Keeping Children Busy When School is Closed

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – With schools and daycare centers closed across the region, many children have spent the last few days at home. Coming out of the holiday break and right into cold weather means some parents are running out of things to do with their children.

Bailey Wilson, 7, had the play area at the Ashland Town Center mall to herself for part of the afternoon Tuesday. Her parents, James and Donna, said it’s one of her favorite places to come play.

“She's like already ready and got her stuff and she's ready for the door. And I didn't even have the car heated up yet,” James Wilson said, noting that they had visited a friend’s house the day before but didn’t know what they could do to stay occupied Tuesday when school in Boyd County was closed again.

Workers at the movie theater in Ashland said they had seen more customers and more children because of school being closed.

Elsewhere in Ashland, the Boyd County Public Library was also quiet but full of things to do.

“Any books they want to look at, check out, take home,” Amanda Gilmore, who works at the library, said. “We have coloring activities, we have blocks, we have lots of puzzles and things they can use.”

Gilmore said fewer people came to the library Monday than usual – only about 350 instead of the usual 700 or 800.

“It's way down. People are staying home,” Gilmore said. “But yeah, we're open and we're here and we're warm.”

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