Frosty Frolics


January 6-8, 2023

Delight in a frosty frolic while ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, running, or hunting for Frosty himself. Get outside in Sioux Falls parks for the weekend during Park and Recreation’s 35th Annual Frosty Frolics Weekend. Join with your family and friends at all eight of our cool events. Scheduled weekend events are FREE (unless noted) and weather dependent.

To celebrate winter recreation all skate rentals will be FREE at all outdoor rinks from January 6-8.



6:30 to 8 p.m. | Memorial Park Ice Rink
All Ages | $5 Per Participant Skate Rentals are FREE | Register

Frosty Frolics weekend with music and activities for all ages at Memorial Park Ice Rink. Enjoy the winter evening air while listening and dancing to family-friendly tunes provided by a local D.J. Everyone can enjoy free skate rentals, as well as snowshoeing, drop-in broomball, and even a friendly competition of ice skate bowling. If you are looking for a snack to warm your family up, we will have a fire pit and all the ingredients needed to make the perfect gooey s’more. Register


9 a.m.  | Spencer Park
All Ages | $5 Per Participant | Register for the 5K or the 10K.

Join the fun and competition of this frosty morning run. Runners will enjoy the path along the Big Sioux River as they partake in a 5K or 10K course. Turnaround points will be noted throughout the route to aid runners. Runner check-in and day-of registration will be available starting at 8 a.m. The event starts at 9 a.m. Participants that are registered before December 19, will receive a Frosty Frolics Fun Run/Walk T-shirt.  Register for the 5K or the 10K.

9:30 to 11 a.m. | Prairie West Library 
All Ages | FREE 

Hidden Description: It’s cold outside, come in for fun! Storytime at 9:30 a.m. Hot chocolate, crafts, and activities to follow. (While supplies last.)

10 a.m. to 12 noon | Family Park
All Ages | FREE | Register

Partnering with The Outdoor Campus, join us for a great day outdoors. Ice fishing poles will be available on a first-come, first-served basis—you are welcome to bring your own. All ages are welcome. Register

1 to 2 p.m. | Morningside Park Shelter
All Ages | FREE | Register

On your mark, get set . . . GO! Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation is bringing you the excitement of Alaska’s Iditarod, but with a twist! Bring your pre-made sled, constructed of only cardboard and duct tape for the sled foundation. Don’t forget the string so you can pull the sled. All sleds will be judged based on creativity, so make your sled stand out! Make sure your sled is sturdy, as parents will pull each racer along the path to stations throughout the course—through things such as an iceberg jump and seal sneak. Join us inside the community center for hot chocolate and a snack upon completion of the race. Register

1 to 4 p.m. | Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum 
All Ages | FREE | Register

Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum to offer an outdoor adventure stroll that will allow you to spend time in nature during winter on their gorgeous trails. We will search for birds, explore animal tracks, and experience all that the arboretum holds during a South Dakota winter. Binoculars will be provided and snow pending, snowshoes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register


1 to 3 p.m. | Pasley Park to Spencer Park
All Ages | FREE 

Explore the Recreation Trail from Pasley Park to Spencer Park while being on the lookout for special Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation hidden treasures hiding along the trail. Those with a powerful eye will be rewarded with prizes along the way for their efforts.

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Spencer Dog Park
All Ages | FREE | Calling all K9s

Join us for our Second Annual Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation K9 Root Beer Keg Races! Each participating dog will be categorized into weight classes. Each furry competitor will wear a harness attached to an appropriately sized root beer keg to pull past a designated finish line! We will time each dog, and the fastest dog in each class wins! Races will take place at the Spencer Dog Park and will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m.