Valentine's Day Fun for Siouxland Families


Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2020 is a Friday and there are lots of lovely things to do in Sioux City and Sioux Fall to get into the spirit, including several where you can make a one-of-a-kind gift for your valentine! Consider this your ultimate guide to Valentine's Day in Sioux City and Sioux Falls, and check back often, as I'll update throughout the coming weeks as new events and details are shared.

Valentine's Day Activities in Sioux City

  • Valentine's Day Heart Wreath workshop at Pickled Palette on Thurs. 1/30 from 6-8pm, $24
  • Heart String Art Kids Building Event at Home Depot on Sat. 2/1 from 9am to noon. *FREE*
  • Bestie Bash at the Southern Hills Mall on Sat. 2/1 from noon to 2pm featuring snacks, games, and a friendship bracelet craft. *FREE*
  • Valentine Metal Tooling mixed media class at the Sioux City Art Center on Sat. 2/8 at 10:30am, $7
  • Valentine Pop Art painting class at the Sioux City Art Center on Sat. 2/8 at 10:30am, $10
  • Kindness Rocks rock painting event at the Sioux City Public Library, hosted by the Original Siouxland Rocks group, on Sat. 2/8 from 1-4pm, *FREE*

Valentine's Day Activities in Sioux Falls

  • Heart String Art Kids Building Event at Home Depot on Sat 2/1 from 9am to noon *FREE*

Happy Valentine's Day!
You might also enjoy my post about family friendly things to do in Sioux City in February 2020 (coming soon!)


Kids Events in Siouxland January 2020

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Each month I bring you info on family friendly events and activities in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one I have missed, please leave me a comment or send me an email. I will update my lists throughout the month as I hear of new things to do in Sioux City and our surrounding communities, so check back often for the latest scoop! I  recommend checking out my Event Lists tab to find our lists for other months, and this month, you may also enjoy my posts on Best Places to Play Inside in Siouxland, Snow Sports in Siouxland, and Best Places to Play Inside in Sioux Falls.

Best Places to Play Inside in Sioux Falls

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When winter weather means outdoor play is off the table, there's still tons of fun to be had inside in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area, where kids can climb, explore, and learn about history, science, art, animals, and much more, all year round. Here are some of the best places to play inside in Sioux Falls in winter:

Snow Sports in Siouxland



It's officially snowy fun season in Sioux City!

While we don't have huge mountains, we do have plentiful snow, and some great places to enjoy snow sports. I researched the best places to enjoy snow sports in Sioux City, Sioux Falls, and our surrounding communities in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota like Hinton, Ponca, and Yankton, and I was inspired by the beautiful scenery, and by the pictures shared with me of families having so much fun out in the cold. I hope you will be too!

Here's where to go sledding, tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and ice skating in or near Sioux City:

Start the New Year with a Siouxland First Day Hike!


On January 1st, 2020, state parks across the nation will be hosting "First Day Hikes" to encourage people to start their year off well!

Best Places to Play Inside in Sioux City


Winter in Siouxland sometimes 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:

Winter 2019 Books From Midwest Authors

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Welcome to my  Midwest authors series! Seasonally, I'll highlight books from Midwest authors that your family might enjoy, both new books and books you might have missed or forgotten. Some of the books featured are books I've received free from publishers or authors for review purposes, and all Amazon links are affiliate links.


What's better than reading a book together while watching snow fall outside? For me, a cozy midwest winter wouldn't be complete without some new books to read and to gift to others. Here are a few books by Midwest authors that you may want to add to your wishlist, or buy for kids, teachers, and others in your life. There are books here for all ages and stages, from picture books to a YA thriller, and a kitchen planner the moms and Grandmas in your life will love! Enjoy:



Best Experience Gifts for Siouxland Families

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Christmas gifts that create lasting memories--that's what we are all looking for, right? While the right toy, game, or book can definitely be a treasure that leads to making happy memories, an increasing number of families are also finding the value in "experience" gifts. We are lucky to have a plethora of options here in Sioux City and in our neighboring communities like Omaha and Sioux Falls. From museum memberships to concert tickets, here are some of my top recommendations for experience gifts for Siouxland Families for Christmas 2019 or any gift-giving occasion, along with a few suggestions of physical items to pair with them if you'd like your kids or other loved ones to have something to physically open and enjoy on Christmas morning in anticipation of the experience gift:


New Years Eve Fun for Siouxland Families

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2020 is almost here! Are you looking for a fun way to spend it with your kids? While I definitely love playing board games, eating junk food, Netflix countdowns, and other New Year's fun at home, going out can be a really special way to celebrate the end of the year and the start of the new one. Here are some of the planned events your family might enjoy together to celebrate New Year's Eve. All events are on New Year's Eve, Tuesday 12/31/19, unless otherwise noted. You might also enjoy my post on Christmas events in Sioux City.


Family Friendly Events in Siouxland December 2019



Each month I bring you info on family friendly events and activities in the Siouxland Area. If you know of one I have missed, please leave me a comment or send me an email. I will update my lists throughout the month as I hear of new things to do in Sioux City and our surrounding communities, so check back often for the latest scoop! I  recommend checking out my Event Lists tab to find our lists for other months, and this month, you may also enjoy my posts on Christmas events in Sioux City (most are included in this post as well, but there are more details in the Christmas specific post!, Christmas Road Trips (which includes many festive events in nearby communities like Sioux Falls, Omaha, Vermillion, Yankton, and Okoboji!), and Family Friendly New Year's Eve.


Christmas Road Trips for Siouxland Families

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There are tons of great holiday events happening in the coming weeks in some of our nearby communities. Here are some of my top picks for Christmas events within about 4 hours or so of Sioux City that could make a really fun day trip or weekend trip for families in the Siouxland area! This post will be updated with 2019 details as they are available!


Christmas Tree Farms Near Sioux City

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Here are some of the Christmas tree farms I found within about 2 hours of Sioux City. Some didn't have many details available yet, but I encourage you to give them a call if you have questions about the one you want to visit. The Christmas tree farmers I spoke to in writing this post were super nice, festive people who are genuinely excited about helping families make the season special. This post currently shows dates, hours, and prices for 2018 unless otherwise noted. It will be updated soon with 2019 details!

Sioux City Christmas

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  for 2019 are announced. I'm thrilled to share all the festive fun with you! You might also enjoy my posts on Christmas Road Trips (Christmas events in places like Omaha, Sioux Falls, Okoboji, and more!) Christmas Tree Farms in Siouxland, Family Friendly New Year's Eve, Experience Gifts for Siouxland Families (coming soon!), and Last Minute Christmas Gifts You Can Buy in Siouxland!

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This post features the best Christmas events in Siouxland, the best places in Siouxland to see Christmas lights, and some of the best places in Siouxland to see Santa! Want to skip ahead to another section? Just click on any of the links in this paragraph and it'll take you right there!