5 things to do this weekend

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

We have our area "3 Things to do this weekend" in the Times Record. Here are some more generic and whimsical things to do.

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Five ways to have fun this weekend.

1. Celebrate Prohibition Jan. 16 with a non-alcoholic party drink like an old-school Shirley Temple or a family-friendly sangria. Prohibition was ratified Jan. 16, 1919 making the country dry one year later when the 18th Amendment went into effect until 1933. Did you know it wasn’t illegal to drink alcohol during prohibition? It only barred the production and sales of alcohol — not consuming it. Cheers!

2. Head to the movies for “Norm of the North.” In this icy adventure, Norm and his furry sidekicks venture to New York city to stop the big, evil corporations from turning their home into the newest vacation destination. Includes the voices of Bill Nighy, Heather Graham and Ken Jeong.

3. Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, Jan. 17 by remembering this great statesman. The Benjamin Franklin Museum offers free admission this weekend, but if you’re not near Philadelphia, you can still embrace Franklin’s ideals by trying to live your life more efficiently.  Franklin famously employed a rigid daily schedule mapping out his day with blocks of time for personal and work-related tasks, sleep, exercise and diversion. Remember, time is the most valuable thing a person can spend.

4. January may be one of the coldest months of the year, but it’s also National Walk Your Dog Month. Walking your dog is good for any number of reasons. It provides an outlet for their energy, provides physical and mental stimulation and social interaction. Regular walking can lengthen and improve the quality of life for your dog and help you shed those extra holiday pounds. Grab the leash and get walking.

5. Encourage your son or daughter to do something creative because Jan. 17 is Kid Inventors’ Day, a to acknowledge past and present accomplishments of kid inventors and to encourage the creativity of future kid inventors. Here are some of the things kids have helped invent: earmuffs, trampolines, water skis, Braille and television. To learn more about how to start a Young Inventors’ Club, visit