A family cross country skis in a Michigan forest.

Michigan Winter Family Fun

If you follow us on social, you know we encourage our followers to explore our beautiful state using the hashtag, #sightseeingsaturday. While the warmer summer months make it easier to go outside, we here at Rx Optical absolutely love winter. The snowy season is a great time for family bonding activities.

So, strap on your boots, grab your scarf and pull out your mittens. We’re about to talk about all things winter, family and, as always, fun.

Take a Hike

We say it a lot, and we’ll say it again! Get outside and enjoy the breathtaking views of our amazing state. We love hiking, no matter the season.

There is nothing like a fresh coat of snow on the winding paths of some of our favorite Michigan hikes. If there is too much snow to take a leisurely walk in your winter boots, grab a pair of snowshoes! In the winter, snowshoeing is a great family activity that gives you the opportunity to get outside even on the snowiest of days.

Just remember to dress for the occasion and pack your sunglasses for your outdoor adventure. It’s important to protect your eyes from UV rays, even in the winter!

Hit the Slopes

What better way is there to spend your wintery days than strapped to a pair of skis?

While Michigan might not be the most mountainous state, it does have a great variety of beginner-friendly, downhill skiing options. If downhill isn’t your thing, there are also plenty of cross country paths throughout the state.

Take your family out on an adventure and tackle the slopes. Don’t forget your protective eye wear! Wearing goggles while skiing can do more than benefit your vision; it can also protect your eyes from harsh winds and the sun reflecting off of the snow.

Spread Some Cheer

The holidays are a great time to get involved in your community, since many cities have holiday markets, parades and other events.

We love family and community bonding opportunities, which is why we suggest taking a look at your local community website to find any upcoming winter events near you!

Maybe you live in Grand Rapids and are excited for the holiday market, or perhaps you’re a Detroit native looking forward to skating at Campus Martius. If you’re in Lansing, make sure to check out the Holiday Lights Stadium Style, and if you’re in Kalamazoo, be sure to check out the dazzling zoo lights.

Regardless of the event you find, be a part of your community this winter. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a little quality time with your family!

Want to hear more from us about our favorite winter activities? Schedule an eye exam with us. We would love to chat with you while we examine your eyes!

An image of Detroit from afar.

Lions and Tigers and Red Wings, Oh MI!

Michigan is proud to be home to many amazing sports teams and to the fans who cheer them on. Our team at Rx Optical is filled with some intense sports enthusiasts, so we decided to round up some fun facts about Michigan’s beloved sports teams.

Sit back, learn some trivia, and then get excited to watch some of Michigan’s favorite teams at work.

The Detroit Pistons

Before all of our basketball fans read the title and feel left out, we didn’t forget about the Pistons. They just didn’t quite fit into our play on words.

There’s always something happening with the Pistons, from the infamous “Bad Boys” who led the Detroit Pistons in back-to-back NBA championships in ’89 and ’90, to the accomplishments of current players. Most recently, they announced a move from The Palace of Auburn Hills to Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

While moving is a pain, the Pistons are no stranger to it. That’s right! They were originally founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana and didn’t move to Detroit until 1957. When they got here, they didn’t even have to change their name. The Pistons fit in perfectly with Motor City.

Our team at Rx Optical loves how many basketball players have started wearing goggles to protect their eyes during the game. Sports glasses are essential for any athlete!

The Detroit Tigers

There are a lot of tall tales about how the Detroit Tigers might have gotten their name, but the official story actually dates back to the Civil War.

Specifically, they’re named after the Detroit Light Guard. This was a military group that fought with such passion and jungle-like ferocity that they were nicknamed “Tigers.” Once the war ended and the troops returned to Detroit, the city’s residents asked permission to use the nickname. It was meant to show respect and appreciation to the military unit.

You many have already guessed, but they said yes.

Speaking of the Tigers, if you’re a fan, then you have to check out our guide to Comerica Park. Make sure to grab a pair of polarized sunglasses the next time you go watch a game so you can see all of the action on the field and protect your eyes in style.

The Detroit Red Wings

Detroit owns the title of “Hockeytown,” and that might be because the Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups. That’s the most of any U.S. team! Plus, the Red Wings are one of the Original Six teams in the National Hockey League, which is a legacy to be proud of.

The team first débuted as the Victoria Cougars and changed to the Detroit Cougars in 1926. They briefly transitioned to the Detroit Falcons before finally settling on the Red Wings in 1932.

Hockey is cool (no pun intended), and so is the sport’s efforts to protect the eye safety of its athletes. As of the 2013-14 season, the NHL requires all players to have visors attached to their helmets to help protect their eyes.

Are you an athlete? Don’t forget to schedule an appointment for a pair of prescription sports glasses. Our team would love to find a pair that suits you. Plus, we always love a reason to talk with other sports fans about Michigan’s great teams.