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Kids spend the snow day at the Matt Ross Community Center

Posted: 3:01 PM, Jan 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-11 20:23:12-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several schools are closed today, and with the inclement weather continuing throughout the next few days, more school closings may happen.

Sometimes it can add stress to parents, finding places and things to do with your children.

Several schools are closed today, and with the inclement weather continuing throughout the next few days, more school closings may happen.

Sometimes it can add stress to parents, finding places and things to do with your children.

“At a moment’s notice when school is closed, it can be hard to find care,” Amy Dietz said. “When the roads are really bad it is stressful to have a bunch of cooped up kids who need to get out who still need stimulation and exercise and providing that in the home is really difficult.”

That’s why Dietz and Melanie Manoel took their children to Matt Ross Community Center.

The center is one of several that stays open when schools have to close.

“Places like this are great,” Dietz said. “They can climb, they can run, I don’t want them running in my house, nobody does. It’s stressful. Your house is somewhere where you rest after a long day, it’s not somewhere where you run at top speed.”

Both Dietz and Manoel say their happy to enjoy time with their children and see them have fun during a dreary day outside.

“We have a lot of parents who come in and bring their work and go in with their kids and come out four hours later, refreshed and ready to go and the kids ready for sleep, so it’s a win-win,” Matt Ross Community Center Manager, Susannah Peterson said.

Matt Ross Community Center  opened its doors at 5:30 Thursday morning.

While some group classes are canceled, manager Peterson says there are several other options families can do while at the center, one of them being Playscape. 

YMCA memberships centers are also open. Some programs and classes have been canceled. For more information click here .

For a full list of things to do from KC Parent, click here