Fun can mean different things to different people, and it differs across the globe. Naba Basar shares delightful ways to have family fun this summer.
Many people think of ‘fun’ only in terms of Haram things or behaviours. It certainly does not have to be this way. Allah has made clear to us what is allowed and what is forbidden. In the following Ayah, He warns us:
“O you who believe! Make not unlawful the Taiyibat (all that is good as regards foods, things, deeds, beliefs, persons, etc.) that which Allah has made lawful to you, and transgress not. Verily, Allah does not like transgressors” (Al-Maidah 5:87).
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
When was the last time you played “Pictionary,” “Scrabble,” or “Checkers” together as a family? You may be surprised, how parents transform into kids, when they celebrate victories over their children.
On the Road
There are always interesting places we have never seen and yet others that we hold in special memories and would like to return to. A trip for performing Umra can become a great vacation. Field trips to farms and factories are not only fun but also educational.
Summer is a superb time for camping, both with family and friends. While pitching tents, building fires, fishing, boating, or hiking, nobody will find the time to get bored.
Get on the ball and keep track of all the conventions and workshops. There are many to choose from. Select a few with the most interesting themes and plan ahead for attending them. Conventions are great for meeting new friends.
Encourage imagination of your children by reading books to them. Check with your local library and sign up your kids for a summer reading program. During summer, most bookstores have sales, where you can buy books on cheaper rates. Your local library can also provide ideas for summertime activities within the city.
Dust off the bikes in the garage and find a path in a park. Organize competitions, hold races, or time the laps.
An exciting and interesting way for teens to have fun. This activity works great for both small and large groups.
Cooking Dishes of Native Cuisines
An innovative way to learn about different parts of the world. Search for recipes online, in your local library, or at bookstores.
E-pals from Muslim Countries
In chat rooms, teens can find good Muslim e-pals. By making friendships all around the world, your children will expand their worldview and learn new languages. However, this activity does require the supervision of parents.
Volunteer your time and services to help out others in need and support. It is a great learning opportunity, which will strengthen the Deen of your children.
JUST FOR KIDS
Let your children invite over their friends; grab a tent, some sleeping bags, and flashlights. Do not forget mosquito repellents!
You can prepare homemade finger-paints by mixing together soap flakes, water, and food colours.
Teach your children to observe an animal or an insect for a day. Discuss with them the observations.
Record the discoveries of Muslim scientists. This is an educational yet interesting project.
Always a fun place to go to for seeing Allah’s creatures.
Museums and Art Galleries
Visits to museums and art galleries will allow your children to explore different cultures and to develop a taste for art.
Parks and Beaches
Take advantage of your local parks, playgrounds, beaches, and lakes. You can have picnics every week or every month.