Youth Recreation Activities

Activities Guide

The Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Activities Guide has indoor and outdoor activities for all ages!

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Tobacco-Free Youth Recreation

Tobacco is still the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.
As of spring 2013, the City Of Sioux Falls does not allow the use of tobacco products on City-owned playgrounds or at facilities where youth activities (under 18 years old) take place.
If you need assistance in quitting tobacco use, contact the free South Dakota QuitLine at 1-866-SD-QUITS (1-866-737-8487).

Tobacco Free Policy
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Free neighborhood drop-in program for 7–12 year olds. Playground staff will lead games, crafts, and special activities for the summer. Look for the rec van to pull up and come out for the fun! Weekly themes and activity schedules will be available from the staff. We will be closed Tuesday, July 4.

JUNE 5–AUG 11 Mon-Fri 
Playgrounds open 9 to 11:30 a.m. 
 
• JFK Elementary—corner of Holbrook Ave and Pebble Creek Dr. (near front of school)
• McKennan Park—East 26th Street and South Second Avenue
• Meldrum Park—East 6th Street and North Lewis Avenue (by shelter)
• Prairie Trail Park—62nd Street and Tomar Road (by equipment)
• Southern Vistas Park—8000 W 53rd St  
JUNE 5–AUG 11 Mon-Fri
Playgrounds open 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.   
• Frank Olson Park—16th Street and Grandview (shelter near pool)
• Galway Park—West 64th St and S Galway Ave (shelter)
• Glenview Park—South Glenview Road and East 59th Street (shelter)
• Granite Valley Park—East 69th Street North and North Gold Nugget Avenue
• Prairie Hills West—West 77th Street and South Meredith Avenue (shelter)
JUNE 5–AUG 11 Mon-Fri
Playgrounds open 3 to 5 p.m.  
• Discovery Elementary, 1506 South Discovery Avenue (shelter)
• Lewis Park—57th Street and Lewis Ave (shelter)
• Pioneer Park—Pine Street and Maple Avenue (shelter)
• Platinum Valley Park—West 82nd Street and Hughes Avenue
• Prairie Meadows Park—6801 South Grange Avenue (on playground)

Tot Lot for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Tot Lot is the cool place to be for kids ages 6 years and under. Bring your adult and see what together you can do for FUN. Our elementary school teacher staff will have weekly themes to encourage free play combined with simple crafts and games to get you moving. Program will be canceled in case of inclement weather. FREE.
JUN 12–JUL 26  Mondays & Wednesdays  9–11 a.m.  Laurel Oak Park (shelter)  
JUN 13–JUL 27  Tuesdays & Thursdays  9–11 a.m.  Spellerberg Park (shelter)  

Special Events at Tot Lot

ZooExpress for the Little Ones
When the Great Plains Zoo’s ZooExpress pulls into the park, an adventure is sure to follow! Children of all ages will enjoy meeting live animals as they explore the wonders of the animal kingdom during a presentation by knowledgeable Great Plains Zoo staff. FREE.

JUN 28  Wed  10 a.m.  Laurel Oak Park (shelter)  
JUN 29  Thu  10 a.m.  Spellerberg Park (shelter)  

Storytime in the Park

Siouxland Libraries presents storytime for tots. FREE.

JUL 12  Wed   10 a.m.  Laurel Oak Park (shelter)  
JUL 13  Thu   10 a.m. Spellerberg Park (shelter)  

Crazy Carnival for Toddlers/Preschoolers
Let’s celebrate the summer. Little ones will enjoy carnival-style games and prizes designed for preschoolers and toddlers. FREE.

JUL 19  Wed  10 a.m.   Laurel Oak Park (shelter)  
JUL 20  Thu  10 a.m.  Spellerberg Park (shelter)  

ZooExpress in the Parks

When the Great Plains Zoo’s ZooExpress pulls into the park, an adventure is sure to follow! All ages will enjoy meeting live animals as you explore the wonders of the animal kingdom during a presentation by knowledgeable Zoo staff.
JUN 13  Tue  1 p.m.  Glenview Park  South Glenview Road and East 59th Street (shelter)  
JUN 13  Tue  3:30 p.m.  Platinum Valley Park  West 82nd Street and South Hughes Avenue  
JUN 15  Thu  1 p.m.  Granite Valley Park  North 68th Street and North Gold Nugget Avenue (shelter)  
JUN 15  Thu  3:30 p.m.  Pioneer Park   East Pine Street and North Mable Avenue (shelter)  

Come and experience the beauty of McKennan Park while your kids have some fun also. Who would want to miss the fun of these events? Your family can enjoy a park full of old-time carnival games, inflatables, and summer fun. Bring your kids or “kid-like spirit.” Free. No registration required.

Activities include:
5–8 p.m. Youth art show and sale
6–8 p.m. Kids’ carnival booths of skill
7 p.m. Featured entertainment: Storyland Children’s Theatre

JUN 27  Tue  5-8 p.m.  McKennan Park 
AUG 1  Tue  5-8 p.m.  McKennan Park 

Outdoor Campus and Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation will be providing an opportunity for youth ages 7–12 to explore the sport of archery in a safe and encouraging environment. During this activity, youth will be introduced to the basics of a sport that many individuals enjoy well into adulthood. Participation is free and all necessary supplies will be provided on a first come first serve basis. An adult to child ratio of 5:1 should be observed.

JUL 11  Tue  10–11:30 a.m.  JFK Elementary  
JUL 12  Wed   10–11:30 a.m.  Southern Vista Park  
JUL 18  Tue  10–11:30 a.m.  McKennan Park  
JUL 19  Wed  10–11:30 a.m.  Prairie Trail Park  
JUL 25  Tue  10–11:30 a.m.  Meldrum Park  
JUL 26  Wed  12:30–2 p.m.  Glenview Park  

What’s a pop-up park? A pop-up park is when you mix a concrete space with vibrant park features in a temporary setting. Join Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation as we celebrate July as National Park and Recreation Month! This exciting park will only be around for the month of July! Enjoy some green space including flowers and weekly activities. This installation, in its third year, encourages outdoor active lifestyles in our lively downtown. FREE

View Schedule of Activities (hyperlink to www.siouxfalls.org/PopUpPark)

Upcoming Events for Youth


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Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of different activities for children and young adults. Programs offered range from arts and crafts to sports to enrichment activities. These activities are offered to parents with infants up to 18 years of age.