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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

1) Celebrate Dr. Suess  

Dr. Suess’s birthday is this Tuesday (March 2), so celebrate his work by reading one of his books, watching a Dr. Suess movie, or sit under a trufalla tree and relax.

2) Watch Tom and Jerry

Relive their anticks this Friday (Feburary 26) with Tom and Jerry as it goes to theatres. Watch the classic rivalry as it intensifies on the big screen. Watch the trailer here, www.youtube.com/watch?v=kP9TfCWaQT4,  and try some Tom and Jerry trivia here, www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz152706117d1f8.html.

3) Eat some chili

Thursday (March 4) is chili day, so set your crockpots to cook and enjoy a warm meal. Try some new and unique chili recipes at www.tasteofhome.com/collection/best-chili-recipes-of-all-time/. My personal favorite is number 13- Thai-Style Chili.

4) Binge an old show

Catch up on an old show you haven’t watched in a while. Share with friends and relive the fun.

5) 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.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Do something random!

Sometimes spontaneity is fun, so use this random activity generator to try something new! www.random-generator.org.uk/covid-19/

  • Watch Dirty Harry

Celebrate Dirty Harry this Friday (January 22) on its 50th anniversary. Join Captain Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) as he tries to capture a rooftop killer in order to save a kidnapped girl. You can rent or buy Dirty Harry on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

  • Celebrate Opposite Day

This Monday (January 25) is Opposite Day, so live life backward. Whether that looks like trying a dish you normally wouldn’t eat or what a movie you normally would watch have fun doing something opposite of what you normally not do.

  • Take a nap

Since classes have finally kicked into full gear, make sure you take care of yourself. A great way to do that is taking a nap. If naps aren’t your thing, just make sure you take a break and make sure you get the well need rest you need.

  • 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.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • 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.

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 @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.

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 @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.

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 Merry Christmas

2020 may have been a difficult year, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating the birth of Christ. Safely get together with family and have a Merry Christmas! Try setting up a video call to see high risk family members or those who live too far away to safely see in person. From the spark HD family to yours, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  • Have a happy New Year

The year 2020 ends this Thursday (December 31), so get ready to say goodbye to a difficult year and hello to a new one. Happy New Year!

  • Watch Soul

On Christmas (Friday December 25), Disney and Pixar are releasing Soul on Disney+. Set up a Group Watch with family and friends and celebrate the Christmas holiday together.

  • Watch Wonder Woman: 1984

After several changed release dates due to the pandemic, Wonder Woman: 1984 will be released to theatres and HBO Max this Christmas (Friday December 25).

  • 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.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Make a Christmas Ornament

Since many traditional Christmas activities are canceled due to COVID-19, why not do something from home to celebrate the season? Try making your own decorations this year. Go to https://www.housebeautiful.com/entertaining/holidays-celebrations/g2818/homemade-christmas-ornaments/ for a bunch of ideas. My personal favorite is a little yarn hat ornament on slide 4. Slide 12 shows you how to make simple but elegant paper ornaments.

  • Watch Kindergarten Cop

On Monday (December 21), Kindergarten Cop turns 30 years old. Join in the fun as Arnold Schwarzenegger, a gritty cop, is assigned to find and protect a dangerous criminal’s ex-wife, but the only way to do that is to go undercover as a teacher in a kindergarten classroom. You can watch Kindergarten Cop on Hulu and Amazon Prime or rent/buy on YouTube. To learn some trivia about the film, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099938/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2.

  • Go caroling

Even though the Christmas season looks different this year, you can still celebrate the season with your family by caroling. Use Go Caroling Day, which is this Sunday (December 20) as an excuse to get outside and share some Christmas joy!

  • Look on the bright side

Monday (December 21) is Look on the Bright Side Day. 2020 has been an unusual and difficult year for everyone, and it can be easy to look at it negatively. Use this day to reflect on all of the good things that have come from this year. For example during quarantine, you probably learned a new skill or got in touch with a friend who hadn’t talked to in a while.

  • 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.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Visit the Museum of Science and Industry virtually

Since the Museum of Science and Industry closed for COVID safety, they decided to still host virtual tours of their Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Lights exhibit. For many, this is an annual tradition and is a great way to celebrate the different ways Christmas is celebrated in other cultures. Go to www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/ to find the next online tour. If you enjoyed that tour, sign up for another virtual tour of the U-505 a real German submarine from World War II by visiting www.msichicago.org/explore/whats-here/exhibits/u-505-submarine/.

  • Watch The Emperor’s New Groove

On Tuesday (November 15), The Emperor’s New Groove turns 20 years old. Journey with the self-absorbed Emperor Kuzco as he loses the throne after being turned into a donkey by the evil Yzma. Filled with animated hijinks and loads of laughs this film is an all around great time. Try some trivia if you already think you’re an expert, ohmy.disney.com/quiz/2015/09/18/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-the-emperors-new-groove/. You can stream The Emperor’s New Groove on Disney+ or rent/buy it on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.

  • Bake some cookies

This Christmas is definitely going to look different than most, but that doesn’t mean you still can celebrate the birth of Christ with friends and family. You can bake cookies and leave them on people’s doorstep with a note and you can safely share a sweet treat with those you love without any contact. If you don’t have any festive recipes, go to www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/christmas/g2177/easy-christmas-cookies/. My personal favorite on the list is on slide 21- a brownie cookie aka a “brookie.”

  • Get some Christmas shopping done

Pull out your phone and get everyone’s gifts this year. It can be easy to forget when things get so busy, and if you order soon your gifts can still make it before Christmas.

  • 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.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Go a Christmas Decoration Drive

Many people taking decorating for Christmas to the extreme, so why not hop in a car and admire their hard work? This is a fun (and COVID-19 friendly) way to enjoy all of the outdoor decorations people put out without having to do all the work themselves.

  • Watch Cast Away

After being cast away alone on an island, Chuck Noland is forced to survive. This recognizable film came out on December 7, 2000. Celebrates its twentieth anniversary this Monday (December 7) and watch it on your own or with friends. You can watch Cast Away on HBO Max, with a premium subscription on Hulu or Amazon Prime, or rent/purchase it on YouTube, Google Play, or Vudu. For some Cast Away trivia, visit www.imdb.com/title/tt0162222/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2.

  • Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas

If your house is anything like mine, it isn’t the Christmas season without A Charlie Brown Christmas. Celebrate this beloved Christmas special turning fifty-five years old on Wednesday (December 9).

  • 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.

  • Have Christmas movie night

Whether Hallmark Christmas romcoms, Christmas horror, Christmas comedies, heart-warming classics, or any other type of Christmas movies are your favorite way to bring in the season, why not grab some family and/or friends and watch a festive film together? Remember you can always use group watch features on many streaming platforms to stay socially distanced and safe.

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 @sparkhd and Instagram @sparkhd and use #sparkweekend to show what you have been doing. I hope you keep having wonderful weekends!

  • Good luck on your finals

Finals are finally upon us, so do a great job! I know you can do it!

  • Watch Toy Story

On Sunday (November 22), Toy Story turns 25 years old. Relive the classic fun as Sheriff Woody is forced to come to terms with the new toy on the shelf- Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear. Not only is Toy Story the first full-length digitally animated movie, but is has become a film series recognizable worldwide. Celebrate the fun by streaming it on Disney+ or renting/buying Toy Story on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or Vudu. For more Toy Story fun, go to https://ohmy.disney.com/quiz/2016/03/06/hardest-toy-story-quiz/.

  • Hang out with friends (virtually)

Don’t let the new COVID-19 Stage 3 Mitigations prevent you and your friends from (safely) having fun. Meet up virtually before the semester ends and hang out together.

  • Have a Happy Thanksgiving

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with joy and love. No matter who your friends and family are and no matter how far away you may be due to COVID-19, I hope you enjoy this special day to give thanks!

  • Go Black Friday shopping

Whether you scope out deals like a hawk or decide the day of to participate, Black Friday can be a lot of fun. This year is easier than ever since many of the sales are solely online due to the pandemic, so why not use that to your advantage to get some cool stuff at a great price.