For so many people, 2020 has been a year of waiting and uncertainty. Waiting to see family members, waiting to find another job after you lost yours, waiting for a loved one in the hospital to get better. As 2020 ends, and some of us are letting out a sigh of relief, it is by no mean the end of our waiting game. As we say goodbye to a difficult year, hardships may still be coming our way; however, surviving 2020 has made us invincible. It had taught us what no one could learn in many lifetimes. If anything I had learned, it’s to have fun and enjoy every second we have…cherish the moment, always.
With the beast (aka Covid) still hovering around waiting to pounce at any moment, going out and enjoying life as we once did before can seem scary and even dangerous to some. Some of us have been stuck at home for way more than anyone should ever have to, yet the idea of venturing to Malls, Cafes, and Gyms might still be daunting.
Today I will share some activities that you can enjoy with your family with some ease and a little comfort (because, to be honest, Covid is EVERYWHERE, you can never be too comfortable!).
The Tree of Life: People now are looking for deserted places where they can almost be sure not to interact with anyone. As is the case when it comes to any infectious disease, people want to avoid crowded places by all means. And what’s better than the desert itself.
Pack food, drinks, blankets, jackets (it can be freezing over there), games (puzzles, board games, cards..etc.), and enjoy the calm and the beauty of that one majestic tree in the middle of nowhere.
Karzakan Forest: Truly a little hidden paradise! It is a10 to 15 minutes hike in the middle of trees and nature. It ends with a beautiful little pond, where you can admire the most magical sunset. Lower your expectations, and avoid going in the afternoon as it can be a bit crowded then.
Candy Making at Spun Candy: If you have kids like I do (I have one), staying at home for almost a year is unimaginable. Finding activities that are safe yet fun is a challenge. We went a couple of weeks ago to Spun Candy in the Avenues (near Blaze Pizza and the food court). We booked a session that is around 40-50 minutes. They take groups of up to 5 people and have special prices for families. They would book the whole space for you, and you, with your kids, can make candies.
It is BD9.4 per kid. You must book in advance.
Ice Skating at Delmonia mall: Finally a decent Ice Skating place in Bahrain (no offense to fun land, but it had served its purpose for way too long if you ask me lol).
For now and for obvious reasons, they only take bookings for coaching. They have different slots: 15mins, 30 mins, 45mins, and 1hour. And you get an extra hour for ice skating alone without the coach. They also have different packages.
Al Jasra Farm: In Al Jasra-Al Mozareen road- a beautiful organic farm, with solar energy and free-range chickens…. What else to desire? You can enjoy the fresh air with your kids. You can also pick vegetables and get some honey and free-range eggs! A beautiful escape.
Nada Pottery: A private pottery class, for two hours, to learn basic skills and techniques in making and coloring beautiful pieces. The session is for all ages and is BD10. Call: 33300855 to book.
I hope you can enjoy some fresh air and some exciting adventures in this new year. Stay tuned as I discover more hidden gems and share them with you.
Wishing you a truly blessed and joyful 2021.
Ouiam El Hassani