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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

  • Listen to Christmas Music on spark!

Starting Tuesday (November 17) Spark will be playing Christmas music alongside your favorite spark HD songs. We would love to help you get ready for the Season! Oh, and there may just be a contest involved as well…stay tuned!

  • Watch Home Alone

The beloved film Home Alone turns 30 years old on Monday (November 16). Join Kevin McCallister, a ten-year-old boy who gets left home by mistake for the Holidays. When he realizes two criminals plan to rob his home, it is up to Kevin to protect his home—all by himself. You can watch Home Alone on Disney+ or rent/buy it on iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, Prime Video, or Vudu. To learn more about the film, visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/trivia?ref_=tt_ql_2 for some trivia.

  • Host a virtual paint party

Run to the store or hit up Amazon and get some paints. Whether you are a painter or you’ve never held a brush, video chat your friends and try painting together. You can all use the same picture to try to copy or you can find a painting tutorial on YouTube. If you don’t want as much structure, just paint whatever you want. Just have fun getting creative with friends.

  • Go on a hike

Tuesday (November 17) is Take a Hike Day. Use this day as an excuse to get some exercise and fresh air.

  • Take a break

Finals are almost upon many of us. Whatever it is that relaxes you, schedule a time to do it. A little selfcare never hurt anyone!

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 for a run

As COVID restrictions tighten up, it might be more difficult to find things to do, so use that time to do something productive. Going for a run (or a walk if you want something more lowkey) is a great way to take advantage of the weather. If you want to make it a social activity, just grab a few friends and go all together.

  • Watch Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman celebrates its forty-fifth anniversary this Saturday (November 7). Although a bit dated, this show is still a lot of fun. Even if you aren’t a fan of the TV series, you can still enjoy Wonder Woman fun by watching the 2017 movie staring Gal Gadot or read a Wonder Woman comicbook. You can find the Wonder Woman TV show on Prime Video.

  • Work on a puzzle

Puzzles are great fun and a great time killer. Work on your favorite puzzle or order online and buy a new one.

  • Tidy up

With extra time on your hands, due to stricter COVID restrictions this week, why not do something productive? It doesn’t have to be major. Just set one small goal every day like reorganize the bookshelf or put the dishes away. It may not be the most fun, but cleaning is a part of life.

  • Reach out to a friend

Call or text a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while. Or, reach out to a friend in quarantine. Just connect because life gets really busy this time of the year and you won’t regret talking to them before the chaos of the Holidays starts.

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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 Halloween

Spooky Season is finally upon us. Halloween is this Saturday (October 31). Although Halloween parties are discouraged, you can always throw on a costume and grab a couple of friends and hang out to celebrate the holiday.

  • Watch The Walking Dead

Ten years from Saturday (October 31), The Walking Dead had its first appearance. Celebrate the beloved franchise this Halloween by watching it with friends or family on AMC or Netflix.

  • Have your own “drive-in” movie

Since many things are still closed, make your own fun with a “drive-in” movie. Grab your laptop, a movie, and some friends and watch a movie in the car. It is a ton of fun and a good way to find a spot to hang out and still uphold COVID restrictions.

  • Have a game night

Before finals hit and everyone is exhausted, take the time to relax and play some games with friends or family.

  • Have a karaoke party

Karaoke is a ton of fun and really easy to set up. Just search your favorite song and “karaoke” in YouTube and you and your friends can jam out. You can always give it a theme like Disney, Taylor Swift, or Spark hits.

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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!

  • Get ready for Halloween

Don’t let Halloween sneak up on you. Get ready for the spookiest night of the year before it’s too late. Whether you make your own costumes or buy all the parts, now is the time to start putting it all together.

  • Watch Mallrats

Although it flopped at the box office, Mallrats has since become a cult classic. Since the film celebrates its 25th anniversary this Tuesday (October 20), why not relieve the fun and shenanigans? You can purchase or rent it from iTunes, Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube, the Microsoft Store, and Vudu.

  • Go apple picking

Before fall completely disappears, go apple picking and embrace the season. Whether you buy apples, drink some cider, or just enjoy the fresh air, it can be loads of fun to grab some friends and have a good time.

  • Binge a show

Everyone has a TV show they enjoy. Why not restart the show and watch your favorite season, start from the beginning, or select your favorite episodes? Or you can try sitting down and watching a show on your watchlist.

  • Try Disney+ Group Watch

Disney+ recently released a group watch feature. Although it still has a few bugs, I’ve had a lot of fun watching shows and movies with friends. Since there is no chat feature, I enjoyed creating a group with friends on Discord where my friends and I could all type our reactions. We also have video chatted. Zoom is a good option, but you are limited to 40-minute-long meetings with groups larger than two. I prefer Discord or Microsoft Teams since there is no time limit.

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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!

  • Tag!

Let your inner child out! Thursday (October 8) is American Touch Tag Day, so grab some friends and play tag. Make it more complicated by playing variations on the game, like freeze tag, octopus tag, or link tag. To find more versions of tag, go to https://activeforlife.com/transform-the-game-of-tag/.

  • Do something nice

This Monday (October 5) is Do Something Nice Day, so go out and do something nice. It doesn’t have to be something big, just do something to make someone smile.

  • Watch Mean Girls

Celebrate October 3rd (Sunday), Mean Girls Day, by watching one of the most classic coming of age movies of the early 2000s. Watching this movie with friends will be so fetch (stop trying to make fetch happen). Mean Girls is available streamed on Hulu, Netflix, and SHOWTIME or rented/bought on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, or Vudu. To learn some Mean Girls trivia, visit https://www.buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/here-are-the-hardest-mean-girls-trivia-questions.

  • Try your hand at cooking a new dish

Since it has been rainy and you’re probably caught inside, go and try to cook something new. Maybe it’s a dish you’ve always wanted to try or make your favorite dish but give a twist.

  • See Olivet Nazarene University’s Broadway Revue

Get your tickets for Broadway Revue for next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 8-10). This year’s show is called Under the Stars and features music from Hadestown, Marry Poppins Returns, La La Land, Newsies, and more! I haven’t seen a full rehearsal yet, but it looks great so far! Get tickets at https://olivet.brushfire.com/broadwayrevue/479117?fbclid=IwAR0Yd42iJ9guhLVlANgvtY6botKWNMrwlrV0Hw9mLI8yu0kRQVVSH6DrRVE. Hope you enjoy the show!

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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!

  • Visit the Victorian House Gallery and see In A Room With Many Windows

Olivet Nazarene University has a free gallery available to the public with a new exhibit that just opened last week, called In A Room With Many Windows by Gwendolyn Zabicki. Just walk into the Victorian House Gallery (577 S Main Street, Bourbonnais), sign in, and enjoy this stunning body of work. For more information on the Victorian House Gallery and Zabicki’s show, visit https://olivetartexhibitions.com/home.html and https://www.facebook.com/victorianhousegallery/.

  • Visit Starved Rock

The weather is just right for hiking right now, so why not visit Starved Rock? It will be sunny though, so remember to bring some sunscreen! Some trails are still closed and masks are required for anything indoors. Remember that public restrooms are also closed due to COVID. To learn more about Starved Rock, visit https://www.starvedrocklodge.com/starved-rock-state-park/.

  • Get tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet

If you enjoy theatre, then get your tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream or Romeo and Juliet performed by ONU Theatre at Olivet Nazarene University. This weekend’s production of Midsummer is already sold out, but a few seats are still available on September 26, which can be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-in-the-park-a-midsummer-nights-dream-tickets-119924761189. Romeo and Juliet will be on October 22-24, and tickets may be reserved at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakespeare-in-the-park-romeo-juliet-tickets-119926634793?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. Both productions are modern takes on the classic Shakespeare tales. Tickets are free, but shows are quickly filling up. Although free, donations will be greatly appreciated.

  • Talk to a friend you haven’t heard from in a while

It’s so easy to lose touch with people, so take a chance to reach out to someone you haven’t talk to recently.

  • Talk like a pirate

Arrr! It might seem like a silly holiday, but Saturday (September 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Host the mainsail! Leave behind the landlubbers behind, matey, and have fun with this silly day. Avast, my hearties!