The lows in western North Dakota this weekend are crazy low, but not to worry — there’s plenty to do in Williston to beat any winter boredom that might be creeping in.
Here are eight ideas to get you of the house and into some adventures around Williston.
Get lost in the book store stacks
Books on Broadway
12 W Broadway
Local bookstores feed a child’s love of books in a way Amazon never can. Set their sights on the section that interests them, or let them explore all of the sections and develop new interests. How ever you approach it, Books on Broadway is the place to get lost!
There’s nothing quite like the smell of new books, or the feeling of running your fingers over their spines. Help your children develop a love of learning by exposing them early and often. Need more reasons to love Books on Broadway? How about puppets, art, and a variety of toys and puzzles, plus a gift for every occasion.
Slurp down a hot chocolate
Daily Addiction Coffee House
307 Main St
Once you’ve selected your reading material, bring it around the corner to Daily Addiction to enjoy a piping hot cup of deliciousness snuggled into one of the many flexible seating options at Daily Addiction. The atmosphere in this coffee shop is just perfect for relaxing with friends
Throw a few strikes
1804 2nd Ave W
Bowling teaches patience, sportsmanship, even math – and best of all, it is a game the entire family can enjoy. Strike Zone is a great place for a family outing, or to meet up with friends and get some of the wiggles out.
Visit their Facebook page for hours and other information.
Run off some steam
103 22nd St W
The springboard floor, rock wall, ladder system, and slide at Prizm Company are a great way to burn off some energy. Plus there’s a warp wall, peg board ladder, and multiple tumbling obstacles to keep kids fully engaged and having FUN!
Prizm Company offers dance, cheer, tumbling, and ninja classes (including daytime classes to accommodate homeschool kiddos). Every Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, Prizm Company offers open gym for $5 per person ($20 for families of four or more children).
Check them out on Facebook to learn more or sign up for a class, or just drop in next time you’re out and about.
Take in all the library has to offer
Williston Community Library
1302 Davidson Dr
The Williston Community Library offers a full slate of activities each month for young and old, from Baby Story Time to Teen and Tween Coloring and back. Get involved in Library LEGOs, or explore art and science with the Power of STEAM program. With so much on offer, there is sure to be something for everyone. Visit their Facebook page or stop by the library for a current calendar of events and programs.
Looking for something to bring home with you? The Williston Community Library has over 520 foreign language materials available for check out, not counting digital materials available with your library card. Wowsa, that’s a lot of opportunity!
Make a big splash
Williston Area Recreation Center (ARC)
822 18th St E
The swimming pools and waverider are a great way to spend a day inside where it is toasty warm. If you prefer to stay dry, enjoy kicking a ball around on the indoor turf, climbing around on the playground, or try your hand at tennis.
Membership is a great way to keep the kids active during the winter months, but adult and student punch passes are also available. Pricing can be found on the Williston Parks website.
Skate circles around your friends
Western Star Park
1600 19th Ave W
Raymond Family Community Center
1002 11th St W
There are two options for ice skating in Williston – outdoors at the Play4All Park at Western Star (the Alien Park), and indoors at the Raymond Family Community Center.
New this year, skate rentals are available at the Raymond Center. They rent for $2 a pair, with sizes limited. The last open skate at the Raymond Center is March 3, so get over there while the ice is still cold! Check out the open skate schedule here.
Play4All has a warming house, open Monday through Friday 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 8:30 p.m. The ice is closed if the weather is too warm.
Create a masterpiece
Quick Draw Art Studio
125 Main St
There are few things more therapeutic than a paint brush or a hunk of clay. When the winter blues are getting to you or your kids, head on over to Quick Draw Art Studio for a colorful way to turn that mood around fast.
Quick Draw offers canvas and ceramic painting, thrown pottery, and a wide variety of workshops. Drop by on Fridays for their $5 Friday specials.
What ideas would you add to this list? How do you help your kids beat the winter boredom when the temperatures drop? Let us know in the comments below!