A place for children to discover and learn

Magic City Discovery Center starts its season Saturday

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The Magic City Discovery Center will open its doors for its fourth season at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The center has been running for the winter months since 2013, giving children a fun, educational place to play indoors. It runs from November to March, open Wednesday through Sunday. It is open for children up to 10 years old, but parents are welcome to join them as they work together through the different things to do.

This year there will be lots of the previous favorites from last season, but new stuff is being introduced. These new attractions include children being able to climb into a real Cub airplane, “fly” in a hot air balloon, and buckle themselves into an ejector seat. The center is also adding a Starlab Planetarium, car ramps and train tables, and dash and dot coding robots.

“We have really enjoyed our multi-year partnership with the Dakota Territory Air Museum, as we are located inside their museum just north of the airport off Broadway, and are proud this year to be featuring some exhibits from the air museum itself,” said Magic City Discovery Center Board President Mark Lyman. “Thanks to the dedicated board volunteers and hired staff who will keep the children’s museum open during the upcoming winter months. Please come check out what’s new and experience your favorite exhibits from previous seasons as well!”

The mission of the Magic City Discovery Center is to engage children and families in the magic of life-long learning and through discovery, creativity, and play.

For four years they have been working to do this while using room from the Dakota Territory Air Museum, but over the summer they announced their intention to build a permanent, standalone museum on Minot Park District property on North Hill. They have been raising money to build the facility, which will be open year-round instead of only for the winter months. The non-profit organization was the recent recipient of a $1 million grant from the City of Minot Community Development Committee toward the effort.

For this upcoming season, the center will be open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 per person with those under one getting in for free, or $15 per family.

The Magic City Discovery Center is excited to open its doors for its fourth season and to see all the families come for an entertaining, learning experience.

For more details on special events during the upcoming winter season of the Magic City Discovery Center, you can find them on Facebook at facebook.com/magiccitydiscoverycenter.