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Parents prepare to keep kids occupied as schools close because of the cold

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker's Office says he's monitoring weather conditions for Monday, but encouraging school districts to make their own decisions about closing.

Many local kids have already been off for the past two weeks and parents have had to keep them busy indoors.

A lot of families ended up at Madtown Twisters Friday to burn some energy. "We came today because frankly, it's just too cold outside to play," Madison mom of twins Linda Lisse says.

Trish Juffer brought her 3-year-old son and newborn daughter. "It's great to come when it's cold out or otherwise unpleasant outside, crazy day today because it's so crowded," she says.

Assistant Manager Mindy Sabol tells 27 News they usually see 25 kids on a normal weekday at Madtown Twisters. "Today, were at about 120 so, about an extra hundred today," Sabol says.

And more cold is coming. Just as many parents were ready to send their kids back to school some local school districts, like Madison, have already canceled classes for Monday.

The Middleton-Cross Plains Superintendent's Office says Dane County school leaders came together a few years ago to put together some guidelines on when to close.

"What they decided was that the actual temperature is 25 degrees below zero or colder, there would not be school or if the wind chill is -35 or colder, there won't be school," says Middleton-Cross Plains Communications Director Perry Hibner. The district made the decision to close late Friday afternoon.

"We're always going to put the safety of our students and staff first so when in doubt, we tend to err on the side of closing rather than being open," Hibner says.

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