Family Fun in the Heart of Minot

If you’re planning a long weekend to take in Minot’s family-friendly activities, it won’t be enough time to explore all that’s available to do…there’s something for everyone in the family, from ‘cradle to gray.’

Magic City Discovery Center

It’s a 3-story hybrid of a children’s museum and science center with an astounding compilation of over 150 interactive exhibits spread over 20,000 square feet of hands-on fun!

A decade in the making, the newest crown jewel in Minot’s diverse array of activities is a vibrant and immersive experience that draws from creativity and activity.  Your (former) little couch potato tater tot can spend hours in a sanctuary of creativity while challenged with solving problems.

One of 10 comparable centers in the U.S., Magic City Discovery Center’s partnership with the Smithsonian Museum reflects thoughtfully curated experiences emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM) housed in a modern and inviting new construction that begs you to come in and explore what’s behind blue walls and glass structure.

Appropriate for a wide audience of visitors, you might be hard-pressed to get your children (or grandparents) to leave.  There are activities that include wind, water, sights, and sound to keep the senses and body engaged in 3-stories of exploration and hands-on experiences.

The top deck offers the most impressive view of The Magic City’s rolling hills, and perhaps more impressive may be the awesome experience of parents when seeing their child, perhaps for the first time, excited to learn.

What’s New at the Zoo?

Something new is always happening at Roosevelt Park Zoo, which is open year-round with interactive experiences like feeding giraffes and goats and a catwalk (one of only five zoos in the nation with this habitat feature). The immersive big cat exhibits and winter viewing options allow visitors to experience both wildlife and nature.

Zoo staffers know spending time with nature is essential for physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.  Thanks to Roosevelt Park Zoo, there are once again otters in North Dakota, so be sure to visit otter buddies Loki and Tucker while they tumble and twist in playtime that never seems to end.

Jordan and Anya, Amur Leopards, are part of the Species Survival Plan and never fail to impress with their grace and beauty.  The zoo’s newest resident, Finn (from the Manchurian Mountains), is a magnificent tiger. He is adapting well to his new home and will soon be ready to welcome visitors.

Starting December 10th, Christmas at the Zoo will officially begin the holiday offerings, including a food and toy drive that will be donated locally.  The halls have been decked with Christmas lights to be enjoyed by those with two legs or four.

A Magical Christmas in the Magic City

The nights light up at 6 PM with an illuminated cavalcade of tens of thousands of colorful lights at Minot’s Oak Park, supporting the philanthropic efforts of the Sertoma Club.  You’ll be greeted by a Candy Cane Lane!  Not far from there, palm trees will rise up behind the manger scene from Bethlehem.

A gingerbread man will entertain with a cartwheel or two, and Santa will even shoot a Christmas package out of his cannon and into the sack of toys waiting to be delivered.  Be sure to look up as Rudolph makes an appearance and will leap over your car in a single bound.

Giant penguins gather around their igloo dwellings, and even a cannon-firing Nutcracker are just a few of the luminous delights for the whole family.

Festivity, Food, & Fun!

Minot’s not lacking for Indoor recreation: Tilt Studio, HighAir Ground Trampoline Park and Arcade, Putt District ‘s mini glow-in-the-dark-golf and hands-on activities at Minot Public Library.

Fun restaurants in town that are ‘kid-approved’ include Magic City Hoagies, Spicy Pie, Planet Pizza, and Magic City SweetsMinot Daily Bread and Prairie Sky Bakery offers a fresh assortment of breads and other savory and sweet pastries.

Guest Thoughts by Lisa Holmes, Publisher of  The Heart of Minot magazine … coming soon! The Heart of Minot will shine a light on the good news, good deeds, and goodwill of Minot resides, as readers are the writers.  Call Lisa at 701-441-9157 to submit your good news content. 

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