Families go indoors to escape bitter cold

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been a long holiday vacation, and for some of you, Mother Nature just added two days to back end of it. The kids might be getting a little anxious, and it's too cold to go outdoors, but there are things you can do to keep warm and have a little fun.

"I'm a big fan of plants and it's so warm and humid and kind of the best place to go in my opinion," said Quinn O'Leary as he walked through Tropical Encounters at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is open 365 days a year. The animal buildings are all open and if you really want to escape the cold and pretend you're somewhere else, the Conservatory is the place to be.

"It's approximately 100 degrees different from outside in Tropical Encounters. It's about 70 degrees, so it's really nice and mild and you'll get your fix of animals and a little bit of tropical heat wave," said Zookeeper Bree Barney.

They are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On the other side of the metro in Plymouth, kids can expend a little of that pent-up energy.

"We were sold out for a couple of hours," said Jacob Mckinnon at Sky Zone.

The trampoline park is usually closed on Mondays, but opened when they heard the schools were closed. Same deal on Tuesday, they'll have hours from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"Parents love bringing their kids in here, gets them out of the house for a couple of hours, and then bring them home and they usually go straight to bed," said Jacob.

And the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley went into hibernation on Monday because of the cold. They will be back open on Tuesday though from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They too have a Tropical setting if escaping the cold is your goal, and there's a bonus if you're a bargain hunter.

"What we do anytime the temperature gets below zero is discount admissions, recognizing that there are some exhibit areas that aren't going to be available, so folks will see a reduced rate when they come to the zoo and that's a nice perk as well, " said Beth Burns, the Chief External Relations Officer for Minnesota Zoo.

Movies and Malls are also good options. Adults may want to try something more adventurous, like rock climbing. Vertical Endeavors is open until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.


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