August is National Eye Exam month
and National Family Fun month
Eye health is important, so get a checkup!
“You may think you have healthy eyes, but some issues do not affect vision immediately. In fact, your eye doctor might find something during a general eye exam that could save your life! Some diseases and conditions will show up in the eyes before being detected elsewhere in the body. Family history and chronic illnesses can also put you at increased risk of developing issues with your vision. A comprehensive eye exam will ensure early detection and treatment for any eye conditions or illnesses. Also, your eyes change over time, so an exam will determine the need for glasses or contacts or the need to change your current prescription to reduce eyestrain,” says Dr. Kathryn Brown from the UAMS Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute.
Arkansas ranks third in the nation in new cases of blindness each year, so the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute’s main mission is to fight blindness in our state through patient care, education and research. Patients come to the Jones Eye Institute from every county in our state and even from surrounding states and other countries.
Family Friendly Activities in Arkansas
With school starting back up this month, there is still a little bit of time to get in some quality family fun in central Arkansas.
The school year is hectic and usually eats up a lot of time that you would otherwise get to spend together having fun. Here are ten ideas for you and you kids to have fun and get active.
- Magic Springs- August 16th is National Roller Coaster Day! Enjoy the rides and then splash down in the water park. This is sure to be a great summer time memory for the whole family.
- Crater of Diamonds State Park- Go in search of these precious stones in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. The Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only public access diamond mine that also has a pool and splash pad area. The area also has camping, a restaurant, and lodging so you could make a quick weekend getaway before the school bell rings.
- Splash Pads- There are nine splash pad/water parks in Arkansas available to the public. Check out this link to a full story from Little Rock Family.
- Museum of Discovery- Want to stay indoors and still have fun with your family? The Museum of discovery has many active learning opportunities to enjoy.
- Mid America Science Museum-Want to explore space and enjoy it all in the cool indoors? The Mid America Science Museum has this and much more for you and your family to explore. Get hands-on activities and light a spark for knowledge with a twist of fun.
- Camping- Enjoying the outdoors is really just a step away from you no matter where you are in Arkansas. Great trails, rivers, lakes and hiking for you and your family to enjoy together. Not the camping type? There are also many cabins in these beautiful areas to bring you the comfort of home while still being able to drink in nature. Check out the State Parks of Arkansas website for more.
- Altitude Trampoline Park- Beat the heat and bounce out some energy with your family at this Little Rock indoor trampoline park. Great for all ages.
- Big Rock Fun Park- Enjoy mini golf, go karts, laser frenzy, bumper boats, batting cages and an indoor arcade all in one place. Conveniently located at the I-30/I-430 interchange off of Baseline, you’ll find a good variety for the whole family.
- Arkansas Skatium- Enjoy indoor ice skating or roller skating together at the Arkansas Skatium. You’ll stay cool and have a blast together, too.
- The Little Rock Zoo- World Elephant day is August 12th and the Little Rock Zoo will be celebrating. Get the family out to see the animals. There are places to eat and play for the kids and the train is up and running.
The most important part is not where you go, but who you enjoy your time with. Our kids remember how something made them feel more than they remember the activity. Go and make some memories before the school schedule takes over.
Back to School, and Back to Bed
Early to bed, early to rise: This month is going to be very important to get your children back on a good sleep schedule for school. A good way to go about this is to have a routine. No matter the age of the child, they will benefit from a routine before bed to help them wind down.
Have a great school year!