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The Times
  • 5 Things to Do This Weekend (July 27-29)

  • This week’s suggestions include five ways to have fun this Olympic weekend.

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  • The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics take place Friday, and a host of events are scheduled for this weekend. Here are five Olympic-themed things you can do this weekend.
    1. When you’re not watching the games, why not hold your own? There are hundreds of events you can do in your backyard or at home. Some that spring to mind are table tennis, swimming events at the local pool, croquet, lawn bowling, rubber duck races in a kid’s pool, a soccer or basketball tournament, and fencing with cardboard tubes. Any activity you can think of can be made into an “Olympic” event.
    2. You and your Olympians will need food, and you can extend the games into the kitchen and have a bake-off or cook-off. Who can make the best sandwich? The best fruit dish? The best dessert? Again, the possibilities are limitless. And if you need a main dish idea, try lasagna – Sunday is National Lasagna Day after all!
    3. At night, you can sit back and relax and watch an Olympic-themed movie. Here are five suggestions from Yahoo: “Chariots of Fire,” “The Jesse Owens Story,” “Cool Runnings,” “International Velvet” and “Miracle.”
    4. Another activity for the whole family is crafts. You can have the kids make gold, silver and bronze medals (perhaps to be given out at your backyard games?) out of construction paper, markers and stickers, or whatever you’d like. They also could try to make an Olympic torch, complete with flame. This could be as simple as coloring it and cutting it out, or you could make a flame out of orange tissue paper.
    5. And last but not least, make sure to catch some of the Olympic Games on TV! Events will be on NBC channels, including NBC Sports Network, and also online at http://www.nbcolympics.com. See a schedule of Olympic events here.
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