Jan 20 2010

Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck, ND

If you’re a frequent reader of this site, you’ve learned that our family likes to find hidden gems–quality activities that are off the beaten path and not well-known.  We found one of these in Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Gateway to Science Center.

We’ve been to a lot of science museums.  They range from impressive buildings, like the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Science Museum of Minnesota, to reworked buildings like the Kirby Science Discovery Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis.

The Gateway to Science Center in Bismarck is in an unimpressive building.  The museum’s space is not large, perhaps the size of three or four classrooms.  Yet it is jam-packed with hands-on activities that will keep kids entertained (and learning) for a long time.

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The pendulum that draws a line in the sand was one of our favorites, as was that contraption that has you rub your hands on it and feel oh-so-strange.  Water, electricity, motion, light–all of these are included in the Gateway to Science exhibits.

We spent a couple of hours at the Gateway to Science Center and had the place virtually to ourselves.  It’s a small enough space that the kids could each do what they wanted, and I could see them all the while.  I wished we lived closer, because their special events and camps looked very interesting.

If you’re headed to Bismarck and are looking for something to do with your kids, take a look at the Gateway to Science Center, and then let me know what your family’s favorite activity was.

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