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It’s no secret, South Dakota closely resembles a snow globe come this time of year. But that doesn’t mean your family needs to go crazy with cabin fever for months on end, because Sioux Falls has an abundance of wintry fun for the entire family!

So sharpen your ice skates and enjoy a cheery winter season at our favorite spots for family fun in the snow.

Winter Sports

Tuthill Park
Tuthill Park has been a longtime family favorite for sledding, ice skating, and cross­country skiing. If walking back up the hill isn’t your cup of cocoa, enjoy a horse­drawn sleigh ride for free courtesy of the McCrossan Boys Ranch. Or listen to the holiday tunes, play some family games on the ice, and polish the night off with a tasty treat from the concession stand.

Great Bear Recreation Park
At Great Bear, there’s an activity for everyone. Skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and even the occasional snowshoer can enjoy fourteen downhill trails, a terrain park, a lift, and 6,000 feet of groomed trails. And with a beginner area for those just starting out, it’s the perfect choice for all skill levels. Grab full­day tickets for $26. Kids 5 and under can ride the lift for free with every paid adult.

Scheels IcePlex
Any hockey players in the family? Then the Stick­n­Puck is your go­to place. Parents and kids can hone aspects of their game—just remember to bring full­gear for children 12 and under. Not a hockey player? No problem! Open skate is your family’s chance to swoop around the IcePlex’s smooth rinks. Rates for open skate start at $4 and Stick­n­Puck at $8.

Fun­ Filled Learning Activities

Kirby Science Discovery Center
What’s more fun than seeing your kids’ faces light up in wonder? The Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion boasts more than 100 hands­on exhibits, dazzling scientific demonstrations, and a tornado you can touch! That sounds like too much fun to pass up, if you ask us.

Butterfly House & Aquarium
We hate to snow on anyone’s parade, but old man winter won’t be leaving any time soon. Thankfully, the Butterfly House & Aquarium preserves a bit of paradise for us all. Wander along serene trails in the conservatory with over 800 butterflies flitting from flower to flower. Or, if your family is up for an adventure, pet sharks and stingrays in the touch pool!

Museum of Visual Materials
Fancy a glass of wine while your kids build castles or hone their artistic skills? The Museum of Visual Materials offers a monthly Ladies Craft Night, a free kids craft corner, the Imagination Playground, and more! There’s truly something for everyone in this beautifully renovated, historic building in the heart of Sioux Falls.

Great Plains Zoo
From festive breakfasts with Santa Claus to furry animal friends, the Great Plains Zoo is sure to be a hit with your kiddos. ZooCub classes are a great way for parents and toddlers to discover the animal kingdom together. Classes are $9 for members and $15 for non­members and take place on select Thursdays and Saturdays. And don’t forget to check out the entertaining monkey business in the exhibit Monkeys, Magic, & More.

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Sioux Falls is full of spots to make new family memories. Plan your trip today. 

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