Kidding around in SimplyGrand Forks

Not sure how to entertain the little ones when summertime comes to an end? No need to worry, Greater Grand Forks has you covered with lots of options for keeping the kids occupied. There may even be some that adults will like, too!

Not sure how to entertain the little ones when summertime comes to an end? No need to worry, Greater Grand Forks has you covered with lots of options for keeping the kids occupied. There may even be some that adults will like, too!

For good times in the great outdoors, journey to Sherlock Forest Playground in East Grand Forks for a little monkey(bar)ing around. Maybe shooting a few hoops or trying your hand Frisbee/disc golfing at Lincoln or Riverside Parks is more your thing. For some free-wheeling fun, head to the brand new Rydell Skatepark located in Kannowski Park. When you’re talking fall, of course it’s all about the Jack O’ Lanterns! Both East Grand Forks’ Patch on the Point and Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch in Emerado (20 miles west of Grand Forks) feature a corn maze, haunted house, hayrides, farm animal petting zoo, games, concessions and more.

It’s a cold day outside? Just head inside! The Canad Inns Destination Center features a tropical themed water park and mega arcade for both guests and non-guests. Likewise, the new Choice Health & Fitness facility offers an amazing water park and pool area, in addition to topnotch workout equipment and classes. First Season Community Center has indoor playground equipment and other fun things to occupy the day, while kids can jump for joy at Northern Air Family Fun Center complete with a trampoline park and inflatables. Maybe your girl or boy wants to be the next Monique Lamoureaux or TJ Oshie? The amazing Ralph Engelstad Arena, home to University of North Dakota Hockey, offers weekday guided tours at 1:30 p.m. that will take your future Olympic stars throughout the entire $100+ million, 400,000 square-foot facility. The whole family will want to explore the Cabela’s store in East Grand Forks. It features a 10,000-gallon aquarium filled with indigenous fish, a trout stream and many wild game mounts.

  • Basketball & Frisbee/Disc Golf Areas: Grand Forks Park District; 701-746-2750
  • Canad Inns Destination Center: 1000 S 42nd St, GF; 701-772-8404
  • Choice Health & Fitness: 4401 S 11th St, GF; 701-746-2790
  • First Season Community Center: 1122 7th Ave S, GF; 701-746-2763
  • Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch: 2448 20th Ave NE, Emerado; 701-610-9564
  • Northern Air Family Fun Center: 1600 32nd Ave S, GF; 701-772-8404
  • Patch on the Point: 20753 440th Ave SW, EGF; 218-779-9399
  • Ralph Engelstad Arena: 1 Ralph Engelstad Arena Dr, GF; 701-777-4167
  • Sherlock Forest Playground: 500 Block & 4th Ave NW, EGF; 218-773-8000
  • Rydell Skatepark: 703 S 4th St, GF; 701-746-2750

Whether it’s right out your back door or at one of the biggest arenas in the region, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks give you plenty of options for some SimplyGrand family fun! Additional information on these and many other activities and events may be found at www.visitgrandforks.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.

Northern Air Family Family Fun Center