Santa Pictures in Sioux City & How to Win Yours For Free!

This post is sponsored by the Southern Hills Mall.

Santa is coming to the Southern Hills Mall, for photos and for fun! Want to take pictures with Santa this holiday season? Would your kids would love the chance to hang out with Santa and make crafts or eat cookies? Here's everything you want to know about Santa's visits to the Southern Hills Mall, plus a fun opportunity to win a Santa Photo Package from the Southern Hills Mall! I have taken my kids to have pictures taken with Santa at the Southern Hills Mall in the past, and Santa was very sweet, even after all of my kids refused to sit on his lap (I ended up holding one while the other stood in front of Santa. It was still cute!). This week I saw the mall elves setting up the photo area, and it looks so festive and cute, with tons of traditional Christmas decorations and props! If you want a classic Santa photo experience, the Southern Hills Mall is definitely the place to go.

Santa Photos
Santa will be available for photos a…

Siouxland Families Explore Prairie Park

Sioux City's newest park just had it's grand opening! We checked out Prairie Park, just off Lewis Boulevard, and were pleasantly surprised. Prairie Park makes use of some previously untended land near the water treatment plant and now provides a butterfly habitat and fishing pond, along with about a mile of walking trails and a shelter with several picnic tables.

The pond has a wide trail around it, which is perfect for walking with kids. We saw a pair of geese which was very exciting to my 1 and 5 year olds, and the water was beautiful and peaceful. You could hear a little bit of highway noise when you were on the part of the trail closest to the road, but overall the plants provided a nice screen from the sound, and I would guess they will do so even more as the park grows and matures in future years. There were several people fishing while we were there, and the DNR stocks the pond so it is sure to reliably have fish.

The prairie grass and butterfly habitat weren't ver…

Siouxland Families Explore Stone State Park

One of the most peaceful places in Siouxland is also bustling with life and adventure. Stone State Park, nestled in the northwest corner of Sioux City, provides just under 1600 acres of hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoors fun, and it especially shines in fall when the leaves change colors! Stone State Park's official address is 5001 Talbot Road, and you can get to it from Highway 12 on the west of the park, or Stone Park Boulevard or Talbot Road from the east of the park. Stone Park is part of the Loess Hills, a unique geographic formation of a type only found here and one place in China, and the trails have varying scenery of woodland or prairie type plants. Stone State Park is considered an "urban wildlife sanctuary" and has a rich history which includes a zoo built there a century ago and torn down decades ago, and a Civilian Conservation Corps camp between the World Wars (the CCC built the Lodge and many of the other structures and entrances!). The road thr…

Sioux City Christmas 2018

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 10th10am-noon: Kids' Club: Jolly Santa Crafts at Michael's Crafts, $2 for simple craft for 3+, $5 for more complex craft for 6+noon-4pm: Christmas at the Homestead at the Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve, visits with Santa, kids' crafts, Christmas carolers, vendor fair, and more1-3pm: MAKEbreak at Michael's Crafts: Christmas ornaments (supplies to decorate ornament free with purchase of ornament)
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, endi…

Siouxland Families Explore Ravine Park and First Bride's Grave

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

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 11/110am: Pat-a-Cake Pals at the South Sioux City Library10:30-11:15am: Storytime at North Sioux City LibraryFri 11/210am: Toddler Time at the South Sioux City Library2-5pm: Author visit and book signing by local author Dee Ashley at the North Sioux City Library, including a 4pm reading of her debut book, The True Story of Eddie the DuckSat 11/39am-noon: Home Depot Kids Building Event: Helicopters, registration online encouraged10-11am: Reading Buddy program at North Sioux City Library: K-3rd grade students are encouraged to come practice reading wit…

Star Wars: A New Hope at the Sioux City Symphony

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 …