So, you can’t go to a baseball game or run around in a grassy park, but you can bring your kids to Fargo for plenty of family-friendly activities even in winter. Whether that’s the great outdoors, artistic and learning endeavors, or the great (and warm) indoors, check out our list below and find what suits your family’s style.
Fargo and its sister cities have over 30 outdoor ice rinks, and many indoor options as well! So if your kids (or you) have never skated before, Fargo is a great place to learn!
Unfortunately, ice skate rentals are not available at any of the outdoor rinks, but you can pick up a cheap used pair at Play it Again Sports or Scheels Sporting Goods. If you’d rather head inside to skate, the Moorhead Sports Center has rentals available on Sundays from 2:15pm-4:15pm.
It isn’t incredibly hilly in Fargo but we still have some great sledding spots… and, it isn’t that tough to get back up to the top! Many parks in the area have sledding options, but you need your own sled for most. For free sled rentals, head to Edgewood Chalet during warming house hours.
If you’d rather watch some sports, the Fargo Force games are always a hit with families. Activities throughout the game keep the whole family entertained for an entire evening.
Scheels Arena | 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-7656
Get active indoors
This indoor trampoline park is a great way to burn off some energy for all ages. Come out for the “freestyle jump” throughout the day or try the Glow events after dark where it turns the entire park into a jumping dance club!
940 40th St S, Fargo | (701) 478-6464
Fargo’s premier roller skating spot has a huge skate floor, arcade, and snack bar made for a great family outing.
3302 Interstate Blvd S, Fargo | (701) 235-0555
The KidZ ZoNe and day camps are available for members and non-members alike – drop your children off to hang with groups of kids that are their same age. Also, check out the playground for only $4 per child!
3491 University Dr S, Fargo | (701) 237-4805
Clay Your Way
Pottery making for the whole family! You don’t need any experience or an appointment, just stop in and choose a pottery piece to paint, from coffee mugs to animal figurines. Then, choose your paint colors and when you finish, they’ll fire the piece for you.
4600 17th Ave S, Fargo | (701) 356-9229
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm
The Children’s Museum is a great place to get out of the cold and give your kids’ minds a work out, with interactive exhibits and displays that are geared toward children to keep them engaged and having fun.
1201 28th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 232-6102
Red River Zoo
Since the Red River Zoo features mostly cold-weather endangered animals from climates very similar to Fargo’s, they are able to stay open all year round for family entertainment! Check out the children’s center, or ask about the Critter Close-Up opportunity where you can participate in a special animal encounter for an additional $1 per person.
4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo | (701) 277-9240
Fargo Air Museum
1609 19th Ave N, Fargo | (701) 293-8043
Catch a movie or show in Downtown Fargo! All throughout the winter, family-friendly concerts and shows take place inside the historic Fargo Theatre.
314 Broadway N, Fargo | (701) 239-8385
Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater
The Community Theater puts on a new show every season, so check on their website for schedules as many of the dates are throughout the winter.
The Stage at Island Park | 333 4th St S, Fargo | (701) 235-6778
Places to eat
Right next to West Acres Shopping Center, Granite City has a wide variety of menu options so you can find something even for the pickiest of eaters. It’s also a microbrewery, so you can enjoy a pint after a day of fun with the kiddos.
1636 SW 42nd St S, Fargo | (701) 293-3000
If you’re close to Downtown Fargo and have a hankering for pizza, head to Rhombus Guys. This local pizzeria covers its tables in white paper and supplies crayons so your young ones can doodle while they wait for their delicious and interesting pizzas to be served.
606 Main Ave, Fargo | (701) 540-4534
The food and setting at Space Aliens are out-of-this-world! Enter under a giant spaceship and make a beeline for the galactic arcade to entertain yourselves while you wait for delicious burgers, BBQ, or classic American fare to be ready.
1840 45th St S, Fargo | (701) 281-2033
It’s never too cold for ice cream! Downtown Fargo has three gourmet ice cream shops: Silver Linings Creamery (for delicious flavors like Cap’n Crunch), Scoop ‘N’ Dough Candy Co. (for ice cream that comes with a scoop of cookie dough), and Tea & Crepe Cafe (for intricate Thai rolled ice cream).
If you’re nearer the shopping district around the mall, pop into Kones Kreamery for ice cream cones that come with cute animal faces on them – the kids will love them!
For upcoming family-friendly events, check out our events calendar (make sure to filter by “family-friendly”)!