July 2019 Family Friendly Things to Do in Sioux City



Each month we will bring you info on family friendly events and activities 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 things to do in Sioux City and our surrounding communities, so check back often for the latest scoop! We also recommend checking out our Event Lists tab to find our lists for other months.

Free Events


  • Mon 7/1
    • 11am: Imagination Builders at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, for kids in grades 1-3
  • Tues 7/2
    • 11am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 1:30-3:30pm: Meet the Animals at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • 2pm: Read-to-Me Dogs
  • Weds 7/3
    • 10am: Flight & Rockets learning event at Snyder Bend in Salix, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation
    • 10am: Drop-In Bingo at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for Pre-K through 1st Graders)
    • 10:30am: Library Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 11am: Drop-In Bingo at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
    • 8:30-9:30pm: Nature's Fireworks hike at Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, come ready to hike and see some fireflies!
  • Thurs 7/4
    • Happy Fourth of July!!
    • 11am: Rockin' the Fourth geology learning & craft event at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
    • 6-10:30pm: Fourth of July celebration at the Siouxland Freedom Park in South Sioux City (parade at 6pm, food and drink will be available for sale)
  • Fri 7/5
    • 10am: Reptile learning event at Brown's Lake in Salix, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation
    • 10am-noon: Family Movie: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 12:30-3:30pm: Canoeing and Kayaking at Little Sioux Park in Correctionville, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, ages 8+ (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), to pre-register or with questions call (712)258-0838, limited number of life jackets provided, or bring your own
    • 6-8pm: Free Friday Night Swim at Leif Erickson Pool
  • Sat 7/6
    • All Day: Saturday in the Park music festival at Grandview Park
    • 9am to noon: Home Depot Kids Building Workshop: Tow Trucks, register online to make sure you get a kit!
    • 10am: Pond Life learning event at Southwood Conservation Area in Smithland, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, come ready to get wet!

  • Sun 7/7
    • 7:30pm: Municipal Band concert at the Grandview Park Bandshell
  • Mon 7/8
    • 11am: Imagination Builders at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, for kids in grades 1-3
  • Tues 7/9
    • All Day: Cow Appreciation Day: receive a free entrĂ©e at either Siouxland Chick-fil-A if you wear anything cow print!
    • 10am: Nature Tales: Going on a Bear Hunt at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, for preschoolers with an adult caregiver, register by calling (712)258-0838 or by emailing TKruid@WoodburyParks.org
    • 11am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
  • Weds 7/10
    • 10am: Campfire Stories: Going on a Grizzly Chase at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for Pre-K through 1st Graders)
    • 10:30am: Library Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 11am: Junior Explorers: Gone Hunting at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
  • Thurs 7/11 
    • 4:30pm: Live Animal Lunchtime at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
  • Fri 7/12
    • 10am: Atlatl learning event at Brown's Lake--learn to use an ancient weapon, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, pre-register by calling (712)258-0838
    • 10-11:30am: Outrageous Outdoors learning event at Adams Nature Preserve
    • 10:30-11:30am: Kids Art Workshop: Silly Monsters at the Sioux City Art Center, limited space available so please call (712)279-6272 to register
    • 1pm: Owl Explorers at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, pre-register by calling (712)258-0838
    • 2pm: Family Movie at the Sioux City Public Library, downtown branch
    • 7-9pm: Free Friday Night Swim at Riverside Park
  • Sat 7/13
    • 9am: Yoga in the Park hosted by Be Yoga at the Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center
    • 9pm: Movie in the Park: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at the Grandview Park Bandshell
  • Sun 7/14
    • 7:30pm: Municipal Band concert at the Grandview Park bandshell
  • Mon 7/15
    • 11am: Imagination Builders at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, for kids in grades 1-3
  • Tues 7/16
    • 11am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 1:30pm: Water Ecosystems learning and terrarium craft event at Brown's Lake, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, pre-register by calling (712)258-0838
  • Weds 7/17
    • 10am: Campfire Stories: Dance on the Trail at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for Pre-K through 1st Graders)
    • 10:30am: Library Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 11am: Junior Explorers: Jigs & Fiddles on the Trail at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
  • Thurs 7/18
  • Fri 7/19
    • Kayaking on the Lake at Southwood Conservation Area near Smithland, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, ages 8+ (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), to pre-register or with questions call (712)258-0838, limited number of life jackets provided, or bring your own
    • 10am: Snow White and the Missing Dwarfs presented by LAMB Regional Arts Theatre, performed at Morningside College's Klinger-Neal Theater
    • 5-7pm: Dutch Oven cooking at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, register by calling (712)258-0838 or by emailing DSynder@WoodburyParks.org
    • 6-8pm: Free Friday Night Swim at Lewis Pool
    • 7pm: Snow White and the Missing Dwarfs presented by LAMB Regional Arts Theatre, performed at Morningside College's Klinger-Neal Theater
  • Sat 7/20
    • 9am: Yoga at the Park hosted by the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA at the Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center
    • 10am: Snow White and the Missing Dwarfs presented by LAMB Regional Arts Theatre, performed at Morningside College's Klinger-Neal Theater
    • 11am: Moon! Earth's Best Friend storytime event at Barnes & Noble
    • 2pm: Graphix Con, graphic novel celebration event at Barnes & Noble
    • 7pm: Owls of Iowa learning event at Snyder Bend Park in Salix, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation
    • 9pm: Movie in the Park: Incredibles 2 at the Grandview Park bandshell hosted by Sioux City Fire Rescue (*in past years, they have had several rescue vehicles present at the week they host, as well as fun goodies like firehats for kids and trading cards featuring local officers! I will update if I hear for sure that they will or will not have that again this year)

  • Sun 7/21
    • 11am: Busy Bee: Never Touch A Crocodile Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble for ages 0-24 months
    • 7:30pm: Municipal Band Concert at the Grandview Park Bandshell
  • Mon 7/22
    • 11am: Imagination Builders at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, for kids in grades 1-3
  • Tues 7/23
    • 11am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
  • Weds 7/24
    • 10am: Campfire Stories: Newfi on the Trail at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for Pre-K through 1st Graders)
    • 10:30am: Library Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
    • 11am: Junior Explorers: A Day with Floyd at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
  • Thurs 7/25
    • 5:30-6:30pm: Leaf Pounding learning & craft event at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, limit 25 participants, so be sure to register by calling (712)258-0838
  • Fri 7/26
    • 10-11:30am: Children's Art Workshop: Art that Moves: Drawbridges at the Sioux City Art Center, for ages 8-11, limited space available so please call (712)279-6272 to register
    • 5-8pm: Kayaking on the Lake at Brown's Lake in Salix, hosted by Woodbury County Conservation, ages 8+ (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult), to pre-register or with questions call (712)258-0838, limited number of life jackets provided, or bring your own
    • 6-8pm: Free Friday Night Swim at Leif Erickson Pool
  • Sat 7/27
    • 9am: Yoga at the Park hosted by Underground Yoga at the Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center
    • 11am: We Don't Eat Our Classmates storytime at Barnes & Noble

  • Sun 7/28
    • 11am: Busy Bee: Happy Llama Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble for ages 0-24 months
  • Mon 7/29
    • 11am: Imagination Builders at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, for kids in grades 1-3
  • Tues 7/30
    • 11am: Library storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library for kids 2-5
  • Weds 7/31
    • 10am: Campfire Stories: Looking for the Buffalo at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for Pre-K through 1st Graders)
    • 11am: Junior Explorers: Race to the Pacific at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center (for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
    • 7pm: Harry Potter Book Club: discuss Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone at Barnes & Noble


Paid Events


  • Mon 7/1
    • All Day: LaunchPad Children's Museum now open on Mondays!
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Paint a Pet Rock at Michael's Crafts, $3
  • Tues 7/2
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Milwaukee Milkmen at Lewis & Clark Park, 2-fer Tuesday means buy one, get one free reserved and box tickets
  • Weds 7/3
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Neon Friendship Bracelets at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Milwaukee Milkmen at Lewis & Clark Park, fireworks following game
  • Thurs 7/4
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Milwaukee Milkmen at Lewis & Clark Park, fireworks following game
  • Fri 7/5
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Tie-Dye Picture Frames at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
  • Sat 7/6
    • 10am-noon: Kids Club: Happy Face Jar at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 10:30am-noon: Saturday Art Lesson: Fizzing Fireworks Paintings at the Sioux City Art Center, $7
    • 1-2:30pm: Painting in the Studio: Stormy Weather at the Sioux City Art Center, $10, kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult helper
    • 1-3pm: MAKEbreak: Sand Art Planters at Michael's Crafts, decorating supplies free with purchase of planter

  • Sun 7/7
  • Mon 7/8
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Planetary Creations at Michael's Crafts, $3
  • Tues 7/9
  • Weds 7/10
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Awesome Little Aliens at Michael's Crafts, $3
  • Thurs 7/11
  • Fri 7/12
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Milky Way Slime at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 11am-1:30pm: Food Truck Fridays at Pearl Street Park (free to attend, with food for sale)
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Sat 7/13
    • 10am-noon: Kids Club: Craft Stick Lemonade Stands at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 10am-4pm: Christmas in July at the Siouxland Railroad Museum, $8 for kids, $10 for adults, or $20 for a family of 4 (free for members), includes free motorcar rides and a visit from Santa in his Hawaiian vacation attire!
    • 10:30am-noon: Saturday Art Lesson: Tinfoil Texture Plates at the Sioux City Art Center, $7
    • 10:30am: Reading by the Rails at the Siouxland Railroad Museum (included with membership or daily admission)
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater

  • Sun 7/14
    • 2pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Mon 7/15
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Accordion Nesting Paper Dolls at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Chicago Dogs at Lewis & Clark Park, free tickets for military, first responders, and kids 12 & under!
  • Tues 7/16
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Chicago Dogs at Lewis & Clark Park, 2-fer Tuesday means buy one, get one free reserved and box tickets
  • Weds 7/17
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Dot Painting at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball  vs Chicago Dogs at Lewis & Clark Park, $1 hotdogs for National Hot Dog Day
  • Thurs 7/18
  • Fri 7/19
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Lego Pyramids at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Sioux Falls Canaries at Lewis & Clark Park
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Sat 7/20
    • 10am-noon: Kids Club: Sunny Cookie Decorating at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 10:30am-noon: Saturday Art Lesson: Printmaking Masks at the Sioux City Art Center, $7
    • 1-2:30pm: Painting in the Studio: Cabin on the Lakeshore at the Sioux City Art Center, $10, kids under 8 must be accompanied by an adult helper
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Sioux Falls Canaries at Lewis & Clark Park, free X's hats to the first 500 fans!
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater

  • Sun 7/21
    • 2pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 4:02pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Sioux Falls Canaries at Lewis & Clark Park
  • Mon 7/22
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Shark Art at Michael's Crafts, $3
  • Tues 7/23
  • Weds 7/24
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Pirates & Mermaids at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Gary SouthShore RailCats at Lewis & Clark Park
  • Thurs 7/25
    • 6:30-8:30pm: Pool Party with Hawaiian Luau theme at Leif Erickson Pool, $5 per person
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Gary SouthShore RailCats at Lewis & Clark Park
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Fri 7/26
    • 10am-noon (new session every half hour): Camp Creativity: Sculpted Sea Creatures at Michael's Crafts, $3
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Gary SouthShore RailCats at Lewis & Clark Park
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
  • Sat 7/27
    • 10:30am-noon: Saturday Art Lesson: Clay Sea Creatures at the Sioux City Art Center, $7
    • 6:05pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Texas Airhogs at Lewis & Clark Park, free X's replica jersey to the first 500 fans!
    • 7:30pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater

  • Sun 7/28
    • 2pm: Into the Woods presented by the Sioux City Community Theater
    • 4:02pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Texas Airhogs at Lewis & Clark Park
  • Mon 7/29
    • 7:12pm: Sioux City Explorers baseball vs Texas Airhogs at Lewis & Clark Park, free tickets for military, first responders, and kids 12 & under
  • Tues 7/30
  • Weds 7/31
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum, included with membership or daily admission

We do not run any of these events and encourage you to call or visit the websites of the hosting locations, organizations, or stores with any questions and to confirm details. Many paid events and some free events require tickets or registration in advance and some may sell out or fill up quickly or very far in advance. Age and other recommendations are general guidelines provided by the event or activity organizer and should not be considered legal or medical advice and may not apply well to all children.

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