CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - Schools have been closed all week because of the cold and the snow, making an extra winter break for local students.
The kids aren't the only ones happy about that -- local businesses are benefiting, too.
It's been pretty busy at kid-related businesses and owners say snow days usually lead to a good bounce in sales.
Jason Holman is just one of the several parents with the same idea.
"It's a snow day," he says. "So you can't really be outside with young children, so it's a perfect opportunity to have some fun inside."
"This is a great option because it's indoors, and they can run around and get some energy out."
Monkey Joe's has been hopping' ever since the snow storm closed schools.
"We've been having cabin fever in the house so we're here letting out some steam," says Hope Barham.
As the kids have fun, business owners are cashing in.
"Business has actually been very brisk," says owner James Brown. "This is probably one of our better Monday through Friday we've had since Christmas break."
Brown says sales are up about 30 percent.
"A lot more excitement, a lot more noise, a lot more running around than a, you know, an average Monday or Tuesday or Friday."
The same goes for indoor trampoline park Sky Zone.
Owner Luke Phillips says since they opened in December, it's been pretty slow during the week, but having four snow days has really flipped things around.
"With the snow they've gone up a ton," he says. "Usually we only jump a couple hundred kids during the week. We're in the thousands now."
This brings a smile to not just the owners and the children, but the parents as well.
"It wears them out so they're ready for a nap when we get home," Holman says. "It's a win-win all the way around."
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