Santa Village Opens this Weekend!

SantaVillage_Color_WebExplore a little piece of the North Pole at Santa Village.  The Fargo Park District is hosting Santa Village at Rheault Farm in South Fargo.  Santa Village opens for the season Saturday & Sunday, November 28 and 29 from 1:00-7:00 pm.

The mission of Santa Village is to give back to the community by collecting non-perishable foods, new or gently used toys and monetary donations to aid families in Cass and Clay counties.  This year donations will be distributed through the Giving Tree of Hope, Great Plains Food Bank, Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo and YMCA 21st Century Community Learning Center.

Mrs. ClausSanta Village is an opportunity for children and the young at heart to meet Santa and explore a small piece of the North Pole.  Some of the activities planned include: visit with Santa, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, meet Santa’s reindeer, make a holiday craft, see model train displays and write a letter to Santa.  There will also be concessions available and horse drawn rides every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00-5:00 pm.

Santa Village

Santa Village is open November 28 through December 23.  The hours are:

  • November 28-29               1-7 pm
  • December 5-6                    1-7 pm
  • December 9-11                  4-7 pm
  • December 12-13                1-8 pm
  • December 16-18               4-7 pm
  • December 19-20               1-8 pm
  • December 21-22               4-8 pm
  • December 23                     1-8 pm

Santa Village is a program by the Fargo Park District sponsored in part by Pepsi, Applebee’s, Crown Trophy, Cass-Clay, Dabbert Custom Homes, Duane’s House of Pizza, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Heritage Homes, Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning, Ruby Tuesday, VisionBank, Wanzek Construction and other area businesses.

Rheault Farm is located at 2902 25 St S, Fargo with a parking lot off of 30 Ave South.  For more information call 701-499-7788 or go to

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Winter Seasonal Employment at the Fargo Park District

pond hockeyWinter months are a special time for us in the Midwest.  Hockey, sledding, skating, snowboarding and many other recreational activities keep us active and outdoors when possible.

As the Fargo Park District gears up for the winter activities, we are looking for seasonal employees to work flexible part-time hours in the following areas; Adult Broomball Referees, Scorekeepers and Adult Hockey Referees as well as Sledding Hill Assistant Managers and Warming House Attendants.

If you prefer being indoors during the cold months, we have seasonal positions such as;  Adult Basketball, Dodgeball and Volleyball referees, scorekeepers as well as Arena staff workers, Concession staff and Event Staff positions.

If you enjoy working with young kids, we have seasonal positions as Open Gym Attendants, Lifeguards at Fargo South High pool, Sport Sampler staff and Youth Basketball and Volleyball coaching positions.

Hours are flexible depending on the position and pay ranges from $9-11 depending on experience. Whether this is a first job for a high school or college student, a second job aside from your career job or an opportunity to get out of the house and socialize with others in the community, we have a seasonal role for just about everyone!  Check out our website to apply, tell a friend and have FUN while being paid to do so this winter!

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Breakfast with Santa Tickets on Sale November 19

SantaEnjoy a fun breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 am for the Fargo Park District’s Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 5, 12 and 19 at Rheault Farm. The two hour program will begin at 8:00 am each day.

Breakfast with Santa is an opportunity for families to come and have a hot breakfast provided by Applebee’s while they visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  There will also be a entertainment show and a holiday craft.

Tickets are $6.25 per person and children 1 and under are free. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the event date. Tickets are sold online only. Tickets are very popular and the event sells out fast. It is best to set up your account with Ticket Solutions prior to tickets going on sale. For more information about online ticket sales, please visit .

Breakfast with Santa is part of Santa Village, which is held November 28-December 23 at Rheault Farm.  Rheault Farm is located at 2902 25 St S, Fargo with a parking lot off of 30 Ave South.  For more information on Breakfast with Santa and Santa Village go to or call 701-499-7788.

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All Things Ice in the Fargo Park District

Typically winter brings ice and snow, but in November the temperatures may not support the natural ice outdoors.  The Fargo Park District brings those opportunities into the indoor arenas. Curling and Drop In Hockey are two fun activities that are scheduled to start in November.

curlingCurling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric circles. It is related to shuffleboard.  If you are interested in trying it out, the Park District offers an Open House for all ages on November 8 at the FM Curling Club, 4300 23rd Ave S.  The event is free and open from 2:00-4:00pm.

For those that are excited to compete,  the Park District offers a youth curling league.  Leagues will be formed with instruction, coaching and matches to be scheduled. Practices will be scheduled once during the week (depending on coach) starting November 22. Matches will be held Sunday afternoons at 1:30 and 3:30 pm.  There is a fee of $58.50 per person and participants need to register by November 16.  Adults that are interested in leagues should contact the FM Curling Club.

Another fun ice activity that starts in November is Drop-In Hockey.  Stop by on your lunch break for a pick up hockey game.  Adult Drop In Hockey will be held Wednesdays, November 11-February 17 from 11:30-1:00 pm at the Coliseum.  Dates are subject to change.  Pucks will be provided.  This is for ages 18 and up and no checking, slapshots or fighting is allowed.  The fee is $5 per session, goalies are free. Check the event calendar at for updates.

If you are interested in playing hockey outside on the pond, the way it was meant to be, gather your friends and sign up your team for the Fargo Classic Pond Hockey Tournament.  Early bird registration is Friday, November 20.  The event will happen February 13-14 at Edgewood Golf Course,19 Golf Course Avenue N, Fargo. This tournament format hockey event features a variety of divisions to accommodate all skill levels.  Teams consist of up to six players with games being played in a 3 vs. 3 format (No Goalie).  Teams are guaranteed 4 games. Players and family will be able to keep warm during and after games inside the warming tent.  Food and beverages are available for purchase.

For more information on any of these events or to register, contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or go to

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Community Halloween Carnival

halloween carnivalAdd Courts Plus Community Fitness to your list of places to stop on Halloween. The entire community is invited to Courts Plus Community Fitness for their annual Community Halloween Carnival! This free event is held on Saturday, October 31st from 3:30 – 5:30pm.

Before trick-or-treating, children can have fun playing a variety of carnival and inflatable games from Games Galore. There will also be art projects, a cupcake walk, bingo and face painting by Fargo South Art Club. Children will also have the opportunity to get a head start on collecting Halloween goodies with free candy!

Courts Plus Community Fitness is located at 3491 S University Drive, Fargo. For more information go to or call 701-237-4805.

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Golf Courses Closing for the Season

IMG_4088It has been a great golf season and we hope you were able to get out and enjoy it!  Unfortunately, the weather is cooling down and we have to close the courses for the season.  Here is the schedule for closing:

Osgood and Prairiewood Golf Courses are closing Sunday, November 25. Edgewood Golf Course is scheduled to close for the season on Sunday, November 1.  Rose Creek Golf Course is also scheduled to close on Sunday, November 1 but may stay open longer weather permitting. Find the most up to date information on

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Moonlight Monster Mash

Calling all vampires, ghosts and skeletons! Get your best costume together and prepare to be spooked at the Moonlight Monster Mash.

Dancing the Night Away!

Dancing the Night Away!

Bring your little ghouls to this Halloween inspired event on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Fargo Youth Center.
Children are invited to dance the night away with a live DJ. You can also explore the haunted attic, play ghoulish games and trick-or-treat for some spooky snacks. Don’t miss magician Thad Ellsworth at the spooktacular entertainment show at 7:30 pm.
Tickets for Moonlight Monster Mash can be purchased at the door. Tickets are $3 for youth and adults. Ages 2 and under are free. Parental supervision is required.
The Fargo Youth Center is located at 2500 18 St S, Fargo. For more information contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788.

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Reserve Your Spot for Santa Village Daycare Days

DSC08586-webThe Fargo Park District invites you to Daycare Days at Santa Village. This time is specifically set aside to accommodate daycares. We ask that Daycare groups be in the bunkhouse entrance 5 minutes before their scheduled time for an easy transition between groups.

A reservation is required to attend Daycare Days due to the limited space available. Please book your group early. Reservations are taken on a first-come first-serve basis. We will begin taking reservations on October 15th at 8:00 am. Note the time you register for is the time your group begins their visit with Santa, not your time of arrival. Please consider this when making your arrangements for transportation to Santa Village.

To reserve a time at Daycare Days, please call 701-499-7788 on or after October 15th. Times can be reserved between 9:00-11:00 am and 1:00-2:00 pm each of the following days:

• Tuesday, December 1st
• Wednesday, December 2nd
• Thursday, December 3rd
• Friday, December 4th

Santa Village is located at Rheault Farm, 2902 25th Street South in Fargo. Our parking lot and entrance gate is along 30th Avenue, directly across from Vision Bank. Bundle up! Little ones tend to get cold during the walk from the parking lot to see Santa.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There will be opportunity for group photos with Santa, however there is not time for individual photos.

Children will also meet Santa’s reindeer. There is ample time for photos with the reindeer at the end of your time in Santa’s Village. Please remember that Santa’s reindeer are in training for Christmas Eve and cannot eat outside food.

The model train will also be running and if you would like the children to put money in the train, you may consider bringing a roll of pennies, nickels, etc. for children to share.

The daycare visit is free; however, each group is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, new or gently used toys, or cash donations. Santa Village distributes the donations to the Great Plains Food Bank, Season of Hope, the Children’s Miracle Network, and YMCA 21st Century Learning Center.

Come early or stay late to explore all of Santa Village!

We look forward to seeing you at Rheault Farm for Daycare Days. If you have any questions please contact us at 701-499-7788.

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Celebrate October with Free Craft Projects at Awesome Art Afternoon

Awesome Art Afternoon 10-9-10 001Love art, but hate the mess? Let the Fargo Park District take care of clean up and bring your little artist to Awesome Art Afternoon. Awesome Art Afternoon is an interactive art program where kids can have fun while building a variety of take home projects.

Missed the first Awesome Art Afternoon? Last month kids celebrated September by creating Mario and Luigi bookmarks in honor of Video Game Day, edible crafts for National Cheeseburger Day, elephants for Elephant Appreciation Day, and stamping activities to recognize Johnny Appleseed Day.

This month Awesome Art Afternoon is held Saturday, October 10 at the RDJ Rec Center. Come any time between 1:00 and 3:00 pm to spend an afternoon creating fun and exciting art projects. Don’t miss out on the fun and exciting projects in store for October!

There are four more Awesome Art Afternoons scheduled through the Fall and Winter. Click here for a complete list of Awesome Art Afternoon dates.

Held one Saturday a month at the RDJ Rec Center, Awesome Art Afternoons is a free event thanks to a grant from Xcel Energy. No registration is necessary and all creative materials are provided. Adult supervision is required and interaction is encouraged.

If you’re interested in a more in depth art experience, don’t forget to check out the Fall Session Art Classes offered by the Fargo Park District. There’s still time to register online for many of the sessions at For more information on our art programs, contact the Fargo Park District at 701-499-7788.

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Fargo Park District Hosts NDRPA Conference

The Fargo Park District facilities and parks will be busy this week as the Fargo Park District welcomes the North Dakota Recreation & Park Association (NDRPA) to Fargo for the Fall Conference.

NDRPA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit member organization whose mission is advancing parks and recreation for quality of life in North Dakota. NDRPA has more than 600 members across the state of North Dakota with the vast majority being Agency Members- park districts, departments, and boards throughout the state.

Key components of NDRPA include networking and professional development, education and training programs. The annual fall conference provides the optimum opportunity for members to meet these key components.  The conference will welcome local and national experts presenting on a range of important topics that directly relate to today’s parks and recreational programs.

To the members from across the state attending the 2015 NDRPA Conference: Welcome to Fargo!

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