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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.



Free events in Siouxland in December 2019


  • Sun 12/1
    • 11am: Baby Shark themed Baby & Me storytime at Barnes & Noble for ages 2 & under
  • Mon 12/2
    • 6pm: Elf Holiday Movie Night at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor. Movie free, Elf inspired ice cream sundaes available for purchase for $6, tickets required due to limited seating available
  • Tues 12/3
    • 11am: Storytime at Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library
  • Weds 12/4
    • 10:30am: Storytime at Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
  • Thurs 12/5
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
  • Fri 12/6
    • 7pm: Polar Express storytime & cocoa at Barnes & Noble
    • 7:30pm: Christmas at Morningside holiday music concert by Morningside students
  • Sat 12/7
    • all day: Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park
    • 9am-noon: Christmas countdown calendar Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot, registration recommended to ensure they have a kit ready for your kid(s)
    • 10am: Family Movie at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • Holiday Workshop at the Sioux City Art Center, limited space available so registration in advance is required.
    • 11am: First Saturday Family Storytime at the downtown branch of the Sioux City Public Library, including a stuffed animal "pet show", so have your kids bring their favorite plush friend!
    • 11am: How the Grinch Stole Christmas storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • noon-4pm: Santa's Whistle Stop Tour at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, free will donations requested in lieu of admission. More details available in my Sioux City Christmas events post

  • Sun 12/8
    • 11am: Baby Dinosaur themed Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • 1-3pm: Holiday Cookie Decorating at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center
    • 1-4pm: Christmas Open House at the Pierce Mansion hosted by the Sioux City Museum & Historical Association, featuring festive music, snacks, and a visit from Santa
  • Mon 12/9
    • 4pm: Super Builders Lego building club at the North Sioux City Community Library, registration required to ensure adequate bricks for all participants, call (605)422-2366 to check with of the North Sioux City Community Library Lego clubs have openings right now.
    • 6pm: The Grinch Holiday Movie Night at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor. Movie free, Grinch floats available for purchase for $6, tickets required due to limited seating available
  • Tues 12/10
    • 11am: Nature Tales at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, for preschoolers with an adult caregiver. Registration requested by calling (712)258-0838 or by e-mailing TKruid@WoodburyParks.org
    • 11am: Storytime at Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 6:30pm: DogMan Fetch-22 book release party at Barnes & Noble
  • Weds 12/11
    • 9:30am: Mommy & Me Storytime Christmas Party at Chick-fil-A on Sergeant Road
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
  • Thurs 12/12
    • 10am-6:30pm: Cookies and Cocoa Day at the North Sioux City Library, with special visits from Santa at 10:30am and 5:30pm
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
    • 6pm: Night Hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature center. Come dressed for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp. Registration requested, by calling (712)258-0838 or by e-mailing TFlammang@WoodburyParks.org
    • 7pm: YA Book Club at Barnes & Noble, featuring Scythe
  • Fri 12/13
    • 5pm: Art SUX Gallery opening at Suite 105 of the Ho Chunk Center, with art from 10 artists and refreshments available (no age restriction, but please make sure your kids follow the gallery rules of no touching and no running.)
  • Sat 12/14
    • all day: Christmas in the Woods at Ponca State Park
    • 9-10am: Christmas Bingo at Chick-Fil-A on Sergeant Road, reservations required this year, will be available through their Facebook page soon!
    • 10am-3pm: Winter Fun Day and Artist Open House at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, featuring free craft projects for kids, plus art and gifts from vendors. 
    • 10am: Family Movie at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • 11am: The Cool Bean and The Serious Goose storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • noon-4pm: Santa's Whistle Stop Tour at the Sioux City Railroad Museum, free will donations requested in lieu of admission. More details available in my Sioux City Christmas events post
    • 1-5pm: Vintage Christmas at the Mead Cultural Education Center in Yankton, SD featuring ornament decorating, ornament crafting, sugar cookie decorating, Bingo, storytime with Mrs. Christmas at 3pm, and a visit with Father Christmas!


  • Sun 12/15
    • 11am: Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • 2pm: Santa at the Salix Community Center, with free will donations to the food pantry requested from those able to contribute
  • Mon 12/16
    • 6pm: Polar Express Holiday Movie Night at the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor. Movie free, Hot Cocoa floats available for purchase for $6, tickets required due to limited seating available
  • Tues 12/17
    • 11am: Storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 11:30am: Beginner Lego Club  building club at the North Sioux City Library, registration required to ensure adequate bricks for all participants, call (605)422-2366 to check with of the NSCL Lego clubs have openings right now.
    • 5-7pm: Special Needs night at LaunchPad Children's Museum. Free admission for children with special needs and their families, registration required. Register online or by calling LaunchPad.
  • Weds 12/18
    • all day: Christmas Bird Count at Ponca State Park
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the Morningside branch of the Sioux City Public Library
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
  • Thurs 12/19
    • 10:30am: Storytime at the North Sioux City Library
    • 6pm: Night Hike at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature center. Come dressed for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp. Registration requested, by calling (712)258-0838 or by e-mailing TFlammang@WoodburyParks.org
  • Fri 12/20
  • Sat 12/21
    • 10am: Family Movie at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • 11am: Construction Site on Christmas Night storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • 1-4pm: Kindness Rocks rock painting event at the Sioux City Public Museum, all supplies provided for free

  • Sun 12/22
  • Mon 12/23
  • Tues 12/24
    • 11am: Storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library
  • Weds 12/25
    • Merry Christmas! Most area attractions closed-please check before going anywhere!
  • Thurs 12/26
  • Fri 12/27
    • 1-3pm: Captains Got Game: Board Games at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, including some games that would've been played in colonial days.
  • Sat 12/28
    • 10am: Family Movie at the South Sioux City Public Library
    • 11am: The Kindness Book storytime at Barnes & Noble
    • 1-3pm: Marshmallow Fort making at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

  • Sun 12/29
    • 11am: Baby & Me Storytime at Barnes & Noble
  • Mon 12/30
    • 4pm: Club Creative Lego building club at the North Sioux City Library, registration required to ensure adequate bricks for all participants, call (605)422-2366 to check with of the NSCL Lego clubs have openings right now.
  • Tues 12/31
    • 11am: Storytime at the Perry Creek branch of the Sioux City Public Library

Events in Siouxland with a charge in December 2019

  • Sun 12/1
    • 1:30pm: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical performed by Lamb Arts regional theatre. Student tickets $13, adults $25
    • 3-5pm: Holiday Ornament Decorating Party with Pickled Palette at the Sloan Public Library, $9/ornament with a portion of the $ supporting the Westwood Community School Foundation
  • Mon 12/2
  • Tues 12/3
    • NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center
    • 10 & 10:30am: Toddler Adventures at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Weds 12/4
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
    • NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center
  • Thurs 12/5
    • NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center
    • 7:30pm: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical performed by Lamb Arts regional theatre. Student tickets $13, adults $25
  • Fri 12/6
    • NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
    • 6-9pm: Parents Night Out event at Long Lines Rec Center hosted by Sioux City Parks and Rec Department, featuring rock climbing, crafts, and games in the gym, for ages 6+. $10 per child if pre-registered, $15 per child at the door.
    • 6, 7, & 8pm: Friday Night Christmas Lights on the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley, $10/person, call TravelPlus at (712)233-1113 to get tickets
    • 7:30pm: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical performed by Lamb Arts regional theatre. Student tickets $13, adults $25
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15
  • Sat 12/7
    • NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament at the Tyson Events Center
    • 10-11:30am: Holiday Make & Take at the Sioux City Public Museum, $1 per child
    • 7:30pm: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical performed by Lamb Arts regional theatre. Student tickets $13, adults $25
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15

  • Sun 12/8
    • 1:30pm: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical performed by Lamb Arts regional theatre. Student tickets $13, adults $25
    • 2pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15
  • Mon 12/9
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15
  • Tues 12/10
    • 10 & 10:30am: Toddler Adventures at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Weds 12/11
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Thurs 12/12
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey vs. Fargo at the Tyson Events Center
  • Fri 12/13
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
    • 6, 7, & 8pm: Friday Night Christmas Lights on the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley, $10/person, call TravelPlus at (712)233-1113 to get tickets
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey vs. Fargo at the Tyson Events Center
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15
  • Sat 12/14
    • 10:30am: Mixed Media class: Matisse style painting with scissors at the Sioux City Art Center, $7
    • 1pm: Painting in the Studio: Holiday Lanterns at the Sioux City Art Center, $10
    • 7pm: Elf movie screening hosted by Sioux City Parks & Rec, $2/person or $5 per family, with free popcorn available
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey vs. Cedar Rapids at the Tyson Events Center
    • 7:30pm: A Swingin' Christmas with the Sioux City Symphony and guest artist Vince DiMartino, with festive fun like a sweater contest and cookies from Sugar Shack!
    • 7:30pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15


  • Sun 12/15
    • 2pm: A Christmas Carol presented by New Stage Players in South Sioux City, $15
  • Mon 12/16
    • 3-8pm: Christmas at DropZone with unlimited jumping and laser tag, pictures with Santa, crafts, bingo, and milk & cookies! $10 for kids 4 & under, $20 for ages 5+
  • Tues 12/17
    • 10 & 10:30am: Toddler Adventures at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Weds 12/18
    • 9:30am: Baby Braniacs at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Thurs 12/19
    • 7:30pm: A Magical Cirque Christmas at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre
  • Fri 12/20
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
    • 6, 7, & 8pm: Friday Night Christmas Lights on the Holly Jolly Christmas Trolley, $10/person, call TravelPlus at (712)233-1113 to get tickets
    • 7pm: Jill Miller Holiday Concert at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre
  • Sat 12/21
    • 10:30am: Mixed Media class: Winter Landscapes at the Sioux City Art Center, $7, recommended for ages 7+ (younger kids must be accompanied by an adult helper)

  • Sun 12/22
  • Mon 12/23
  • Tues 12/24
  • Weds 12/25
  • Thurs 12/26
  • Fri 12/27
    • 3:30pm: Kinder Kickstarters at LaunchPad Children's Museum (included with regular museum admission or membership)
  • Sat 12/28
    • 10:30am: Mixed Media class: Clay Cardinals at the Sioux City Art Center, $7, recommended for ages 7+ (younger kids must be accompanied by an adult helper)
    • 1pm: Painting in the Studio: Mid-Century Modern Cats at the Sioux City Art center, $10
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey vs. Tri-City at the Tyson Events Center

  • Sun 12/29
  • Mon 12/30
  • Tues 12/31
    • 7:05pm: Sioux City Musketeers hockey vs. Omaha at the Tyson Events Center


I
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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