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Waterpark Fun: With a Helicopter Mom and a Fearless Toddler!

I’ll be honest, the amount of things I did over the course of my family’s visit (I know, these blogs are late–but I’m catching up) is the most we ever did, here in North Dakota. Cut me some slack! We moved here last June, and it began snowing in October. We’ve basically been cooped up all winter (The snow didn’t melt until March-ish).

We stopped by our local water park over in Dakota Square Mall and to my surprise, I’d say it was decent and worth it ($17 for a day pass, the pool opens at 9 and closes at 9, you are allowed to leave and re-enter if you decide to grab a bite). Honestly, there isn’t much to do here in North Dakota, so we have to make the most of it. The water park back home “Wet N’ Wild” is $50 for an all day pass, has a ton of attractions, but there is no re-entry and you aren’t able to bring outside food (The prices are jacked up there due to the crazy amount of tourism).

Call me helicopter mom, I’m okay with it. But I was watching Mason like a HAWK! Even with Brandon watching him, I was standing at the edge of the pool in my dry non-swimming clothes, of course (Someone had to watch Levi) ready to jump in the water if anything happened! I know, -insert crying+laughing emoji face here-.

My toddler absolutely LOVES the water! He is fearless. He’d jump in on his own if we weren’t watching him. We’d take a break every so often so he could catch his breath, and of course he cried because he didn’t want to be anywhere but in the water!


Baby crack kills too!


Taking on the frog slide like a big boy! Also, those are my siblings on the left and right. The life guard had to tell them a few times to cool it because they play so rough! #facepalm

I’m glad I found something we can do indoors during the winter!

Ana Golobic

Explore, The Great Outdoors

Scandanavian Heritage Park

I’ve been meaning to stop by this bad boy for a while now so I’m really happy I finally got the chance to, especially while my family was in town! Despite the weather being 91 degrees on that Wednesday afternoon, the Scandinavian Heritage park’s beauty made it completely worth it! The park is the home to the stave church, Danish windmill, Dala horse and so much more.

For those of you that don’t know, North Dakota is home to many immigrants. People have migrated from Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and even Norway, making 90 percent of the North Dakota population of Northern European descent! The wonderful thing about the park is that visitors can learn more about each Scandinavian country through it’s beautiful replicas!

Mason kept gravitating toward the beautiful waterfall, you’ll see it below!


The Dala Horse, a popular Swedish handicraft has become the unofficial trademark of Sweden in Swedish-America. In olden days the horse was considered to Vikings as a holy animal, hence carvings were often made into children’s toys. The name Dala actually originates from central Sweden, in a province called Dalarna. Originally, Dalas were made from scraps and painted from natural components found in Sweden.


Fun fact: More than 500 gallons flow from the fall per minute!


The Danish Windmill: Made in 1928 by Carl Olson, the windmill was made to grind wheat and supply water to families in Powers Lake (Powers Lake is about an hour away from Minot). In the mid 1900s the windmill was donated to the park, courtesy of the Powers family.


These flowers are to die for!


The woodwork on the Stave church is absolutely beautiful! In person it looks flawless.

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I definitely recommend paying the park a visit, if you happen to drop by in North Dakota!

Enjoy the photos until then,

Ana Golobic

Anderson, M. R. (n.d.). About the Dala Horse. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from http://www.hemslojd.com/swedish_dala_horse_story.html
Danish Windmill. (n.d.). Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://scandinavianheritage.org/tour-the-park/danish-windmill/