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Taking the Kids: Making the most of it when spring break weather isn't what you expect

By Eileen Ogintz, Tribune Content Agency on

The truth is we are all so busy at home that there's something to be said for some unscheduled time, no matter what the weather. "It's warm and I'm not going to work," said Kimberly Capp, a physician from Sitka, Alaska. "It's great!"

Her daughter, Maia, 13, certainly wasn't complaining. There were plenty of "rainy day" activities -- Spanish lessons, dance classes, a pingpong tournament, Jenga tournament, a Texas Holdem poker game.

Maia had played pingpong while her sister soaked in the condo's porch hot tub, she said. And there were plenty of good eats, including a fancy tea with all the trimmings.

What better time to linger over a meal, especially a huge buffet breakfast where kids love the chefs preparing the made-to-order omelets, quesadillas and tacos? Have that second strawberry glazed donut. Another latte, please!

I do just that with my three friends. I'm reminded of how much fun we had that rainy day in Mexico -- and other times when the weather wasn't what we expected (watching cartoons on a freezing morning in Vermont; the bragging rights of biking through Austrian vineyards in the rain -- when we were trying to figure out what to do on that all-too snowy day in Park City. What mattered was making the most of the time we had together.

After a lazy morning, we headed to a movie, followed by Chinese takeout. We certainly spent more time together than we would have on the mountain.


The next day, our last, there were blue skies and fresh snow. The kids hugged us goodbye at the chairlift and then went off to explore on their own.

"You don't mind, mom?" my daughter asked.

Of course not. Thanks to the too-snowy day, I'd gotten exactly what I'd come for.


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