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.

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!

  • 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.

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 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.