Community Events and Activities
Finding affordable and appropriate activities for clients can be a daunting task when starting out in direct care. Of course clients are always encouraged to attend the free Michael Czichotzki Learning Center (MCLC). The agency has made passes available for direct care staff to checkout. These passes are for visits with clients to the YMCA, the Red River Zoo, Children's Museum at Yunker Farm, and Beads on Broadway. To use these passes, staff can check them out from the office. Please see the Receptionist for assistance. Employees are asked to return the passes back to the office within three business days of checkout. This allows other staff to use the passes. Any employee who does not not return the pass within that time will be subject to a fee.
Other potential client activities are as follows:
The Lake Agassiz Regional Library is located right by the office and has open computer time, chess boards, various free activities and plenty of books. The main Fargo Public Library across the river also has plenty of events. There is also a Little Free Library on the sidewalk a block around the corner from the MCLC with free books to borrow.
Moorhead houses Safari Cinema with tickets for only $3.50. Century Cinema and West Acres Cinema in Fargo have $5.00 movies all day on Tuesdays with $5.00 student tickets on Thursdays. Showtimes and other pricing for all theatres is available on their website. There are also events at the Historic Fargo Theatre.
Moorhead Days Inn (by the interstate) has an indoor swimming pool and mini golf course that clients can both use for only $5.00. Hotel management asks that staff fills out a sign-out sheet at the front desk. This deal is available every day except for Friday and Saturday after 6:00 pm. Near Days Inn is First Presbyterian Church of Moorhead, which is opening their Youth Room to Access clients one Saturday a month. The room includes air hockey, ping pong, fooseball and board games. It will be open on February 28th from 1:00 pm-3:00pm. Also check out The Red Raven Espresso Parlor for free board games and various events. Clients and staff only have to pay $1.00 to play pool at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.
Art & Culture
Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead has $5.00 admission, several passes available from Scott Ecker. Fargo's Plains Art Museum has free admission the second and fourth Thursday of every month. The Lake Agassiz Regional Library has free passes to the Hjemkomst Center, check the library desk every Monday for new passes. Passes are also available from Scott Ecker at the office, staff admission is free with clients. MSUM also has a Planetarium with regular shows for the public. The Inspire Lab at the Moorhead Center Mall is a great nearby location for clients. They are very open to adapting to customers needs and have fun art and science projects.
Access is part of the Star Program with the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. FMCT offers us ten free tickets to a preview performance of each of their productions. A sing-up sheet is posted on the events bulletin board in the office. You will also be able to register for future productions on this website. You will not actually receive tickets for these productions. You just need to let them know that you are with Access when you arrive. FMCT rates all of their productions for content and audience appropriateness. Please visit their website for further information regarding the productions. Also check for plays at Theatre B, Trollwood Performing Arts School and various local schools.
Take your clients bowling at Sunset Lanes (Moorhead), you just need to tell them you're with Access and you'll receive free shoes, and bowl for $2.60 per person per game - any day of the week, any time of the day. At All-Star Bowl (Moorhead), you can bowl on Mondays between 3 and 5 p.m. for only $4 per person (staff or client). That price includes shoes and two hours of bowling. Again, just tell them you're with Access when you show up.
The Arc puts on dances for individuals with disabilities a few Mondays a month at Ellen Hopkins Elementary in Moorhead. Every Friday there are also dances at the RDJ Building in Fargo at the Activity Center. Check out other times that the Activity center is open, their space is reserved specifically for people with different abilities.
If you have a client who love animals you can check out volunteer opportunities at several local shelters including: Diamond in the Ruff, Homeward Animal Shelter and 4LUV of Dog. There is also a pet store at the West Acres Mall that is fun look at.
Section 9 cyber café in downtown Fargo offers an hour of video games for $5.00. Skateland is still a favorite local hangout with open skating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also check out the new indoor trampoline park, Skyzone. If attending with a client just say you are with Access and jumping will only cost $3 (in addition to $2 socks if you do not have any). You can also help out with gardening and learn a lot of practical skills at the Farm in the Dell.
Riding on Angel's Wings and Sundance Therapy Riding offer therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities. Riding on Angel's Wings is located in Felton, MN and SunDance Riding is located in Dilworth.
The following websites have community calendars available:
You may also wish to check out the events and happenings of the following organizations:
Not to mention the town's many parks. Please check the Access bulletin board and newsletters for current events. Let the Activities Coordinator know if there are any other great opportunities for staff and client involvement.