Your little one can enjoy a Victorian tea party at the Pettigrew Home and Museum day camp.

Kids Activities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

by Carly Seifert

Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city, is scenically located on the banks of the Big Sioux River. The city offers museums, bowling alleys, arcades and a plethora of parks. Whether it's learning about Victorian tea at the local museum or taking a hike at one of the city parks, there are plenty of activities to educate and entertain your child during all seasons.


Sioux Falls' Old Courthouse Museum and Pettigrew Home and Museum provide historical tours and educational events for children. Summer day camps allow kids to experience frontier life through outdoor games, Victorian tea parties and crafts. Enjoy free concerts year-round during the lunch hour and go trick-or-treating during the annual family Halloween party. At the Washington Pavilion, your child can visit the Kirby Science Discovery Center, which features more than 100 hands-on exhibits and the Wells Fargo CineDome, that has a 60-foot wide, four-story screen that shows child-appropriate films each hour.


When your child is going stir-crazy during the winter months, take him out for a game of bowling at Eastway Bowling Center, Sport Bowl or Empire Bowl in Sioux Falls. These bowling allies -- all family-friendly -- boast arcades, pizza and bumper bowling for kids along with affordable options for your child's next birthday party. Register for the Kids Bowl Free program at Eastway Bowling Center and receive two free bowling passes for your child every day during the summer months.

Amusement Centers

Wild Water West has attractions galore, with miniature golf, batting cages, Go-Karts and water activities for the family. With a 500,000 gallon wave-pool, a Lazy River, an activity pool and a baby pool with spraying fountains and pool animals, your child will never run out of things to do. Inside the Western Mall, your little one can visit Electric Rainbow, the oldest locally owned amusement center in South Dakota. The center has old and new video arcades and prize-redemption machines.

City Parks

Sioux Fall has dozens of scenic city parks, which offer a variety of activities for your little one. Arrowhead Park boasts duck ponds, a native plant display and walking trails. Enjoy the play structures or a family game of basketball at Bryant Park. Three miles east of the city, visit Great Bear Recreation Park where your family can ski, snowboard and tube down hills during the winter. During the summer months, enjoy hikes along the Ralph and Doris Wallin Nature Trails. Take your child ice skating at the Sioux Falls Ice and Recreation Center's indoor ice skating rink.

About the Author

Carly Seifert has been a piano instructor since 2001. She has also covered adoption and introducing children to the arts for "Montana Parent Magazine." Seifert graduated from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in drama.

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