Its been two weeks and four long snow days since most local students last saw the inside of a classroom, and in some Allen County homes, things are getting a little stir-crazy.
Fort Wayne Community Schools canceled classes today – the fourth day this week – that gives students another chance to make the most of wintry weather, but leaving many parents wondering how to keep them entertained for another day.
FWCS officials said they decided to close again today in part because of repairs being made to heating units and pipes that ruptured because of the cold temperatures but also because roads continue to be dangerous for buses.
As of Wednesday night, Northwest, Southwest and East Allen County schools had issued two-hour delays.
Theres only so much that your kids can do inside and they start getting tired of being shut in, especially when they are used to playing outside a lot, said Ashley Holley, the mother of children ages 2, 3 and 9.
Weve been watching movies and playing games, but the general stir craziness is setting in at this point in time.
Holley, from Fort Wayne, said while snow days are normally welcomed events, her household is ready to get back to school after the extended winter break.
We like the snow days once in a while, but they are ready to go back and ready to see their friends, she said.
Rebekah Hubley of Fort Wayne said she and her four children, ages 7 to 12, have been keeping busy with board games, sledding, movies and some fun snow science including throwing a pot of water into the air and watching as it turned to fluffy white snow.
Hubley said its easier to keep kids busy when they are a bit older, especially when theres the possibility of a kid swap – taking two siblings with friends close to the same age and swapping kids for the day.
It helps a ton because they can play together and theres no fighting, she said.
For parents prepared to venture out, local kid-friendly organizations have the doors open and plenty of projects for kids plagued by boredom.
Bring them on down, Science Central spokeswoman Doris Lemert said.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today with plenty going on to keep students hands, minds and energy levels working at high speed.
Other businesses including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory are also open to students and their families.
All Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department classes are canceled today, including the drop-in exercise classes at the Community Center, officials said.
For parents looking for some quiet time, the Allen County Public Library will have a ballet story time with a ballerina from the Fort Wayne Ballet for younger readers and tabletop crafts for all ages, said Mary Voors, manager of childrens services.
We, of course, have lots of books to be shared together and a large computer room for kids to use computers, Voors said. Reading together is always a wonderful idea.
And for those families who havent plowed the drive and uncovered the car, Voors suggested taking advantage of the slightly warmer weather for some time in the snow.