Area kids make the most of two snow days off

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - For some, the winter blast was a gift. Local kids got to enjoy a couple days off from school. As you might imagine, being cooped-up in bitter cold weather, with a house full of kids, it can be unnerving for some parents.

FOX19 caught up with some folks in Avondale, who are making the most of their snow time, some of them out in their yards, and others, at the Boys & Girls Club.

Two snow days home with a handful of kids and Peggy Carr hasn't gone crazy...yet.

"A little bit, a little bit," Carr laughed. "Because my daughter Toni has a lot of brothers."

And after two days off, Toni's homework is piling up like the snow. "Umm yes," she laughed. "I study a lot."

At only two doors down from the Boys & Girl's Club, they've got it made.

"Yes, they have a lot of activities and things for them to do here and clubs for them to be in," Carr said. "So I feel safe when they're here."

"The Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe, fun and positive place for kids to go after school or for them to come after a snow day like today," said Katie DiBlasio with the Greater Cincinnati Boys & Girls Clubs.

On a snow day numbers at the clubs can fluctuate from 40 to 300 kids. They can put on a puppet show or work on the computers.

"We also have an education room," DeBlasio said. "So if kids have homework that they are doing, they need some tutoring, they need some homework help we have that as well."

And for parents who are feeling behind the eight ball, trying to get home and get dinner on the table, they can relax. A free, hot meal is served every day at 5pm.

"Especially with dinner," DeBlasio said. "You know your kids are safe, you know they're getting fed, it's a great place."

"Yes, it's fun because I don't have to go to school, don't have to worry about anything just have fun while I'm off," said Toni Carr. "We was trying to make a snowman yesterday, it didn't go so well."

Biggest complaints we heard over and over, were not about the shoveling, but the lack of good snowman or snowball snow.

"It's a light fluffy snow," said Victoria Terry of Avondale. "We can't even make snowmen." But said her kids are having fun with their two snow days off. "We had a good day, good snow day."

All parents have to do, especially if you're stuck at home, is fill out the online application for their kids and they will have immediate access to the Boys & Girls Clubs.

Go to  and you can search for the club closest to your neighborhood.

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