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Festival Fun at Saturday in the Park 2017

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Fireworks. Funnel cake. Ferris wheel. Funk music.
Saturday in the Park 2017 will feature all that and more, and you're going to want to be part of the tens of thousands of people who flock to Grandview Park on Saturday, July 1, 2017 to be a part of the fun! This year's festival will bring us funk, blues, country, and rock and is headlined by Joss Stone (here is her website, and my favorite song of hers) and also features 35th & Taylor, a local band who's making a big splash nationally (check them out here). After the concert, Saturday in the Park features Sioux City's best Fourth of July fireworks show, usually beginning sometime between 10:30pm and midnight. (The last performance, Joss Stone, is scheduled to begin at 8:45pm, but sometimes things run behind schedule by the end of the day due to weather, technical delays, performer health, and/or audience demand for encores)
And while the music is mostly adult oriented, kids around Siouxland look forward each year t…

Rock Painting Fun Hits Sioux City!

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If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot these rocks or other uniquely painted rocks around Siouxland! A creative new hobby is sweeping the country, and Sioux City families are discovering the fun of rock painting and hunting.
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To participate, paint rocks, hide them around town, and/or find rocks others have painted and hidden. That's it!
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The painted rock trend started as the Kindness Rocks movement. A woman named Megan in Cape Cod who loves finding interesting rocks, shells, and seaglass along the beach thought others might be cheered by finding fun rocks as well. She started painting rocks and leaving them to be found by others. As she posted pictures to social media of her painted rocks, her friends and families wanted to join in on the fun, and it took off like wildfire. Now there are hundreds of groups around the country and world participating, including the Sioux City Rocks Facebook group where you can post pictures of rocks you've painted or fo…

Sioux City Summer Reading Program 2017

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Every year the Sioux City Public Library has fun events, challenges, and prizes to get people excited about reading over the summer. You can find all of the library's summer events on our monthly event lists for June and July and on the library's summer reading page, but here are a few of the highlights, plus info on how to win great prizes from the library:

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The kickoff events started last week with the Summer sampler event at the downtown library. There were crafts, robots, a mini mystery, and lots and lots of kids and books! This morning at 10:30am, Perry Creek branch library kicked off their summer with a fun event featuring the Tumblebus and a planting theme. The kickoff event for the Morningside branch library is tomorrow from 10am to noon and will include some of the amazing trucks and other vehicles that keep Sioux City moving and building! If you haven't had a chance to attend one of the two that happened so far, I definitely encourage you to attend t…

National Donut Day Fun this Friday in Sioux City!

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Jitters Donuts says: "A 'hole' lotta fun tomorrow for National Donut Day! Come on and take a pic with our giant Jitter donut!"Friday June 2nd is National Donut Day, and two of my all time favorite Sioux City eateries are planning some delicious deals and fun for donut lovers! National Donut Day sounds like a new made up holiday, but has actually been around since the 1930's when the Salvation Army in Chicago held the first such day in honor of Salvation Army members who gave donuts to Allied soldiers in WWI, with proceeds of the first National Donut Day going to help those in need due to the Great Depression! Today in some cities it is still a fundraiser for the Salvation Army and other charities, but for most it is just a fun day to enjoy a favorite food and score some deals. In Sioux City, here are the best donut related celebrations happening tomorrow:Jitters
Jitters Donuts at 306 Virginia Street in downtown Sioux City said that for National Donut Day (beside…

Win Prizes by Visiting Sioux City Attractions with Tourist in Your Town 2017

Want to win fun prizes like gift certificates, ice skating passes, or a Sioux City "staycation" compete with hotel accommodations, free food, and tickets to a fun event? Here's your chance! Sioux City is again holding a "Tourist in Your Town" promotion. To participated, pick up a "passport" at a local attraction and have it stamped, visit 7 additional participating attractions, and turn it in to the 8th attraction you visit! There are usually lots of great prizes, so your odds of winning *something* are pretty high--I have actually won something every year I've participated! This year the promotion runs from June 1st to July 31st, so you have lots of time to explore Siouxland and get your stamps.
Participating locations include:
Castle Pub/Thinker ToysDorothy Pecaut Nature CenterHunan Palace/Iron Hill Bar & GrillIBP Ice CenterLaunchPAD Children's MuseumLewis & Clark Interpretive CenterLong Lines Family Rec CenterMid America Museum of …

Free Pizza at the new 1000 Degrees Pizzeria this Thursday!!

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1000 Degrees Pizzeria is opening a new restaurant on Hamilton Blvd at 11am this Thursday (May 18th) and to celebrate, they're giving free pizza to everyone who stops by! Every customer who visits this Thursday can choose one free individual size pizza (while supplies last). They're also giving the first 10 customers free pizza for a year! The chain specializes in fast gourmet pizza, cooked quickly in a super hot oven (hence the name!) and also carries chicken wings, breadsticks, and salad. 1000 Degrees Pizzeria Sioux City is located at 1388 Hamilton Blvd, in the strip mall also containing the dollar store, Braunger's Meat, and Scooter's Coffee. You can follow 1000 Degrees Pizza Sioux City on Facebook for the latest news, giveaways, and other fun.***UPDATE: New language on Facebook from 1000 Degrees makes it sound like it is one free 10" pizza per Facebook fan. I have not confirmed this with them but if you can, bring a smartphone or tablet and like them on FB to b…

Siouxland Kids Events June 2017

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 Happening inJuneThurs 6/1: Summer Reading Sampler summer reading kick-off event featuring a mini mystery and mini maker events at Sioux City Aalfs Downtown Library, 2-4pm
Sat 6/3: Yoga in the Park with Be Yoga, outside the Sgt. Floyd River Museum, 9am
Sat 6/3: Kids Building Event: Wooden Tic Tac Toe Game at Home Depot, 9am to Noon, online registration requested, ages 5+
Sat 6/3: Yoga by the River at the Siouxland Y, 9:30am, all ages
Sat 6/3: Wonder Woman celebration at Barnes & Noble including free Wonder Woman comic books while supplies last, 10am
Sat 6/3: Homestead Tour at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, 10-11am…