Youth Recreation Activities
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).
|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 PreschoolersTot 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 ParksWhen 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.
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