Beyond Storybook Land … a City for Youth

Aberdeen residents devote great time and resources to the aforementioned Storybook Land, but it’s just one example of the city’s emphasis on children. Wylie Park, adjacent to Storybook Land, has family walking trails, a pretty lake and a zoo of Great Plains wildlife. Aberdonians’ most recent investment for youth is an $8 million library, which opened in 2017. The 30,000-square-foot K.O. Lee Library (215 4th Ave. SE) near downtown is a splash of color, light and learning. An eclectic children’s area includes virtual escape rooms with an Old McDonald’s Farm, optical illusions and laser shows — plus books, of course. Wizard of Oz aficionados will want to see the Baum exhibit. Families with children will also appreciate the special “please touch” exhibits at Dacotah Prairie Museum.

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