6 Ideas to Have Fun at Home in Elgin

#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! If it happens to be a rainy day that’s ok – lay out your picnic on the living room floor! Here is a list of restaurants open for business in Downtown Elgin.

#5 – Make a Shopping List

Local businesses need our support! Browse places to shop online and make plans to shop in-person soon. Most stores have reopened for business! Please call to inquire about hours.

Elgin Antiques & Uniques

Elgin Books & Coffee – Shop online at www.elginbooks.com (click “search our data base” to be redirected to their Amazon store).

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

Shockey Jewelers

Soulful Sparrow – We’re sad to report that the owners are moving and a store closing sale is going on now through July 31. We wish them well!

State Street Market Shops

Whatnots & WhimsiesShop Online

#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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