Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • Watch The Kid

Appreciate cinema this Thursday (January 21) a Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid, celebrates its 100th anniversary. In 1921, this iconic film was released, and it is considered one of the most influential movies of its time. Experience this piece of cinematic culture for free on IMDb TV or stream it on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Max.

  • Watch WandaVision

On Friday (January 15) the Marvel Cinematic Universe releases its first television series, WandaVision, where the Scarlet Witch and Vision traverse life in suburbia once they realize something isn’t quite right. Watch the trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj9J2ecsSpo. You can stream the series on Disney+. If you are looking for a refresher on who these characters are, go to Disney+ and watch the first two episodes of Marvel Studios: Legends.

  • Appreciate dragons

Dragons are a part of many cultures and are a ton of fun. Why not use Appreciate a Dragon Day this Saturday (January 16) to celebrate these mythic beasts? You can appreciate dragons by watching a movie or TV series or reading a book that features a dragon, creating your own dragon artwork, or going online and research more about these creatures. Whatever you do, just have fun celebrating these cool beasts.

  • Honor Martin Luther King Jr

Monday (January 18) is Martin Luther King Day, so use this holiday to remember this great man and his contributions to making the world a better place.

  • 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.