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With No School, Wilton Parents Must Entertain

WILTON, Conn. – With schools closed unexpectedly for an entire week, Wilton moms had to get creative to keep their children entertained.

The Wilton Library showed free movies like "Cars 2," "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and "Toy Story 3."

“We gained a lot of experience during Hurricane Irene,” said Janet Crystal, of the Wilton Library.

Movies outside library also were popular choices for entertainment in Wilton.“I think everyone in town has seen 'Puss in Boots in 3D,'” Elizabeth Walsh said. Walsh and her family kept didn't lose power, and was grateful, she said. 

Many of her friends without power left town to stay in hotels in surrounding towns. “I think everyone tried to make the best of it,” Walsh said.

Walsh said that she picked up children of a friend at a yoga class in town and discovered “a lot of kids there.”

Aileen Linder, with one child in college and the other in high school, found ways to keep her high schooler busy, including sending her bowling with her friends.

“On Tuesday, once we found out that there would be no school on Wednesday, we went down to New York City and saw 'Billy Eliott,' a Broadway show,” Linder said.

She added that they tried to use the extra time to their advantage. Her daughter took extra driving lessons she wouldn’t have been able to take otherwise, she said. 

“We tried to make the best out of the extra time,” Linder said.

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