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There is no need to spend a fortune this winter to make it a memorable one. From staying indoors and bracing yourself from the cold weather, to going out for a walk with friends, this winter can be filled with liveliness and adventure. Some of the best and most easily navigated things to do will not cost more than $10.

Getting in the spirit for Thanksgiving, downtown Chicago will host the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24. Seeing the colorful, unique floats parading down State Street won’t cost you a thing. At 8 a.m. you can experience the real life floats, dancers and bands, instead of watching them behind a television screen.

“I went to the parade last year, and I liked it a lot. It’s really cool to see Chicago packed with big floats, with everyone celebrating,” sophomore Jaelynne Contreras said.

A little closer to Des Plaines, you can help others this Thanksgiving. The non-profit organization Feed My Starving Children helps feed thousands of children facing hunger in the world. Students can be a part of this impact by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children at 1072 National Pkwy. in Schaumburg. All you need to do is go to fmsc.org and reserve a session for you and your friends or group. “It was fun going with a group of friends, and it made me feel better about myself since I was helping someone in the world who’s suffering,” sophomore Diego Villagomez said.

For an outdoor holiday celebration, Lincoln Park Zoo will glow vibrantly through the night for ZooLights, from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for free, starting on Nov. 25. Visitors can see the Lincoln Park Zoo decorated with thousands of colorful lights, as well as some of the animals at the zoo, to kick off the holiday season. “It was an awesome experience! It was really cool because it was dark out, and you’re never really at the zoo during the night. And some of the animals are more active at night rather than in the day. I’d totally recommend this for teenagers,” Spanish teacher Craig Fallico said.

Rosemont has many affordable attractions that are open this winter, too. On Nov. 27, Rosemont will open its ice rink that’s surrounded by a display of dazzling lights, music and restaurants of all sorts. The rink is open to the public for free, and skate rentals cost $8. “I do like going to the ice rink. I’d recommend it for anybody, because it’s basically free to skate there, unless you have to rent skates, which isn’t too expensive. It’s a fun place to go with friends,” sophomore Megan Schore said.

Next to the ice rink, Muvico holds a special discount of $5 movie tickets all day, every Tuesday.

To keep simplicity in the winter schedule, a walk to a park or through Campground Road Woods or Algonquin Woods forest preserves could serve as a chance to get some fresh air and de-stress. “I’d rather go out more than stay indoors. What I love to do is go out for walks in the forest preserves. You can see all the different colored leaves on the trees,” health teacher Joan Hare said.

If the weather does not cooperate, you can play a game of bowling for less than $10 at the Brunswick bowling alley at 824 E. Rand Rd. Mount Prospect. Every Tuesday after 8 p.m., games and shoe rentals are $2 each. On top of that, for $9, every Wednesday after 9 p.m. you can be treated with unlimited bowling and a shoe rental. Another deal is their Sunday Funday, where games and shoe rentals are $2.50 each. They also have pool tables and an arcade.

Regarding sports, you can support the Maine West’s winter sport teams. There will be games and meets for the boys basketball, boys swimming, girls basketball, cheerleading, dance team, fencing, girls gymnastics and wrestling during Thanksgiving and winter breaks. You can have a fun time cheering on Maine West and watching the exciting games. “I like seeing the girls basketball games and getting to cheer on my friends. It turns out to be a good time,” Contreras said.

On Dec. 2 from 4-6 p.m., Des Plaines will have its annual tree-lighting celebration in Metropolitan Square. Dozens of Christmas trees are being decorated with the help of schools and other members in the community. There will be free entertainment from Maine West musicians and hot chocolate for everyone to enjoy during the event. Santa will arrive to Metropolitan Square on a fire engine, when Des Plaines is ready to light up its holiday tree. “It’s a great time for the community to be together; everyone is celebrating and having a fun time. When it’s time to light up the tree, it becomes the highlight of the night. It starts to feel like Christmas,” sophomore Joshua Conte said.

One last place students can visit is another Des Plaines favorite: Winter Wonderland. The holiday festival will be held Dec. 3-4 at the Frisbie Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. There will be face painting, music, crafts, food and pictures with Santa.



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