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Local Museums Helping with Kids' Cabin Fever

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A family takes a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to get out of the house on a snow day. A family takes a trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to get out of the house on a snow day.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - This winter, days off from school have been more of the norm than a novelty. A lot of kids are looking for something to do, somewhere to go. And that's where local museums come in.

He's far away from his classroom at Linwood Holton Elementary, but Louis Raffenot isn't taking the day off. This fifth grader is on a gallery scavenger hunt at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with his grandma, brother and sister.

"I want to do the scavenger hunt and each lunch," he says.

VMFA is open 365 days a year, rain or shine - or snow - so it's one visitor after another.

"It’s a good education for them too and a great adventure to go through all these areas of the museum," says Grandmother Cyane Lowden.

Just a few blocks away, it's the same story at the Children's Museum of Richmond.

Leigh Glatt, her daughter and some friends made the trip after being cooped up inside all day Monday.

"School was canceled again so we decided let's get them out," she says. “When the ice is a factor, it's not safe for them to play in the snow so it's even more difficult."

Next door, the Science Museum of Virginia says its foot traffic grows with each snow day with crowds of kids and parents with cabin fever.

Second grader Dawson Reeves is learning about dinosaurs.

"They’re not alive today but we can still know so much about them," he says.

He and other students are glad this exhibit and others are open around town. By this point in the winter, they're even realizing that going to school may not be so bad after all.

"We've had a lot of days off and it's going to start taking off of our summer vacation," Louis Raffenot says.

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