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Why Hawks Coffee Shop is a Must-Visit in Sergeant Bluff

In 2018, a Sergeant Bluff woman opened a new coffee shop, named after her beloved father-in-law. Since then, it's flourished into one of the area's best places not just for coffee, but for community, which was her dream all along. Here's what families should know about Hawks Coffee Shop. Where is Hawks Coffee Shop Hawks Coffee Shop is at 110 Gaul Drive in Sergeant Bluff, IA. There is ample free parking in the lot front of the shop, and there is a drive-through at Hawks Coffee Shop. Hawks Coffee Shop is right next to the Sergeant Bluff Recreation Complex, and I definitely recommend visiting them on the way to or from sporting events there. I recently had a kids' sporting event at the rec complex that I had to drop one of my kids off for an hour early, so I went to Hawks and was back way before time to start cheering for my kid and it was such a nice treat to carry around with me and sip on while he competed. Drinks at Hawks Coffee Shop As the name implies, Hawks has lots

Halloween in Sioux City & Siouxland

*NOW UPDATED FOR HALLOWEEN 2022* CLICK HERE TO GO TO FULL OCTOBER EVENTS LIST INSTEAD Siouxland rocks at Halloween. We've got everything from kid-friendly trunk-or-treat events and craft projects to a possibly-haunted former asylum that will terrify even teens. And as 2022 dates and details are released for more Halloween events in Sioux City and our neighboring communities, I'll try to include them all here! So bookmark this page and check back anytime you want to know where to celebrate this season, whether you're looking for spooky or sweet! Please keep in mind that things may change especially quickly this year, so please stay flexible and patient as everyone tries to find the right balance of caution and fun. Table of Contents Pumpkin Patches Events in Sioux City Trunk-or-Treats in Sioux City Events in Sioux Falls Events & Trunk-or-Treats in other Siouxland Communities Halloween Road Trips Trick-or-Treat in Siouxland 2022 There a

Art and Writing Contests for Siouxland Kids

I love contests that encourage kids to create art and write, and there are actually some really fun opportunities in our area for kids to win great prizes by using their imagination to write and to make art! A few of my top tips to ensure your kids do their best work and have fun: Check deadlines carefully to make sure your entries are on time. Most contests are pretty strict, and it'd be such a bummer to work hard but be ineligible because you mailed or emailed a day late! Check other details carefully too--I entered one of the University of Iowa writing contests recently (more info below!) and realized after submitting that my computer's default font wasn't one of their approved fonts. Consider printing coloring sheets on cardstock (I buy the cheapest brand from walmart) if using wet mediums like paint, markers, watercolors, glue, etc so that the paper doesn't get a tear in it. Let your kids do the work! Kids art should look like (talented!) kids did it, and while it

October Events in Siouxland for Kids & Families

CLICK HERE TO GO TO FULL LIST OF HALLOWEEN EVENTS ONLY INSTEAD Every month I bring you the best things to do in Sioux City and Siouxland, from storytimes and crafts to music festivals, streaming concerts, and holidays from silly to serious. This month, some of the highlights include Fall Fest and Halloween . It's also a great month to visit our local apple orchard  and pumpkin patches !  I hope this event list inspires you to go make some happy memories with your family this month! Sat 10/1 Riverssance Renaissance Festival at Riverside Park, more info here .  Broken Toe Trail Run at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center 8am to 1pm: Sioux City Farmers Market 9:15 & 10:15am: Toddler Time at the Le Mars Public Library for ages 2 & under 10am to 6pm: Downtown Tailgate Party at 4th and Jones with yard games, live music, and college football on huge screens, FREE, plus food and drinks available for purchase. Cornhole tournament registration also not free.  10:30am: Saturday Art Lesson a

Autumn Grove Orchard: Apple Picking in Sioux City

***UPDATE: this post now reflects dates, hours, and prices for 2022*** It's officially apple picking season in Sioux City!! Autumn Grove Orchard just announced that they are opening for the 2022 season on Sunday, September 4th from noon to 4pm, and that they should have Macintosh, Gala, and Honeycrisp apples ready! What is Autumn Grove Orchard? Autumn Grove Orchard is Sioux City's only pick-your-own apple orchard. Autumn Grove is locally owned by a Sioux City family and grows 9+ varieties of apples, which are available to pick as they ripen throughout the fall. They may also offer a variety of baked goods and crafts for sale, so watch for those as well! Where is Autumn Grove Orchard? Autumn Grove Orchard is at 1658 180th Street in Sioux City, just a few minutes past the Lakeport Commons shopping area and Fleet Farm. There is ample free parking at the orchard, and if the parking area is full, just pull over along the road! When is Autumn Grove Orchard

Family Guide to Sioux City's ArtSplash

Sioux City's biggest and best art festival is here! I went for the first time as a Morningside student and enjoyed seeing it with my parents, and it's so fun to see this great event continuing even now that I'm a mom of four including a middle-schooler. Talk about a long-lasting tradition! Here's what families should know about this annual arts event: What is ArtSplash Caterpillar craft from ArtSplash 2022 ArtSplash is a two-day celebration of primarily visual arts and live music in downtown Sioux City, hosted by the Sioux City Art Center. The festival celebrates artists from a variety of mediums, with a focus on regional and local artists, and includes art you can see, buy, and even make! ArtSplash also includes hands-on projects for all ages, food vendors, and lots of other fun.  Sculptural pieces at a booth at ArtSplash 2022 2022 admission to the festival is free for all ages, but hands-on projects, food, and any art or other vendor wares you choose to buy are not in

Rhea Lana's Presents Sioux City's New Kids' Consignment Event!

***UPDATED to include Fall 2022 event details!*** T his post is sponsored by Rhea Lana's of Siouxland  Have you ever seen the meme about it being customary for Midwesterners to explain, upon being complimented on an article of clothing, that they acquired it at a significant discount? Well, it's funny because it's true! Here in Siouxland, we know the value of hand-me-downs and how buying used items can save money and reduce waste. And Rhea Lana's plays into that perfectly! Here's how: What is Rhea Lana's? Rhea Lana is a children's consignment chain known for their high standards and guided by the saying "Moms helping Moms". That means community members can resell their used items there, and then Rhea Lana's pays the person who brought in the items (about 65 % if you label, price, and drop-off your items yourself, or 35% if you use Rhea Lana's VIP service to have your items picked up, labeled, and priced for you!). For shoppers,