Best activities for preschoolers in North Dakota

Jun 1, 2012 at 12:26 p.m. ET

What fun is a museum to a preschooler? Plenty, if you know where to go! These North Dakota attractions will entertain even the pickiest of preschoolers.

Dakota Zoo

The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

This 90-acre zoo is home to 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish -- encompassing 125 species. The zoo serves as far more than entertainment -- it plays an important role in the education of conservation and responsibility to nature via its adopt-an-animal program, breeding programs and more.

Location: 602 Riverside Park Road, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58504?

Phone: 701-223-7543?

Rates: Children 2 to 12 $4, Adults (13 and up) $7, Seniors (60 and up) $6

Website: dakotazoo.org?

Dakota Dinosaur Museum, Dickinson

What preschooler wouldn't love a rawwrring good time discovering all things prehistoric!? The 13,400-square-foot Dakota Dinosaur Museum boasts 11 full-scale dinosaurs inside and three full-scale dinosaurs outside. Don't miss the two new exhibits: Larry, a real articulated 250-foot-long Triceratops skeleton and Montana, a real articulated 37-foot-long Edmontosaurus skeleton.

Location: 200 E. Museum Drive, Dickinson, North Dakota, 58601

Phone: 701-225-3466?

Rates: Adult $7, Senior $6, Kids 3 to 12 $4

Website: www.dakotadino.com?

Gateway to Science Center, Bismarck

This incredible hands-on museum has so many exhibits and programs, you may need more than one day to discover it all! Special events like the free Chemistry Demo Night and Family Rocket Day will get the entire family interested in science!

Location: 1810 Schafer Street, Bismarck, North Dakota, 58501

Phone: 701-258-1975?

Rates: Adult $5, Children 4 to 8 $2

Website: gatewaytoscience.org

Children's Museum at Yunker Farm

The children's museum encompasses more than 50 child-friendly exhibits designed to educate and enlighten little minds. Aside from educational hands-on exhibits, the museum has a miniature train, carousel, playground, mini-golf course, butterfly garden, Pippi Longstocking's playhouse and so much more. If you are traveling to North Dakota with young kids, this is a must-do!

Location: 1201 28th Avenue N., Fargo, North Dakota, 58102

?Phone: 701-232-6102?

Rates: Adults and children $5

Website: childrensmuseum-yunker.org?

Fargo Air Museum, Fargo

The Fargo Air Museum offers education in all things aviation! Fantastic exhibits incorporate education of military aircraft history, general principles of flight and North Dakota's aviation history. Don't miss special events throughout the year honoring aviation historical events.

Location: 1609 19th Ave. N., Fargo, North Dakota, 58102?

Phone: 701-293-8043?

Rates: Children 4 and under Free; Children 5 to 11 $5; Students, Military and Seniors (65 and up) $7; Adults $8

Website: fargoairmuseum.org

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