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Paint or surf your slump away: beat the winter blues

Paint or surf your slump away: beat the winter blues

MT. POCONO, MONROE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Winter can get a bad rap.

"Yeah, I would say I have the winter blues," said Kenneth Moron.

"Nobody likes the winter blues or anything. You don't want to sit at home. It's very depressing to just sit inside all the time and just watch the day go by and watch the snow fall," said Lauren Smith.

"I don't like being cold, so I just stay inside - blanket on, go to sleep," said Bradley Slinger.

But lucky enough there are ways to kick those blues to the curb.

"When it's really cold outside, it's always fun to just get creative and get out and do something fun that your kids really like to do, or even as an adult to do," said Smith.

Lauren Smith owns The Art Party Place in Mountain Top - where you can paint a tropical, faraway scene.

"You look around and you see all these different paintings and everything, and it kind of takes you to a different place, rather than the weather outside," she joked.

And you don't have to be an artist to get creative. They say you can just pick up a brush and give it a try.

From ceramics to wood palettes, your cousins, kids or coworkers can bust out some extra color if they're feeling plain old blue.

"We also do a paint a pet where you send us a picture of your pet and we help you make a pet portrait of your special little fur baby or whatever it may be," added Smith.

And with a short ride to the Poconos, you can surf or swim your winter slump away.

"Khalahari is like an amazing feeling, cause you're going outside in the cold to going in a warm environment. And there's just so many cool rides here," said Moron, a resort guest and regular surfer at the "Flowrider".

At 220,000 square feet, Khalahari Resorts Waterpark is the largest indoor waterpark in the country, kept year-round at 86 degrees.

"When it's 20 below outside you can shed all those winter coats and everything and come walk around in your swimsuit and have a good time," said Waterpark Director Chris Seyler

With areas created especially for little ones and even bigger thrill rides for the more daring.

"They leave excited, elated, sometimes they want more. They couldn't get to everything while they were here," added Seyler.

You can find more information about the two adventures below:

The Art Party Place: https://www.theartpartyplace.com

Kalahari Resorts Waterpark: https://www.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania/parks-and-passes/indoor-waterpark/

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