We love the options Sioux Falls has for family entertainment.
Going out on the town doesn’t have to be expensive when the whole clan is together. We’ve compiled our list of favorite things to do, and most include activities for kids of all ages. And the best part? All of our suggestions can be enjoyed for under $20 for a family of four or even free.
And parents, you might find yourselves having a ball, too.
#1 Watch Moonlight Movies in the Park
If time allows, make a quick stop at Poppy’s Popcorn and grab a bag of homemade caramel corn. Hint: get the big bag—once you start eating it, you won’t want to stop!
#2 Bike the Big Sioux River Greenway
The entire loop is 19 miles long, but you can park in many different areas if you wish to only bike part of it. If you start at Falls Park, you’ll have easy access to a rest stop before you head out. The kids can also get ice cream at the Falls Overlook Cafe. If you’re looking for a tree-lined path, park at Pasley Park and head toward Cliff Avenue. Check the park maps on the trail for rest stops along the way.
If you need to rent bikes for the day or a few hours, Spoke-N-Sport has both road and mountain bikes. The shop’s staff will even help you find the bike trail from the store.
#3 Spend Time Learning About the Great Outdoors
The Outdoor Campus is located within the city limits, yet has many opportunities for all ages to explore nature.
Admission to the museum is free. While there, check out the 3,000-gallon aquarium full of vibrant fish. Your family can also hike the two miles of walking trail or plan your visit around one of the super fun hands-on learning classes.
Instructors from the South Dakota Department of Game Fish and Parks as well as the City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation Department are experts at teaching archery, camping skills, fishing, kayaking, and more. And classes are often free! It’s easiest to stay up to date with their current events through The Outdoor Campus Facebook page.
#4 Take Advantage of Free Fridays at the Washington Pavilion
The first Friday of every month, the Washington Pavilion has free admission to their Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kids can participate in an art scavenger hunt and interact with exhibits that teach them about biology, climate, archeology, and other exciting areas of science.
Before the end of the evening, take advantage of $5 shorts films. The Pavilion’s four-story screen brings educational adventure cinema to life.
#5 Try Disc Golf at Tuthill Park
If you’re traveling with tweens and teens, we recommend playing a round of disc golf at Tuthill Park. Bring your own discs or pick some up at a local sporting goods store, such as Scheels. Also be sure to wear your athletic shoes as there are 18 “holes” to play. Afterwards, head to the sheltered picnic area to recover from your epic match.
#6 Become a Canaries Fan
You need to experience at least one baseball game at the Birdcage this summer. The Sioux Falls Canaries play 50 home games each season. Tickets are only $1 per person on Monday nights if you buy them in advance. (Otherwise, they’re $5 on game day Monday nights.) Before the game is over, try to grab a family photo with the mascot, Cagey.
#7 Cool Off in the Laurel Oak Park Pool
If you’re looking for a way to keep everyone cool and have fun, our city’s pools have $3 admission for kids and $4 for adults. (Little ones 2 and under are free.) At Laurel Oak Park, kids can take unlimited rides down the waterslide or stay in the pool all day. Certified lifeguards are always on duty, so moms and dads can lounge poolside while the kids splash and play in safety.
#8 Make Something at the Museum of Visual Materials
Be sure to pack a few “grubby” shirts in your suitcase. The kids may need them if they’re participating in an art class at the Museum of Visual Materials where open painting classes are $5 per child. Check the museum’s calendar for class times. If you don’t want to participate but still want to check out the art on display, admission is free.
#9 Attend Theatre in the Parks
Before your visit, check the Storyland Children’s Theatre schedule. Shows are held in gorgeous McKennan Park. They’re kid-friendly and free to attend! Grab a few lawn chairs or a blanket, and watch some great local actors take the stage.
#10 Ride the Sioux Falls Trolley
Hop on and cruise through the historic district. You’ll see our landmark buildings and many of the sculptures from our SculptureWalk. If you want to get a closer look, just hop off.
When the trolley stops at Falls Park, challenge the kids to hike to the top of the observation tower. Admission is free and it gives you a great view of the waterfalls and the cityscape.
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It doesn’t take a fortune to discover adventure and beauty in the heart of America, so plan your trip to Sioux Falls today!