Tinkergarten offers preschool learning fun this fall!

Have you heard of Tinkergarten? It's a fun learning option for the preschool crowd that is new to Siouxland in 2018. I chatted with the Tinkergarten leaders for Sioux City and Spencer to find out more about it. Here's what Siouxland families should know about Tinkergarten:

What is Tinkergarten?
Tinkergarten is a play based outdoor preschool program for kids ages 2-5. Tinkergarten focuses on hands-on activities and lots of movement and exploration. Sessions are usually about an hour long and take place at local parks where kids can discover nature while learning with their peers.
According to the Tinkergarten website, focus areas are:

sensory skillsmotor skillsfocus and self-controlself-reliancecreativity & imaginationcollaborationproblem solvingempathycommunication
Who teaches it? Sarah Newswander teaches Tinkergarten in Sioux City and says: "I have a background in early childhood education and elementary education (AS in Early Childhood Education, BA in Elementary Ed…

Siouxland Kids Events September 2018

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
Sat 9/19am-noon: Kids Building Workshop: Field Goal at Home Depot, ages 5-12, register online to ensure a kit is saved for you

Sun 9/2Mon 9/3 Labor DayTues 9/411am: Library storytime at Perry Creek Branch LibraryWeds 9/510:30am: Library storytime at Morningside Branch LibraryThurs 9/6Fri 9/7Sat 9/8
Sun 9/9Mon 9/10Tues 9/1111am: Library storytime at Perry Creek Branch Library6pm: Monarch Butterfly Tagging in the Prairie with Woodbury County Conservation, meet at prairie entrance 1/2 mile north of intersection of Military Road & Talbot RoadWeds 9/1210:30am: Library storytime at Morningside Branch LibraryThurs 9/13Fri 9/14Sa…

2018 Siouxland County Fairs Roundup

From the animals, interactive fun, and live entertainment to the glory and defeat from entering competitions, county fairs are one of the best parts of late summer around Siouxland!
If you live in Sioux City, our county fair, the Woodbury County will be  August 1-5 in Moville. You can find more info in my 2018 Woodbury County Fair post.

 Here's the scoop on as many other nearby fairs as I could find details for, divided by state and then put in alphabetical order. This post will be updated frequently throughout the summer as more details become available. If you are affiliated with a county fair and have info to share, please e-mail me so I can include it!
Iowa Buena Vista County Dates: July 8-11 Location: Alta, Iowa Highlights: For more information: Cherokee County Dates: July 19-22 Location: Cherokee, IA Highlights: Casey Muessigmann, Cherokee Can Chase, Tractor and Truck Pull, Demolition Derby, Bill Reilly Talent Show, Kids Day, and more!
For more information: Visit the Chero…

Midwest State Fairs 2018

One of my favorite things about summer is fairs, and here in the upper Midwest we have some of the best of them in the whole world. Here are the details on the Iowa state fair, and the fairs of states that share a border with us, in alphabetical order.  If fairs are your thing too, be sure to also check out my 2018 Siouxland County Fairs Roundup post, coming soon!
Iowa State FairWhen: August 9th-19thWhere: Des Moines, IowaGrandstand acts & other highlights: Casting CrownsReba McIntireDaughtry with Ben RectorOld DominionJim GaffiganSugarlandPapa Roach and ChevelleThomas Rhett with Danielle BradberyPeter CeteraEarth, Wind, and FireFlorida Georgia Linelargest state fair food department in the countryone of the world's largest livestock showsfood from over 200 stands including 50 new foods for 2018 like rainbow popcorn and maple bacon ice creamgoat yoganew Fair After Dark programRed Trouser Show acrobatsthe Nadasthe Rubber Chicken Show with Greg FrisbeeFor more info: Check out th…

Family Fun at the Woodbury County Fair 2018

The 2018 Woodbury County Fair is coming soon! The county fair is one of my family's favorite Siouxland events, and I definitely recommend it to other families looking for fun. If you're considering going to this year's fair, here's what you need to know about it:

Basic DetailsWhen it is: Wednesday August 1st through Sunday August (Drop off exhibits on Monday July 30th if you are competing in most Open Class events--more details on that below, so don't stress if that sounds like a foreign language)
Where it is: The Woodbury County Fairgrounds in Moville, Iowa, about 10-15 minutes past Menards if coming from downtown Sioux City
How much it costs: General daily admission is $1 for kids 5-11, and $5 for ages 12+. Competitor passes are $12 for adults or $2 for kids and include daily admission for the entire fair week. Admission to grandstand events is separate from daily admission and vary by event. On Wednesday August 2nd, kids get free admission to the fair all day.


Siouxland Fireworks & 4th of July Fun 2018

If you're ready to don your red, white, and blue to party like it's 1776, here's where you can catch fireworks and other patriotic fun in and around Sioux City this 4th of July:

Tuesday, July 3rd
fireworks after the Sioux City Explorers baseball game at Lewis & Clark park9pm-1am: Bronson, IA street dance
Wednesday, July 4th
all day: Free icy pops from the Riverfront Museum (the boat!)10am: Fourth of July parade in Bronson, IA11am: Fourth of July parade in LeMars, IA, followed by a picnic lunch hosted by the Plymouth County Historical Society8pm: LeMars Municipal Band concert at Foster Park in LeMars, IA dusk: fireworks show from Plymouth County Fairgrounds, with patriotic accompaniment on KLEM 1410AM/96.9FMdusk: fireworks in Copeland Park, Correctionville, IAdusk: fireworks in Bronson, IAafter the Sioux City Explorers baseball game at Lewis & Clark park11pm: fireworks after the Shooter Jennings & Chris Knight concert at the Beaumont in Wayne, NEFriday, July 6th

Siouxland Splash Pads

Splash pads are popping up across Siouxland, and in this weather, we sure need them! Splash pads are park areas that don't have any standing water like a pool, but have lots of fountains, dumping buckets, sprayers, and other water features kids can run through, under, over, or past to get nice and wet on a hot day
The Sioux City splashpads get mostly rave reviews from local families, but the most common complaint when one comes up is kids slipping. To avoid this, make sure kids are in water shoes with good grip on the bottom, not in flip flops or other shoes with smooth bottoms. And don't forget your sunscreen!
Here's where you can go to join in on the refreshing splash pad fun in and around Sioux City in 2018:
Cone Park
Where: 3800 Line Drive
Open: 10am-8pm
Cook Park Where: 505 Market Street Open: 10am-8pm Dale Street Park

Where: 1514 Dale Street
Open: 10am-8pm Leeds Park

Where: 3810 41st Street
Open: 10am-8pm Miracle Field at Riverside Park
*Miracle Field is my top rec…