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Deployment

08/26/2013 08:14PM ● Published by Anonymous

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How did you explain military service to your daughter? How did you tell your daughter about the deployment?

Honestly, there was no easy way. We sat her down and asked her if she knew why daddy was in the Air Guards and we explained to her that "he protects us and our country from bad guys." Then we told her, "Sometimes, our military heroes need to be gone from home for long periods of time to make sure we are all safe." We explained to her that our military works as a team to keep us all safe and that she and I would need to be a team with daddy being gone that long. I know at the time when we told her it would be for 7 months, she didn't get it. I don't think she got it even when he left. Remembering back, I think about 2 months in is when it finally hit her that he would be gone for a lot longer than she expected. It was then that she truly began to miss him, and my main goal was to keep her little mind occupied for times like this.

She was my main priority of the summer. Not only was I worried about him, I woke up worrying about her and went to bed worrying about her. I tried to fill her days with as much fun as we could have just to keep her mind off of his absence. I knew it was going to be hard for her because Jerime is a huge hands-on father. He does everything with her. One of her first questions was, "Who's gonna come have lunch with me every week at school?" He does that – he does it all, so I had some big shoes to fill!

What did your family do to prepare?

 The first thing we did was go and buy a big huge jar and a big bag of gummy bears and we counted out a gummy bear for every day that he would be gone. After we counted them, we dropped them into the jar and put them right on her dresser in her room. Each night she would eat one and we would know we were one day closer. I can't begin to tell you the excitement we felt when we could move the gummy bears into a smaller jar and squealed with delight when we were on our last week's worth

Jerime's deployment gift to us was an iPad, and I can't even tell you how much FaceTime was our biggest gift. Everyday at 2pm our time, Gracie and I would race home from wherever we were and wait for Jerime's call. There was not one time in his 7-month deployment that we didn't talk at 2pm, whether it was for 30 seconds or 15 minutes. Just knowing we had that time everyday was a true blessing for all of us. We shared pancake breakfasts, bedtime stories, Fourth of July fireworks, classroom parties, first day of school, and first snowfall. That connection and communication allowed all of us to feel a little normalcy in our lives, even though we were miles away. Our family and friends all knew that at 2pm, they could find Gracie and I huddled around the iPad with smiles on our faces, comforting each other through tears and laughter

Another thing we did was send packages. I think we sent almost 20 total. It was a great way to send our love to him from far away. And Facebook was also fabulous. I uploaded pictures every single day.

What advice do you have for families in the same situation?

Surround yourself with friends and family and support. Take everyone up on any offer to keep you busy. Gracie and I made so many wonderful memories and friends during the deployment. It's amazing the people who reach out to you; it's something I honestly will never forget. It was hard – don't get me wrong. I had to keep a positive mind daily because if I didn't, it was easy to wallow in grief. People always asked me, "Is it hard to have a child during deployment?" My answer was, "She was absolutely the best piece of joy I could have around me. She was my little piece of him, and my reason to stay happy and positive."

I also kept a "YOU CAN DO IT" wall in our bedroom. This was for more of a personal reason for myself, for all those things I had to depend on myself to get through instead of my husband. About 2 weeks into the deployment, I found myself with a flat tire. I didn't even know what to do, but in the end, I did it, and I got my first Post-it® note. Others included:

  • a bat in our house
  • celebrating our 13-year anniversary without him
  • getting through Gracie spraining her wrist 
  • fixing our water heater
  • snaking a toilet
  • carrying up our porch swing that blew off our deck during a storm (all by myself, might I add)

These were just a few of my accomplishments, all those things that I depended on him to do. Each of the notes I put up made me believe that I could do it, that I was doing it, and that I will do it

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We went into the deployment as a team, and we came out so much stronger in the end. Each day we could talk on the iPad made us focus on what was important and the end reward of being together. The little things didn't matter. Nothing mattered, as long as he was safe and would be coming home to us The night we picked him up from the airport was honestly the most emotional time in my life for me. Our relationship was solid going in, but at the end of the deployment I was more in love with him than I had ever been. I remember him coming down the escalator and scooping up Gracie. I let them have a moment, and then as soon as he set her down and motioned for me, everything became a blur. The only way I can describe it is an out of body experience. As crazy as it sounds, we were both lost in that moment, almost like two old souls reuniting again. I have never felt a greater joy or more love in my heart than at that moment, having my crazy little family back together! 

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  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/17/2017
    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

    10/17/2017
    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

    10/17/2017
    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

    10/17/2017
    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

    10/17/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/17/2017
    03:30PM — 05:30PM

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


  • Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series

    10/17/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Science minded individuals in our community can learn about the science research being performed ...


  • October 18 8:00 am - 5:00 pm The Opioid Epidemic: A Wicked Problem of the Worst Kind Location:...


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


  • Little All Stars

    10/18/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Open Hockey

    10/18/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

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


  • Scheel's Family Open Ice Skate

    10/18/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/18/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • Homeschool Art: Doodle, Sketch, Design I

    10/18/2017
    12:30PM — 02:30PM

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


  • Homeschool Art: Doodle, Sketch, Design I

    10/18/2017
    12:30PM — 02:30PM

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


  • Milk Monologues

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    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

    10/18/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    10/18/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Breastfeeding Preparation

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/18/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Tot Time

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/19/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • Better Choices Better Health

    10/19/2017
    01:00PM — 03:30PM

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


  • New Baby & Me

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    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

    10/19/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Strengthening Families Program 10-14

    10/19/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    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...


  • Coat Drop Off

    10/20/2017
    10:00AM — 09:00PM

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


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/20/2017
    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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 -...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 -...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • Watercolor Class

    10/28/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

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


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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...


  • 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 -...


  • 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...


  • 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 -...