Fargo-Moorhead family fun itinerary (winter weekend)

It can be difficult to come up with what to do in the winter with kids. Kali, a local mom, put this itinerary together to help you plan out your winter weekend in Fargo with the family.


Day 1

Afternoon/Evening

Courts Plus Indoor Playground

Duration: 1.5 hours

After traveling to our community – whether by planes, trains or automobiles – you’ll probably be ready to get your kiddos moving in an effort to burn all the excess energy they have pent up in their little bodies during your trip.  If so, head over to Courts Plus and take advantage of the seven levels of slides, climbing structures, and never-ending obstacles. For less than the cost of a Starbucks coffee, your littles can run and climb to their heart’s content. They even have a Pirate’s Playground designed for the tiniest of tots.

3491 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 237-4805

Duane’s House of Pizza

Since you’re over that way, why not stop in and try pizza with a local flair?  Let’s face it, it’s hard to find a human who doesn’t like pizza so it’s sure to satisfy every person in your household.  Just remember, they are known for their thin crust pizza so you might need to order an extra…or two or three or four.

1629 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 566-7164

Sip & Splash

After dinner, grab a bottle of your favorite libation from Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop and head back to your hotel to let your children splash around at the pool while you sip some suds and decompress after a long day of travel and fun.


Day 2

Morning

Sandy’s Donuts

Your waistband might not like this suggestion, but for a yummy breakfast treat, check out Sandy’s Donuts.  With three locations throughout the area, there is most likely one nearby. From their Dirt and Worms donut (yes, you read that right) to their Maple Bacon Long John, there is bound to be a donut suitable for every aged kid in your family… even the one whose name is daddy.

301 Main Ave W, West Fargo | (701) 281-0430

Red River Zoo

Duration: 45 minutes – 1.5 hours

*If the weather doesn’t cooperate with these outdoor activities, check out the list of indoor alternatives at the bottom of the page.

Did you know that some animals are more active in cold weather? Well, our zookeepers did so that’s while you’ll actually find the animals at the Red River Zoo ready to play during our brisk winter weather.  Whether you are in the mood to meander through the various exhibits from around the world or are simply jumping from one location to another in order to satiate the 5-second attention span of your tiniest tots, the zoo is the perfect size for you. 

If it’s a bit chilly while you are there, make a quick pit stop at the indoor carousel located in the heart of the facility.

Oh, and the Red River Zoo is a member of the Zoos and Aquariums Reciprocity Program so you may be able to get in free if you have a membership to your hometown zoo. Just check out the reciprocity list on their website to see if your zoo is a member as well.

If your kids’ noses are runny like faucets while you are visiting us and you just can’t bring yourself to brave the outdoors with them, check out one of the indoor alternatives at the end of this itinerary.

4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 277-9240

Sweet Dreams Confections

If your tiny humans have a sixth sense about setting their internal wake times for an hour or two earlier than normal while on vacation, you probably are ready for some caffeine right about now. Therefore, it’s time to make a stop at Sweet Dreams Confections

While you enjoy a hand-crafted coffee, you can peruse Pride of Dakota products to take home with you. In the meantime, your little ones will stay occupied by the fresh gelato ice cream, homemade fudge, and bushel basket, pay by the pound candies. If you are feeling generous, let them grab a bag and watch their eyes grow with every scoop added.

4101 13th Ave SW, Fargo | (701) 297-9338

Afternoon

Space Aliens

Let’s be real here for a minute.  Most of the time eating out with your kids becomes a “how fast can we get through this” endeavor.  Space Aliens has an answer for that!  Enter the building under a giant spaceship and eat surrounded by out-of-this-world decor. You can relax while munching on one of their well-known BBQ entrees while the kiddos play games in their neon arcade.

Your minies should earn just enough tickets to win a small toy that will bring them hours of entertainment in the hotel that you will find squished under a car seat or in the bottom of your toybox sometime in the next six months.

1840 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 281-2033

Sledding

*If the weather doesn’t cooperate with these outdoor activities, check out the list of indoor alternatives at the bottom of the page.

With all the new types of sleds out there, even the smallest of babes can go for a ride without you having to fear she (or he) will fall out.  While some days are a bit too brisk to be outside for more than a few minutes, most days are very conducive to taking the tiny humans in your life for a quick sledding trip. 

Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo have designated sledding hills which makes this activity easily attainable.  Attainable, at least, if you can get over the fact that it will take just as much time, if not more, to dress the children in their winter gear as it will to actually go sledding.

Fun side note: Edgewood in north Fargo has sleds you can use at no charge.

Evening

Osaka Sushi and Hibachi

So normally, we would shy away from recommending anything with an open flame but visiting a hibachi grill with children is extremely entertaining.  You can take a breather while the chefs do the entertaining.  Plus, they have very reasonably priced kids meals that are actually as delicious as your own food.

1111 38th St S, Fargo | (701) 282-3888

Catch up on some ZZZs or Facebook

After a busy day and children who are most likely approaching the meltdown zone, head back to the hotel and put the overly exhausted kiddos to bed. You’ll probably be ready for sleep too, but if not, you can take the opportunity to catch up on Facebook and Instagram while you hide under the covers so the light from your phone doesn’t keep the munchkins awake (c’mon… you know you’ve done it!).


Day 3

Morning

CJ’s Kitchen

Give the kids a small town cafe experience by eating breakfast at CJ’s Kitchen. Plopped in the middle of town, the cafe boasts caramel rolls the size of a dinner plate and good ol’ fashioned egg bake. Their made-from-scratch baked goods change often so you may need to order a few to take with you.

1601 S University Dr, Fargo | (701) 237-4656

For the younger kiddos:

Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm

Duration: 2 hours

The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm is one of the top 25 children’s museums in the nation. The late 1800s era farmhouse offers more than 50 hands-on exhibits designed to engage children and parents alike. Explore the cow milking station or dress up theater, or let the music flow in the instrument room. Careful, though, you may discover you have just as much fun as your kiddos!

1201 28th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-6102

For the older tweens:

EGames Central

If you have a teeny bopper in your life who has been swept into the foray of online gaming or VR, treat them to something special at Egames Central.  With multiple options for hourly and day passes and the latest technology in their consoles, your child will feel like they’ve died and gone to heaven.  They may even rise out of their pre-teen broodiness from having to come on a family vacation and say “thank you.”

601 26th Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 433-5360

Indoor alternatives

If you find yourself in town when the weather has decided not to cooperate, you may need an indoor alternative to the few outdoor activities you had planned.  Check out a few below…

Rustad Recreation Center

Duration: 45 minutes – 2 hours

If you need your tiny tots to take a nap later on, wear them out by visiting Rustad Recreation Center.  Between their indoor playground (yes, think slides and swings and things) and open gym basketball courts, they have activities for kids of every age.  You might also need a nap if you jump in on all the fun!

601 26th Ave E, West Fargo | (701) 433-5360

Clay Your Way

If you need a quieter activity, check out Clay Your Way, our community’s very own paint your own pottery store. With pieces for every budget, both you and your kids can channel your inner artist and create your own pottery masterpiece. The staff will then clear glaze and fire each piece after you are done and if you won’t be in town when it’s ready, they’ll even ship it to you!

4600 17th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-9229

Scheels

Although it is mostly known as a sporting goods store, the Fargo Scheels is a destination all on its own. It’s easy to lose a few hours of your day while exploring the INDOOR 45-foot Ferris wheel along with a walk-through aquarium, golf simulator, and multiple arcade shooting games. If you find yourself there for longer than you anticipated, you can replenish your energy with homemade fudge, bavarian almonds, or coffee from Ginna’s Cafe and Fudge Shop.

1551 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 289-2918