With Frigid Temps Parents Get Creative to Find Fun Indoors

Updated: 01/06/2014 8:15 PM
Created: 01/06/2014 4:41 PM
By: Todd Wilson

Although schools were closed Monday due to the bitter cold, that didn't mean kids and parents had to stay home.

Many parents were scrambling to figure out what they could do with their kids.

The Roller Garden in St. Louis Park had the music blasting and folks on the floor roller skating. Kale Severson says it may be frigid outside but there is no way he was going keep his son cooped up in the house.

"My mom is on her way down here with the nieces so we had to get out and try to find something to do," Severson said.

Kim Swenson's dad has owned the Roller Garden for more than four decades. She says on Mondays they're typically closed. But once they heard school was canceled they decided to open up.

"I've had so many parents that have been saying, thank you so much for opening, we didn't know what we were going to do with the kid," she said.

On a day like this you would think the Minnesota Children's Museum or the Water Park of America would be open, but they weren't. Movie theaters were doing a brisk business.

Of course the Mall of America was open. They had a little something special going on at Nickelodeon Universe. Rachel Haase says it was the perfect idea to keep five boys busy.

"This morning when we came here we bought our tickets and then as we got in line they told us it was free. So we went back and they refunded our tickets," Haase said.

It's the coldest it's been in two decades and Minnesotans still know how to make the best of it. Severson says let's blast the music and skate to the cold.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

38° | 32°
  • Feels like: 29° F
  • Wind: SE 12mph
  • Humidity: 93%
  • Tue Snow likely
    33° | 30°
  • Wed Considerable cloudiness
    30° | 20°
  • Thu Mix of sun and clouds
    30° | 20°
  • Fri Clouds giving way to sun
    20° | 5°