Jun 09 2008
- 1201 28th Avenue N
Fargo, ND 58102
- $4 ages 1 and up
- Carousel and train rides for additional small fee
- Stroller accessible
- Restrooms with changing tables available
- Free parking
I was surprised to learn recently that there was a children’s museum in Fargo. Having grown up in North Dakota, it was something I’d never heard about. My friends and family who have kids had never mentioned such a thing. It’s not an ACM museum, so I hadn’t come across it in the reciprocity listings. Since learning about it last winter, I was interested in taking the kids there, and the return from our Memorial Day weekend trip offered the opportunity.
Our GPS took us in the “back way” from the north, but if I’d known it was just a few blocks north of the Fargodome, I could have found it easily on my own. When we arrived, there were some people picnicking on the grounds, which are very inviting. We went in the front door and paid our admission and then were off to explore.
This museum is in an old farmhouse. Because of this, the rooms are smaller than many children’s museums, but this isn’t a bad thing. Each of the rooms is focused on a different theme, and it’s easy to keep an eye on several children at a time.
The kids were eager to explore it all. They loved climbing in the beehive and “milking” the cow. They explored the upstairs music room, pretend cafe, and kinetic energy area, and braved their fear of darkness in the small planetarium. They did not explore the special toddler area (since 3 of the 4 are too old for it) or the painting workshop (since Mom wasn’t sure she could keep the paint on the paper and off four kids at once).
Seemingly very soon, it was time for our train ride. There is a small track just outside the museum with a little passenger train, and each ticket buys two circles around the track. It even goes through a little shed/tunnel. (Warning! It gets pretty loud in there.) After the train ride, we went for a ride on the small carousel.
Also on the grounds are a seasonal mini golf course, and “A to Z” garden, and a nice playground area.
The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm is a fun and relaxing place to visit. With the train ride, carousel, and playground, it has a lot to offer beyond the museum itself.
The only problem is that the kids are now going to ask to go there every time we drive through Fargo!