your discovery center

The Magic City Discovery Center is a 501©(3) non-profit, incorporated as Children’s Museum of Minot, Inc. doing business as Magic City Discovery Center committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. 

Starting in 2013, a visionary community children’s museum group succeeded in establishing a children’s museum in Minot to serve the greater North Dakota region. The STEAM focused education center is a creativity sanctuary where children will be challenged to solve problems and gain life skills while playing in a fun and safe environment. 

 

The Magic City Discovery Center is a direct result of public-private partnerships with the City of Minot, Minot Park District, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation - Department of Defense, the State of North Dakota, and numerous supporters from regional businesses, foundations, and individuals.

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mission & Vision

To engage children and families in the magic of lifelong learning through discovery, creativity and play.

 

The Magic City Discovery Center will become a destination to bring children, their families and caregivers together in an interactive environment that inspires creativity, encourages play and enhances education.

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staff

Wendy Keller
Wendy Keller

Executive Director wendy@magiccitydiscoverycenter.com I worked in the financial services industry for 34 years until the excitement for my volunteer "job” took over my life. I was initially a Magic City Discovery Center founding board member and then moved into the leadership role of Executive Director. I am married to Lee Keller and have 2 grown children. I love children and am passionate about fostering lifelong learning!

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Liz Weeks
Liz Weeks

Education and Outreach Director liz@magiccitydiscoverycenter.com I am an elementary educator. I taught Kindergarten for three years in Florida before moving to North Dakota where I taught at Dakota Elementary School for 6 years. My husband and I have two beautiful daughters and have made Minot home since 2011. I am proud to be part of this discovery center and I just love watching the lightbulbs go off when children discover and learn new things!

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Maren Vangsness
Maren Vangsness

Digital Media Specialist marketing@magiccitydiscoverycenter.com

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Amy Rietveld
Amy Rietveld

Office Manager info@magiccitydiscoverycenter.com I have worked in the financial and accounting industry for over 20 years. I have been with the discovery center for 1 1/2 years. I grew up in Minot, moved away, then came back to Minot 12 years ago with my husband and 2 sons. The discovery center is going to be an amazing learning center for children all over North Dakota and the surrounding areas. I am so excited to be part of this wonderful addition to my hometown of Minot.

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Myranda Brown
Myranda Brown

Community Outreach Specialist myranda@magiccitydiscoverycenter.com I am an elementary educator. I taught in Southeast Georgia for 5 years. I decided to move with my dog, Chief, in late February of 2022. I was searching for a new and exciting adventure as well as a colder climate! I am excited to reach and educate the young minds across North Dakota and the surrounding areas with exhilarating STEAM activities. “Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story.” - Josh Shipp

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