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Sioux City Christmas 2018

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Christmas is coming! The Sioux City area has so many fun and festive events to celebrate the Christmas season, and this post will be updated throughout the coming weeks as new events and details are announced to share all the festive fun with you!

Christmas EventsSaturday November 10thnoon-4pm: Christmas at the Homestead at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, visits with Santa, kids' crafts, Christmas carolers, vendor fair, and more
Monday November 19thDowntown for the Holidays in Downtown Sioux City including3-5:30pm: free admission to LaunchPad Children's museum with donation to the Warming Shelterfree cocoa from Evolve Yoga5-8pm: Sioux City Public Museum open6:15pm: parade on 4th street beginning at 4th & Iowa, ending with Santa leading the lighting of the big tree in front of the Sioux City Public Museum6:30pm: Festival of Trees opening with live handbell music and festive dancing in Ho-Chunk Center (various groups and organizations from around Siouxland decorate a…

Siouxland Families Explore Ravine Park and First Bride's Grave

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Fall hikes are my favorite. The leaves are changing color, the mosquitoes are dead, and the weather is cool enough you aren't too hot in hiking pants. And surprisingly, one of our Sioux City city parks offers a great Iowa hike with a view of the Missouri River, varied terrain, wildlife, and even a little bit of spooky history!


Ravine Park is located at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Lewis Blvd, and is 120 acres. The entrance of the park has a small gravel parking area, then a bridge across the ravine to get to the rest of the park. My kids love looking over the bridge, and if it has rained enough, you can even play Pooh Sticks (basically, stick races, but we call it Pooh Sticks because it is mentioned in the book The House at Pooh Corner--let each kid choose a distinctive stick, then everyone tosses their sticks in the water from the upstream side of the bridge, then everyone runs across to the other side of the bridge. Whoever's stick appears from under the bridge first…

November 2018 Sioux City 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 on fun things to do in Sioux City and in our surrounding communities! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tabto find our lists for othermonths.
Free eventsThurs 11/1Fri 11/2Sat 11/39am-noon: Home Depot Kids Building Event: Helicopters, registration online encouraged11am: First Family Saturday Storytime at the Aalfs (downtown) branch of the Sioux City Public Library
Sun 11/4Mon 11/5Tues 11/611am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek Branch of the Sioux City Public LibraryWeds 11/7Thurs 11/8Fri 11/9Sat 11/10
Sun 11/11Mon 11/12Tues 11/1310am: Nature Tales at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, for preschoolers with an adult caregiver, registration required by calling (712)258-0838 or by e-mailing TKruid@WoodburyPar…

Star Wars: A New Hope at the Sioux City Symphony

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This weekend, epic adventure sweeps into Siouxland as the Sioux City Symphony presents Star Wars like you've never experienced it! The original Star Wars movie, now known as A New Hope (episode 4) will be shown on a huge screen at the Orpheum theater with the original voice and sound effects, however the symphonic music originally provided by the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1977 film will be replaced by live music from the Sioux City Symphony!

A New Hope is rated PG, but there are few scary moments, and I would recommend this event for kids 8+ who can sit still and quiet for 2+ hours (the movie run time is 121 minutes, plus plan on a few minutes of introduction from the Sioux City Symphony and possibly an intermission) and who are okay with some sci-fi suspense and fighting.

Star Wars: A New Hope at the Sioux City Symphony has two performance times:
Saturday September 29th at 7:30pmSunday September 30th at 3pm
All seats are $49, and tickets are available online or at the box …

Siouxland Halloween 2018

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Halloween this year is on a Wednesday (October 31st), and there is no ordinance setting trick-or-treat hours for neighborhoods in Dakota Dunes, North Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Sioux City, or South Sioux City, but traditionally it is recommended kids go between 6 and 8pm.
Here are some other fun ways to celebrate Halloween in the Siouxland area this October (this list will be updated as I hear of new events, and I will try to make sure they are shared in the Facebook group as well, so check back throughout the month!):


Saturday October 6th10am-4pm: Earl May Pumpkin Fest featuring games, clowns, a bounce house and more, plus free pumpkin painting with purchase of a pumpkin
Sunday October 7th10am-3pm: Pumpkin Day at the Pioneer Farmer's Market in Sergeant Bluff, with face painting, rock painting, pumpkin painting, and tons of delicious seasonal foodWednesday October 10th9:30-10:30am: Mommy & Me Morning Halloween Party at Chick-fil-A, kids are encouraged to wear costumes to trick…

Siouxland Pumpkin Patches 2018

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One of the best parts of living right in the middle of some of the world's best farmland is access to amazing pumpkin patches! Here are some of the great pumpkin patches within a 2 hour drive from downtown Sioux City, listed by distance from downtown Sioux City. This roundup will be updated as more information about 2018 pumpkin patch hours, rates, and events are available. Please e-mail me if you own or operate a pumpkin patch and would like to update your entry or add a patch to our list!
Scarecrow Farms
Location: 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, Iowa Distance from downtown Sioux City: 8.7 miles/ 15 minutes (4 miles East of Menards) Directions from downtown Sioux City: Take US-20 East to Lawton, then turn left on Charles Ave. Scarecrow Farms will be on the right. Dates openCosts: Admission is $9 for ages 3 & up and free for ages 2 & under, firepit rental is $39.95 for 4 hours, shelter rental is $79.95 (small shelter) or $149.95 (large shelter) for 4 hours, and zipline $14.95 pe…

Birthday Freebies & Discounts around Sioux City

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It's my birthday! To celebrate, I'm sharing with you this list of birthday freebies and deals you can score from restaurants and stores in the Sioux City area.

As far as I can tell these are all in effect as of September 2018, but always read the rules and terms from whoever is offering them, as they could change. Some stores keep their promotions the same for years and years (like Starbucks) while others change them frequently (like Sephora--usually a makeup sample of some sort). For all of them, you have to be signed up for their rewards program and/or e-mail list, which will mean you get marketing and other e-mails from them throughout the year as well, so keep that in mind when deciding which ones are worth signing up for. I recommend signing up at least 2 months in advance, as some automatically send the birthday reward e-mail a few days in advance, or at the beginning of your birthday month, and if you aren't on the list before the auto-send date, you usually won&#…