I believe fun time is so important for families. It gives everyone a chance to unwind and goof off. If members of the family have busy schedules with school and work, it also gives everyone a break from the everyday drab of daily life, just enjoying being with the ones you love.
But family fun time is most important for the kids I would think. For muslim children it is an essential part of a balanced way of life. While we teach our children the importance of prayer, fasting, hijab and lowering the gaze, we should also be allowing them to be children. A little bit of halal fun never hurt anyone, and it can really work wonders for a child’s psychological development.
We had been planning to take a trip to the beach, but the weather here is still not “beach-hot”, so instead we took the kids to an amusement park.
Dream Park is one of the big amusement parks here in Egypt. It’s in a new city outside Cairo called 6th of October. It’s been around since 1999. My two oldest have visited here on school field trips, but this was the first time for me and hubby. The park opens at 10, so we left home around 9am and it took us under an hour to get there.
There were some rides where the parents had to get on with their kids. One of them was the ferris wheel.
After a while we went to check out the “big kid” rides and roller coasters. I was so excited! I grew up on summers filled with King’s Dominion and Wild World (now known as Great Adventures), and I have never known a roller coaster I couldn’t conquer, lol! Stand-up roller coasters, hanging roller coasters, turn me upside down roller coasters, splash through water roller coasters…you name it, I was on it! So needless to say, I turned into a little kid when I saw all those rides, lol!
This was the first one hubby and I got on.
At the first drop, my head started spinning out of control, I felt like I was going to throw up, and turned to my husband and said, “I am too old for this!” The look in his face said the same thing. After a few seconds, he managed to get out, “We need to respect our age!”
The ride finally ended alhamdu lillaah, and we staggered onto the platform. The kids were waiting by the side with the attendants. They had the most worried looks on their faces. They kept asking us, “Were yall the ones screaming?” “Were you scared?” It was too cute mashaa Allaah. I told them that we were not scared, but mommy and Abi were getting too old for roller coasters. My husband changed up though, and was like, “After a few more and you’ll get over the feeling.” I was like no thanks, I am not trying to go home sick.
I remembered that the last time I got on a roller coaster was about 12 years ago. The BSU at my university sponsored a trip to King’s Dominion. It was the first time for me to go to King’s Dominion outside of the summer months. It was empty and I was able to get on all my favorite rides like 3 and 4 times. It was the best King’s Dominion trip I had ever had!
But I ain’t 19 anymore! The Roller Coaster Queen has retired, lol!
We prayed thuhr and decided to leave since the place was starting to get crowded. We promised the kids gifts for their report cards so we headed on over to Carrefour and found some nice stuff.
After that we headed back to Nasr City for dinner at Cook Door. This is one of the nicer fast food joints here in Cairo. I was unsure about how it would go for me, since I’ve trying to eat healthy and lose some weight (fast food = unhealthy = gaining more weight). I really didn’t want to go overboard but I was sooooo hungry, lol! So when I got the menu I was happy to see that they had a “diet” menu mashaa Allaah. It consisted of a selection of grilled sandwich combos (whole wheat bun instead of white, green salad instead of fries and diet instead of regular Coke). Whoooo-hoooooo! I was SO happy! I ordered the grilled chicken fajita sandwich combo. I was so happy sitting there eating my healthy delicious food! Mashaa Allaah! Everyone else got regular combos (w/fries and regular soda), but hubby said he’d try the healthy one next time inshaa Allaah. He’s not trying to lose weight alhamdu lillaah, but we are trying to make an overall effort to eat healthier in our family inshaa Allaah. And fast food fries ain’t a part of the picture, lol!
All in all the day was very nice and relaxing. The kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and so did hubby and I. Alhamdu lillaah.
I’ll try to upload the videos I shot on another post inshaa Allaah.