Entertaining kids during a hurricane
With school closings, Hurricane Sandy forced those with kids to think of ways of keeping little ones entertained.
Usually bustling with people, consistent rain bands from Hurricane Sandy slowed down activity at the Village of Shirlington.
Restaurants were open, but for the most part tables were empty.
At Guapos Mexican Restaurant, the Platts and their neighbors grabbed lunch.
"We knew we needed to get out and just change the scenery before the actual storm hit,” said Sara Platt, who made sure her two young boys were properly dressed for the wet weather.
Aside from lunch, the two families had already planned the rest of their evening.
The neighbor's kids will come over and watch TV, Platt said. Both families hoped that form of entertainment would last into the night before the storm messed up the power grid.
"We're doing laundry,” Platt said. “We cooked some food to clean out the freezer a little bit and you do what you can."
At the Beams in the Claremont neighborhood took a slightly different strategy.
"Alex is in pre-school and so it was kind of a challenge to figure out what I was going to do with my very active pre-schooler,” said Clare Beam.
She realized she couldn’t take him outside, but had to come up with ways to keep two-year-old Alex busy.
Beam decided arts and crafts wouldn't be too bad as they wait for whatever Sandy could bring.
At times, Alex was curious about what was happening outside, but seconds later, he would lose interest.
“We're crossing our fingers that a nap happens this afternoon. We're not sure it's going to,” his mother said.
So his parents decided it could be a good time to show Alex a couple new words.
“Can you say it?” his father asked. “Hurricane Sandy.”
To which Alex responded something that sounded like he said “candy.”
A couple more tries and the Alex got it right.
If you don't have anywhere to go, or lose power during the storm, there are emergency shelters being set up all around the area.