ALLEGAN, Mich. (WZZM) - Winter weather packed a punch on the lakeshore all week, leaving many local schools still down for the count. In Allegan, school was closed once again on Thursday, giving students a whole lot of free time.
Dan Holly spent part of his Thursday having a snowball fight with his kids, but also having to play the role of parent.
"Hey Matt, no, stay in the yard," Holly yells to his son during the snowball fight.
Because of heavy snow and cold temperatures, schools have been closed all week. Nicole March is glad to have extra time with her daughter, Sierra.
"I'd rather her be safe then sorry," says March.
The mini-winter break is full of fun and games, but some parents also want to make sure their kids aren't forgetting about their studies.
"We caught up on all our homework didn't we?" Penny Evans asks her daughter Adriana. "We're hoping to get on the honor role for doing that."
However, for some parents quality family time comes with a price. For Jessie March, missing work this week to spend more time with her daughter Alyssa could cost her later on.
"I'll be sick and I won't have time to cover it, so I'll end up losing it later in the year," says March.
However, Holly says his children's free time paid off.
"They actually cleaned the driveway up for me today, so that was nice," says Holly.
One Allegan daycare center says its had much fewer children this week, because many parents also don't want to drive in the bad weather.