With schools in the region scheduled to be closed for another day Friday, families in Seattle are trying to find ways to entertain snowbound kids.
Rose and Hayden Hunsker, 8 and 10, wanted it to snow so badly this week they turned to prayer and superstition.
They slept with their pajamas inside out and backward, put two spoons under their pillows and put an ice cube in the toilet.
It worked. By Thursday, they were eating snow slushies in their Wallingford back yard.
“We made cookies yesterday,” said Angele Hunsker, “We played Yahtzee. Let’s see, they have homework, so we did some homework … “
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Hunsker and her kids were still having fun Thursday morning. But with schools scheduled to be closed for the third full day Friday, snowbound families all over the region were finding they had a lot of time on their hands. Some parents said Thursday they’re doing all they can just to keep the kids — and themselves — from losing it.
“We were trying to think of what we should do,” said Wendy Sauer, who was watching her kids sled down North 41st Street. “Like should we walk to the movie theater? But we’re kind of caught up on the movies that are out. … We’ve been drinking a lot of hot chocolate.”
The worsening storm closed most indoor kids’ activities. Seattle libraries and community centers were shuttered; the zoo and aquarium were closed.
Andrea Sigler Castro, mom of 5-year-old “high-energy” twin boys on Capitol Hill, came up with one solution to get through the snow disruption: Bundle the children up tight then take them outside “as long as humanly possible.”
“I say this as a woman who grew up in the tropics and hates the cold weather, but if we are all going to keep our sanity this is the sacrifice I make,” Castro said.
She and the kids partook in the old snow-day standbys: sledding, long baths, drinking hot chocolate, cooking, playing LEGOS.
Marcello Marelli spent Wednesday sledding with his kids, but Thursday morning found him puzzling over the instructions to his car’s tire chains while his 10-year-old son played nearby with a snow shovel.
He planned to make his way into work.
“How often do we get this?” he said. “Everybody needs a little impromptu time off.”
Flora Fleet, who lives in Mount Baker and has three children ages 10, 7 and 2, said Wednesday was easy.
“It was the perfect snow day,” she said. She and the kids walked to BluWater Bistro and had a blast playing outdoors.
Then Thursday arrived. And the ice “just made everything so dangerous, we haven’t even been outside.”
The television and electronic games went on — then off. Thursday morning, Fleet’s husband tried to play a board game with the kids, which ended not long after it started.
It was shortly before noon when a question entered her mind: “Is it time for a glass of wine yet? Or is it too early?”
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