looking for things to do with the kiddos? this is the place to find it

This is not something to do with kids but rather FOR kids. The University Children’s Center (located on UND’s campus) is hosting it’s 5th annual Silent Auction this Saturday, Mar. 31 from 7-9pm at the center. All proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of environmentally friendly playground equipment.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10/ticket for a UCC parent.

UCC accepts children ages 18 months and older for their daycare/pre-school programs. It is also a Head Start center.

Some of the items being auctioned are:

– dinner with Mayor Brown

– dinner with UND President Kelly

– UND Men’s Hockey 2011-2012 team autographed hockey stick and jersey

– gift certificates and packages from local salons and spas such as AVANT, Attractions and Truyu

– waterpark passes to Splashers at CanadInn

– an unlimited summer pass to local dance studio: Dance Etc.!

– photography session from Soulshine Photography

– American Girl doll Rebbeca and accompanying book “Meet Rebbeca”

– services from Piles of Smiles Entertainment (for your next party!)

– gift certificates from local restaurants like Wild Hog

– fabulously stuffed gift baskets from local shops like Adley Anne’s Maternity and Baby Boutique and Amazing Grains

– passes to the Chester Fritz and for summer 2012’s Art & Wine Walks




Take the kids hunting for eggs on Sat. April 7 at the 9th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt at the Alerus Center. There will be 20,000 candy-filled eggs!

Doors open at 9am and the Egg Hunt is broken down by age groups:

10am ages 2-3

10:15am ages 4-5

10:30am ages 6-8

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for kids ages 2-8, games, arts & crafts, a Leighton Broadcasing activity booth and baby crawl, face painting, GF Fire Dept. Interactive Display and a Bunny Photo Area by Emily Dawes Photography. Concessions will also be open.

Bags for the eggs will be provided at the door. NO OUTDOOR bags or baskets are allowed.

The first egg hunt starts at 10am with the 2-3 year olds followed by other age groups.

This activity goes very quickly so you must be present at 10am to participate in the egg hunt.

We’re almost to MARCH! Can you believe it? Spring sports season is just around the corner and now is the time to sign up for sports at the YMCA!


SOCCER: Feb. 18-Mar. 17

Boys & Girls. Saturdays. Happy Feet Soccer: Ages 4-K. 10-1050am. Indoor: Grades 1-4. 9-950am. $27/member or $37/particpant


FLOOR HOCKEY: Feb. 18-Mar. 17

Boys & Girls. Saturdays. Grade K-1 11-1150am. Grades 2-3 12-120pm. $27/member or $37 participant


ITTY BITTY SPORTS. March 31-April 21 (4 weeks).

provides opportunities for the youngest members of the family, an introduction to basketball, baseball and soccer. Parent participation is needed.

boys & girls, Saturday. Ages 3-5. 930-1010am. $22/member or $32/participant


MIGHTY MITE BASKETBALL. March 24-April 21 OR April 28-May 26

boys: Saturday K 1130-1220, 1st grade 1030-1120

girls: Satuday K-1st: 930-1020.

$27/member, $37/participant


TBALL. april 28-may 26

ages 4-6 10-1050 @ apollo park. $27/member, $37/participant


VOLLEYBALL CLINIC. April 28-may 26

boys & girls. saturdays. 1020-1120 (2-3rd grades). 1125-1215 (4-6th grades) $27/members or $37/participant

Mon. Feb. 13


1045-1115: Baby Fit (6 months-2 years)

530: youth fit (5 years-8 years)



10 am storytime


@ St. Paul’s Episcopal

10am-12pm Mom’s Playgroup. Everyone Welcome.


@ GF Public Library

4-530: Game on Wii!


@ Viking Elementary

Love & Logic Class 630-8pm


@ University Lutheran Church

9-1030am: Parents Morning Out: topic: Get Organized and Energized


@ Red River Valley Gymnastics

1030-1130 Open Gym



Tennis Time!

Center Court is just about to start a new session of Tiny Tots Tennis if anyone is looking to sign their age 3-5 year old child up! Here’s the info:

Tennis is a lifetime sport, so here’s a chance to get an earllier start. This class is designed to introduce tennis to pre-school children. Participants will deelop motor skills, hand-eye coordination and basic tennis fundamentals by participating in movement drills, games and lessons. Classes are taight by a USPTA certified tennis pro because your child deserves the best. You, the parent, are needed to assist your child during class.


EQUIPMENT: children should wear tennis shoes and be comfortably dressed. We will ahve tennis racquets available during the lesson.



Tuesdays: Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24

Thursdays: Mar. 8, 15, 22, 29 Apr. 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturdays: Mar. 10, 17, 24 Apr. 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12

DAY/TIME: Tues: 1040-1125, Thurs. 210-255 or Sat. 1210-1255


PLAYER LEVEL: Beginninger or intermediate


ENTRY DEADLINE: Sun. Feb. 26 or until classes are full. $10 late fee will be assessed after deadline.

Fee: $60

Contact: Mike Orr – 701.746.2790 to sign up or to see about other tennis lessons for older children or for you!


Storytime at UND Bookstore 10am

Disney on Ice at the Ralph Engelstad Arena 11am, 3pm and 7pm

Fancy Nancy Tea Party at East Grand Forks Library 3-5pm. girls ages 4-8 w/a chaperone – reservations required.

Getcha Diva On fundraiser for the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre children’s programs 3-5pm at Fire Hall Theatre, $10

Winter Reading Program (GF Library) Wrap Up party at the Betty 6pm

UND Women’s Basketball @ the Betty 7pm

Open gym at Red River Valley Gymnastics

Girls Sleepover at Red River Valley Gymnastics 7pm



Winter Pie and Ice Cream Social @ Central High school 1:30pm and 3pm. Hosted by GFC Instrumental Music Department

READ Dogs at GF Library at 1pm. Call 701.772.8116 to make an appointment

Winter Carnival at the Alerus benefiting GF Head Start. Noon to 5pm. Carnival admission is $1/adult, kids free. Magic show will be at 1pm and 3pm with $5 admission.

Teen Anime Club at GF Library 3:30pm.



Library closed on Mon. Feb. 20 for Presidents’ Day


Teen advisory board meeting: Sun. Feb. 26 2pm

Teen Anime Club: Sun. Feb. 12 & 26 3:30pm: Mushishi & Sengoku Basara

Teen Book Club: Sun. Feb. 19 2pm



Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays at 10am

Toddler Story Time (babies welcome): Thursdays at 10am

Winter Reading Program Wrap Party: Sat. Feb. 11 @ the Betty Arena 6pm

R.E.A.D. Therapy Dogs: Sun. Feb. 12 1pm. Contact the Children’s Dept. to sign up at 772-8116 ext. 13

Game On: Wii –  Mondays 4pm


MOVIE NIGHT: Thurs. Feb. 23 9:15pm Ice Age 2: The Meltdown. Popcorn provided. Bring your own beverage

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