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Getting in Gear: A Back to School Survival Guide

07/01/2013 05:45PM ● Published by Anonymous

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Getting in Gear: A Back to School Survival Guide

By: Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D., Sylvan Learning

Despite the warm temperatures and sunny skies, many students are feeling a shadow looming as back to school season creeps closer. After weeks of lazy, summer days, late nights, varying routines and minimal mental stimulation, the return to school can seem overwhelming to students of all ages. To help parents and children get ready for the new school year, Dr. Richard E. Bavaria, Ph.D. and senior vice president for Sylvan Learning, offers several tips to ease the transition from the beach to the classroom and jumpstart sluggish summer brains.

STUDENTS: For many students, the first day of school doesn’t only bring new teachers and new friends - it can also be a source of anxiety with homework assignments and tests just around the corner. Starting the school year off on the right foot can help minimize students’ stress levels throughout the year.

Get Cleaning. A dirty, cluttered room is not conducive to studying. Get organized before homework starts piling up.

  • Remove seldom-worn clothing.
  • Pack away belongings not used on a regular basis.
  • For smaller children, label areas so they can easily see where belongings should go.

Carve Out a Homework Spot. Whether it is in your bedroom, the basement, or a family office, find an area where you can work distraction-free and claim it as your official workspace.

  • Pick a place that is always available and where you feel comfortable doing schoolwork.
  • Stock the area with all of the supplies and tools that are needed to complete homework.

Get Organized. Organization is key to ensure you stay on top of the requirements for each subject.

  • Use separate, labeled notebooks for each class.
  • Create files for each subject. The folders can hold assignments, essays, handouts and notes taken during classes.
  • Purchase a planner or calendar to keep track of important dates and deadlines.

Set Educational Goals. Whether it is striving for an A in a certain subject, handing in all homework on time or preparing for tests well in advance, setting goals can help establish a routine for the new year. Set goals that are measurable, specific, reasonable and have personal value.

Stay On Schedule. Minimize last minute cramming or deadline mix-ups by creating a detailed school schedule.

  • Include all classes, assignments and key dates, such as project deadlines and test dates. Fill in new dates as they arise.
  • Schedule specific times for studying, projects and extracurricular activities. The more thorough the schedule, the more helpful it will be to you.

Know The School. If you ever feel swamped with back to school madness, ask for help. Schools assist students with transitioning from one grade to another. Meet with your guidance counselor and/or teachers. If you are still nervous, ask your mom or dad to drop you off at school on the first day of class.

Be Adventurous. Step out of your comfort zone this school year by trying new things academically and in terms of extracurricular activities.

  • Try every type of class and/or activity. You never know what your strengths are until you experience as much as you can.
  • Challenge yourself. If you have the opportunity, take the hardest classes - not the easiest subjects.
  • Ask questions. There is nothing wrong with not always knowing the answer. Asking questions is the best way to learn!

Think Positive. Yes, going back to school means homework and early mornings. It also means reconnecting with old friends, meeting new people, resuming fun extracurricular activities, learning more about your favorite subjects and improving on your last year’s performance.

PARENTS: While the idea of waking up at the crack of dawn to prepare lunches, fighting over appropriate school attire and regulating the amount of television watched might have you frazzled, take solace in the fact that you can play a big part in getting your children motivated and excited to tackle a new school year. Depending on your child’s age, your role in the above-mentioned tips will vary. The following are helpful ideas to ease kids of all ages back into learning mode:

Help Your Child Discover His/Her Learning Style. Because each child is special, with different learning styles and academic needs, it is important to personalize the learning process. People learn in at least eight different ways, according to the Multiple Intelligences Theory: visually, verbally, physically, mathematically, musically, naturalistically, through group activity or through quiet thinking time. Talk to your child’s teachers about your child’s learning strengths and how best to support them.

Get Back In The Routine. Ease the transition from lazy summer days to the structure of the school year by re-establishing bedtime, mealtime, reading and homework routines. Talk with your child about the importance of structure and how routines help ensure that he is not overtired or overly anxious about schoolwork.

Develop A Family Event Calendar. One of the most helpful tools for getting organized is a family event calendar. To ease the chaos, track school programs, volunteer work and after-school activities. Family time management is essential if you are going to avoid the tumultuous frenzy of disorganization.

  • Depending on your children’s ages, this calendar can be on construction paper with large squares to write in all necessary information, or it can be produced on a white board so that it is easy to revise.
  • If it is color-coded by family member, you can clearly see who has an activity scheduled and when the event occurs.
  • Place the calendar near the telephone, so when a friend’s mother calls to invite your child to a birthday party, you will know instantly whether it fits within your family plans.

Purchase School Supplies In Advance. Avoid the last-minute rush by purchasing supplies at least one week in advance. Take your child. She can feel excited and in control by choosing her favorite colors and designs.

Be a Cheerleader. Encourage your child to share any concerns he has about returning to school. Reinforce positive feelings by talking with your child about learning and achievement. Support his academic interests and encourage him to get involved in extracurricular activities at school. 

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    10/20/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/20/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/20/2017
    11:45AM — 01:45PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/20/2017
    12:00PM

    Hope you are all ready for an amazing crop of apples this year...and there are LOTS!!! Can not wa...


  • Crafting with Nature Half Day Camp

    10/20/2017
    01:00PM — 05:30PM

    School is out for Sioux Falls public school students! Participants will enjoy their day off by so...


  • Etc. Expo for Her

    10/20/2017
    02:00PM — 09:00PM

    Etc. Expo for Her October 20 - 21. Friday : 2 pm - 9 pm Saturday : 9 am - 5 pm The first 200 a...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/20/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/20/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/20/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/20/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/20/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Heartland Country Corn Maze

    10/20/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Heartland Country Corn Maze offers fun for the whole family! Enjoy a walk through the wonderful n...


  • Kids Night Out Halloween Party

    10/20/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    School Age Event $25+tax/kid. RSVP Required. We will be watching a movie, having a snack and p...


  • Little All Stars

    10/20/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/20/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Tai Chi

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    f you are looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Tai chi is a gracef...


  • Sioux Empire United Way Reading Festival

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    This FREE event includes: A free book for every child who attends Children’s activities and cra...


  • Little All Stars

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Etc. Expo for Her

    10/21/2017
    09:00AM — 05:00PM

    Etc. Expo for Her October 20 - 21. Friday : 2 pm - 9 pm Saturday : 9 am - 5 pm The first 200 a...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

    KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug stores and Montgomery's Furniture are teaming up to Keep KELO...


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/21/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at AR Workshop for a DIY class to make a Canvas Project! Choose from a Canvas Pillow Cove...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/21/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Barnes and Noble Story Time

    10/21/2017
    11:00AM — 11:30AM

    Children's Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Oct 7 The Poky Little Puppy Oct 14 After the Fall Oc...


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/21/2017
    12:00PM

    Hope you are all ready for an amazing crop of apples this year...and there are LOTS!!! Can not wa...


  • Heartland Country Corn Maze

    10/21/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

    Heartland Country Corn Maze offers fun for the whole family! Enjoy a walk through the wonderful n...


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 01:30PM

    Bookworms Reading Program in the KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo. Join local ce...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/21/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    10/21/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • Mommies Matter: A Post Partum Support Group

    10/21/2017
    03:00PM — 04:00PM

    Monthly on the third Saturday


  • Mommies Matter: A Post Partum Support Group

    10/21/2017
    03:00PM — 06:00PM

    Welcome moms! I am so pleased you are interested in this group. My name is Rachel Gangle, I w...


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/21/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • SDSO Wicked Divas

    10/21/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Join the SDSO for a Wicked-good performance of Diva showstoppers from the world of Broadway, oper...


  • Yoga

    10/22/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your yoga mat for a one-hour session in the warm, lush Butterfly House. It's a peaceful, se...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/22/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

    KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug stores and Montgomery's Furniture are teaming up to Keep KELO...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/22/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/22/2017
    12:00PM

    Hope you are all ready for an amazing crop of apples this year...and there are LOTS!!! Can not wa...


  • Heartland Country Corn Maze

    10/22/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    Heartland Country Corn Maze offers fun for the whole family! Enjoy a walk through the wonderful n...


  • Gonna Get Wed

    10/22/2017
    12:00PM — 03:00PM

    All the magic of wedding planning under one roof! The GonnaGetWed Bridal Showcase has everything ...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/22/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • SDSO Wicked Divas

    10/22/2017
    02:30PM — 05:00PM

    Join the SDSO for a Wicked-good performance of Diva showstoppers from the world of Broadway, oper...


  • SMG presents The Kidz Bop Kids Best Time Ever Tour on Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm.


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/22/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Little All Stars

    10/23/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/23/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Story & Craft

    10/23/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Join us for storytime and a simple craft! Age: Preschool Free Regular kids' activities will al...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/23/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/23/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    10/23/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/23/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/23/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/23/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/23/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/23/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Latches

    10/23/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Breastfeeding takes a village. Nourish your baby in a safe, comfortable place, surrounded by your...


  • Tot Time

    10/24/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot Time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • Dine Out for LifeScape

    10/24/2017
    08:00AM

    On Tuesday, October 24th, gather your friends, family, and coworkers together to Dine Out for Lif...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    10/24/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Storytime

    10/24/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/24/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Craft Time at Playgroup-Halloween Craft

    10/24/2017
    10:30AM — 12:00PM

    Once a month, we will be adding a little extra to your playgroup time. In addition to playing and...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/24/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/24/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/24/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/24/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/24/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/24/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/24/2017
    03:30PM — 05:30PM

    Join us at AR Workshop for a DIY class to make a Canvas Project! Choose from a Canvas Pillow Cove...


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/24/2017
    03:30PM — 05:30PM

    Join us at AR Workshop for a DIY class to make a Canvas Project! Choose from a Canvas Pillow Cove...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Little All Stars

    10/25/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/25/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Craft Time at Playgroup-Halloween Craft

    10/25/2017
    10:30AM — 12:00PM

    Once a month, we will be adding a little extra to your playgroup time. In addition to playing and...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/25/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/25/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    10/25/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Homeschool Art: Doodle, Sketch, Design I

    10/25/2017
    12:30PM — 02:30PM

    Ages 6-9 Continue Homeschool Art with a drawing class to practice essential skills and acquire k...


  • Homeschool Art: Doodle, Sketch, Design I

    10/25/2017
    12:30PM — 02:30PM

    Ages 10-12 Continue Homeschool Art with a drawing class to practice essential skills and acquire...


  • Milk Monologues

    10/25/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/25/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/25/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/25/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/25/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/25/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    10/25/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    ALL AGES are welcome to join us for a different craft each week! Free!


  • Tot Time

    10/26/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot Time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    10/26/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Little All Stars

    10/26/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/26/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/26/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Better Choices Better Health

    10/26/2017
    01:00PM — 03:30PM

    Better Choices, Better Health® SD is a chronic disease self-management workshop designed for adul...


  • New Baby & Me

    10/26/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Cheers to Liberty

    10/26/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Cheers to Liberty: An Event to Benefit the ACLU of South Dakota We’re back for another year of...


  • Strengthening Families Program 10-14

    10/26/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a program for families with kids ages 10-14. This progra...


  • Lifescape and Sunny Radiothon

    10/27/2017
    08:00AM — 10:00PM

    Tune in and be inspired on Sunny Radio 93.3FM in Sioux Falls and 97.1FM in Sioux City each day. E...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/27/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

    KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug stores and Montgomery's Furniture are teaming up to Keep KELO...


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/27/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/27/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Autumn Festival

    10/27/2017
    11:00AM — 09:00PM

    Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Ou...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/27/2017
    11:45AM — 01:45PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Little All Stars

    10/27/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/27/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Tai Chi

    10/28/2017
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    f you are looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Tai chi is a gracef...


  • Little All Stars

    10/28/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Autumn Festival

    10/28/2017
    09:00AM — 07:00PM

    Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Ou...


  • Big Brother/Big Sister

    10/28/2017
    09:30AM — 11:00AM

    Big brothers and big sisters are important members of your family and they have their very own cl...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

    KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug stores and Montgomery's Furniture are teaming up to Keep KELO...


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/28/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Join us at AR Workshop for a DIY class to make a Canvas Project! Choose from a Canvas Pillow Cove...


  • Toddler Gym

    10/28/2017
    10:30AM — 11:15AM

    These classes will introduce your child to basic movement skills and encourage them to work on ha...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/28/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Barnes and Noble Story Time

    10/28/2017
    11:00AM — 11:30AM

    Children's Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Oct 7 The Poky Little Puppy Oct 14 After the Fall Oc...


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 01:30PM

    Bookworms Reading Program in the KELOLAND Education Center at the Great Plains Zoo. Join local ce...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Defrightful Family Fun

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Get an early start on your celebration by dressing up in your favorite costume for an afternoon o...


  • Watercolor Class

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    oin EastBank Art Gallery for an entry level watercolor landscape class Saturday, October 28 fro...


  • Saturday Cookie Decorating Days

    10/28/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

    Call us by Friday 605-978-0991 and you can come in and decorate cookies on Saturday! We do cookie...


  • ZooBoo

    10/28/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Check the ZooBoo hours on the Great Plains Zoo website. Every year, the Zoo thrills kids and adul...


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/28/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Motown the Musical

    10/28/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Mary W. Sommervold Hall It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadwa...


  • Yoga

    10/29/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your yoga mat for a one-hour session in the warm, lush Butterfly House. It's a peaceful, se...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/29/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

    KELOLAND TV, Sioux Falls Lewis Drug stores and Montgomery's Furniture are teaming up to Keep KELO...


  • Autumn Festival

    10/29/2017
    10:00AM — 05:00PM

    Hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and crafters display and sell their handcrafted works. Ou...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/29/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/29/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/29/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/29/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/29/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/29/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Open gyms are a time for people to drop in to play basketball. If space allows, volleyball may al...


  • Motown the Musical

    10/29/2017
    02:00PM — 05:00PM

    Mary W. Sommervold Hall. It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadwa...


  • Reformation 500 Hymn Festival

    10/29/2017
    03:00PM — 04:30PM

    First Lutheran Church invites the Sioux Falls community to a hymn festival celebrating the 500th ...


  • ZooBoo

    10/29/2017
    05:00PM — 07:00PM

    Check the ZooBoo hours on the Great Plains Zoo website. Every year, the Zoo thrills kids and adul...


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/29/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Motown the Musical

    10/29/2017
    07:30PM — 10:00PM

    Mary W. Sommervold Hall It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadwa...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Little All Stars

    10/30/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/30/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/30/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/30/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    10/30/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/30/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/30/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/30/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/30/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/30/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/30/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Tot Time

    10/31/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot Time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    10/31/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Storytime

    10/31/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

    Bring your kids to a storytime every Tuesday at Child's Play Toys. It starts off with a few songs...


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/31/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/31/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/31/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/31/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/31/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/31/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/31/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Haunted Farm Family Fun

    10/31/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Haunted Farm Family Fun. 25 Screaming Acres of FUN and Fear. Baby Animals and Trails Rides. New -...


  • Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for these free activities. No registration is required ...


  • Little All Stars

    11/01/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    11/01/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    11/01/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    11/01/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate Open Skate Rates: Admission – $6.00 $4.00 for ages 12 and under...


  • Open Hockey

    11/01/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

    Open Hockey Monday & Wednesdays 11-1:00 pm Friday 2:00-4:00 pm $10.00 - per session $100 -...


  • Milk Monologues

    11/01/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join Shelly (CLC) or Sarah if you are the mom of a non-mobile nursing baby. One of them will be a...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/01/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/01/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/01/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/01/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/01/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    11/01/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

    ALL AGES are welcome to join us for a different craft each week! Free!


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    11/01/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Breastfeeding Preparation

    11/01/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    This class will assist you and your partner in understanding the breastfeeding process and the be...


  • Tot Time

    11/02/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

    Tot Time is designed for toddlers and other little tikes, 6 years and younger, who may not be com...


  • 35th Annual North Central Heart Cardiac Symposium

    11/02/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    November 2 35th Annual North Central Heart Cardiac Symposium 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Location: Sioux...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    11/02/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

    Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to di...


  • Little All Stars

    11/02/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

    -Ages: Walking - 6 years -10 punches per card -Cards do not expire


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    11/02/2017
    10:00AM — 12:00PM

    Gather your friends at our house to play and don't get your house messy. Our play groups are open...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    11/02/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

    The County Fair has family entertainment for kids of any age—from our inflatables and Play Dome j...


  • Better Choices Better Health

    11/02/2017
    01:00PM — 03:30PM

    Better Choices, Better Health® SD is a chronic disease self-management workshop designed for adul...


  • New Baby & Me

    11/02/2017
    01:30PM — 03:30PM

    This group for new moms and their babies meets weekly. Moms can join in open discussion on topics...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    11/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

    Different activities are scheduled daily, such as arts and crafts, open gyms and special events. ...


  • Strengthening Families Program 10-14

    11/02/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

    Strengthening Families Program 10-14 is a program for families with kids ages 10-14. This progra...


  • Fall '17 Woman's Clothing Swap and Social

    11/02/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Hey Fashionistas-WE'RE BACK! Ever wanted to raid the closets of Sioux Falls most fashionable w...