6 Ideas to Have Fun at Home in Elgin

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#1 – Virtual Downtown Elgin Puzzles

Try your hand at these custom puzzles featuring images from around Downtown Elgin. Click an image below to get started.

#2 – Learn Elgin History

The Elgin History Museum is offering online educational resources so you can get a dose of Elgin history from home. Did you know Elgin was once famous for milk & butter? Learn about Elgin’s history as a dairy town with over 6,000 cows and hundreds of farms. Elgin was even once home to a famous car race!

The museum is also working to document perspectives and photographs about the Covid-19 pandemic through it’s “You Are Living History” initiative. People can answer questions about socializing, voting, shopping, and home and family life. Adults and children are encouraged to respond. Submissions will be accepted through the end of 2020. (Photo from Elgin History Museum)

#3 – Your Library at Home

The Gail Borden Public Library has a wide variety of virtual programing available for the entire family including Facebook live storytime, craft and project tutorials, group meetings, poetry readings, STEAM and kids activities, Spanish programing and more.

Visit the Gail Borden Public Library Facebook page, the library YouTube channel or www.gailbordeninfo.com. Your Gail Borden Public Library card gives you virtual access to movies, magazines, kids books, homework help, music & more. Learn about library card perks by taking this fun interactive quiz.

#4 – A Backyard Picnic

With the return of warmer weather now is a great time to get out for some fresh air. Many Downtown Elgin restaurants are open for take-out or delivery so you can treat your family to a restaurant-style picnic in your own backyard! Try some gourmet pizzas from Billy Brick’s, burgers and pub fries from Elgin Public House or a classic sandwich and malt from Al’s Cafe.

Your at-home picnic will be a win-win too because ordering food will support a local business and you’ll also enjoy the benefits of sunshine, fresh air and a change of scenery! Here is a list of restaurants open for business in Downtown Elgin.

#5 – Shop Online for Curbside Pickup

Here are some ways to shop online to help support local businesses.

Ceramica: An Art AffairPottery Paint Packages – Inquire for curbside pickup.

Elgin Antiques & Uniques – Open for curbside service. Shop via photos on their Facebook page or call to inquire if you have something specific in mind.

Elgin Books & Coffee – Shop online at www.elginbooks.com (click “search our data base” and you’ll be redirected to their Amazon store). Open for online ordering with curbside pickup.

Gift Certificates – Please inquire with individual businesses for gift card sales or consider purchasing a Downtown Elgin Gift Certificate valid at many local businesses.

Rediscover RecordsMerchandise & Gift Cards – Appointments available for contact-free, pre-paid, social distant pick up.

Shockey Jewelers – Open for curbside service on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10am-3pm.

Soulful SparrowShop Online – Open Wednesday thru Saturday from 12noon – 5pm for curbside pickup. Local delivery available after 5pm or next day. Window shopping of selected merchandise with posted prices can be viewed in the window display at 10 Douglas Ave. There is a posted number to TEXT inquires for virtual assistance during daytime hours. MAY SPECIAL: Take 20% off apparel. If you spend $25 or more on regular price merchandise you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off one item in June. (Coupon excludes furniture & items marked Firm)

State Street Market Shops – Starting May 2nd, open for “parking lot pick up”. Shop via their Facebook page then pick up on Saturday. Helpers will be available as you pull up. Socially distancing protocols will be in place.

Whatnots & WhimsiesShop Online – Open for curbside pickup. Message via Facebook to make arrangements for shipping or pick-up.

#6 – Downtown Elgin Word Search

Try this family-friendly word search featuring restaurants, businesses and destinations in Downtown Elgin. Print your word search here.

Here are more ways to make it fun! Try making the challenge a friendly contest in your family of who can find them all first. Do the word search with a friend and take turns until you find them all. Try a virtual word search where everyone prints it off and you do a virtual call to enjoy some fun together!

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