The Bakken Museum is so engaging that, even though we were learning, it felt like play. This small museum does a great job of making science accessible. A person can walk away with a basic understanding of how electricity works.
One thing I loved about this museum is that, even during Bakken Discovery Days, it doesn’t feel crowded. Other people were participating, but enough nooks and crannies existed that we could feel like we were exploring by ourselves.
I had to promise my kids we will do this again. They get to do more than their fair share of these things, so wanting to return is high praise from them. However, I think I will leave the toddler at home next time. She was kind of a fun-kill. She would have preferred to spend the whole visit in the reading room playing with Legos on my lap. I think if you ONLY have a toddler, you can have slow-paced family fun at The Bakken. My 10 Things below contain several activities that littler kids would enjoy. However, trying to balance her slower pace with the pace of the older kids left me out of much of the fun.
A family membership to the Bakken is only $65/year. This is a deal if you plan to attend a more than one Discovery Day or have a budding young scientist on your hands. If you live close, this would also be a good deal for the quiet reading room and its Legos.