It can be difficult to come up with what to do in the winter with kids. We asked Kathy Schommer, from Fargo Mom to help us come up with the perfect weekend itinerary for your family this winter.
Please note, with the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, things are rapidly changing and all of these activities may not be available throughout the entirety of the Winter. Please check with each of the businesses for their updated hours.
Conquer Ninja Gym
Duration: 1 hour
Always wanted to test your skills as a ninja warrior! Conquer Ninja Gyms has all the equipment to burn energy and bring out your inner ninja. Open-gym starts at 5:00 p.m. and is open for ages 5 and older. Get ready for the kids to leave tired and hungry after this workout!
3207 Main Ave, Suite A, Fargo | (701) 232-6652
Lucky’s 13 Pub
Lucky’s 13 is a local family favorite. From wings and burgers to curated sandwiches and salads, you’ll have a tough time deciding on one thing to try!
For those that want to truly indulge, try their Monte Cristo or Cheese Curd Burger. Like lighter fare? Their Ahi Tuna Salad is always a great choice. It’s a great place to end the night with good food, a draft beer, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
4301 17th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 551-0013
Duration: 1 hour
After a busy day of activity, head over to Scheels to peruse the aisles for your favorite sports team, outdoor gear, or the huge array of animals on the second floor. If you’re feeling brave, take a ride on the indoor Ferris Wheel!
If you have enough room in your stomach, stop into Ginna’s café for some ice cream or a fudge (don’t worry, you can avoid the exercise section).
1551 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 298-2918
Black Coffee & Waffle Bar
This downtown brunch favorite is a must-try. Whether you are looking for savory or sweet, Black Coffee and Waffle Bar can satisfy those taste buds.
Try their One Bad Pig for a savory waffle version, or the Strawberry Cheesecake for a truly indulgent breakfast experience. Add a gourmet coffee drink to top of your order. Ask about their seasonal flavors to get a unique treat!
550 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 566-8749
Kid-Friendly Downtown Shopping
Duration: 1 hour
If the weather allows, take an hour to pop into a few local shops downtown to find things you and the kids will love!
Unglued (plus Yeobo Sweet Shop)
This mecca of locally-made goods has tons of unique treasures to take home. From home décor and clothing to jewelry and kid’s gifts, you’ll be sure to find a fun souvenir to remind you of Fargo.
Let the kids indulge in the Yeobo Sweet Shop and pick some bulk candy reminiscent of old-fashioned candy stores.
408 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 205-1597
A long-time local favorite, Zandbroz is a must-visit shop in Downtown Fargo to find kitschy, fun items. Pick out a book for you and the kids, peruse their tea selection, and find a one-of-a-kind item to take home with you. It will easily become one of your new favorite Fargo spots!
420 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 239-4729
Need a new puzzle or game for those long winter days? Game Giant has you covered with all the latest names and brands you’ll love.
Check out the “What Do You Meme? Family Edition” or get a Ravensburger puzzle the whole family can work on. There’s nothing better than laughing together to warm up those cold nights!
626 2nd Ave N, Fargo | (701) 793-9614
Wurst Bier Hall
Need to channel your inner German? Grab the lederhosen and head to Wurst Bier Hall to check out their delicious menu of sausage, sauerkraut, and spaetzle. The kids will devour the giant pretzel (complete with marshmallow dipping sauce) and yummy sweet potato fries. If you want to dine like a true German, we recommend the classic Bratwurst (sourced from West Fargo!) with a side of German potato salad and braised red cabbage. Prost!
830 1st Ave N, Fargo | (701) 478-2437
Twenty Below Coffee
After filling your bellies, warm up with hot cocoa or a steamer (and of course, coffee for the grown-ups) at Twenty Below Coffee. It’s a sweet way to follow-up lunch before heading out for more fun!
14 Roberts St N, Fargo | (701) 566-0977
Escape Room Jr.
Duration: 1 hour
Mystery, teamwork, and puzzle-solving? What better way to bond as a family than at this escape room designed for kids! The whole family is placed into a room and has to solve a series of puzzles to escape. With themes like Pirates, Sorcerer’s, and the Science Lab, your family can find a room filled with fun clues to get you all scratching your heads.
2701 9th Ave S, Suite E, Fargo | (701) 388-1905
Duration: 1 hour
Still need to burn some energy? Head just down the road to Sky Zone for some trampoline fun! Their wall-to-wall trampolines will give you plenty of space to show off your acrobat skills or learn some new ones.
Need a bigger challenge? Try out SkyLine, their very own version of a tight rope walk. Just don’t look down!
940 40th St S, Fargo | (701) 478-8484
After you’ve successfully built up an appetite, head down the road for one of the best burgers in town at Sickies!
If you like classic burgers, try their Kobe Classic Burger made with American Kobe beef. Feeling more adventurous? Try the Macaroni and Cheese Burger, Jalapeno Peanut Butter Burger, or the Chowzilla. Wash it down with one of Sickies house brews or find a local favorite to enjoy. Your taste buds will thank you!
3431 Fiechtner Dr S, Fargo | (701) 478-7425
Sip & Play
Head over to Happy Harry’s to grab your favorite drink (don’t forget to check out their local beer selection!) and head back to the hotel to play games, read books, or work on the puzzles you got shopping today. Everyone gets some much-needed downtime and can unwind before bed.
After some well-earned rest, head to Granite City for their famous Sunday brunch. Their caramel rolls are a must-try, along with all their other delicious brunch options. If the grown-ups want to imbibe, their Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas are always a hit!
1636 42nd St S, Fargo | (701) 293-3000
Duration: 1-2 hours
Open family swim is from 1 – 3:30 p.m. at Foss Swim and is open to everyone (even if you’re not a swim school student!). Just make sure to call ahead to enroll before diving into the fun.
1615 38th St S, Fargo
Duration: 2 hours
Still need to shop ‘til you drop? West Acres has so much fun and play options for the whole family! Grab some lunch in the food court and then head into the mall for some shopping to wrap up your weekend.
Take a walk through the Roger Maris Museum, sneak a peek at the cute, cuddly puppies at Pets R’ Inn, and peruse the play options at Legacy Toys.
Have bigger kids? Check out the arcade near the Food Court (and grab a snack while there), and head over to Minn-Dak Market to find more local products you’ll love.
Already looking forward to a quiet post-trip bath at home? Check out local kiosk real Good Bath & Body for some bath salts or a bath bomb.
3902 13th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 282-2222
Kathy Schommer owns and operates Fargo Mom, a local parenting resource website in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Fargo Mom provides local resource guides on things to do, events happening around town, and parenting tips and perspectives from a team of local mom contributors.