As snow days mount, parents search for the cure to cabin fever

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SHAWNEE, Kan. – Thursday will be the fourth snow day in some metro school districts. Kids have been anxious to find something to do, and so are their parents. You likely won't find many kids wanting to swing, or deal with snow-covered slides, following this week's snow storm. After all the video games have been conquered and board games have been played, some parents said it was time to get out of the house.

That meant places like PowerPlay in Shawnee provided parents the perfect prescription for their kids who may have gone slightly crazy in the past few days.

"Definitely gets hectic! They don't like being cooped up, they get bored. Not a lot to do," mom Kaycee Walden said.

"I have an eight-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy so they're all over each other," mom Staci Klopfenstein said.

PowerPlay provided grandmother Scharlene Horton an outlet for her grandkid’s energy.

“They run some of that energy off, and I said ‘Great!’ I'm glad to get them out of the house today," Horton said.

Kids can do just about everything from climbing high above, with a harness of course, to playing air hockey and classic arcade games. Of course snow days can be lots of fun for kids, but certainly not for parents.

Some tell us there are certainly downsides, which include:

- The cost to send their kids to daycare when they can't get off work.

- The price tag for in-door facilities, like PowerPlay, or the cost for other entertainment

- Even the loss of vacation time at work.

And of course, kids will need their meals for the day.

'We'll go to get stocked up on groceries and stuff and go to Sam's Club or Costco. It gets pretty expensive,” dad Zach Walden said.

Score one for these parents who were at PowerPlay, they took advantage of a special, which got them in for less than they would normally play. Some say it doesn't hurt to shop around.

If you’re looking for some other ideas check out this link from that has eight fun snow day activities or this one from the Weather Channel for some fun experiments.



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