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10 Best Free Love Songs and 10 Worth Paying For

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Have you heard about Freegal yet? Every Sioux City Public Library card holder can download 5 free mp3 songs each week, and they are yours to keep, and it is all completely legal! Just go to this link or click on the "eresources" tab on the Sioux City Library homepage and then choose Freegal. Then, login with your library card. If it asks for a pin number, that should be your four digit month and day of birth, but ask a librarian if that doesn't work. Anyway, in honor of Valentine's Day, here are 10 love songs on Freegal I think are worth downloading (ask your Valentine-or your kid-for permission to use their 5 songs for the week if you want all 10) and 10 that aren't on Freegal, but which I think are worth paying for (I'm part of the Amazon affiliate program, so if you buy something through one of my links, I get a tiny % of Amazon's profits but your price doesn't change. I think it'd work out to a nickel per song downloaded). I don't keep an…

February 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 eventsThurs 2/1Fri 2/2Sat 2/3      9am to noon: Home Depot Kids Building Workshop: Valentine's Day Bean Bag Toss      11am: First Saturday Storytime at Sioux City downtown library      11am: I am Harriet Tubman storytime at Barnes & Noble

Sun 2/4 Mon 2/5 Tues 2/6      11am: Library Storytime at Perry Creek Branch Library      6pm: a night of FUN at South Sioux City Library Weds 2/7      10:30am: Library Storytime at Morningside Branch Library      6pm: Bilingual Story Time at South Sioux City Library Thurs 2/8      10am: Pat-a-Cake Pals at South Sioux City Library      4-7pm: Farm-tastic Birthday Celebration at Launchpad Children's …

Best Places to Play Inside in Sioux City

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Winter in Siouxland means frigid temps, arctic winds, and plenty of snow, ice, and slush, but that doesn't we have to stay cooped up! Here are some of my top suggestions for where Sioux City area kids can play indoors when the weather outside is frightful:

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The Sioux City Art Center: The Sioux City Art Center, besides the great art on display for adults and art lovers of all ages, also features a huge kids' interactive art room where Siouxland families and other visitors can build with Duplos, make shapes from giant geometric magnets, stack wooden sculpture pieces, put together puzzle versions of classic works of art, create their own animations, and more. You The Sioux City Public Museum: The Sioux City Public Museum has a wide variety of exhibits, but arguably the most fun for kids is the giant sandbox where they can dig for fossils!The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center: The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center has interactive fun and live animals on display year round.
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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!

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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.

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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…