetics and herbal teas. Definitely something for
17 Funduk Khrashfiyen, Rcif
The original ’Clock’ (one in Marrakech and recently opened in Chefchaouen) makes this spot somewhat of an institution on the tourist beat in Fez. But the best thing about Café Clock is that it’s managed to remain authentic and fabulous, even if it’s massively popular with visitors.
Mike, the owner of Café Clock, strives to offer a getaway that is both genuinely Moroccan with a hint of modern European in its fabulous menu. There is food for all types here and is particularly popular with children; don’t miss out on the caramel-doused signature pancakes and ‘Clock’s’ juices are out of this world.
However, it’s the culturally rich atmosphere that is most appealing about Café Clock. Regular (free) Moroccan music, dancing, and storytelling make it a go-to hot spot for families. ‘Clock’ also offers some of the best Moroccan cooking classes around and kids are welcome. Under 12 years old, the café requests that you reserve a private workshop so that the staff can accommodate your children in the best of ways.
The restaurant also proudly supports several local foundations, groups and artisans; all for the better of Moroccan history, culture, and people.
This fabulously fun waterpark is located on 14 hectares of land overlooking a lovely forest. It offer two restaurants, a kids playground and several pools; this family resort is a wonderful option just 10 minutes outside of the city center of Fez. Diamant Vert is also close to the Fes-Saïss airport for your convenience. Ramadan specials offered for families.
Contact +212 5356 08367 or
Mosque and Library Al-Qarawiyyin
One of the reasons which makes Fez so famous is its ancient university in the heart of the medina; the reported oldest int he world and coincidentally, founded by a woman in 859AD.
Although the actual university is for Muslims only, the recently renovated library, founded in 1359, will re-open to the public in May of 2019. Many of the precious manuscripts date back to the 7th century.
Wrap your head around the astonishing fact that the library was created right around the time that algebra was invented (ironically, in the IslamicWorld, and then migrating over to Europe). Pop in for a quick visit to inspire kids to be bold readers, writers, and literary enthusiasts of the future.
Donkey Ride In The Medina
The Fez medina is famous for feeling like you have gone back in time 100+ years. Part of its charm is the donkeys and carts that putter about the Harry Potter-esque, narrow cobbled alleyways.
Arrange a donkey ride for your child and enjoy the scene from their eyes. And even better, if your kids are tired after a long day’s walk within the massive Fez medina. Ask your guide or the reception desk at your riad; they will surely be able to help you find a local donkey ride for your littles.
For more than four generations within the same family, Art Argile has been a prime spot for ceramics in Fes. It’s the best of all worlds-workshop, gallery and shop combined. For older kids, it’s a fun place to learn the intricate process of making Moroccan pottery, tile and mosaic, and the detail and art involved. Children can even sit at the pottery wheel and try it out. An interactive, fun place for all.
N 41 Hay Lalla Yacout Rue N3 Ain Nokbi, Fès.
Jnan Sbil Gardens
These beautifully-kept gardens are a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of the enormous Fes medina. The 17-hectare gardens and green trails are the perfect place to relax after the frenzy of the tourist sites. With a peaceful pond and shade to boot for the hot summer months, Jnan
Sbil Gardens is ideal location to perhaps start or end your fun-filled day in Fez.
There’s even a nice café, La Noria, at the southern entrance, where you can grab a cool drink or a Moroccan mint tea. Perhaps even bring a picnic and sit on a bench in front of the pond. Open 9 am to 8 pm daily.
Read our complete guide to Fez for more insight on this city.
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