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January 2018 Siouxland Kids Events

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Each month we will bring you info on events for kids in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one we have missed, please leave us a comment or send us an email. We will update our lists throughout the month as we hear of new events, so check back often for the latest scoop! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tabto find our lists for othermonths.

free eventsMon 1/1 Happy New Year's Day!     All day: Free Day at Norm Waitt YMCA in South Sioux City!Tues 1/2     11am: Library storytime at Perry Creek branch libraryWeds 1/3     10:30am: Library storytime at Morningside branch libraryThurs 1/3Fri 1/5Sat 1/6     9am-noon: Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot: Block Calendars, register online     11am: First Saturday Family Storytime at Sioux City downtown library featuring a live owl from the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center     11am: What Do You Do With a Chance? storytime at Barnes & Noble
Sun 1/7     1-5pm: Open Gym at Sgt. Bluff High School for K-12 studentsMon 1/8     4-6pm:…

Best Places in Sioux City to see Christmas Lights in December 2017

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It's almost Christmas, and that means houses and businesses all over the city are lit up with festive displays! Here are our top picks for where to see the best Christmas lights in the Sioux City area. Have a suggestion we missed? Leave a comment here or on the Christmas lights post in the Siouxland Family Friendly Events Facebook group!

Best streets or neighborhoods
Cherrywood/Applewood in Morningside: Turn west from S Lakeport onto Applewood Lane, the take a right at the bottom of the hill, and another right onto Cherrywood Lane. Cherrywood is a cul de sac that perenially goes above and beyond with Christmas cheer, and many cars visit it each December, so be prepared to take your time and go slow! Then turn right to leave via S Nicollet, which will take you to Glenn Ave.
the Heights/ Grandview Park Rose Garden: I'd suggest starting at Starbucks on Hamilton, then take 24th Street and turn onto W Solway. Take Solway St around to McDonald to go past the Rose Garden, then loop b…

December 2017 Siouxland Kids Events List

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Each month we will bring you info on events for kids in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one we have missed, please leave us a comment or send us an email. We will update our lists throughout the month as we hear of new events, so check back often for the latest scoop! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tabto find our lists for othermonths.

free events
Fri 12/110am: Toddler Time at the South Sioux City Library6-8pm: Evening Hike at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center-dress warmly and wear sturdy boots or shoes!Sat 12/29am-noon: Gingerbread house building at Home Depot, ages 5+, Register online to ensure you get a kit!10-11:30am: Holiday Craft make and take event including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and winter themed crafts, at the Sioux City Public Museum11am: Snow themed First Saturday Family Storytime at Sioux City Aalfs Downtown Library1:30-3:30pm: Rock Painting at Sioux City Aalfs Downtown Library-all ages welcome, all supplies needed will be provided! (read more about th…

#GiftingSiouxland 2017 Gift Guide and Giveaway

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Christmas will be here in about a month, and to help you find perfect gifts for your loved ones, Siouxland Families presents our first annual #GiftingSiouxland gift guide! The Sioux City area is full of great local companies, stores, and makers, and spending some of our holiday dollars with them is a fun way to get unique gifts for friends and family while also supporting our neighbors!
There are too many to list, but here are a few of my top suggestions for where Siouxland Families may find the perfect local gift, and a fun giveaway featuring gifts from some of them:
For something to play with: Thinker Toys: The iconic castle toy store just south of the Southern Hills Mall features a wide variety of toys and games, from well known brands like Lego, Brio, and Melissa & Doug, to quirky independent brands you won't find elsewhere in Siouxland. They also have frisbee golf equipment, which is perfect for Sioux City's various courses (most notably, at Sertoma and Grandview Park…

Prepare Your Family for Winter Storms (and a fun giveaway from Bomgaars to get some lucky readers started!)

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Did you know that Sioux City gets an average of over 30 inches of snow each year? Add to that our low winter temperatures and high winds, and we know that the question for Siouxland residents isn't whether we will have any serious winter storms, but just when they will happen and how severe they'll be... and whether we will be prepared. Here are my top 6 tips for Siouxland Families wanting to stay prepared for winter storms, along with some fun things I found at Bomgaars that could help, AND be sure to read all the way to the bottom to find an awesome giveaway from Bomgaars to help make it happen!


Make a Plan Something every Sioux City family can do today to be more prepared for winter storms is to make a plan. Think about things like how you will get your kids from school if the schools let out early because of weather, who will watch your kids on a snowday, whether you will stay home or go elsewhere if you have no power and/or no heat, and what you will need to have on hand…

Sioux City Christmas

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Christmas this year is on Monday, December 25th, and there is tons of festive local fun planned. As I hear about it, I'll post it here, so bookmark this page!

Here are free Christmas related events and activities in and around Sioux City:

Sat Nov 11 noon-4pm: Christmas at the Homestead at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve featuring free snacks, live music, crafts and activities, as well as vendors selling holiday gifts and more. Santa will be in attendance and visitors can take pictures with him.Mon 11/20 3-5pm: FREE admission to Launchpad Children's Museum with donation of toiletries or hand warmers for the Sioux City Warming Shelter5pm: Free hot chocolate at Evolve Yoga, 411 Pearl6:15pm: Downtown Holiday Lights Parade6:15pm: Festival of Trees kick-off at Ho-Chunk Center7pm: Santa's House Grand Opening (admission and some activities free, some activities have an added cost) at 409 NebraskaFri 12/1 7:30pm: Christmas at Morningside featuring vocal and instrumental music i…

Siouxland Family Friendly Events November 2017

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Each month we will bring you info on events for kids in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one we have missed, please leave us a comment or send us an email. We will update our lists throughout the month as we hear of new events, so check back often for the latest scoop! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tabto find our lists for othermonths.

free events
Weds 11/1 10:30am: Library storytime at Morningside branch library6pm: Bilingual storytime at South Sioux City LibraryThurs 11/210am: Pat-a-Cake Pals at South Sioux City Library6:30pm Tech Explorers at South Sioux City LibraryFri 11/310am: Toddler Time at South Sioux City LibrarySat 11/49am-noon: Kids Building Workshop: Military Appreciation Humvee at Home Depot, register online to ensure you get a kit11am: First Saturday Family Storytime at Sioux City Aalfs Downtown Library11am: Float the Little Sioux with Woodbury County Conservation, bring your own kayak/canoe/etc, meet at Walling Access 1 mile north of Correctionville, …