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7 Tips for Raising a Responsible Child

01/27/2014 01:07PM ● Published by Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of Alicia Vermeys Photography

By Heather DeWit, Lutheran Social Services Director of Childcare and Education Services

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If I were to make a list of the traits that I hope my children display as they grow up, the word "responsibility" would show up within the top 20. It is a word frequently spoken in the elementary classroom, likely because it is a trait that continues to impact students’ lives well into their careers.


1. Be patient. It is best to start early, but regardless of when you start it is key to give your child your patience.

2. Assign tasks. The Internet is full of age appropriate chore lists. Decide what works for your family and whether you prefer to offer an allowance for some tasks or not. Ask your children to care for pets, themselves, and their home. Encourage being responsible in the community. Give your children opportunities to make a difference for others by volunteering their time and talents.

3. Recognize good choices. If you ask them to fold laundry, thank them with a hug and avoid the urge to refold the clothes to your standards. Let their best be enough. As they learn, you can coach them on the finer points of the tasks.

4. Encourage lists. Ask your child to make a list, calendar or chart to show what is expected of them. This allows him to track his own progress and also helps him to attend to the tasks that need his attention. Ask for his input on how and when he will take care of his responsibilities and when possible, which household tasks they will complete. The list should also help him to remember things like schoolwork, packing their lunch or putting their gym shoes in their backpack.

5. Allow consequences. Allow your children to make decisions and accept responsibility for their choices. Avoid the urge to "rescue" your child from the natural consequences that come from acting irresponsibly. If your child chooses not to pick up her toys and one is misplaced or broken, don't run out to purchase a replacement. If your child chooses to procrastinate on homework, allow him or her to take the consequences that go with that at school rather than allowing them to stay up late or helping them more than is reasonable. Likewise, connect responsible behavior with positive results. If your child has her chores done early, use the extra time for a fun family activity. If she does her homework on time and does her best work, remind her that she will see positive impacts in both her learning and the grade book.

6. Provide role models. Be a good role model yourself. Do what you say you will do. Be open with your child when you make a mistake. Talk about the decisions you are making and how you are addressing the many commitments you are balancing. Other family members and characters in literature can also provide some concrete examples of responsibility in action.

7. Make it real. Talk with your child about his or her choices both as they are making them and reflectively. Explain how the responsibility you are trying to grow in them will help them in life. Children who learn to make good choices become adults who make good choices. We also know that practicing choice making is important!

If you are consistent and intentional in teaching your children to be responsible you will likely see positive results in their ability to do well in school, manage money, care for themselves, and positively impact their family and community.

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    06:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • Teodora Buba Art Exhibition

    09/25/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Teodora Buba is a visual artist from Rapid City, SD. She is exhibiting at the Sioux Falls Design...


  • Keep Me Safe

    09/25/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Young children are naturally curious and impulsive. Safety is not something young children think ...


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    09/25/2017
    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

    09/25/2017
    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

    09/25/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

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


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


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    09/26/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

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


  • Storytime

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    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

    09/26/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Women Ignited by Faith

    09/26/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    The Benham Brothers (Former baseball players, former television hosts, authors, motivational spea...


  • Teodora Buba Art Exhibition

    09/26/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Teodora Buba is a visual artist from Rapid City, SD. She is exhibiting at the Sioux Falls Design...


  • Grandparent's Class

    09/26/2017
    06:30PM — 08:30PM

    Grandparents play a very important role in supporting the new family. This class provides informa...


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


  • Little All Stars

    09/27/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Story & Craft

    09/27/2017
    10:00AM — 10:30AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    09/27/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • Milk Monologues

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Kids Cross Country Meet

    09/27/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    The Sioux Falls Area Running Club, along with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and Runner's Block...


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    09/27/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Teodora Buba Art Exhibition

    09/27/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Teodora Buba is a visual artist from Rapid City, SD. She is exhibiting at the Sioux Falls Design...


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/27/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    05:30AM — 10:30AM

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


  • September 28-29 6:00 pm - 4:35 pm 18th Annual Avera Cancer Institute Oncology Symposium Locati...


  • Skyzone Toddler Time

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    09/28/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • New Baby & Me

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    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

    09/28/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Avera McKennan Women's Center Tour

    09/28/2017
    06:00PM — 06:30PM

    Tour the Avera McKennan Women's Center! We offer a short and informative tour of our delivery sui...


  • Teodora Buba Art Exhibition

    09/28/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Teodora Buba is a visual artist from Rapid City, SD. She is exhibiting at the Sioux Falls Design...


  • Witching Weekend

    09/29/2017
    08:00AM

    EVENT DETAILS Something is brewing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Sioux Falls! Halloween is ...


  • Homestead Orchard

    09/29/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    09/29/2017
    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

    09/29/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    09/29/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • Local Vendor Food at Fawick

    09/29/2017
    12:30PM — 01:00PM

    Did you know eating outside is a natural mood booster? Join us for the lunch hour and boost your ...


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    09/29/2017
    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

    09/29/2017
    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

    09/29/2017
    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

    09/29/2017
    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

    09/29/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Heartland Country Corn Maze

    09/29/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

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


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    09/29/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Teodora Buba Art Exhibition

    09/29/2017
    06:30PM — 09:00PM

    Teodora Buba is a visual artist from Rapid City, SD. She is exhibiting at the Sioux Falls Design...


  • Little All Stars

    09/29/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

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


  • One Autumn Night

    09/29/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    One Autumn Night is an evening of fun and friendship, with live entertainment by 2nd Opinion, hor...


  • One Autumn Night

    09/29/2017
    07:00PM

    One Autumn Night is an evening of fun and friendship, with live entertainment by 2nd Opinion, hor...


  • Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo

    09/29/2017
    07:25PM

    The Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo returns on September 29-30 with the 2017 PRCA Wrangler Champions Ch...


  • Falls Park Farmer's Market

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    Falls Park Farmers Market is the place to get your weekly supply of fresh flowers, vegetables, me...


  • Witching Weekend

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM

    EVENT DETAILS Something is brewing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Sioux Falls! Halloween is ...


  • Fall Harvest Festival

    09/30/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00AM

    Grab the kids and camera and head out for a fun-filled day at the nursery. Browse all the great d...


  • Sioux Empire Smiles Free One Day Dental Clinic

    09/30/2017
    08:30AM — 01:30PM

    Sioux Empire Smiles is a free, one-day comprehensive dental clinic for children 18 and under. The...


  • Women Ignited by Faith

    09/30/2017
    09:00AM — 04:00PM

    You will hear from remarkable women that found themselves walking through painful places in life,...


  • Tai Chi

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Prepared Childbirth Preparing for your Newborn

    09/30/2017
    09:00AM — 01:30PM

    The Caring for Your Newborn Class will give parents the information they need to feel comfortable...


  • Baby in Our Family

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:30AM

    This class helps big brothers and sisters prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Parents are req...


  • Homestead Orchard

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Harvest Fest

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    20th Annual Harvest Fest. It's sure to be another successful event with thousands of people joini...


  • Riverview Tree Farm

    09/30/2017
    10:00AM

    Riverview Tree Farm's Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin picking, pumpkin slingshot, hay rides, farm anima...


  • Barnes and Noble Story Time

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 11:30AM

    Children's Storytime at Barnes and Noble. Sept 2 Uni the Unicorn Sept 9 How to Catch a Monster ...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • September Blogger Meeting

    09/30/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    We are always looking for dedicated, dependable, individuals with a love for the local art commun...


  • Hoversten Orchard

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

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


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    09/30/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Family Crafternoon

    09/30/2017
    12:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join us at AR Workshop to create a preppy and charming 12″ x 16″ customized wood sign! Bring your...


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    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

    09/30/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

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


  • Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo

    09/30/2017
    07:30PM

    The Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo returns on September 29-30 with the 2017 PRCA Wrangler Champions Ch...


  • The Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo

    09/30/2017
    07:30PM — 10:30PM

    The Sioux Falls PREMIER Rodeo returns 2017 PRCA Wrangler Champions Challenge Finale, sponsored by...


  • Witching Weekend

    10/01/2017
    08:00AM

    EVENT DETAILS Something is brewing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Sioux Falls! Halloween is ...


  • Sensory Sensitive Sundays

    10/01/2017
    09:00AM — 11:00AM

    Join us from 9AM-11AM Chuck E. Cheese's now offers a sensory-friendly experience on the first Su...


  • Yoga

    10/01/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

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


  • Homestead Orchard

    10/01/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/01/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/01/2017
    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

    10/01/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

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


  • Riverview Tree Farm

    10/01/2017
    12:00PM

    Riverview Tree Farm's Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin picking, pumpkin slingshot, hay rides, farm anima...


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    10/01/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/01/2017
    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

    10/01/2017
    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

    10/01/2017
    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

    10/01/2017
    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

    10/01/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

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


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


  • Little All Stars

    10/02/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/02/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    09:30AM — 11:30AM

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


  • Storytime

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/03/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/03/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    11:00AM — 01:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    12:30PM — 02:30PM

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


  • Milk Monologues

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Weird Art Wednesday

    10/04/2017
    04:00PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Babywearing Basics (SF Babywearers)

    10/04/2017
    06:30PM — 08:00PM

    Monthly on the first Wednesday


  • Weeknight Open Gym

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/04/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    10:00AM — 10:50AM

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


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/05/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • New Baby & Me

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    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

    10/05/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Strengthening Families Program 10-14

    10/05/2017
    05:30PM — 08:00PM

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


  • MDA Toast to Life Gala

    10/05/2017
    06:00PM — 09:30PM

    MDA's Toast to Life Gala is an evening to raise money for neuromuscular disease research (ALS, mu...


  • October 6 7:00 am - 5:00 pm 17th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference Location...


  • Homestead Orchard

    10/06/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Weekly Morning Playgroups

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    12:00PM

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


  • Weekday Open Gym and Game Room

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    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

    10/06/2017
    02:45PM — 06:00PM

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


  • Pavilion Free First Fridays

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Free First Friday

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us for Free First Fridays, whether you are new to the area, new to the Pavilion, or even a r...


  • Heartland Country Corn Maze

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

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


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    10/06/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Little All Stars

    10/06/2017
    06:30PM — 07:20PM

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


  • Falls Park Farmer's Market

    10/07/2017
    08:00AM — 01:00PM

    Falls Park Farmers Market is the place to get your weekly supply of fresh flowers, vegetables, me...


  • Tai Chi

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    09:00AM — 09:50AM

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


  • Fire House Bank

    10/07/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Kids Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a cute coin bank with a fire ...


  • Cloth Diapering 101

    10/07/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Babywearing 101

    10/07/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Homestead Orchard

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Pumpkin Festival

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    This year marks our 20th Annual Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin Fest activities includes tractor wagon ride...


  • Riverview Tree Farm

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM

    Riverview Tree Farm's Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin picking, pumpkin slingshot, hay rides, farm anima...


  • Youth Canvas Painting Workshop

    10/07/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

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


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

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


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    10/07/2017
    12:00PM — 09:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Breastfeeding 101

    10/07/2017
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Monthly on the first Saturday


  • Great Plains Zoo Bookworms Reading Program

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    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

    10/07/2017
    02:00PM — 04:30PM

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


  • Yoga

    10/08/2017
    09:30AM — 10:30AM

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


  • Homestead Orchard

    10/08/2017
    10:00AM — 06:00PM

    Friday 10 am - 6pm Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm Sundays 1 pm- 5 pm Our assortment of a...


  • Inflatables and PlayDome

    10/08/2017
    11:00AM — 08:00PM

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


  • Pumpkin Festival

    10/08/2017
    11:00AM — 05:00PM

    This year marks our 20th Annual Pumpkin Fest. Pumpkin Fest activities includes tractor wagon ride...


  • Hoversten Orchard

    10/08/2017
    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

    10/08/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

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


  • Riverview Tree Farm

    10/08/2017
    12:00PM

    Riverview Tree Farm's Pumpkin Festival! Pumpkin picking, pumpkin slingshot, hay rides, farm anima...


  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Corn Maze

    10/08/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Welcome to the Corn Maze at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Over 7 acres of twists, turns and dead end...


  • Weekend Open Gym and Game Room

    10/08/2017
    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

    10/08/2017
    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

    10/08/2017
    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

    10/08/2017
    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

    10/08/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

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