For outdoor fun, head to East Grand Forks and the brand new Sherlock Forest Playground. There are also several other parks, on both sides of the river, with great play equipment, basketball hoops and areas to rollerblade, skateboard, fly a kite or simply just frolic in the sun.
Feel like staying indoors? The Canad Inns Destination Center features an amazing water park and mega arcade for guests and non-guests alike. Pay a visit to the Northern Lights Model Railroad Museum or stop by the rock climbing wall located in the Grand Cities Mall. The First Seasons Community Center, sponsored by the Grand Forks Park District, offers indoor playground equipment and other fun things to occupy the day. 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 numerous wild game mounts.
There are also plenty of special events coming up that both children and adults will enjoy:
-Preschool Story Time, every Tuesday, Grand Forks Public Library
-Story Time for Kids, every Tuesday-Thursday, East Grand Forks Public Library
-Toddler Story Time, every Thursday, Grand Forks Public Library
-Kids’ Story Hour, every Saturday, Ferguson Books
-“Charlotte’s Web”, April 15, Chester Fritz Auditorium
-ArtWise Youth Art Show, April 17-19, Alerus Center
-Knight for a Princess Daddy-Daughter Dance, April 20 & 21, Alerus Center
-2012 UNDIA Powwow, April 20-22, Hyslop Sports Center
-Friday Night Races, Fridays, April 20-September 14, River Cities Speedway
-Shrine Circus, April 27-29, Ralph Engelstad Arena
Whether it’s a park down the street or at one of the largest arenas in the region, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks give you plenty of options when trying to keep the little ones busy! For more information about these and many other activities, log on to our website.
There are some great events coming up this week in Greater Grand Forks no matter what your interests are. Why not check out these events or log on to our calendar for more events. Please also share with us the type of events you would like to see in our simply grand communities!
Under the expert direction of head coach Brian Idalski, watch the University of North Dakota Women’s Hockey team this season as they skate, pass and shoot their way to victory. With several top players returning, including former Olympians Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureax, UND is sure to see playoff action again this season.
The University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey team, with veteran coach Dave Hakstol at the helm, is looking to repeat as WCHA champions. The whole crowd will jump to their feet after every goal and with future NHL stars like Danny Kristo, Corban Knight and Derek Forbot on the ice, you’ll be cheering nonstop.
Home ice advantage also means fans get to enjoy all the luxuries of the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena, including its granite floor concourses, plush leather seats, amazing sound system and state-of-the-art jumbo screens that highlight every second of the action. If a variety of delicious food and beverages is what you’re looking for, pay a visit to one of the many concession areas located throughout.
If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, purchase tickets right now by going to fightingsioux.com.
October 15 & 16 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Vermont
October 21 & 22 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Ohio State
November 18 & 19 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State
December 2 & 3 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota
December 10 & 11 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota Duluth
January 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Lindenwood
January 14 & 15 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin
January 20 & 21 (7:07 p.m.) vs. St Cloud State
February 3 & 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Bemidji State
October 14 & 15 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Maine
October 28 & 29 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. St. Cloud State
November 25 & 26 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Colorado College
December 9 & 10 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Nebraska Omaha
December 17 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Russian Red Stars
December 30 & 31 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Harvard
January 13 & 14 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota
January 27 & 28 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin
February 17 & 18 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Michigan Tech
March 2 & 3 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State
It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red. It may have some asking what do we do now? The answer is PLENTY! I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September:
-UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package)
-Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24
-Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10
-Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11
-AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11
-Art & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)
-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17
-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24
-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena
-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1
In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter. Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!
Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!
Have you heard the breaking concert news yet? Popular 80s “hair” bands Skid Row and Warrant are coming to the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on August 12! If you would like to go – without having to buy tickets – we have a proposition for you. Just submit a photo of your best 80s BIG harido and you could receive two free tickets to one of this summers hottest selling shows. If you want to throw on some parachute pants and a pair of Wayfarer sunglasses, that could only hlep your chances of winning! To enter, simply e-mail your photo to Shelley at the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post it to our Facebook page for everyone to see! The deadline is Monday, August 5, 2011.