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Dr. Mom: OB/GYN Jenny Gregory on Women's Health, Career & Family

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The life of any parent can often feel zoo-like. You may be nodding your head wildly as you think of your morning whirlwind getting kids out the door for school and how it felt like corralling cheetahs or prodding giant tortoises along. Parents’ daily lives are up and down like the horses on the iconic carousel at the Little Rock Zoo. You may think that’s why we chose the popular family fun destination as the backdrop for our feature photo shoot. Well, a little, but it’s also one of our feature family’s favorite places to play the day away.

Dr. Jenny Gregory certainly has a lion’s share of responsibilities on her plate. She is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Little Rock Gynecology and Obstetrics, PLCC on the Baptist Campus. Her husband, Wade, is an Emergency Medicine Physician. They have three daughters, Lillian Claire Gregory (Lily) 3 1/2, Evan Elizabeth Gregory (Evan) 1 1/2, and girl #3 on the way.

Wade and Jenny met while at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and were married in 2007. Both are from tight-knit families in the central Arkansas area. She says now their favorite things about being parents are, “The laughter. These girls make us smile every day. To watch them grow and develop and see the world through the innocence of a child’s eyes is such a gift. Having kids has brought a whole new level of joy and unconditional love to our lives.”

“Being a parent is the most rewarding and hardest thing that I’ve ever done. I think the challenge is just fitting it all in. Finding time for work, family, church, friends, exercise, volunteerism, and relaxation is tough. It is definitely a sacrifice for all parents and my hat goes off to the single parents out there,” she says. “It certainly takes a village!”

She says, “Wade is laid back and a “softie.” I am more the disciplinarian. Neither one of us is very uptight when it comes to parenting. I don’t do Pinterest and I am definitely no Martha Stewart, but our kids are loved, happy and healthy.”

When considering staying connected as a family, Gregory shares, “I try to plan fun little adventures each week. Nothing fancy, it could be anything from going to the playground to running an errand. As long as you engage them, talk to them, and listen to them. Kids don’t have to be entertained with expensive toys or theme parks. Children just want to feel important. We also make a point to turn off the TV, computer, and iPad for dinner so we can talk about our day. Bedtime is also big for us. We always read books, say prayers, and tell stories. I usually rub their faces or bellies until they fall asleep.”

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Little Rock Family: What was your experience with infertility?

Jenny Gregory: We tried for 18 months to get pregnant. I became pregnant on Clomid (an infertility drug), but we had a miscarriage. That was really tough. I cried myself to sleep for a month, but time does heal. I believe that baby is our little guardian angel in heaven. Everything happens for a reason. I know that God has His plan. That miscarriage has helped me empathize with my patients who experience similar situations. After the miscarriage, we took Clomid again and became pregnant with Lily fairly quickly. Surprisingly, we conceived Evan spontaneously within a few months of trying and on no fertility drugs. The third was a true surprise, well shock, actually. We wanted another child, but had planned to wait a little while. We are truly blessed.

LRF: What were you like as first time parents?

JG: Residency actually prepared us for the sleep deprivation. We were used to running on a few hours of broken sleep. The responsibility of caring for such a tiny, helpless creature and having no free time was definitely a stressful adjustment for us both. I don’t think anything can adequately prepare you for those first few weeks, you just have to lean on each other. But after we developed our routine, everything became second nature.

LRF: How are you different as parents now?

JG: For us, the second child was an easy adjustment. Like most parents, we don’t stress over the same things as we did with our first. We let her “cry it out” more, we didn’t sterilize every little surface, and she didn’t get held 24/7. Luckily, Evan has been pretty laid back.

LRF: How has being a medical professional affected your approach to being a parent?

JG: I think I am more paranoid because I have seen so many scary situations and bad outcomes in residency. I tend to want to play it safe and take the kids to the doctor instead of trying to diagnose and treat illnesses myself. Wade is the opposite. I think our kids would have to be bleeding out for him to take them to the doctor.

LRF: What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

JG: The best advice I’ve ever heard is, unfortunately, one that we rarely follow—scheduling a regular date night. I think that parents get so entwined in their children’s activities that it’s easy to neglect each other.

LRF: What were your favorite family traditions or childhood memories?

JG: We spent the summers camping at Lake DeGray and vacationing in St. Augustine, Florida. I grew up dancing (tap, jazz, and ballet) beginning at the age of 3 and continuing through college and medical school. I dreamed of being a professional dancer and considered going to an arts school to major in dance. I knew my feet were too flat to be a professional ballerina and I did not have the voice to be on Broadway, so I decided to study science instead. A wise decision, but I still love the art of dance and plan to take a class again as soon as I can find the time.

LRF: What are some traditions you wish to pass down to your children?

JG: Most of our family traditions revolved around the holidays, such as cooking Thanksgiving dinner together or decorating for Christmas. We still take a beach vacation every year with my family. My mother and I have always taken fun “girl trips” to Las Vegas or New York and I plan to do that with my girls someday.

LRF: What are your hopes and dreams for your children?

JG: I want them to find their passion in life, have the confidence to pursue their dreams, and be kind to others along the journey.

LRF: What legacy do you want to leave your children?

JG: I guess I’ve never thought of leaving a legacy. I just do my best to be a great mother and role model for my girls. I want them to always feel loved. I find myself telling my girls the same things that my grandmother and mother have said to me all my life. If my girls think of me with the same reverence that I do my mother and grandmother, that would be a beautiful legacy.

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Girl Scouts Rally Together at Clinton Center Camping Event Next Weekend

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This weekend, Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is hosting its first-ever Round Up on the River, a rally and camping event held Oct. 10-12 on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center!

Scouts will gather for a Girl Rally and Kick-Off on Saturday, Oct. 11, followed by a huge picnic on the back lawn of the Clinton Presidential Center. Program activities will center around the "It's Your World - Change it!" Journeys, and encourage girls to take action and change the world with their sister Girl Scouts. Plus, all participants will earn a grade-appropriate Citizen Badge.

Brownies are invited for a day event from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 11. They'll learn how to take action in their community and take part in hands-on activities from Heifer International. Cost is $20 each for Brownies and their Leaders.

Junior Girl Scouts can attend an overnight event from 9 a.m. Oct. 11-noon Oct. 12. Girls will plan step-by-step how to tackle issues and spend one night camping on the Clinton Presidential Center lawn. Cost is $40 each for Juniors and their Leaders.

Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors will spend two nights camping out on the lawn! On Oct. 10, they'll dine in the Great Hall of the Clinton Center and attend a Clinton School Panel, learning how the students were inspired to become change agents. Then, girls will work together on solutions and commit to a Take Action Project. Cost is $60 for each girl and their Leaders.

Registration for the event ends Friday, Oct. 3; Click here to register.

Best of the Fests: 23 October Festivals and Fairs in Central Arkansas

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Get festive with your family at one (or more!) of these fall festivals. The events range from traditional harvest fun to a bullying arts and film fest to a kids music extravaganza!

Rest up, because you'll probably want to go festival hopping this weekend, Oct. 3-5, as there are 12 amazing festivals for families. Bounce from the Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival to the Asian Festival to the Main Street Food Truck Festival to Harvestfest.

Keep reading for details on all 23 festivals this month!

Through Oct. 25

Conway ArtsFest in Various Locations in Conway: A citywide celebration of the arts includes film, literature, gallery installation and family fun. Family events include Art in the Park at Simon Park -- a day of youth performances, hands-on activities and an art marketplace -- and "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley" stage show at UCA. Visit the website for a complete list of events. For info: ArtsInConway.org.

Oct. 3-5

46th Annual Hot Springs Arts & Crafts Fair at Garland County Fairgrounds in Hot Springs: At this fair, you’ll find 400 exhibitors, food vendors, pony rides, and a children's area with a petting zoo, bounce houses, and station for kids to pan for gold. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 623-9592, HotSpringsArtsAndCraftsFair.com. FREE!

Hot Water Hills Music & Arts Festival in Downtown Hot Springs: This festival is a quirky mix of music, art, food, drink, contests and kids’ activities. Ongoing each day, you'll find a cardboard city, straw bale fort, crystal digging, buble station and The STAR Galler playhous. Plus, visitors can participate in hands-on activities to make upcycled pumpkins, sock puppets, marble painting, music making and more. Bring a lawn chair and join the fun! $7. For info and the full schedule: HotWaterHills.com.

Oct. 4

Amazeum’s TinkerFest at Old High Middle School in Bentonville: Engage your child’s imagination through activities, such as launching a rocket, making jewelry from unexpected materials, creating fabric from recycled plastic, playing a fruit piano, constructing machines that draw, painting with light and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info: (479) 696-9280, Amazeum.org. FREE!

Big Rock Mountain Bike Festival at Boyle Park: Presented by the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance and ArkansasOutside.com, this active event includes a kids’ obstacle course, easy trail rides led by experienced mountain bike leaders, a women’s mountain biking clinic, a “bunny-hop” clinic and other games and contests. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. For info: (501) 707-5989, ArkansasOutside.com. FREE!

Chili Fights in the Heights: This family-friendly festival with chili, music and more is held on the streets of the Heights Neighborhood. Cooking starts at 1:30 p.m. with awards presentation at 6:30 p.m. Chili tasting kits are available for purchase for $4. All proceeds benefit the Arkansas Foodbank. 1:30 p.m. Free admission; chili tasting kits $4. For info: (501) 565-8121, ChiliFights.com.

Fall Festival & Silent Auction at Little Rock Montessori School: Families can play games and hop in a jump house. Don’t miss the cake walk, concessions, and a silent auction (bidding ends at 1 p.m.). Children may wear costumes, but no scary or violent costumes, please. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $10 per family. For info: (501) 225-2428, LRMontessori.com.

Fall Harvest Home Festival at Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott: Local farmers and vendors from around Arkansas will be on hand to sell their goods and produce. Fall festivities will include a pie contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, apple bobbing, three-legged racing and other old-time games and activities. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info: (501) 961-1409, ArkansasStateParks.com/PlantationAgricultureMuseum.

The High Cotton on the Bayou Festival at Scott Plantation Settlement: This event includes plantation building tours, blacksmith demonstrations, live music, butter churning, Dutch oven demonstrations, early period games and crafts. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $3, kids ages 6-17 $1, kids under 6 free. For info: (501) 351-0300, ScottConnections.org.

HarvestFest in Hillcrest: Head to Kavanaugh Blvd. in Hillcrest for this day-long event that includes live music, a fashion show, activities for kids, street festival and cheese dip contest. Visitors can also attend a bird walk in Allsop Park at 7:30 a.m., and enjoy a pancake breakfast at Pulaski Heights Presbyterian Church from 9-11 a.m. A portion of the HarvestFest proceeds will benefit local organizations. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. For info: HarvestFest.us. FREE!

Little Rock Asian Festival at Mosaic Church: Sponsored by Asian Pacific Resource & Cultural Center, this festival celebrates the Asian Pacific heritage with fun, food, entertainment, games, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3; kids under 12, military, fireman & seniors free. For info: (501) 374-2001, click here.

Main Street Food Truck Festival in Downtown Little Rock: Snack on delicious fare from more than 30 food trucks and mobile eateries. Plus, shop craft vendors, enjoy local musicians and street performers, and sip a brew at the beer gardens. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will cross Main Street 7-10 a.m., and many of the trucks will open with early bird specials. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For info: (501) 375-0121, MainStreetFoodTrucks.com. Entry FREE!

Oct. 10-11

Oktoberfest & StoryFest at Fairfield Bay Conference Center: Fairfield Bay offers two festivals in one weekend! OktoberFest includes German food, a motorcycle rally, car show, arts and crafts, live music and dancing. OktoberFest hours: Noon-10 p.m. Fri. & Sat.; motorcycle rally 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free admission for OktoberFest. StoryFest celebrates the rich and diverse art of professional storytelling. Join the festivities at 9:30 a.m. and dive into all-day storytelling sessions, featuring the talents of Bill Lepp and Tim Tingle. $10-$15 for StoryFest. For info: (501) 884-4202, FairfieldBayConferenceCenter.com.

Oct. 11

Fall Festival at Crater of Diamonds State Park: The state park grounds will transform into an old-fashioned carnival with games, food, craft vendors, live music, bounce attractions and a spooky hayride. 3-9 p.m. $4, includes 10 game tickets. For info: CraterOfDiamondsStatePark.com.

Oct. 11, 18 & 25

Hay Days Celebration at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Celebrate fall with hay rides, storytelling, pumpkins and other fall fun activities. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 11, 18 & 25. $5, includes hayride and pumpkin patch. For info: 821-7275, WildwoodPark.org.

Oct. 16

Fountain Fest at Arkansas Arts Center: Join the AAC Contemporaries for the second annual Fountain Fest, an outdoor party around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain. This year's event features community-contributed photos using the hashtag #inspirationoverflow, as well as music, BBQ and libations. Funds raised will go toward purchasing artwork and to fund Contemporaries projects that support the AAC. 5:30 p.m. $25-$30. For info: (501) 372-4000, ArkansasArtsCenter.org. PARENTS NIGHT OUT!

Oct. 18

Pooches & Pumpkins at The Good Earth Garden Center: Snap family photos in themed areas, bring your pup for a pet costume contest, snack on free hot dogs, ride along for a hayride, and enjoy balloons, face painting, and live music. Kids and pets in costume receive little pumpkins while they last. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. For info: (501) 868-4666, TheGoodEarthGarden.com. FREE!

Oct. 18 & 19

Farm Fest at St. Joseph Farm in North Little Rock: A celebration on the picturesque 63-acre farm includes a pumpkin patch, sorghum-Sudangrass maze, livestock barn, craftsman fair, local food, and live local music. Visit the website for more information on times and specific events. $10, kids 4 and older are $5, kids 3 and under are free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 18 & noon-5 p.m. Oct. 19. For info: (501) 681-9073, StJosephFarm.com.

Oct. 22

Kidstock at Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center: Bring your blankets and chairs to this family-friendly music festival. Musical groups include Sugar Free Allstars and Ellis Family Band. The fun continues with tree painting, yoga, sack races, bubbles and more. 4-6 p.m. For info: (501) 978-3870, CALS.org. FREE!

Oct. 25

Barktober Fest at MacArthur Park: Paid admission includes food/beer/wine and leashed-dogs welcome. For info: MacArthurParkLR.com.

Stand Up to Bullying Arts and Film Festival at CALS Ron Robinson Theater: In observance of National Bullying Awareness Month, Songbird Multimedia and Central Arkansas Library System present a unique performing arts festival to feature music, plays, art show, free film screening and essay contest about bullying. The award-winning documentary, "Bully," directed by Lee Hirsch, begins at 1 p.m. Events at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for teens include essay readings and performances. Pay what you can for admission to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. events. for info, click here.

Oct. 26

Fall Carnival at St. James UMC: Enjoy inflatables, candy, games and prizes. 5-7 p.m. For info: StJamesLR.org. FREE!

Oct. 29

Trunk or Treat and Fall Fest at Chenal Valley Church: Come for trunk-or-treating for candy and treats, lots of fun carnival-style games with prizes, face painting, photo booth, and more. Fun for all ages but geared for toddlers through 6th graders. 6-6:30 p.m. Trunk or Treat; 6:30-8 p.m. Fall Fest. Free admission and games. For info: (501) 868-9808, ChenalValleyChurch.org. FREE!

For more October events, browse our full online calendar here.

Kids Helping Kids: Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF

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As kids gear up for Halloween this year, encourage them to make a difference in the lives of kids around the world by raising funds for those in need. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is a 64-year-old program that provides donations of medicine, nutrition, clean water, emergency relief and education to children around the world. Here are some of the ways families can get involved.

Donations go digital
In addition to going door-to-door with traditional orange boxes to collect coins for UNICEF, kids and parents can now set up individual fundraising pages on Crowdrise for their friends and family members to donate. Participants also can turn their Halloween parties into Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraisers by creating a donation page and including a link to it in their party invitation. To get started, visit TrickOrTreatForUnicef.org.

School challenge
The campaign relies not only on children and parents, but also on educators to teach their students the value of helping kids in need. This year, K-8 teachers can participate through the second annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF School Challenge. The competition will provide 15 grand prize winning teachers with technology grants.

All entrants will be asked to describe how they will teach their classrooms about issues facing children globally and the importance of giving back. Competition details and this year's lesson plans can be found at TrickOrTreatForUnicef.org.

In addition, this year's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Teachers' Guides can be used to introduce students to UNICEF's lifesaving work and a variety of issues affecting the health and well-being of children around the world through readings, photos, videos, music, maps and games.

Additional support
Another way families can participate in this year's campaign is through partners and supporters, including HSN, Inc., Key Club International, Coinstar, Inc. and BuyCostumes.com.

Throughout September and October, HSN Cares will raise funds through brands Chasing Fireflies, Grandin Road, HSN and TravelSmith, and customers can support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by making a donation online or over the phone when placing their orders. From Sept. 1-Oct. 15, HSN will match all customer donations to support Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF on the HSN credit card up to $125,000. HSN will also launch a special edition of "UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of the World's Children," a cookbook featuring 40 world-class chefs assembled by Hilary Gumbel.

To learn more or participate, visit TrickOrTreatForUnicef.org.

Article courtesy of Family Features.

Last Chance! Nominate a Central Arkansas Teacher for Amazing Educators Awards

Today, Sept. 29, is the last day to nominate a teacher for the Little Rock Family Amazing Educator Award. The program honors central Arkansas teachers who have made a difference in the lives of their students.

In our second annual Amazing Educator program, we'll recognize one winning teacher in four categories: Elementary School, Middle/Junior High School, High School and Special Needs.

Winners will be featured in the January 2015 issue of Little Rock Family and receive a prize package from our sponsors that includes a $1,500 check from the Presenting Sponsor, Windstream Communications.

Read more about our first class of Amazing Educators here, and then click here to submit your own nomination.

Deadline is September 29, 2014. Private and public school teachers in Pulaski County and in the cities of Bryant, Benton, Cabot and Conway are eligible.

Four Ways To Reduce College Costs (While Still in High School!)

College is a significant investment and figuring out how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. It’s easy to see why the topic causes stress: Outstanding student loan debt has now reached $1.2 trillion, according to 2013 estimates from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Yet there are ways to help reduce the amount a family or student has to borrow to fund a college education, especially if you start early.

“It’s never too late for families of college-bound students to reduce costs, if they consider options well before senior year,” says Cynthia Tidwell, CEO and president of Royal Neighbors of America. The life-insurance company has awarded more than $4 million in college scholarships since 1962. “The key is to think creatively—whether it’s earning college credits in high school, using financial tools that allow for cash savings, or researching scholarship options—don’t mortgage your own financial future or saddle your child with debt that could keep her or him from reaching their dreams,” Tidwell adds.

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Here are four ways to reduce college debt.

1. Earn college credit in high school. Many high schools offer students the opportunity to earn dual high school and college credit through advanced placement (AP) courses or joint programs with local community colleges. That means your teen can enter college with a few credits already under her belt, and may be exempt from certain core classes to complete a degree (depending on the college or university’s requirements).

2. Consider a community college. Average annual community college tuition and fees are less than half of those at public four-year colleges and universities and one-tenth those at private four-year colleges and universities, according to a 2008 report from the National Center of Education Statistics. The University Transfer Program at Pulaski Technical College, Arkansas’ largest two-year college, helps students work towards a bachelor’s degree. Other programs, from human services to culinary arts, prepare enrollees for the workforce.

3. Learn about financial options. There are many different financial products to help save for college. Under certain circumstances, some colleges and universities lock in tuition for all four years. Even certain life insurance policies offer cash savings options to help pay for expenses such as college tuition, weddings, or starting up a business. Look for permanent or whole life policies with cash value accumulation options.

4. Research scholarships early. Scholarships are available for traditional and non-traditional students, but don’t wait until senior year to research. Some require organizational membership, volunteer hours, or criteria that may take time for the student to be eligible. Start your search with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, which offers the Academic Challenge Scholarship (funded largely by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery), a Governor’s Scholars program and more. Arkansas Community Foundation, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through smart giving, is also a valuable resource. The organization manages more than 250 scholarship funds created by individuals, families and corporations. School guidance counselors can also help find niche scholarships and grants that fit a student’s interests or goals.

Piggy Bank Bonus

The Arkansas 529 College Savings Plans is an easy way for any parent, grandparent or caregiver—regardless of income—to start saving for their children’s futures. The GIFT Plan 529 offers an Arkansas State income tax deduction and other tax benefits. The funds are set aside for the sole purpose of schooling, whether your child chooses to attend a traditional four-year college, trade school, or any other school accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

Plus, for those who have a household income below $60,000 per year, the program offers a matching grant. That’s right—free money! The maximum matching grant is $500 a year for up to five years. You can learn more about the program at Arkansas529.org.

Two New Exhibits: Vintage Barbies and Spooky Science

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We think families will love two new exhibits that are opening this weekend, Sept. 27-28! Explore darkness and all of the scientific wonders that go along with it in the Museum of Discovery's newest exhibit, In the Dark. And at the Esse Purse Museum, Barbie fans can check out an exhibit devoted to the style icon. Read more about each below.

In the Dark at Museum of Discovery, Sept. 27-Jan. 4, 2015

This new exhibit takes visitors on a journey into the dark, exploring the plants and animals that live in ecosystems like caves, the deep sea, the forest at night, and underneath the ground. Five immersive zones -- including a forest full of nocturnal animals, a cave environment and the deep sea -- enable visitors to see and experience some of these dark and largely unseen worlds. Each diorama uses mechanical displays, life-size animal models and informational panels to surround visitors with the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of several dark ecosystems. 

Exhibit included in general admission: $10, children ages 1-12 $8, children under 1 free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. For more info, visit MuseumOfDiscovery.org.

Barbie: The Vintage Years 1959-1972 at Esse Purse Museum, Sept. 28-Jan. 4

This exhibit showcases vintage Barbies, her many friends, and their fabulous accessories. The collection comes from Little Rock’s own Marsha Stone. And, on opening day, visitors can enjoy free cookies and drinks from 1-4 p.m.!

Exhibit included in general admission: $10, students and seniors $8. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Sun. For more info: EssePurseMuseum.com.

For more exhibits, visit our full online calendar here.

Last Weekend to Visit Magic Springs; Win Tickets from Little Rock Family

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This weekend, Sept. 26-28, is your final chance for splashy fun at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park!

Though the regular season ended on Sept. 7, the park extended its season by opening the Crystal Falls water park each day 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 14-28. Admission to the park is reduced to $15 per person for the final weekend.

Plus, Little Rock Family is giving away a family four-pack of admission tickets today (Sept. 25)! Visit us at Facebook.com/LittleRockFamily for instructions on how to enter. The deadline to enter is 3 p.m. today and a winner will be announced on our Facebook page at 4 p.m.

If you miss your chance to visit this weekend, the theme park will reopen each weekend Oct. 11-Nov. 2 for its annual Halloween event, Magic Screams.

For more information, visit MagicSprings.com or call (501) 624-0100.

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