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50 Winter Boredom Busters in the Sioux Empire

Jan 24, 2021 02:12PM ● By The Hood Magazine

When the weather begins to turn colder, the natural instinct for many of us is to curl up inside and hibernate until the snow melts in the spring. However, cold temps can lead to lots of fun and we are highlighting 50 fun things to do in the Sioux Empire this winter! Check as many as you can off of this list and make sure to share your adventures with us on our social media channels! 

1. Museum of Visual Materials 

Curbside Crafts -craft project kits with supplies to go for an easy and creative crafting experience at home for adults and kids! Craft projects are added regularly and available for only $5! 


2. Sky Zone Sioux Falls   

Exciting new ways to play ARE HERE! Don’t forget to check out our Toddler Time on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am. As a reminder:  Friday GLOW is 8pm-10pm! 

Missing warm weather? Enjoy 90-degree water with your kids today!  Private Family Open Swim sessions fill fast. Up to 10 swimmers for 2 hours. Call Dan @ 612.670.5498 for details. 

4. Great Bear  

Great way to spend the day together as a family! We have options from tubing, snowboarding and skiing and all the gear you will need. Visit our website for updated hours, to purchase tickets and more! 

5. Washington Pavilion 

Visit the Washington Pavilion this winter to break the winter blues. Children can experience Sioux Falls’ biggest indoor climbing area, explore tunnels, enroll in a winter class, perform on a small stage and so much more. Call 605-367-6000 to learn more! 

6. Inspiration Hills 

Do you have a child that wants to go back to summer camp or wants to experience camp for the first time? Check out Inspiration Hills’ 4th-6th Grade Winter Retreat Feb. 12th-13th!  A jam-packed weekend of camp activities is sure to satisfy that summer camp itch for a few more months! Visit the website for more info! 

7. Galaxy Gaming 

Galaxy Gaming offers an out of this world Laser Tag arena, Virtual Reality and Gaming experience. Your ultimate entertainment destination. 

8. Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History 

Your Great Plains Zoo is the premier spot for learning, discovery, and fun 361 days a year! Come see our Asian Cats and Fortress of the Bears this winter! 


9. LaunchPAD Children’s Museum 

LaunchPAD Children’s Museum in downtown Sioux City, is open 7 days a week for play and discovery. LaunchPAD features 7,000 square feet of educational hands-on exhibits. 


10. Stockyard Ag Experience 

With two floors of interactive exhibits, kids can learn where their food comes from while playing in our modern, farm-to-table museum. Private play time also available.  

11. Flyboy Donuts 

Stop by Flyboy Donuts and let your kids pick out their favorite donuts and grab an oversized coloring page! You can also schedule a surprise delivery right to your home by ordering on our website!  

12. All American Gymnastics  

Bring your children to discover the amazing fun activities we have available at All American Gymnastics Academy. Come experience gymnastics, ninja, cheer, parkour, trampoline, inflatables, foam pits and much more.  


13. Hood Magazine 

Don’t let the winter blues get you down this winter. Head over to our website to check out our entire list of fun activities to keep you moving all winter long. Simply click the link above to get to our calendar and you’ll be set!  

14. Children’s Museum of South Dakota 

The best place to play is everywhere! Visit our outdoor prairie, gift shop, and café. Play along at home with our Recipes for Play on our blog. Make your own snow or explore oobleck. Check our calendar for virtual activities! 

15. Frontier Climbing and Fitness  

Frontier Climbing is Sioux Falls’ premier rock-climbing facility offering Auto-Belays, Bouldering, Top Rope Climbing and Lead Climbing.  Contact Frontier Climbing today to learn more about renting our event space or our ongoing activities. 

16. Wings Gymnastics Academy 

Simple, SAFE and Fun! Come explore and activate senses in one of our weekly non-structured Open Gyms. Offering Day Time and Friday FUN Open Gym. Safe for all ages!  

17. 605 Ninja Academy 

605 Ninja is a fabulous place to come and burn off some energy! We offer Ninja, Parkour, & Aerial Silk Classes. Open Gyms, Camps, Kids Night Out Events and more! 


18. Skate City  

Skating, Arcade Games, Redemption Prizes, and Concession Snacks. It’s Family Fun for everyone. Great for a fun day out or for Celebrations. Public skating times available as well as private rentals! 

19. Siouxland Libraries 

Did you know that the Siouxland Libraries regularly offers Make & Take Kits and Virtual Events? These are a fun way to try a new activity for a very affordable price. 


20. Treat the family 

Let your children pick out some creative toppings for a hot cocoa bar and then snuggle up in front of the tv for a relaxing day watching your favorite family movies. Your kids will love the treat of a fun hot cocoa bar and you will love the added bonus of being able to relax and snuggle together! 


21. Ice Skating Rinks 

Sioux Falls Parks and Rec has multiple skating rinks throughout town to provide hours of family fun. 

22. Private Movie Showing 

Cinemark Theatres has affordable options to rent out a movie theatre for your family! You can choose from classics or new release movies and invite up to 20 people. 

 23. Paint a Memory 

Have you thought about picking up a ceramic or wooden paint project that the whole family can be a part of creating? There are multiple local businesses that offer DIY kits to try a new project that can be displayed for years to come! 

24. Throw a party!  

Do you have old or extra party supplies laying around somewhere? Let your kids decorate with streamers and balloons…they could even craft up some snow day party signs. Let them take the lead, it will be exciting for them to oversee the party planning details.   

25. Go Cotton Candy Crazy! 

Head downtown and pick up a fun cotton candy treat from Candy Cloud Factory and then drive by the falls while asking your kids conversation starter questions. 

26. Pay It Forward 

Give your children each a roll of quarters and a package of tape. Help them decorate little cards of encouragement with quarters attached and then head downtown to tape them to the meters. 

27. Baking Day 

Some of the best memories are made in the kitchen! Let each of your kids look up a recipe and then make it together as a family. You can do one each week or do them all in one day...either way it is a great way to make memories! 

28. Plan a Maker’s Day 

Head to Harrisburg and spend time at The Maker’s Nook interactive art studio. From hands on art play to masterpiece projects there is something for everyone! 


29. Escape! 

Escape rooms are not only great for team building with friends and co-workers but they are wonderful memories for the whole family! There are multiple options in Sioux Falls, too! 

30. Sledding! 

In addition to your neighborhood snow hills, Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation also has multiple sledding areas to check out. See the whole list on    

31. Family Game Night 

A classic way to spend a fun weekend in is to get out those games! Let each family member pick one game and play each one for a certain time. To make it more interesting, you can even add prizes for the winner! 


32. Volunteer! 

One thing that Sioux Falls is amazing at is giving back! From the Banquet to the Humane Society, there are numerous opportunities for your whole family to give back to our community this winter.  

33. Head to the Arcade 

Your kids will love playing Skee-Ball, Pinball and Press Your Luck games at the local arcades. Whether you hit up Electric Rainbow, The Fun Zone at Pizza Ranch or Thunder Road, there are lots of options to play the day away! 

34. Have an Ice Cream Date 

Although the temps are chilly, ice cream is a yummy treat year-round! For a special treat, hit up Stensland’s Ice Cream, Parlour, or grab a Sub-Zero treat to go from Chef Ellen’s. 

35. Bring the snow inside 

Use a Rubbermaid tote and scoop up some snow for your children to enjoy. Dye some water with simple food coloring and put it into a squirt bottle to color the snow! Use cups and spoons to make your very own snow cone fun. 

36. Dig in the Sand 

Just because there is snow on the ground it doesn’t mean you can’t dig in the sand! Head down to Harrisburg and check out The Sandlot. You can drop in during an open dig or you can book your private dig time as well! 

37. Learn How to Ice Fish 

Once the ice on area lakes is frozen solid, it can be fun to learn how to do this summertime favorite in the winter!  

38. Create a Scavenger Hunt 

Whether indoors or outdoors, scavenger hunts can be loads of fun any time of the year. Make up clues and then work together as a family to solve the clues! 

39. Spend the Day in a Fort 

Create a large fort in your living room with all the blankets you can find! Once you’ve created your giant fort, the whole family can spend the day reading, snacking and snuggling! 

40. Color the Snow 

Grab some affordable condiment squirt bottles from the dollar store and fill them with water and your favorite food coloring. The kids will have loads of fun creating artwork in the snow with their new “paints!” 

41. Shovel the Sidewalks for the Block 

After we have been cooped up inside from a snowstorm, we can burn off some energy by doing a good deed for our neighbors. Instead of just shoveling your sidewalk, do the whole street and show your neighbors how much they mean to you! 

42. Snow, Snow and more Snow 

After you watch the snow fall from indoors, head outside and relive your childhood with your kids! Spend the afternoon creating snow angels, building snowmen and tunneling into worlds of your imagination in a snow tunnel. 

43. Bowling Bonanza 

Have fun at a local bowling alley! We have multiple bowling alleys in our area and they are a great way to enjoy a day full of family fun for an affordable price! 

44. Homemade Pizza Party 

Get together everyone’s favorite toppings and let everyone make their own perfect pizza creation! As everyone enjoys their own personal pizza, throw in a family movie and you’ll be set for the night! 

45. Dance the Day Away 

Let everyone add their own song choices and create a family play list. With a mixture of new and old songs, as well as some party favorites, a family dance day is sure to burn off the winter blues. 

46. Hang Paper Snowflakes 

Paper snowflakes are easy to create with nearly any kind of paper. From computer paper to paper bags or construction paper to tissue paper, everyone can make unique creations that you can decorate your house with. 

47. Start a Family Journal 

Choose one day per week and give each person a prompt or question to answer. Parents can write for the kids if they aren’t old enough to write and everyone can learn more about each other. It will be a keepsake for years to come! 

48. Make a Snow Smoothie 

Using clean snow, some fruit and a little milk you can make a fresh snow smoothie! There are lots of recipes online and it’s so easy your kids can help too!  You can check out the ones ‘Hood made at

49. Write Letters to Veterans or the Elderly 

Winter can be a very lonely time for some people. Take an hour and help your children write a letter to residents at a local nursing home or the VA. The letters brighten the resident’s day and help to teach your children letter writing skills too! 

50. Reach Literacy 

Swing by Reach Literacy and pick up a few books to snuggle up and read with the kids. Kids can choose five free books from a large selection on each visit!