About DI

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The Destination ImagiNation® program helps kids build important, lifelong skills, such as problem solving, teamwork and divergent thinking.

Teams solve two types of Challenges within the program year. The Central Team Challenge involves structural, technical or theatrical oriented Challenges and takes several months to solve. Throughout that time the teams also practice improvisational Instant Challenges, which stimulate the team’s ability to think quickly and creatively with only minutes to prepare solutions.

When tournament time rolls around, each team’s score reflects its Central Team Challenge performance plus its response to an Instant Challenge. (More about the Team Challenge.)   |  (More about Instant Challenge.)

Destination ImagiNation® is a membership-based organization. On a yearly basis, thousands of committed volunteers, parents, educators, and former program participants generously offer their time and effort in support of the program.
Many of these volunteers serve as Team Managers, Program Coordinators, Tournament Officials as well as Affiliate and International Board members.

Corporate America believes in Destination ImagiNation!® Our program receives significant corporate support from several important organizations, including National Dairy Council (our International Sponsor) as well as 3M, Philips Consumer Electronics, Inc., Best Buy and Sam Goody. Sponsorship opportunities exist at the international and local levels.

Additional detailed information can be obtained by visiting the Minnesota and National DI websites: www.mndi.org  OR  www.idodi.org

Check out some Delano DI Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V49dGgK3ous

What Does it Cost?

Rising Stars! 2nd Grade - $75

Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Levels 3rd – 12th Grade - $150

Though this is not your "ordinary" extra-curricular activity, Activity Fee Includes: Team materials – Delano DI t-shirt, costumes, set-building art supplies, instant-challenge supplies, regional, and state competition registration.

Sign Up

Registration is in September - Look for it in the Fall Community Ed Brochure, you can register by phone at 763.972.6210, option 1 or online using the Register link above.

Each team is comprised of 2 - 7 members:  

Students:  It's our goal to keep friends together whenever possible, so we encourage you to ask a buddy to sign up with you!
Parents:  Are you wondering how much of a commitment this is for you? Read on....

If you're reading this, you have taken the first step in finding out more about this amazing program geared toward your child. So now your wondering what you'll be getting your child, and yourself, into right? Rest assured...It will be more rewarding, fun, and valuable for you and your child then you could have ever imagined. Just like any other extra curricular activity there are a few things that your child's team will need your support with. All we ask is that you help out with one of the following:

  • Co-Manager - There are three roles for co-managers: Main Challenge, Instant Challenge, & Admin
  • Skill Mentor - Come to a meeting and teach your child's team a skill (sewing, welding, building, etc)
  • Chauffeur - Help to get your child's team to meetings, instant challenge events, etc.—occasionally
  • Provide snacks for practices (this is important so the cost is shared among all of the team members and not just the managers or meeting hosts)
  • Provide creative supplies (extra things from around your house that your child's team could use for their challenges/props/sets)
  • Store theatrical props at your home
  • Host pre-season party for your child's team
  • Host post-season party for your child's team   
  • Help out at one of the fundraising events
  • Help out at a tournament (usually 1 to 2 hour shift)
  • Take practice and tournament photos as well as video to share with the group.

Take practice and tournament photos as well as video to share with the group.