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!

  • Celebrate Epiphany

Epiphany is this Friday (January 6) and is a day where many cultures take down their Christmas decorations. Traditionally this is the day where the Wise Men were said to arrive at the manger.  If you haven’t yet, use this day as a great reminder to clean up your Christmas decorations.

  • Celebrate Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Thursday (January 14) is Lewis Caroll’s birthday, so celebrate this great author by reading his book or watching one of the many renditions of Alice in Wonderland, many of which can be streamed on Disney+. Learn more about the 1951 Alice in Wonderland film with this trivia ohmy.disney.com/quiz/2015/11/20/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-alice-in-wonderland/.

  • Learn some morse code

Morse code is a lot of fun, and Monday (January 11) is Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day.  Check out the morse code alphabet here, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code. If you want to learn more than just a few letters, go to morse.withgoogle.com/learn/ to learn the entire alphabet using pictures to help.

  • Start a workout routine

Use the New Year to find the motivation to keep fit. Find a new way to change your normal routine or get started with a new routine.

  • 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.