What’s Under Your Abaya?

It’s been two weeks since school has started for my eldest son, Humza. The routine is set and I have a better grasp on our schedule. However I feel bad about one thing in particular and that is the lack of effort that I put in getting dressed nicely in the mornings. My son goes to an Islamic school and so its very convenient for me to just throw on an abaya, drape over a head scarf and drop him off. I’ve never been the one to be very conscious of what I wear on a daily basis, but as my schedule gets busier and busier its just getting really bad I’m almost scared that someone is taking secret footage and soon I’ll find myself on some reality show!

The problem is not the abaya itself but in my case it is the laziness and halp hazard attitude that is creeping up in the way I dress on a daily basis. In conversation with friends and other moms I have heard that they too use the abaya as an excuse to be in pajamas while dropping off their kids and doing other errands. The abaya is loose, modest and covers the extra weight you may have gained. But I think that I and many other girls are doing a disservice to themselves by using the abaya as an excuse to be lazy and not take care of ourselves.

I have seen women who wear the abayas as part of their everyday wear who wear it elegantly and with beautiful headscarves and look very put together. I on the other hand wear the abaya like a sweatshirt  which is easy, convenient and requires virtually no effort. The problem with this is that it becomes a cop out for me to not dress up nicely even when i’m at home with my family. I have two young kids and  sometimes I wonder if it is even worth dressing up nicely because they will stain my shirt in five seconds anyways.

So why should I care about what’s under my abaya and also care about how I look. If im wearing an abaya with pj’s  then it looks sloppy and a hijab thrown over my head tucked under my chin also looks incredibly messy.  As Muslims we should take care of our bodies, be clean and look put together. Whether we wear an abaya or not we should look our best and utilize the clothes that Allah has blessed us with. It doesn’t have to be the most trendiest outfit (then again why not?) but we should take pride in the way we look and carry ourselves. Also as Muslim women who dress modestly we have an added responsibility whether we’re aware of it or not.  People see us and form an image. If they see a Muslim women wearing an beautifully ironed abaya and a neatly wrapped hijab they will see a confident beautiful Muslim Women which is going againt the image portrayed by the media. As Muslim women we are easily recognized and become ambassadors of our faith therefore it is essential to take pride in how we dress.

Anther thing that I am guilty of  is that the abaya gives me enough room so that I don’t necessarily feel bad about the flabby arms or the expanding wasit line. If that weight gain is not really obvious to me than that makes me  feel more content and doesn’t give me a reason to excersice and control my diet or improve my lifestyle. In other words the abaya has become an excuse for some women like myself to let ourselves go and not focus on our apperance and without realizing it were using religious modesty as the excuse.

I think as women we all want to look our best and be attractive but we let those things take a backseat when we have kids and other responsibilites. We should remember that dressing up for our spouses is a form of Ibadah and is a very important part of our marriage. For the outside world we dress modestly but at home our husbands see a different side of us. Most of our husbands are working in various corporate offices in which they interact with women who are dressed and made up from head to toe. Therefore as their wife we should be dressed nice and greet our husbands with a warm smile.

As Muslim women we understand that our beauty is for our family to see, but that being said we are also required to have a pleasant and neat apperance for when we are in public. So whether your an casual abaya wearer like me or a daily abaya wearer, lets take those extra minutes tommorow morning to see what are you wearing under your abaya?

 

 *Featured Photo from http://www.emaan.com.au/store/index.php/children/girls/abayas/formal/rashida-abaya-green.html

 

 

 

 

But There’s no Costco in the City

On Monday I went to go visit my bestie in the city, I walked into her cool artsy studio in the district with my 2 year old in tow. Bundles of magazines, a cheerful Buddha and a beautiful painting that her grandmother had painted were on the side of the wall.

We caught up on each others weekend, scanned family pictures on Facebook and then got ready to walk to the zoo. I was happily sitting on the couch sipping my chai but my friend insisted that we walk. She is very focused on health and fitness and for fun likes to walk. I have a hard time understanding why I was being forced to walk when I had just made a comfy warm spot on the couch.  I reluctantly agreed and we grabbed cereal in a ziplock for Hassan and began our walk.

I saw several moms walking with their strollers down the busy sidewalk  and I turned to my friend and said with gratitude “I love living in the ‘burbs.'” She looked back at me surprised and asked why?

I stammered and said  there’s no Costco in the city! Where would I get diapers from? Other thoughts flashed through my head… Where would I park my car (parking is so difficult in the city), who would be my childs pediatrician?

She calmly responded to these absurd  concerns by saying “Saman there are doctors in the city,”  and  she added you wouldn’t have to park because you can walk everywhere or use the metro.

I wasn’t convinced,  “How would I walk everywhere and what about my double stroller, it won’t fit in the Metro!” She replied saying that I  would just need to change my double stroller so that its the stackable kind.

“Didn’t everyone want to move to the burbs when raising a family?” I thought to myself, why do I have to explain to my friend that the city is not a place to raise kids. But what seems like a very obvious choice in my head doesn’t hold true for my friend and many other people.  The appeal for my friend was about accessibility, she wanted to skip the whole loading the kids in the car process  and just walk to places in the city. She thought that the city lifestyle is a more active lifestyle with lots of more opportunities to explore area parks and take advantage of the diverse cultural experiences. I agree with her I feel that kids would be exposed to many more different types of people and  would be engaging with people on the street, in the metro and even the elevators of their own apartment buildings.

I’m not sure I would be able to appreciate raising a family in the city because I feel that the most important thing for me is an active Mosque community.  Things like an Halal meat store and a Pakistani grocery store would be very neccesary and I have become a total suburbanite with my easy access parking to walmart, my costco membership and my kids love for Chuck E. Cheese.

While the city life is not for us  I now realize that what seems like a hassle to me (living in the city with young kids) is loved and valued by many people. It’s about changing perspective and adjusting to the surroundings around you. I think there are pros and cons to raising kids in the city but I think that is something that each family has to decide for themselves.

The city kids may not have easy access to suburban malls  and Chuck E. Cheese but if my friend decides to have kids Im sure her kids would be very well acquainted with the zoo, the Smithsonian Museums and without a doubt will be much cooler than me.

 

 

What Every Mom Should Have

What every mom should have

[Umm Muhammad is the mother of an almost one year old child who enjoys climbing up on people, couches, and is mastering the art of climbing up on walls. She works on an as needed basis in a cancer hospital, while her husband and son chase bunnies at a nearby park. Umm Muhammad’s weekly enjoyment is reading through the Sunday paper before the following Sunday paper is delivered.]

We’ve all had the incidents where we accidentally wacked our child with the vacuum cleaner, or trapped their little fingers in the highchair… I sure have! No matter how big or small the accident or injury is, it is still a medical issue that needs to be addressed. Whether it is at home or outside, here is a short list of what every mother should have on hand in case a medical situation arises.

Disclaimer- this list is not meant to replace any medical advice. For medical issues, contact your pediatrician. For emergencies, dial 911 or head to the nearest hospital.

1)    Pediatrician’s number on your refrigerator- sometimes in minor emergency situations (high fever, child who fell but is still conscious and acting normally, uncontrolled vomiting/ diarrhea), it is better to call pediatrician first before rushing to the hospital. The pediatrician may either call in a prescription that will solve the problem or have your child come into the office that same day. Save yourself a hospital trip in the middle of a chaotic time.

2)    Number for poison control (1-800-222-1222)- have it on hand in case you need it. Don’t scramble trying to find in the midst of a situation. If your child has gotten into the bathroom cleaners or found it funny to drink your shampoo, no need to rush to the hospital (unless your child is unconscious or breathing differently). Do not attempt to make your child vomit, as some chemicals burn going out as much as they did coming in. Have the product your child swallowed nearby as poison control will have you read off the list of ingredients. The solution could be as simple as have your child drink more water to wash the ingested product out of his/her system. And besides, if you directly take your child to the hospital, your nurse will call poison control first before a plan of care is made for your child. So save some stress and energy and make the call yourself.

3)    Thermometer- does your child feel warm? Is s/he not acting normal? Take his/her temperature. And if you have to call the pediatrician for any reason, they will always ask for the temperature, even if the child just has a headache. Keep in mind, an axillary (underarm) temperature is approximately one degree less than the “true” body temperature, taken orally/ rectally

4)    Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin)- young children have a difficult time taking in a big amount of medicine; so be careful about dosage as infant Tylenol is three times more concentrated as children’s Tylenol.  If acetaminophen has not reduced the fever in about an hour after administering, you can give Motrin. Also beware of dosage issues. Ibuprofen should not be given to babies younger than 6 months.

5)    Bulb syringe/Saline Drops- especially for babies who can’t blow their noses yet. The automatic suction syringes tend to be less dramatic and more effective.  Kids hate saline drops, but they are great to clear up little noses. Skip the child version and just get the adult drops for a fraction of the price- they are the same thing!

6)    Gripe water- especially for little ones with tummy problems. If you have an elementary school child with a tummy ache, have him/her use the bathroom or offer a snack. Tummy troubles at this age are usually from hunger or needing to use the bathroom. If the pain lasts, check with pediatrician. Appendicitis is not uncommon with this age group.

7)    Basic first aid kit- filled with Band-Aids for little cuts; bandages, dressings, tape and antibiotic ointments for bigger scrapes and small first degree burns, or to cover an injury before going to hospital; hydrocortisone cream for insect bites and itching; and tweezers for the curious little ones who get their hands into everything. Keep a small first aid kit in your car, you can find these in the travel section at Walmart, Target etc..

8)    A friend who is a nurse- preferably a pediatric nurse if available- these are hard to come by, but worth holding on to. It’s also recommended to befriend her because of her amazing personality and since she’s fun to be around J

9)    Hand and Face Wipes (Alcohol Free)- These are widely available from Babies’ R Us to Target, and are made by many brands.  These are handy to handle scrapes and/or clean away dirt and germs.

10) Vaseline- From cradle crap to diaper rashes, Vaseline heals it all.  Keep a small bottle handy in your baby bags/purses for rashes, cuts or dryness.

Any other items that you have found helpful but were not included in this list? Please share any experiences that may help new nervous mothers and experienced but still learning ones!

Can you discipline my child?


Our parents grew up in an era where not only did aunts, uncles and grandparents help discipline a child but along with them the neighbors, teachers and their mamas jumped in too.

In our generation, it would probably go to the extent of aunts-uncles, and grandparents.  I’m not sure how things are presently in Pakistan, but in America your neighbors mind their own business and the teachers better be wise in how they say–what they say.

Now we jump into present-day where some people feel that only the parents have the right to raise their child their way.  I don’t quite agree with this philosophy.  I firmly believe in the fact that it takes an entire family to raise a child.  If Eesa’s grandmother is telling him “don’t touch” then it is for his own good.  The authority figure that you have chosen to watch your child also loves the child and would want to see that child flourish and be the best in his or her manners.

For example, my sister loves my son as her own.  She does everything for him from changing to feeding and everything in between.  Therefore if she were to ever reprimand him for something then that should not bother me.  If she can change his diapers, and spoil him rotten, then she can most certainly help correct him when he’s doing something wrong.

Sometimes, children listen to relatives more than they listen to their own parents; Parents should use that to their advantage.  When I am out, I usually tell my mother-in-law or others to tell Eesa not to do something, because I know he will listen.

Another scenario is when parents leave their children with relatives.  Parents are not around to see their children misbehave, therefore on those occasions I think the authority figure has the right not only to reprimand but perhaps punish them (i.e time out, take a toy away etc.)

If these adults are not given the right to reprimand your children, then the children may take advantage of that and in turn lose respect for their elders. The child would take advantage of that by 1) pushing their boundaries and 2) Not take them seriously if the relatives were to say something.

Another way to look at it is that if a child were to have some sort of problem, then that does not just affect the parents, it affects the entire family.  At that point, the entire family has an obligation to step up and offer whatever advice or help they can.  My nephew is like my son, therefore I would correct him out of love and concern, the same as I were to do for my own son.

My father recently taught my son a lesson in a funny way.  Every time I were to put Eesa in the car seat, he would throw a tantrum.  Naturally, he did the same with my father; My father took him back inside the house and closed the door while leaving Eesa inside.  My father was standing right outside the door for a mere few seconds, and in that time Eesa started knocking on the door.  Baba opened the door, brought him back in the car seat (peacefully) and as he was buckling him, Eesa let out a loud chuckle.  I don’t quite understand the logic, but hey it worked Alhumdulilah!!

So if your family helps you take care of your child, then they should be allowed to discipline them as well.

For the parents who disagree, I would love to hear your viewpoint!

Something to think about…

Febrile Seizures: A Mother’s Experience

[Umm Muhammad is a part-time nurse and a full-time mother to a one year old masha’Allah.  Her nursing experiences range from the birthing room to the emergency room.]

Have you ever gotten into a situation with your child where your mind went blank and you didn’t know what to do? I did recently… my son had a seizure because of his high fever. I had worked as an emergency department nurse in the past, but my brain was non functional when I was witnessing the seizure of my own child. Instead of jumping into emergency thinking when my son stopped breathing for a few seconds, my instincts told me to bring him into the prayer area of the Masjid and lay his unconscious body on the musalla. A friend took us to the nearest hospital, and after hours of poking and prodding, we were sent home on antibiotics. We were very cautious with him the next few days, especially when his fever skyrocketed to 105 the next night. It was the weekend and we debated taking him to the emergency department again, but decided to do every fever reducing trick we knew at home before having to go through another hospital experience. See, I was used to all the procedures done at the hospital. My poor husband, on the other hand, got a little faint when they were sticking catheter inside my son’s bladder… what man wouldn’t though? Anyways, Muhammad’s fever ended up decreasing slowly, and we took him to the pediatrician’s the following day. He continued to take the antibiotics for a week, and was back to his normal self within 3 or 4 days.

So when an emergency situation like this happens, it is better to be educated and prepared with a plan on hand, because a mother’s brain will always go blank seeing her child go through something unexpected.

Disclaimer (again)- this post is not meant to replace any medical advice, it is meant to educate and prepare. For medical issues, contact your pediatrician. For emergencies, dial 911 or head to the nearest hospital.

What is a febrile seizure?
A febrile seizure is a seizure caused by a fever, normally 102F-104F. It occurs in about 4% of children. If your child has ever had a febrile seizure, s/he has a 1/3 chance of having 1-3 reoccurrences by the time s/he is 4. Febrile seizures are generally harmless, cause no brain damage, and do not lead to a long term seizure disorder.

How do I know my child is having a seizure?
Seizures, or convulsions, have different manifestations. The child’s body may either become stiff, or jerking/ twitching movements may occur. The child may become unconscious or confused, his/her eyes may roll back, and the breathing may become loud. Following a seizure is a period called “postictal” state, in which the child may remain sleepy or confused for up to ten minutes.

What should I do if I suspect my child is having a seizure?

1) Lay the child on the ground in a safe area. Make sure not to hold or restrain child.

2) Take the child’s temperature immediately to determine if it is a febrile seizure or not.

3) If the child does have a fever, take his/her clothesoff, put cold wash cloths on the face, and give fever reducing medicine as soon as the child awakens.

4) If child vomits, turn his/her head to the side to prevent choking and protect the breathing.

5) Call your pediatrician. Your child may need to be seen in the office or you may be advised to take the child to the hospital.

6) Let the seizure run its course… there isn’t any non-medical method to stop a seizure once it has started. Also, avoid starting resuscitative breathing (CPR) if your child stops breathing during the seizure. If your child is not breathing once the seizure has run its course, CPR may be started as needed.

How do I prevent a febrile seizure?
1) Take methods to reduce your child’s fever during an illness or after immunizations (very important especially if your child has had a febrile seizure occurrence in the past)

2) Put your child in light clothing and a single layer of covering especially during sleep, since bundling the child may raise his/her temperature by 1-2 degrees.

3) Keep your child hydrated by offering lots of fluids.

Seizures, like other medical emergencies, will always be scary and difficult for parents to handle. Even though your mind might go blank during such an occurrence, it is our hope that some education about what to expect will reduce some worries and guide parents to ensure the safety of the child and proper actions to be taken during the event.

A book review of Hillary Clinton’s autobigoraphy “Living History”


Hillary Clinton, is not someone I was particularly fond of… or knew much about. I know that she is very prominent in national politics as a former first lady, a senator  and the  now current Secretary of State. Still Hillary Clinton’s autobiography was not high on my list (disclaimer: I don’t think there are any books that are high on my list except for the Baby Elmo series that we have recently purchased from the $ deals section in Target.) However when I saw “Living History” at my Husband’s cousin’s house, my curiosity kicked in.

I was not curious about her accomplishments as the first lady or even what it felt like to live in the White House but instead was drawn to her autobiography to see what Hillary Clinton thought of her husband’s affair. (I know that’s bad but it’s the truth)

Living History a 562 page memoir is about the eight year term that  Hillary was at the White House. She starts of the book with both her and Bill Clinton’s family backgrounds and their early life.The first part of the book is particularly interesting and it is humbling to see the backgrounds of both Bill and Hillary. Both their families came from a working middle class families. Hillary spoke about the role faith plays in her life such as the youth group meetings and various church activities. Her early interest in politics came because of her father’s passionate support of conservative republicans. An enthusiastic conservative republican like her dad, it was not until she was at Wellesley College that she became a democrat.

Her college years at Wellesley and then Yale gave me background to a person I had no knowledge about and Hillary gave the readers insight into her personal growth from a freshman undergrad to a mature law student. At the same time she told us about her boyfriends, trips with friends and her first introduction to Bill Clinton at Yale. The book is a chronological look at her life; it takes us on a journey through her career, her marriage to and then their foray into state politics and ultimately the White House.

Hillary shares  her dilemma of trying to fit the mold as the first lady. She talks in great detail of  balancing the act of being a wife, mother, a career woman and also living up to expectations of society. She chronicles the times of going in front of the Senate in support of her Husband’s bills and then meticulously selecting the appropriate china and laying out the table for visiting dignitaries. The book is honest but at the same time in many places also reads like a PR piece in which I can’t help but to think that she is helping to pave her way for the presidency. It did feel a little too glossed over when it came to the Clinton administrations fight for their health bill.

The most fascinating part of her book was when Hillary would recount her experiences traveling as the first lady and hosting dignitaries in Washington. The pictures she included in the book are great and you feel like this woman from Stanford who is the Secretary of the State is really not that different from us. Hillary is relatable talking about her bad hair do’s over the years and then her experience as the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. Hillary gave the reader just enough insight into what she was feeling without highlighting the unfortunate incident. She was graceful and she showed the reader that although it was an earth shattering moment for her, she would keep moving forward. She talked about her faith,her friends and the women in her life that kept giving her the strength to move beyond the affair.

As I read the book I felt a deep connection and empathy for a woman who sometimes feels too stiff. The strengths of this book are that she lets down her guard and expresses feelings that make me relate to her. Also it was interesting to see that a woman no matter what level she has reached still struggles with some of the same decisions as women worldwide. Such as the decision to to change her last name  as well as giving up her career when Bill Clinton became President.

I must admit I actually enjoy reading biographies so reading the  autobiography was not the hard part. What was hard was trying to understand the complexities of the health care act that Hillary was constantly working on as the First Lady. Sometimes I would skip pages and get to the parts that I thought were more interesting, But I am glad that I read this book. Hillary Clinton is a force to be reckon with, we already have a African American president and I wouldn’t be surprised if Clinton will be our first woman president.

T.V Gates

Normally, babies or toddlers are put inside a play-yard to protect them from harming themselves.  However, in our not-so-normal household, we put our electronics and valuables inside the gated play yard to protect it from harms way.  In other words, our 18 month old is determined to destroy our EXPENSIVE toys.  When the television began to show white marks from the baby bangs we knew we had to do something to stop this behavior.

Some parents may look at this and wonder “why can’t she just say don’t touch.” Sadly, the concept of ‘yes/no’ hasn’t fully clicked in his little head yet.  So no need for the pointless huffing and puffing on my end and crocodile tears and rebellion on his.  Children have a long life of hearing do’s and don’ts so we might as well save that firm tone for when it is not only needed…but understood.  As you can tell from the picture, the problem has been solved indefinitely. You have to admit it is sheer brilliance.  Sigh, but it won’t be long before this active toddler uses his chair to climb over the gate.  Even the great wall of China wouldn’t be able to stop my little tarzan.

Gardening With Ruku: Discover the fun in your backyard!

[This guest post was written by Ruku Kazia. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their three daughters. She enjoys reading, coffee and spending time with her family.]

A few months ago (February), I decided to start our very own vegetable garden. With three little daughters, I wanted to do something that would get the entire family involved and what could be better than being outside, digging away in our very own backyard?

I really knew nothing about this particular activity that I’d decided to undertake, but after eating the delicious produce from my neighbor’s garden in New Jersey I thought, “how hard can it really be?”

Squash in Ruku’s garden

Turns out, not too hard but not quite as simple as I’d thought either. Growing up I’d see my parents plant fenugreek and flowers out in our balcony. Not an easy task in hot, humid Dubai. I also remember my grandmother’s splendid yard in India, where she lovingly planted a variety of fruit trees and plants.

Hoping some of their genius and green thumb ran in my blood, I started by talking to my gardener who assured he’ll help me every step of the way. He dug out a small patch in our backyard and added, “You can dig too if you like Miss, good exercise!” Then he put in some garden soil and by the end of April we were in business.

Jalepenos in Ruku’s garden


Here are some ideas on how to get started :

1. Read up and talk to the people at your local nurseries (Yes you can do it! – and they really will help).

2. If you’re skeptical try with a couple of pots of herbs first. I’ve found fenugreek and cilantro are the easiest. (Put some soil in a pot , line with seeds, top with more soil, water daily and voila!)

3. If you’re not sure whether to dig a hole in your backyard, start out with a raised bed garden.

4. Find out what vegetables and fruit should be planted for your area/season.

5. Set a time daily to water your garden – preferably early morning and evening when the soil is less likely to dry out

6. Weed, Weed, Weed – the happier your plants are, the better they grow.

7. Get the whole family involved – My cousin helped us plant the veggies. My kids love to water the plants. And overnight my husband has turned into a master gardener.

Beautiful fenugreek on Ruku’s deck

Our little patch now boasts tomatoes, chillies, fajita peppers, eggplants, okra, squash, cilantro and oregano. We also have pots of mint, strawberries and fenugreek out on the deck. Picking and cooking these garden delights have turned into a priceless adventure for us.

From watching the joy on the baby’s face while she sucks on her first strawberry and chuckling at the funny comments made by my 4 year old (What do you mean the eggplants don’t grow eggs?) to hearing the wonder in my 7 year old’s voice (Wow I never knew squash tasted this good!) this little exercise has literally bore fruit.

One of the very first recipes we tried was Golden fried squash. Here’s our recipie:

Golden Fried Squash

Yummy Golden fried squash

Wash and cut 2 squash in quarter inch pieces.
Mix two beaten eggs with salt, pepper and ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning.
Dip each slice of squash in the egg mixture.
Roll in breadcrumbs and fry till golden brown.
Serve hot with marinara sauce.

Get started with your garden today and have fun making memories with your children. I know I certainly did!

 

 

 

Hardest Job in the World.

I recently came across this commercial and loved it.  In all honesty, after a girl becomes a mother herself is when she truly realizes all the sacrifices, work, and effort a mother has to put.

Although this commercial was made for the Olympics, I think it fits perfectly with Ramadan.  For me personally, Ramadan is a time to reflect all the blessings Allah SWT has bestowed upon me.  Both my parents are a major blessing, but since this commercial is about mothers, we’ll leave it for the mommies!

I would go on and on about how wonderful mothers are, but I would much rather have you watch this video, and then you can tell us how wonderful your own mother is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NScs_qX2Okk

 

Something to be thankful about….

Keep the Kids Busy this Ramadan, While Staying Cool

 

It’s Ramadan but its also summer and that means long days, no schools and potentially cranky and bored kids!

Here are a few suggestions to beat the heat, while keeping the young ones entertained. A Ramadan tip is to do Ibadah while watching the kids grab your Quran in your purse or do Zikr while watching the kids have a great time!

1. Any indoor mall play areas: My favorite is the Fair Oaks mall play area it’s large enough and has many little things for the kids to climb on and explore. I have been to the Dulles and Tyson’s corner one as well, whichever is closer and convenient usually wins in my book.

 

2. Local public library: With plenty of books, tables and chairs, this is the place where young kids can begin to get exposed to library etiquette and the joys of reading. On certain days there are free book readings or activites, you would have to check on your county’s website for more details.

 

3. Chuck E. Cheese: Indoor play area – tokens are purchased to play the games or for rides, but keeps my kids entertained for hours with a very little hit to the pocket. Best part there are usually plenty of tables with booths for you to sit and read your Quran Tafsir.

 

4.Reston Town Center water sprinklers; Reston, VA – Dress your kids in their bathing suits bring a towel and sit back on the comfortable shaded lawn steps while the kids drain their energy and build up their appetite. If your there later closer to iftaar time there are a lot of dining options just a few steps away http://www.restontowncenter.com/index.php

 

5. Loudoun Sports Bounce, Ashburn Va: Kids will enjoy bouncing all the different bounce courses, large slides and  a playroom for 18 months and older, best part there’s AC and you won’t break a sweat! http://www.sportbounce.com/opengym.php

 

Have other ideas for beating the heat this summer? Please share.