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Fargo-Moorhead Family Fun Guide

by on May 11, 2015
 

Since the school season is coming to an end and the weather is starting to warm up, you may be looking for fun things to do with the family to stay busy. Check out our awesome family fun guide for details on where to go and what to do this summer! For more family fun activities this summer, check out The 2016 Fargo-Moorhead Summer Checklist.

Weekend Getaways | Day Trips | Indoor Activities | Summer Festivals | Outdoor Activities | Summer Arts Programs | Youth Classes & Camps | Family Event Calender

Hit The Road: Weekend Getaways

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Minnesota and North Dakota offer some great getaways. Why not hit the road and broaden your horizons one weekend?

Medora

Medora is the ultimate destination for fun in the North Dakota Badlands territory. The possibilities for family entertainment in Medora are vast, but there are three things you have to check out.

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 327 Miles

Medora Musical
Medora Musical

Enjoy the outdoor splendor of the Medora Musical, a Broadway-style musical dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt and his time spent in the Badlands. Billed as “The Greatest Show in the West,” this is a must-see summer event from June to September. Seated in the outdoor Burning Hills Amphitheater, you’ll enjoy a night of exciting stage performances and live music.

Billy Pulpit Golf Course
Bully Pulpit Golf Course

Medora is home to one of America’s 100 greatest public golf courses, where you can enjoy 18 holes of golfing in the wild and breathtaking scenery of the Badlands. The experience is unlike any course, anywhere.

Theodore Roosevelt Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Named after our 26th president and his love for the Badlands, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a must-see destination. Take a 36-mile scenic drive through the Badlands and stop to see the park’s historical and natural features — including the wildlife, just as Teddy would have seen them. You can explore this beautiful landscape by car, foot or horseback.

Other Must-See Destinations

Itasca State Park

Itasca State Park

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 95 Miles

Visit the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi, where it begins its journey to the Gulf of Mexico at Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota. Itasca State Park offers a serene getaway into one of nature’s best sanctuaries.

From cabins and hostels to lodges and camping, there’s a place for everyone to stay. Visit various lakes and catch some fish or take a day for beach fun. Hike through state nature spots and trails and get in touch with wildlife by bird watching, geocaching or simply taking in the scenery. The possibilities are truly endless throughout the park’s 32,000 acres.

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Lake Sakakawea

Lake Sakakawea

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 264 Miles

Not far from North Dakota’s capital city lies one of the nation’s largest man-made reservoirs, Lake Sakakawea. Bring your boat to the full-service marina and hit the water for a weekend of fishing and lake activities. During your stay, be sure to visit the historical Garrison Dam, the North Country Trail and nearby wildlife refugees to get your full dose of nature in for the whole family.

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State Capital

State Capital

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 262 Miles

Learn about the great state of North Dakota by visiting the State Capitol building in Bismarck. Take a day walking through the main building and learning about its history and role in the North Dakota Supreme Court, or enjoy the outdoors by walking the grounds’ trails and parks to see various memorials and buildings. On the grounds also sits the North Dakota Heritage Center, a museum that tells North Dakota’s stories. Take a step back in time with dinosaur exhibits, ancient artifacts and historical galleries and learn about the early inhabitants of this great state.

600 E Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND
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International Peace Garden

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 275 Miles

Put one foot in Canada and one foot in the United States by adding a trip to the International Peace Garden this summer. Nestled in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota and Manitoba, there’s plenty to do and see at this 2,339-acre garden of beauty. Take the North Loop Drive through nature’s beautiful gardens, lakes and picnics areas, and visit attractions such as the Formal Garden, the Peace Tower or the 15-foot working mantel floral clock. Stay the night at the Historic Lodge, or get your tents and fire pit ready for a weekend of scenic camping in nature’s beauty. While you’re at it, make sure to visit the Interpretive Center and their impressive conservatory. If you’re looking for educational fun, the gardens are home to the annual International Music Camp and the Legion Athletic camp every summer, bringing in thousands of students from all over the world. 1

0939 US-281, Dunseith, ND
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Hit The Road: Day Trips

Day Trips Fargo Moorhead

There is too much to see that is just a short drive away from the FM area. Pack up the family and check out these places one Saturday.

Grand Forks Greenway

Grand Forks Greenway

Distance from Fargo-Moorhead ~ 74 Miles

Pack up the kids (and even the dog) for a day along the Red River where you can hike, fish, ride bike, rollerblade, frisbee golf and play in a natural playground surrounded by a grove of trees.

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Storybook Land

Storybook Land

In Aberdeen, SD, your favorite nursery rhymes and stories come to life. Stroll the medieval castle, slide down Jack and Jill’s hill, visit Old MacDonald’s Farm and more. While you’re there, you can also follow the yellow-brick road down to The Land of Oz and visit Dorothy’s house and Munchkin Land.

2300 24th Ave. NW, Aberdeen, SD
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Chahinkapa Zoo

Chahinkapa Zoo

Immerse yourself in the wildlife paradise of Wahpeton, ND, that is the Chahinkapa Zoo. From zebras and leopards to kangaroos and monkeys, the zoo is home to 70 species from all over the world. Not only can you get in touch with your wild side, but you can camp, take animal classes and ride the Prairie Rose Carousel.

1004 R J Hughs Dr., Wahpeton, ND
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Laura Ingalls Homestead

Laura Ingalls Homestead

The home of “Little House on the Prairie” author Laura Ingalls Wilder is just three hours south and full of great things to do as a family. Visit their house, get schooled 1880’s style, check out the horses and have an old-fashioned day of family fun.

20812 Homestead Rd., De Smet, SD
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Buffalo River State Park

Buffalo River State Park & MSUM Science Center

It’s just a quick jaunt to Buffalo River State Park, where you can enjoy the swimming pond, fishing, hiking and even camping if you decide to stay the night. Right next door is Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Regional Science Center, where you can enjoy astronomy nights, birdwatching and more.

Buffalo River State Park
565 155th St. S, Glyndon, MN
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MSUM Regional Science Center
164th St. S, Glyndon, MN
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Detroit Mountain offers plenty to do when it comes to mountain biking and hiking, starting Memorial Day weekend

Detroit Mountain

The snow might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t utilize the ground of Detroit Mountain in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Detroit Mountain offers plenty to do when it comes to mountain biking and hiking, starting Memorial Day weekend.

29409 170th St., Detroit Lakes, MN
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Known historically as the "Gateway to the Dakotas," Fort Abercrombie served as a hub for several major transportation routes through the northern plains and was a supply base for two major gold- seeking expeditions across the Dakotas into Montana.

Fort Abercrombie

Known historically as the “Gateway to the Dakotas,” Fort Abercrombie served as a hub for several major transportation routes through the northern plains and was a supply base for two major gold-seeking expeditions across the Dakotas into Montana. Learn more in a day tour to the fort with the whole family.

35 miles south of Fargo on County Hwy. 22, Abercrombie, N.D.
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The Raging Rivers Waterpark features acres of fun

Raging Rivers Waterpark

Plan for a day or two in Mandan, N.D. and let the entire family get wild in the water for a few days. The Raging Rivers Waterpark features tube slides, speed slides, a lazy river and a brand new Aqua Play area that covers four acres of fun. You can’t get bored spending a hot summer weekend at this exciting waterpark.

2600 46th Ave. SE, Mandan, MN
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For Those Rainy Days: Indoor Acitivites

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Let’s face it, you can’t be outside everyday. Here’s what we recommend on those rainy days.

Sky Zone

Sky Zone

Spend a day bouncing off the walls and enjoying the fun of trampolines. Not only does Sky Zone have open jump courts, but they also offer dodgeball, basket- ball and more to make this indoor trampoline park even more fun.

940 40th St. S, Fargo
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Scheels Ferris Wheel

Scheels Ferris Wheel

You’re never too old to enjoy a classic carnival ride. While you’re getting all of your shopping done at Scheels, take a break to enjoy their ferris wheel with the whole family.

1515 45th St. SW, Fargo
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Courts Plus

Courts Plus

Grab a day pass and let the kids have a day of adventure on Courts Plus’ impressive indoor playground. If you don’t want to join in on the fun yourself, you can also drop your kids off while you hit the gym.

3491 University Dr. S, Fargo
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Plains Art Museum

Plains Art Museum

Enjoy displays of national and regional art exhibitions or have lunch at the Blue Goose Café in North Dakota’s largest art museum, located in Downtown Fargo.

704 1st Ave. N, Fargo
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Fargo Air Museum

Fargo Air Museum

Get a glimpse of the past with a look at vintage aircrafts and more. The kids can also enjoy interactive airplanes and flight simulators for the ultimate flying experience.

1609 19th Ave. N, Fargo
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Rourke Art Museum

Rourke Art Museum

Browse through collections of eras and exhibits from local artists, and check out their summer events. Don’t forget to visit the Van Gogh Bison out front, too.

521 Main Ave., Moorhead
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Fargo Public Library

Our libraries offer a variety of activities for adults and children to keep you busy on a rainy day. Take a computer class or join a book club while the kids enjoy reading sessions, dive into educational resources or join clubs. The possibilities are immense at the various library locations.

Main Library (Downtown)
102 3rd St. N, Fargo

Dr. James Carlson Branch
2801 32nd Ave. S, Fargo

Northport Library
2714 Broadway N, Fargo

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Fairs & Fests: Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals Fargo Moorhead

Our summer is short. Get out there and play.

North Dakota State Fair

North Dakota State Fair

July 22 – 30

Pack up your family and head out to the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, N.D. With national acts, more food than you can handle and rides that will make you wish you didn’t have that corndog, this is the ultimate family getaway.

2500 Burdick Expressway E, Minot, N.D.
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Red River Valley Fair

Red River Valley Fair

July 12 – 17

If you don’t feel like traveling all the way out to Minot, N.D., head over to West Fargo for the Red River Valley Fair. Thousands will pack the fairgrounds for rides, food and shows.

1805 W Main Ave., West Fargo
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Downtown Fargo Street Fair

Downtown Fargo Street Fair

July 14 – 16

Upwards of 100,000 people will flock to Broadway in Downtown Fargo to view and stock up on homemade goods from artists both regional and national. Along with the great products, there will be plenty of food and entertainment. Make sure you get down there to at least walk around and check out the eclectic collection of goods.

Downtown Fargo

Ribfest

Ribfest

June 8 – 11

Make sure you wear loose pants to this event. Once again, several rib cookers from across the world will be taking over the parking lot at the FargoDome for some delicious slow-cooking goodness.

1800 N University Dr., Fargo
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Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

August 25 | Labor Day

Consistently ranked as one of the top state fairs in the nation, the Minnesota State Fair offers everything fairs are known for. If you can stand the crowds, you’ll be treated to food, rides and music. We recommend trying the deep-fried lobster on a stick.

1265 Snelling Ave., St. Paul, Minn.
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Detroit Lakes Water Carnival

Detroit Lakes Water Carnival

July 8 – 17

Just a short drive from Fargo, the Detroit Lakes Water Carnival packs a ton of events into this weeklong celebration. With live music, sand castle building competitions, water fights, food galore and much more, you can’t go wrong with this event along Detroit Lakes beautiful waterfront.

Detroit Lakes, MN
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Midwest Kid Fest

June 17 | 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Join Fargo Parks for Midwest Kid Fest and the Teddy Bear Parade at Island Park. Enjoy a day filled with free family fun as children play and learn at the interactive educational booths, carnival games, and entertainment stages at Midwest Kid Fest.

Island Park
302 7th St. S, Fargo
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Hand made crafts and food at the island craft park show

Island Park Craft Fest

August 27 – 28

At this fest, you’ll find all kinds of treasure you can’t find anywhere else. Shop at the 160 juried arts and original craft booths. Take a look at such items as handmade baskets, pottery, handmade candles, original photos of rural North Dakota, decorative wood items, clothing and much more.

Island Park
302 7th St. S, Fargo
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It is events like that and the unlikely mix of picking and peeling, carving, car races and cooking, sacking and sculpting

Barnesville Potato Days

August 26 – 27 

“Renowned for its potato production, Barnesville draws on their potato heritage for two days of ‘spud’riffic fun during the annual Potato Days Festival. Each year, over 20,000 tater lovers from across the country descend on this town of 2,400 to enjoy bushels of free fun for the whole family.”

Barnesville, MN
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The Great Outdoors: Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities Fargo Moorhead

Cash in on our warmest, sunniest months and get out of the house. Whether sports, treasure hunting, or petting zoos are your thing, we found some of the best of the best.

Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo

For the animal lovers of the family, you don’t have to travel too far to get your fix of mammals, amphibians, birds, fish and more. Don’t forget to end the day at the zoo’s gorgeous indoor carousel. And before you leave, consider getting a membership so you and the kids can visit any time you like.

4255 23rd Ave. S, Fargo
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Northern Plains Botanic Garden

Northern Plains Botanic Garden

Did you know that Fargo-Moorhead is home to its very own botanical gardens? Take a break from your family’s fast-paced life and visit the Woodland Garden, the Hummingbird Patio, the Alerus Financial Butterfly Garden and several more. Consider taking part in the Seeds of Opportunity Garden, where you and the family can help grow food for the Emergency Food Pantry. Over the next few years, the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society will also build a jaw-dropping, two-acre Japanese garden and event center in Moorhead called the Garden of Mind and Soul.

1201 28th Ave. N, Fargo
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Geocatching

Geocaching

If you haven’t heard of geocaching, it’s time to set off on a new adventure with the family. All you need is a GPS or a geocaching phone app to discover more than 4,000 hidden gems throughout Fargo-Moorhead. Once you sign up, you will find yourself in the middle of the world’s largest treasure hunt.

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Thunder Road

Thunder Road

There’s nothing quite like a little (family-friendly) competition at Thunder Road. Hop in a go-kart or bumper car, try your luck in the batting cages, or split the family up into teams for a round of lazer tag or mini golf.

2902 Thunder Rd. S, Fargo
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Lindenwood Park

Lindenwood Park

Visit Fargo’s largest park, where the kids can play on a handful of playgrounds, including an adaptive one for those with disabilities. Rent a shelter or just find a grill and cook up some dinner in the great outdoors. Last but not least, rent bikes or pedal cars and take a few laps around the park.

1905 Roger Maris Dr, Fargo
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Trollwood Performing Arts School

Trollwood Performing Arts School

For almost 40 years, Trollwood has been producing impressive main stage musicals featuring the area’s most talented youth. Now performing at Bluestem Center for the Arts, the gorgeous amphitheater is surrounded by a serene landscape, making a perfect option for a family night outside.

Bluestem Center for the Arts
801 50th Ave. SW, Moorhead
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Fargo Moorhead Redhawks

FM Redhawks

You know what they say: the FM RedHawks have the bases covered for fun, and they’re totally right. Starting May 10, bring the kids out for a few hours of baseball, hot dogs, the playground and an opportunity to play games on the field.

Newman Outdoor Field
1515 15th Ave. N, Fargo
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Summer Arts Programs

Summer Art Programs

There are plenty of opportunities this summer to get your kids involved in the arts. We compiled a list of some of the top visual art and theatre programs for your little thespian.

Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre

The 2016 summer season includes “Disney: The Jungle Book Kids” for grades five through eight and William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for ages 14 through to graduated seniors. The production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an opportunity offered by The Actors ColLABorative Theatre in partnership with FMCT. Participants can be registered through fmct.org and programs begin June 2 and 3.

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“Disney: A Jungle Book Kids”

June 23 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Grades K – 2)
June 24 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Grades K – 2)
June 25 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Grades 3 – 4)

“Disney: Camp Rock the Musical”
(All rehearsals and performances will take place at Moorhead High School.)

June 29 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
June 30 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

July 7 at 7:30 p.m.
July 8 at 7:30 p.m.
July 9th at 2 p.m.

The Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre offers several programs depending on age.  All program descriptions are provided by the FMCT’s program information.

* More classes to be added and updated. 

Elementary School

On Your Mark, Get Set, Act!

“This after-school introduction to storytelling and make believe focuses on instilling teamwork, imagination, creativity and communication skills. An FMCTED instructor will lead the group each day Monday- Friday with a different fairy tale while teaching students the foundations of storytelling and story structure. The class favorite fairy tale will be chosen to present in the final week, as the students have a chance to put themselves into the story and present a fairy tale showcase for friends, family and classmates.”

Middle Through High School

InterACTING

“This after-school introduction to acting brings an FMCTED instructor to your school or academic institution Monday – Friday for a daily one hour session spanning two weeks, teaching the fundamentals of acting and team-building, as well as voice and movement. The program culminates in a small celebration allowing friends, family and school peers to enjoy a short showcase performance demonstrating what the students have learned.”

Elementary Through Adult

T.A.P! (Theatre Arts Presentation)

“This intensive begins with selecting audition material, finding auditions and executing the perfect audition that best represents your talents as an individual. Attendees may prepare a memorized monologue to work during the course, but monologues will also be provided to read. Taught by a professional actor/ casting director.”

All Ages

Behind the Curtain

“Ever wonder how a full-time theatre works and operates? Bring a group to FMCT’s facilities at The Stage at Island Park for a guided tour. The tour will take you on a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a theatre and explain how all elements of theatre, onstage and offstage, converge and collaborate to bring a production to the stage. This hour-long tour concludes with an acting game and a team-building exercise.”

Trollwood Performing Arts

Trollwood

Trollwood Performing Arts offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages. Whether it’s ArtSpark for elementary aged children to Trollwood Academy for high school students. Check out Trollwood’s website for more information.

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“The Little Mermaid”

July 14 – 16, 20 – 23 and 26 – 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Gooseberry Park Players

Gooseberry Park Players

Since 1982, the Gooseberry Park Players have been providing a free summer theatre program for kids ages 11-18. This year, the troupe presented “Bye Bye Birdie.” Stay up to date with Gooseberry Park Player’s website for next year’s casting call!

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“Bye Bye Birdie”

July 13 – 16 at 7:30 p.m.
July 17 at 1 p.m.

Youth Class & Camp Directory

Youth Classes and Camps

For more classes and day camps, visit the following:

childrensmuseum-yunker.orgclayyourway.comfargoparks.complainsart.orgskyzonefargo.comtntkidsfitness.comwfparks.orgymcacassclay.org

The Arts

Kiddin’ Around With Music & Motion | Ages 4 to 9

May 14 from 10 a.m. – noon (ages 4 to 5) 
June 13 – 17 from 9 a.m. – noon (ages 6 to 9)

Join Penny and her musical pals Rockin’ Robot and Bernie the Bear in this fun workshop filled with song and dance. Participants will show off what they learned in a performance for families and friends. Performance for ages 4 to 5 will be held on May 14 at 11:30 a.m. and on June 17 at noon at the Midwest Kid Fest for 6 to 9-year-olds.

RDJ Rec Center
1104 2nd Ave. S, Fargo
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Trollwood ArtSpark | Ages 6 to 11

Various June and July sessions, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ArtSpark provides children with an age- appropriate opportunity to explore the performing arts with music and theatre artists and educators. Each day, students will participate in theatre games, singing, storytelling, movement and more. Each session will conclude with a showcase of students’ work, demonstrating what they’ve learned and created in ArtSpark. Sessions are divided by age groups for ages 6 to 11.

Carl Ben Eielson Middle School
1601 13th Ave. S, Fargo
Trollwood
801 50th Ave. S, Moorhead

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Create+Explore | Ages 3 to 5 (adults must attend with children)

June 13, July 11, August 1 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Create a masterpiece, explore different mediums, and spark your imagination with drawing, coloring, crafts and projects in this parent-child class. This class is for ages 3 to 5, and an adult must attend the class with child.

RDJ Rec Center
1104 2nd Ave. S, Fargo

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Discovering Music | Ages 2 to 5

June 13 – 22 each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. or July 18 – 21 each day from 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

This combined adult/child class is a great introduction to music. Adults will work hands-on with their child as they learn the fundamentals of music through singing, rhythm, movement and more. For adults with children ages 2 to 5.

Rendezvouz Park
1055 32nd Ave. W, West Fargo

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Athletics

The YMCA of Cass and Clay counties offers tons of awesome activities and programs for children to take part in this summer.  For a list and full details about what programs are going and when, check out the YMCA’s downloadable guide.  You are bound to find something for your child to do and enjoy this winter!

Adaptive Tae Kwon Do  | Ages 5 to 20

Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
June 6 – July 13 or July 18 – August 24

Six-week sessions for children with special needs ages 5 to 20. Children will learn the basic skills and techniques of Tae Kwon Do.

Red River Tae Kwon Do
1335 Main Ave., Fargo
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Summer Youth Sports Sampler  | Ages 4 to 6

Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 5:45 p.m. or 6 – 6:45 p.m.

This class provides an opportunity for kids ages 4 to 6 to sample a number of different sports.

Clara Barton
1451 6th St. S, Fargo

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YMCA Basketball Camp | Ages 9 – 14

July 25 – 29, Monday – Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For boys and girls ages 9 – 14, fee varies on YMCA membership.

Fercho YMCA
400 1st Ave. S, Fargo

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Family Yoga

Offered once a month, specific dates and dates available on website

This class targets younger yoga, tai chi and pilates fans. Poses combine flexibility, stretching and breathing techniques. Fee depends on membership.

Courts Plus
3491 University Dr. S, Fargo

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Fargo’s TNT Kids Fitness and Gymnastics offers several classes throughout summer for kids to take part in.  Check out their brochure and schedule to see which class and session your little ones might enjoy!

Youth Volleyball Camp | Third through sixth grade

August 8 – 12 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. (3rd and 4th grade boys and girls) and 10:30 a.m. – noon (5th and 6th grade boys and girls)

Clara Barton
1451 6th St. S, Fargo

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4th Annual Dragons Tennis Camp | Seventh grade and up

June 13 – 30 or July 18 – August 4
Monday – Thursday from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

The Fargo Park District and Courts Plus team up with the MSUM Dragons Tennis Division II program to bring you this summer tennis camp. Learn how to play matches, focus on serves and figure out match strategy from MSUM tennis coaches and players. Groups will be split into levels based on ability, and participants must be seventh grade and up.

Island Park
302 7th St. S, Fargo

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Parent/Tot T-Ball | 4 years old

June 7 – 23 or July 12 – 28 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This program is for 4-year-old boys and girls who want to have fun and learn
the basic skills of T-ball such as running bases, batting and more. Parents will work hands on with their child while being led by a qualified instructor. This class runs in two three-week sessions, twice a week. Don’t forget to bring a glove.

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Keep the children and entire family active this summer at Sky Zone Trampoline Park!  Sky Zone offers a few programs that work with all ages.  Check out their programs and activities to see where your kids and family fit!

Youth Fencing | Ages 12 to 15

May 3 – June 23 or July 12 – September 1,
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Beginner) and 7:30 – 9 p.m.

These classes are for ages 12 to 15 and are divided into different sessions for beginners looking to learn how to fence and advanced participants who would like to learn advanced concepts
of fencing. Participants need to wear sweatpants and court shoes. No fencing experience is required for the beginner class but is required for advanced, and all equipment is provided.

Southwest Youth Arena
4404 23rd Ave. S, Fargo

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YMCA Football Camp | Ages 9 to 14

July 18 – 22, Monday – Thursday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

For boys and girls ages 9 – 14. Fee varies on YMCA membership.

Fercho YMCA
400 1st Ave. S, Fargo

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History, Science and Nature

Art Lab: Roller Coaster Design | Ages 6+

May 19 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Art Lab offers STEAM-integrated learning experiences, where classes combine art with science, technology, engineering and math. This particular class allows participants ages 6 and up to design, construct and test their own roller coasters. Fees vary on museum membership.

Plains Art Museum / Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity
704 1st Ave. N, Fargo
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For a fun, educating and active experience, visit The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm.  The museum is full of interactive toys that allow your child to learn and have fun. From bugs to the simple ABC’s, your child will experience it all! For admission details and hours, visit the farm’s website today!

Forensics Camp

July 6 – 9 from 9 a.m. – noon

Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and uncover a series of “who dunnits” using current forensic techniques. They will use molecular biology to examine DNA left behind at the crime scene, learn blood typing, perform fingerprinting and much more in order to identify the culprit. This camp is a partnership with the Sanford PROMISE program.

Inspire Innovation Lab
510 Center Ave. Ste. 31, Moorhead (Moorhead Center Mall)

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12-Week Discovery Camp

June 6 – August 26 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

Students will discover their inner nerd at this day camp that goes all summer long. Each week will have a different theme, and students will have time in the makerspace each day. Science, technology, engineering, art and math will all be included in daily activities. Snacks will be provided, but students must bring their own lunch. Email Inspireinnovationlab@gmail.com for registration forms.

Inspire Innovation Lab
510 Center Ave. Ste. 31, Moorhead (Moorhead Center Mall)

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Miscellaneous Classes and Camps

Summer Day Camps | First through fifth grade

June 6 – August 18 (weekly sessions) from 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m.

This camp is designed for young campers entering first through fifth grade. Activities include individual and team sports, playground games, crafts, water activities, movies and more. Campers should be ready to play outside every
day of camp, weather permitting. Fee varies on Courts Plus membership, and sessions are held four days in a row each week with a different session starting over each week throughout the summer. Visit the website for exact dates.

Courts Plus
3491 University Dr. S, Fargo

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Chess Club

Thursdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Fargo Public Library’s chess club meets every Thursday in the Fercho Conference room at the downtown library location. This class is free and open to all ages and chess skill levels.

Fargo Public Library – Main Library
102 3rd St. N, Fargo

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Kids Cooking: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins | Ages 5 to 7

May 16 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Let your kids know that healthy baking is possible. This class will teach children to make delicious chocolate chip banana muffins with healthy ingredients. Fee includes food and children ages 5 to 7 must be accompanied by an adult.

Family Wellness
2960 Seter Pkwy., Fargo

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Zombie Camp

June 6 – 9 from 9 a.m. – noon

In this combined art and science camp, students will learn how to survive a zombie apocalypse. Campers learn the biology and environment behind Zombie life as well as create beautiful zombie works of art. On the last day, campers are allowed to bring their Nerf guns with to try out all of the Zombie survival skills!

Inspire Innovation Lab
510 Center Ave. Ste. 31, Moorhead (Moorhead Center Mall)

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Camp Cormorant

Weekly camp sessions are available June through August

The YMCA’s Camp Cormorant is a resident camp located on the beautiful shores of Big Cormorant Lake, Minn. It provides a unique outdoor environment with cozy cabins, an extensive beach and waterfront, athletic fields, a volleyball sand court, horse trails and much more to enhance the camping experience for participants. Campers can sign up for various sessions that focus on different kinds of camps, such as adventure camp, art camp, wilderness camp, fishing camp and much more.

Camp Cormorant
4563 YMCA Ln., Lake Park, Minn.

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