Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Have a game night

It might be rough being stuck inside right now, but you can make it fun by hosting a game night. You are staying at home with family, so play some board games together. You can always play classics like Monopoly or Clue, or mix it up with some different games like Telestration (to learn to play watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Pm1LgWGZ4) or charades (go here, http://www.getcharadesideas.com/resources/a-list-of-120-easy-and-hard-charades-ideas/, for prompts).

  • Host an online game of Mafia

You might not be able to see your friends, but thanks to 21st century technology you can still hang out and play some games with them. Thanks to https://mafia.gg/ you can now play the game Mafia with friends no matter where in the world they are. Just make an account and set up a game to host, pick a time all of you and your friends can play, and then enjoy the game. There are discussion channels within the game or use an app like discord to set up a voice chat with all the players to make it feel like you are all in the same room.

  • Movie night

Use all that time at home before classes start up to watch all those movies you’ve been wanting to see. Gather with your family and spend some time together watching a movie or set up a time with friends and watch a movie all together from your respective homes with the Netflix Party feature.

  • Call a friend- not text

No one ever calls people anymore. Show your friends some intentionality by giving them a call and talking. It’ll serve as a nice change of pace during your social isolation.

  • Eat some waffles

Wednesday (March 25) is International Waffle Day. This day is based on Våffeldagen, a Swedish holiday that celebrates the start of Spring in many European countries. Spice up your time at home with some different types of homemade waffles like bacon waffles, funfetti waffles, or blood orange waffle doughnuts. For these and more recipes, go to https://www.brit.co/sweet-savory-waffle-recipes/.

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Wish Welcome to Weekends a happy birthday!!!

Friday (March 6) is Welcome to Weekends 1st birthday. Celebrate your favorite blog by wishing it a happy birthday. I have been so blessed to share with you and can’t wait to celebrate another year of Welcome to Weekends. I hope my blog has helped you brighten your weekends. If you enjoy Welcome to Weekends make sure to share it with your friends and family. Thanks so much for reading every week. I hope your weekends stay fun!

  • See Onwards

Follow the adventure of Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley (Chris Pratt) Lightfoot as they quest to unlock the magical ability to meet their dead father for one day. This PIXAR film breaks into the box office on Friday (March 6). Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5QmllRCn4.

  • Visit the Adler Planetarium

Enjoy all the Adler Planetarium has to offer this Monday through Thursday (March 9-12) for free via the Illinois resident free days. Make sure that you bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) to get in for free. Free admission includes everything included in general admission. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. For more information on Adler’s free days, visit https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/adler-planetarium-special-offers/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGy5haalAdyiyI-LZ1zGbW423TgZMK9S3zhJ7eF7yxU2Tat-Q0DE6isaAmoKEALw_wcB. To learn more about the Adler’s exhibits, go to https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/.

  • Eat some frozen food

March is National Frozen Food Month, so eat some frozen food. Grab those pizza rolls. Pull out the pot stickers. Round up the TV dinners. Have some friends over and just eat appetizers, or find the craziest frozen foods such as Old School Pepperoni Pizza Eggrolls or Haagen-Dazs Vegetable Ice Cream. To find out about more weird frozen foods, visit https://mashable.com/2015/03/06/weird-frozen-food/.

  • Enjoy spring break

The semester is halfway over. Take a breather this week and enjoy the time off. Whether you go on vacation or stay at home, use this time to refresh and end the semester strong.

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • See Godspell

Celebrate the teachings of Jesus Christ at Olivet Nazarene University (One University Ave Bourbonnais, IL) with the musical, Godspell. Set in modern times, get to know Jesus better Day By Day as you follow Him through His last days on earth. Prepare Ye for Easter with this famous musical which has been popular since its first show in 1971. This funny and emotional performance will ensure that you Learn Your Lessons Well when it comes to the teachings of our Lord. All Good Gifts will be in store for anyone who purchases their tickets ($15 per person- $12 for students), which can be bought online here- https://olivet.brushfire.com/godspell – or onsite. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday (February 27-28) at 7pm and Saturday (February 29) at 2pm and 7 pm.

  • Learn a new crafting skill

The month of March is National Craft Month, so learn a new crafting skill. Try knitting, crochet, origami, woodworking, drawing, painting, pottery jewelry making, or whatever you can think of. Consider starting a crafting group with friends or discover a new skill every week. If you need some help getting started just search for the crafting skill on YouTube and there are bound to be tons of videos.

  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free on through the end of February. Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. Although general admission is covered, tickets for additional special exhibits such as Extreme Bugs can be purchased on site. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. Learn more about the Field’s Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

  • Have a happy Leap Year Day!

Celebrate an extra day in the year this Saturday- Leap Year Day! Does this day’s celebration actually exist? No. But use the day as an excuse to host a dinner, have a random movie night, or just hang with friends and family.

  • Give yourself a break

Things are getting busy this time of year, so take a breather. Just sit back and do something you love. Try reading a book, watching a movie, hanging out with friends, or whatever makes you happy. Just enjoy the chance to do whatever you want.

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Eat some pizza

Enjoy some pizza on Sunday (January 9) on National Pizza Day, so eat some pizza. To get more in the spirit of pizza, here are some pizza facts.

  • 36% of people prefer pepperoni (and it’s the most popular topping)
  • 3 billion pizzas are sold in the US annually
  • More pizzas are sold on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year
  • 17% of restaurants sell pizza
  • Americans consume over 23 LBS of pizza per year

 

  • Send a card to a friend

On Friday (February 7) celebrate Send a Card to a Friend Day by mailing a card to someone you care for. It might be quaint, but it’ll mean a lot to your friends.

  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free the entire month of February. Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. Although general admission is covered, tickets for additional special exhibits such as Extreme Bugs can be purchased on site. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. Learn more about the Field’s Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

  • Wear red

As a symbol of support for women’s heart health, wear red on Friday (Feburary 7). Heart disease is the leading comes of death for women in the United States. To learn more about heart health specifically in women, visit https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Monday through Thursday (February 10-13) the Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission to Illinois residents. Just make sure that you have your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard). Your free ticket will include general admission. Some key exhibits are Science Storms, Farm Tech, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and U505 Submarine. Make sure you go to Numbers in Nature, an exhibit based on the patterns found in nature. This is a free exhibit, but make sure to get your free timed ticket. If that isn’t enough to do, additional attractions can be purchased including the Coal Mine tour, guided tour of the U505 Sub, WOW! Tour (a one hour behind the scenes tour), and the FabLab workshops (an innovative space with 3D printers and other fabrication tools). Parking will cost $22, so make sure your car is full or use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_DM_REQUEST?itdLPxx_template=odvbox for public transportation. To learn more about MSI free days, go to https://www.msichicago.org/visit/ticket-prices/offers-and-discounts/illinois-free-days/. To get more information on the Museum, visit https://www.msichicago.org/.

 

Weekend

Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

If SPARK and Welcome to Weekends is helping you have great weekends, share your experience on Facebook @spark897hd3 and Instagram @spark897hd3 and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Pop some bubble wrap

The last Monday in January (January 27) is always Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, and there is only one way to celebrate bubble wrap- by popping it. Do some online shopping and get some bubble wrap. So let the popping begin.

  • Go Ice Skating

Celebrate winter by ice skating at Millennium Park at the outdoor ice skating rinks. The McCormick Tribune Rink is a traditional oval shape perfect for beginners. The Ribbon, located at Maggie Daily Park, is a long circular path with level, uphill, and downhill skating for a slightly more experienced skater although beginners are welcome to try. Skates may be rented for $15 on Friday- Sunday and $13 on Monday- Thursday but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge, just make sure that you pick up a free admission wristband. Lockers can also be rented on-site for $1 (must be in quarters). Learn more by going to https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park10.html.

  • Visit the Field Museum

You can visit the Field Museum for free on Wednesday (January 29). Just bring your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard) and enjoy one of the most iconic museums in Chicago for free. Although general admission is covered, tickets for additional special exhibits such as Extreme Bugs can be purchased on site. Remember to be prepared for pricy parking- fill your car up to help divide the price or consider taking public transportation. The Roosevelt train station is near the Field. From there you can take a one-mile walk through the city or take the 146 bus to the Museum Campus. To get more detailed travel information, use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2. Learn more about the Field’s Illinois free days by going to https://www.fieldmuseum.org/our-events/free-admission-days and more about the Field by visiting https://www.fieldmuseum.org/.

  • Visit the Chicago Art Institute  

On Sunday (January 26) Andy Warhol- From A to B and Back Again, an exhibit focused on Warhol’s work will close at the Chicago Art Institute. See this major retrospective of Warhol before it leaves Chicago. This exhibit contains over 400 of Warhol’s works in an attempt to learn more about this pop art phenomenon. Four of the works include Warhol’s experiment with cinema, which is rarely exhibited in art museums. Admission is to the Art Institute is free every Thursday afternoons from 5-8 pm, but the Warhol exhibit closes before the next free day. Admission for students is $19 per person, but Illinois residents can get in for $16 (just bring your state ID or TigerCard). Learn more about purchasing tickets at https://www.artic.edu/visit. To learn more about Andy Warhol- From A to B and Back Again, visit https://www.artic.edu/exhibitions/2937/andy-warhol-from-a-to-b-and-back-again. The Art Institute also includes remarkable work from other artists. Some highlights to see are Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, American Gothic by Grant Wood, The Bedroom by Vincent Van Gogh, The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, and much more. For a full list, visit https://www.artic.edu/collection. For Parking and travel information, go to https://www.artic.edu/visit/directions-and-parking.

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry

This Monday through Thursday (January 27-30) the Museum of Science and Industry is offering free admission to Illinois residents. Just make sure that you have your Illinois state ID (or TigerCard). Your free ticket will include general admission. Some key exhibits are Science Storms, Farm Tech, Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, and U505 Submarine. Make sure you go to Numbers in Nature, an exhibit based on the patterns found in nature. This is a free exhibit, but make sure to get your free timed ticket. If that isn’t enough to do, additional attractions can be purchased including the Coal Mine tour, guided tour of the U505 Sub, WOW! Tour (a one hour behind the scenes tour), and the FabLab workshops (an innovative space with 3D printers and other fabrication tools). Parking will cost $22, so make sure your car is full or use https://tripplanner.rtachicago.com/ccg3/XSLT_DM_REQUEST?itdLPxx_template=odvbox for public transportation. To learn more about MSI free days, go to https://www.msichicago.org/visit/ticket-prices/offers-and-discounts/illinois-free-days/. To get more information on the Museum, visit https://www.msichicago.org/.