Spark Welcome to Weekends by Sarah Breinig

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  • 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.