(Tribune illustration / March 5, 2013)

Public schools in Hinsdale, Elmhurst and Downers Grove will be closed again Tuesday because of the frigid cold. After-school activities and athletics also were canceled.

Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181, Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205, Downers Grove High School District 99 and Downers Grove Elementary District 58 and Hinsdale High School District 86 made the announcements of closures mid-afternoon Monday.

An email from Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills School District 181 included a list of fun things for kids to do while they are off school including building a pillow fort, shoveling for a neighbor, having a game or movie night or cleaning and organizing closets.

At Midtown Athletic Club in Willowbrook Kelly Lyn Kelly of Hinsdale was readying to play tennis while her children played in the lounge.

"The kids are loving it," she said. "I'm just worried on the impact at the end of the year."

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