Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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

  • Have a Happy New Year!

2020 is finally over. 2021 here we come! As always try setting up your new year with a resolution. If you need help coming up with a resolution you can actually keep up with for the entire year, go to Harvard Health for some help (www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/seven-steps-for-making-your-new-years-resolutions-stick). Happy New Year!

  • Celebrate the Festival of Sleep

January 3 (Sunday) is the Festival of Sleep—a day dedicated to hitting the snooze button, So use this day to sleep in, take a nap, or go to sleep early. You could also use this day to start getting your sleep schedule on track for school. Since many classes are starting in about two weeks, use this day as a reminder to (regrettably) start sleeping better.

  • Do some trivia

Trivia is a great way to hang out with friends and learn completely random facts that you’ll probably never need to know. January 4 (Monday) is Trivia Day, so why not pull out Trivial Pursuit and play with friends or family. If you can’t play together due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can always set up a video call and ask each other the questions. If you do not have any trivia-based games, go to www.opinionstage.com/blog/trivia-questions/.

  • Watch Ant-Man

In January 1962, Ant-Man (Hank Pym) made his first appearance in Tales to Astonish #27. Celebrate the character by watching him appear on your screen. Watch Michael Douglas portray this character in Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp. If that isn’t enough Ant-Man for you, you can see Paul Rudd portray the second Ant-Man in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. All appearances of Ant-Man are available on Disney+ and to rent or buy on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu.

  • Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Millennium Park’s outdoor ice-skating rinks are opening up once again for the Holiday season. 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 $16-20 a pair, but bring your own, and it’s completely free of charge. Due to COVID-19, there will be limited capacity. Go to maggiedaleypark.com/things-to-do-see/skating-ribbon/ to make your reservations now or to learn more about skating downtown.