Roanoke County offers snow day options for parents

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – Snow days can be very exciting for students but can create problems for parents heading to work. That's why Roanoke County Parks and Recreation launched snow day camps.

It's a snow day and Kennedy Worrell is crafting. She's spending her day off from school at Roanoke County's Snow Day Camp, and she's enjoying every second. 

"Because you mainly make a lot of new friends and you get to play and you get to play new games you've never played maybe," Kennedy said.

The snow day camps are offered at Green Ridge Recreation Center and at the Brambleton Center. The only time they aren't offered is when county offices are closed. 

"We get excited for the snow days because our kids get excited and they're eyes light up, but as a working adult, you have to have an opportunity to bring them somewhere safe so they can be watched and taken care of while they're out working," said Maureen Wilson, marketing specialist with Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism. 

From games in the gym to time in the pool, the kids at camp have a full day of activities. Staff members say they do their best to keep the kids happy and busy. 

"Go to the activity room, eat lunch, do crafts, swim and play," said Sonya Canull. 

Roanoke County is hoping a day of fun can be some peace of mind for parents still heading to work when schools are closed.

The camps are for kids ages 5-12 and run from 7:30 a.m until 6 p.m.

To learn more about the snow day camps, click here.