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Ways to Save on Birthday Parties

Meet our Mattress Giveaway Winners

Planning the Perfect Party 8TH ANNUAL

Birthday ISSUE

Sioux Empire’s Parenting Resource

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Join us for a low-sensory playtime that offers a calm, less-crowded opportunity for exploration in our museum’s exhibits. We invite all families with children experiencing disabilities to these private playtimes. Sensory Friendly Play includes the following adaptations: • • • • •

Less crowded environment (limit 100 guests) Designated quiet rooms Adaptive equipment Adaptive art tools Service pets welcome

The following dates/times have been set aside for these private playtimes in 2018. Friday, April 6, 5–8 pm Friday, May 4, 5–8 pm Monday, June 11, 1–4 pm Wednesday, June 27, 5–8 pm Monday, July 9, 1–4 pm Wednesday, July 25, 5–8 pm Monday, Aug 6, 1–4 pm Wednesday, Aug 15, 5–8 pm

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Friday, Sept 21, 5–8 pm Friday, Oct 19, 5–8 pm

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Sunday, Nov 18, 10 am–12 pm Sunday, Dec 16, 10 am–12 pm Regular admission rates apply. RSVP is preferred but not required. Call 605.692.6700, ext 0.




($100 deposit upon booking) DELUXE

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April 2018


ily parent • child • fam

Ways to Save on Birthday Parties

Meet our Mattress Giveaway Winners

Planning the Perfect Party


Birthday ISSUE

Sioux Empire’s Parent

ing Resource


19 pregnancy 8 P  ostpartum Meal Planning Work ahead to save time and money.

44 in every issue

10 D  on’t Forget About Mom at the Baby Shower Gift ideas to help a new mom relax.

baby 12 C  ommunicating with Childcare Providers How technology is helping spark conversation.

42 Craft Corner


49 Calendar of Events

14 H  ow to Nurture Learning with Play

55 Menu Planning

15 D  IY Gift Card Holder

Look what I made!

Area events for all ages.

Recipes and insight from Hungry for Truth.

Teaching your child through basic skills.

Creative ways to give a gift.

16 S olving Reading Difficulties Over the Summer Tips to keep kids on track.

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Birthday ISSUE

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cover story 19 8th Annual Birthday Issue Plan the perfect party.

family 44 K  eeping Connections with Your Kids Tips to keep talking in a busy digital world.

46 B  etter Bargain? School Lunches or Homemade?

A break down of costs.

Celebrating Birthdays with Arts and Crafts Birthday party celebrations don’t need to be elaborate and over the top. Find out how some fun projects can be the perfect fit for your celebration.

parent 41 10 Ways to Save on Birthday Parties Tips to make your dollar go further.

47 Mommy Gets Fit Update

Chelsea VanLeur gives an update on her progress.

home 59 S ummer Grilling

Creative Ideas to Keep Kids Active and Off Screens

60 S afety First

Gifts that don’t involve technology.

What to start planning for summer.

How to keep your bathroom a safe place for the whole family.

63 M  ust Sleep! Mattress Giveaway Meet six local deserving families.

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welcome baby TM

Happy Birthday!

President & Publisher Steffanie Liston-Holtrop 605-366-1479 Editor Jessica Brovold Art & Design Director Ally Vogel Digital Media Director Jaclyn Small Copy Editor Eleanor Turner Contributing Photographers Julie Prairie Photography studiofotografie Brittany Elizabeth Images Contributing Writers Dr. Christine Duncan, Angela Gulbranson, Shaina Herrmann, Anna Hudelson, Jaime Hudson, Jessica Schaap, Lisa Verdin, Shannon Ward

If you are looking to do a birthday party at a venue this year, we have lots of new options to pick from! Some of them are new businesses in town and you’ll want to make sure to check them out! If you aren’t into the birthday party stage yet, we also have some great tips for how to plan a baby shower. Birthdays are really fun and exciting in our house. We do a celebration on the day of and then have a party on another day. I make sure to let my kids pick whatever they want to do on their day. It’s a new tradition we started and the kids love it! Our articles and birthday section with all the resources you need for a party will make planning your birthdays easy this year! Also, this year we partnered with Beds by Design for our Must Sleep! Mattress Giveaway. We are overwhelmed by the number of families who reached out to us and shared their stories about why they had a need for a new mattress. It was really tough to narrow down our winners. We appreciate everyone who took the time to enter. Be sure to learn more about the families featured in our issue.


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Distribution courtesy of LifeScape: Andy Claflin, Brian Puetz, Brenton Newman, Ben Graff, Mitch Riley ‘Hood Panel Members Abir Aware, Brandy Fiala, Breanna Garbers, Jennifer Jung, Laura Kattenberg, Jillian Lemons, Megan Maxon, Bobbi Nelson, Ashley Rigge, Jen Rothenbuehler, Lyndsay Seivert Reproduction or use of the contents of this magazine is prohibited. ‘Hood Magazine is published 9 times a year by Hoodlum Productions, LLC and strives to publish only accurate information; however, Hoodlum Productions, LLC cannot be held responsible for consequences resulting from errors or omissions. All material in this magazine is the property of Hoodlum Productions, LLC and cannot be reproduced without permission of the publisher. We welcome article proposals, story suggestions and unsolicited articles and will consider all submissions for publication. Please send your thoughts, ideas and submissions to Magazine feedback and advertising and marketing inquiries to ©2018 Hoodlum Productions, LLC All Rights Reserved.


t u o b A & t Ou ‘HOOD HAPPENINGS We had fun with our friends at KDLT making a St. Patrick’s Day craft. A big thanks to everyone who stopped out to see us at the annual Ag Days event at the Washington Pavilion.


NEXT ISSUE: Mommy Gets Fit! Chelsea VanLeur has been working hard at Koko FitClub Sioux Falls and next month we’ll feature her big reveal. Chelsea shares her journey to health and wellness and inspires other moms to take control of their health. PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS



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Shrine Circus

April 6-8 Denny Sanford Premier Center

April 19–22 Sioux Falls Arena

Watch Facebook for a ticket giveaway.

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pregnancy by Shannon Ward, Doula, SWD Meals & Delivery



on the WEB Working During Pregnancy

Nutrition During Pregnancy and Postpartum Craft shows . Parties . Fundraisers Showers . Outside orders Jenn Jenson

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Pregnant women should be consuming between 2,200 and 2,900 calories a day, gradually increasing the caloric intake as the baby grows. This should include at least the following servings in a day: • • • • • •

Two calcium-rich foods Five vegetables Three fruit Six grains Two extra-lean meats and legumes At least five servings of water

Nursing moms should be taking in 2,200-2,700 calories a day, if you are nursing twins increase to 3,200 and for triplets consume closer to 3,700 calories a day. While nursing, it’s recommended to consume, at a minimum, these servings of the following: • • • • • •

3-4 calcium-rich foods 6 vegetables 4 fruit 3 extra-lean meats and legumes 9 grains At least eight servings of water

Your body needs protein, carbohydrates, and fats for energy. Great ingredients to include in your postpartum diet are: greens, yams, squash, carrots, beets, seaweed, lentils, raw almond butter, raw nuts and seeds, whole grains, and healthy fats.


These are important topics to put some thought and preparation into. There are some general nutritional guidelines to consider and there are many ways a family can prepare for these times.


Things to limit or avoid are citrus fruits, too many dairy products, peanuts, beef, raw garlic, onion, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, wheat/gluten, refined soy products, caffeine and chocolate. Meal planning, including preparing freezer meals in advance, can significantly reduce a family’s stress about eating while mom is recovering. There are many wonderful websites that have endless recipes for you to try. Meal trains are also invaluable. Make a plan and share it with a few friends and family. They will prepare the meals you ask for and you will get to enjoy food that was lovingly prepared just for you by friends and family. There are online services that deliver food via postal carriers; the catch there is that someone would then need to prepare the food. There also are delivery services in the area to help your family in the postpartum period by delivering wholesome, nutritional meals directly to your door. n




Field trips and special speakers are also used to enhance the educational experience. Our teachers help each child become an individual who is aware of their abilities and who can focus on their own strengths. Stop in and check out our programs and teachers anytime! No appointment necessary.

OW ME TO APPLE TRE E! FOLL 4 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS Apple Tree East 3309 E. 26th Street 605-339-9571

Apple Tree North 700 N. Sycamore 605-332-5581

Apple Tree Valhalla 4101 Valhalla Blvd. 605-361-7746

Apple Tree West 6400 W. 43rd Street 605-361-9875

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pregnancy by Dr. Christine Duncan, Zzz Pal

Don’t Forget about Mom at the Baby Shower!

Baby showers are such a fun time! Thinking about that new bundle of joy soon to grace the family brings forth a whole slew of emotion. Usually it’s your family, close friends or co-workers who invite you to these showers, and it’s customary to buy things on the registry that the family needs, like: diapers, a baby swing, blankets, and of course the best – baby clothes! Surely these are the cutest, most fun things to buy for showers, and everyone loves seeing baby in adorable sun dresses, or little tiny overalls...but what about Mom? This amazing woman has gone through the most complete, life-changing experience physically possible for a human to undergo. Her body went through many changes: nausea and heartburn, many sleepless nights, swollen and sore breasts, and now labor. More often than not, mom is the last person that is considered during a baby shower. It’s all about baby, right? Surely, but mom definitely needs some pampering and attention as well. Here are

some great unique gift options that will benefit her, which in turn benefits the entire family. First of all, taking care of a newborn at night is daunting. Breastfeeding, pumping, making formula, changing diapers, trying to sleep…it’s a lot to take on. All of this while being extremely sore from just giving birth! Moms need wonderful comfy items to make all of these tasks easier and more enjoyable. While moms might have thought about comfy clothes, maybe a new luxurious robe would make her nursing easier; especially if her baby happens to spit up or pee all over her

Around the time of your child's

1ST BIRTHDAY is when the

1ST DENTAL VISIT is recommended!

regular clothes. Another great item is a new pair of slippers for mom: super handy when running around the house at night. Now what about relaxing? While a great recliner is essential in the nursery, you probably won’t be buying one for a baby shower. Something that you can buy instead is a great neck pillow to use while your friend is nursing or just rocking baby in the middle of the night. These, like the Boppy pillow, are essential to a great nighttime experience for mom, as she often takes the brunt of the strain while holding her newborn. While a product like the Boppy pillow supports the baby during breastfeeding, a neck pillow supports the mother. These unique pillows solve many problems, by supporting mom’s neck and head while she is relaxing in a recliner, nursing or rocking her baby. It is a small item that doesn’t take up a lot of room and really helps mom relax anytime she can! These pillows are a relatively new invention, and are normally available at local baby boutiques and sometimes in chiropractic offices. Your friends, family and co-workers will love any soft, comfy item you buy them. So remember, while any gift is thoughtful and appreciated at a baby shower, please, while shopping for your next gift, don’t forget about Mom. She will value it more than you know! n

Summer Savings! Have your kids outgrown their summer clothes from last year? Get to Once Upon a Child today and get them stylish clothes that fit! We have an unmatched selection, value pricing, and we pay cash on the spot for what they’ve outgrown.

3804 S. Western Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57105


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by Lisa Verdin, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire

Communicating with Childcare Providers

It’s nothing new to hear technology is constantly changing. It’s changing the way we do business and the way we interact with each other, and childcare is no exception. For years, childcare providers have utilized various forms of technology to communicate with families. From email and websites to Facebook and text messaging, there is no shortage of options to connect digitally. As the family landscape has shifted from multi-children households to largely nuclear families with fewer children, parents and teachers have come to expect more from their interactions. Communication fosters better understanding and collaboration between the classroom and home to make education a wholesome experience for the child, and research shows increased parent participation is a critical influence on student success. With increased pressure to provide high-quality experiences tied to curriculum-based outcomes in early childhood education, teachers often find themselves with an increasing amount of administrative paperwork, cutting into valuable time spent with children… but technology is changing that. Enter the season of the app. With the vast majority of the population now carrying smartphone devices,

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instant communication has become an expectation. Apps like, HiMama! allow teachers to interact with parents quickly and easily throughout the day by sharing pictures, eating schedules, nap time data, reminders and learning objectives. Parents are more connected to what their child is doing throughout the day than ever before, but face-to-face communication is still important. In fact, case studies have shown the increased communication via mobile apps leads to increased face-to-face communication as well. Apps give parents talking points to interact more with teachers during drop-off and pick-up, and parents also report feeling more connected to the education their child is receiving. This communication is especially pronounced in the early childhood years when children cannot yet verbalize what they learned at school that day. When parents have received visual and explanationdriven data about their child’s day, continuing those concepts at home becomes seamless and results in a rich experience for children and families alike. n

Decadence, Luxury & Structure Have it all with the Zzz Pal Pillow.

Perfect baby shower gift! Order online or pick up locally at: Dr. Christine Duncan, D.C. 506 N Sycamore Ave Sioux Falls, SD 57110 605-334-8073

Visions Eye Care & Vision Therapy Center 605-274-6717 106th W. 69th St., Sioux Falls

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child by Sanford Health

How to Nurture Learning with Play Children absorb knowledge from the world around them at a very fast rate. Everything is brand new so your child is always learning, especially when they’re exploring. Play is how babies first learn about their surroundings, so it’s easy to keep it simple and promote development, even without fancy toys. Here are some playful ways to help your little one learn and grow. Enjoy tummy time. This gives her a chance to see the world from a new perspective. Making tummy time into playtime will encourage your baby’s development. While she’s spending a few minutes (at first) in this position you can use soft toys that shake or make noise to get her attention, encouraging her to try to lift her head toward the sound. Get down on the floor and talk to her at her eye level. As her neck and arm muscles get stronger she will be able to hold herself up to look at more things. Chat and sing. Use different inflections in your voice and watch how your baby reacts. Soon he will start to respond to you with cooing, gurgling and

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simple inflections. Mimicking those sounds back to your baby will encourage more interaction and bonding. Singing will help your baby develop language and rhythm skills. It can soothe your child as he is comforted by the sound of your voice. If there is a particular lullaby your baby is used to, that can be helpful to calm him during fussy times.

Make expressions. Your baby loves seeing your face. Experiment to see how many different reactions you can get from making different faces in front of her. Babies will instinctively try to copy emotions that are modeled for them – so a beaming smile should have your baby grinning back at you.

by Anna Hudelson Director of Education, Museum of Visual Materials

Play simple games. Games like

Your baby doesn’t need a lot of fancy toys and gadgets to enjoy playtime. What your baby needs most is your time, your face, your voice and your loving touch – but some basic toys that can add to the fun for both of you include: • • • • • • • • • •

Rattles Large rings Mobiles with contrasting colors Teething toys Soft dolls Stackable cups Textured balls Board or vinyl books Unbreakable mirrors Musical toys

Remember babies explore the world by putting things in their mouth. Do not give your baby anything that can fit through an empty toilet paper cardboard tube. Enjoy playing and watching your baby as she grows. At this age, playing is about spending time together and learning about each other as your baby discovers the world around her. n

SUPPLIES Construction or cardstock paper Glue or double-sided tape Scissors Googly eyes Pom-pom Envelope


peekaboo or simple interactions like splashing around in a shallow bath will teach your baby how to anticipate events. Stick out your tongue, puff out your cheeks or blow raspberries on her tummy. The unpredictability of your play will cause delight and your baby will start to understand the basics of cause and effect. Bonus: That cascade of giggles is the early development of a sense of humor.


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DIY Gift Card Holder Everyone loves a gift card! Either receiving one for a guiltfree shopping experience or when you run out of time to purchase a gift for someone, a gift card is always a great option! Here is an easy, adorable gift card holder to create for a child’s birthday! Since it’s so easy to create, stock up and create a few extra for upcoming birthdays! 1. F irst, grab your envelope. I used my envelope as a guide of how I should cut my paper. To fit a standard white business envelope 3 5/8 in. x 6 1/2 in., I cut my paper 9 ½ in. x 3 1/2 in. 2. F old bottom of paper 3 inches down. 3 Cut out a piece of white paper the same length as the width of fold. Then, cut a zig-zag on one side of paper to create teeth. 4. G  lue teeth towards the top of inside flap. 5. Glue sides of the inside flap. 6 C  reate the face! Get creative adding ears, horns, nose, or whatever else to create your monster’s look! n Inspiration by

child by Dr. Angela Gulbranson, Visions EyeCare and Vision Therapy Center

Solving Reading Difficulties Over the Summer

While many of you might be excited that the summer will provide a much needed break from homework battles, the summer is often a great time to help struggling readers. Parents often mistakenly assume when a child struggles with reading comprehension, it couldn’t possibly be due to a vision problem. Typically, this is because the child can actually read the text out loud. It may not be read perfectly, but it seems obvious that they have “no problem” seeing the actual letters on the page.

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The type of vision problems that interfere with reading and learning are intermittent, which means they are not all the time. Children can read for about 5 minutes or so, but then can’t remember what was read, even though they read it out loud moments ago. Words can move around on the page, double up at first and then look single. While it can be very challenging

to read when this happens, one can still read – it’s comprehension and fluency that suffer.

If you can take some time to observe your child when he or she is reading you may find some clues as to what may be wrong. The five most common signs a vision problem may be interfering with your student’s academic success are:

• Poor reading comprehension • Reading assignments take longer than they should • Reverses letters like “b” into “d” when reading • Short attention span with reading & schoolwork


When a student struggles with reading and learning, it’s important to first rule out the possibility of an eye coordination or eye movement problem. Most vision screenings in school and even at the pediatrician’s office do not test for these visual skills. Vision screenings typically test for how clearly one can see the letters on the eye chart (“20/20”), which is only 1 of 17 visual skills required for reading and learning.

• Skips lines, re-reads lines


If your child has any of the above symptoms, he or she may have a fully correctable vision problem. Please don’t assume because your child passed their last vision screening that your child does not have a vision problem. If reading is difficult and homework takes longer than it should, be sure your child has all the visual skills required for reading and learning. For more information visit: n

The LSS summer program combines academic, cultural and recreational activities. • Children choose daily from a variety of fun and educational enrichment activities • Hands-on learning • Fun weekly themes, pool visits, field trips & more • Convenient locations with affordable rates • Specialized programs for youth of all abilities ages 3–21 at Here4Youth location


summer fun!

ENROLL TODAY! Space is limited. • 605-371-8770

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BIRTHDAY PARTY PACKAGES 2018 Birthday Party Package Prices

Day Rates

Evening Rates

Over 48” Under 48” & Seniors (60+)

$20 $12

$12 $10

Under 2 Years Of Age Season Pass Holder (Over 48”) Season Pass Holder (Under 48”)

Free $10 $6

Free $6 $5



BIRTHDAY PACKAGES INCLUDE: Admission, reserved tables for one hour in the Birthday Party Pavilion, party invitations (download online), a special gift for the birthday child, and a meal of: pizza, small pop, and ice cream treat.

book your party at or 605-361-9313 Reservations must be made at least 24 hrs. in advance. Parties are scheduled on any regular operating day (subject to availability). Customer may bring their own birthday cake but must provide plates, forks, and napkins. Birthday parties must all arrive together at ticket booth to receive birthday rates. A min. of 5 guests is required to take advantage of these birthday party packages. Birthday party packages can’t be combined with any other offer, discount, or promotion. Sales tax not included in prices listed above. Individual prices listed above.

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Planning your child’s birthday party is an exciting moment. From planning the perfect first birthday to thinking outside the box for your older children, we have some great ideas to get you started.

Thank you to Julie Prairie Photography and Eileen’s Colossal Cookies for helping us celebrate our 8th annual birthday issue!

© Solis Photography

Julie Prairie Photography

Phone: (605) 359-6640
 Location: 400 N. Main Ave. Suite 203, Sioux Falls, SD
 Ages: 1 year
 Price: $75/session
 Description: Celebrate your child’s first year with ‘The Ultimate First Birthday Cake Smash Session’ at Julie Prairie Photography. Your session includes a deluxe cake, customized to coordinate with our backgrounds and your special outfits to create portraits as unique as your child. Let us design a stunning canvas collage or a keepsake album with images from your session that will be cherished memories for a lifetime.

studiofotografie Phone: (605) 336-0349 Location: 196 East 6th St., Ste.103, Sioux Falls, SD Ages: Newborn and up Price: $125+ Description: studiofotografie specializes in capturing your life and your loves. Maternity and Newborn photography, through the first year; complete with props and outfits. Our custom approach to your session in our beautiful downtown studio will create images you will cherish for your child’s lifetime.

© Julie Prairie Photography

Photographers and Event Planners

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Sweets and Treats Brandy’s Custom Cakery BrandysCustomCakery

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s lossal Cookie © Eileen’s Co

Phone: (605) 360-1949 Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: All ages Prices: Varies Description: We have the freshest, high-end quality products without breaking your budget. Baby shower cakes, donuts, pastries, wedding cakes, birthdays and more. Family owned and operated. Your dream is our inspiration.

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© Brandy’s Custom Cakery


Dairy Queen

Phone: (605) 338-2961 Location: 5 locations in Sioux Falls Ages: All ages! Price: Varies Description: Fourteen Foods is the largest Franchisee of DQs in the United States. We own five Dairy Queens in the Sioux Falls area. We serve hot food, soft serve ice cream, ice cream cakes and a variety of delicious treats!

Eileen’s Colossal Cookies of Sioux Falls

Phone: (605) 275-2014 Location: 2101 W. 41st St., #53, Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: $1.25 and up Description: We offer delicious cookies, made from scratch everyday with 13 flavors to choose from. Cookies sizes range from tea-size up to 16”. Custom decorating available for any occasion. Weddings, showers, birthdays, retirement, holidays, graduation and corporate orders. We can help make your event special. And the flavors are always delicious! Sioux Falls family owned and operated. Let us make your day sweeter!

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ABC Rentals Special Events

Phone: (605) 332-4222 Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: All ages Price: Varies Description: We rent tables, tents, chairs, lighting, dishes, linens, concession equipment, staging, dance floors, candy bar, vases and food service items (coffee pots, chaffing pans, heat lamps, etc.).

Bounce Around Inflatables

Phone: (605) 310-9529 Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: All ages

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Price: Varies Description: Inflatables of all sizes (bouncers, slides, water slides, and obstacle courses) mechanical games, carnival games, cotton candy and popcorn machines, tables, tents and chair rentals. Indoor facility available!


Phone: N/A Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: 10 and under Price: $100+ Description: Princesses, heroes, pirates and more! Let our actors bring your favorite characters to life! Perfected portrayals and quality performances that are sure to make your child’s birthday one they will never forget. With handmade costumes, personalized activities and seasoned performers, your favorite characters will step right out of their stories and into your party!

© County Fair

Rentals & Services

There’s Ice Cream Cake, Then There’s

DQ Cakes Irresistible fudge and crunch center surrounded by vanilla and chocolate soft serve, decorated with your favorite design.

$3 OFF DQ Cake (8” or larger)

Wild Child Slumber Adventures

Valid at your Sioux Falls Dairy Queen 2100 S. Minnesota Ave., 5001 South, Crossing Place, 4407 E. 10th St., 5420 W. 26th St. and 204 N. Kiwanis Ave Not valid w/ other offers. No Cash Value. Expires: 12/31/18

Phone: (605) 988-4022 Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: 2–14 Price: $60 and up Description: Wild Child Slumber Adventures provides the slumber party of your child’s dreams and saves you the hassle of the work! Handmade tents decked out in twinkle lights for each child provide a magical experience. A variety of themes and set-ups are available including extras like a photo booth, disco light and craft. Our team will set up in your living room and return the next day to take it all down!

WE LIKE A PARTY Craft Parties for all ages for all occasions



Corner of 6th and Phillips

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Venues All American Gymnastics & Inflatables

Phone: (605) 334-4311 Location: 3009 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 3–12 Price: $170 plus tax Description: One hour of playtime with up to seven inflatables, in-ground trampolines, safety foam pit and sky swing. Every party will have the gym to themselves and 45 minutes in their own private party room following playtime. 12 children included in price, $10 for each additional child.

Air Madness

Phone: (605) 767-1600 Location: 310 W. Industrial Drive Harrisburg, SD Ages: All ages Price: $250 + Description: Elevate your Birthday Party at Air Madness! All party packages include jump time, socks, private party room, pizza, soda,

plates, napkins, cups, utensils, and a t-shirt for the birthday child. Every attraction you see in the park is included - ride the bull, scale the face-off wall, or defy gravity on the main court!

Alice’s Attic Doll Clothes

Phone: (605) 334-5406 Location: 1716 S. Marion Rd., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 5–11 Price: Varies Description: Party includes making a dollrelated craft, with our staff assisting your birthday child and guests. You also have use of our party room for cake, pizza, presents, and games – whatever you would like to bring for your party. We handle the clean up! Crafts are geared toward the 18” doll such as American Girl®. Maximum of 10 children.

Join Us for Your BEST Birthday Party Ever! All Ages!

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Venues Bloom

Phone: (605) 271-3464 Location: 1608 S Western Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 1–8 Price: $120-$160 Description: Explore our tiny town and swing from our indoor playground before gathering in our party room to sing, eat and celebrate! They won’t want to leave - and they do not have to! Bloom’s party packages allow your children to have open play the entire day of your party room reservation! Each package contains 10 passes, 1-2 hours in the party room and endless fun!

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Carolan Rental & N-Flatable Fun

Phone: (605) 366-7368 Location: Sioux Falls and surrounding areas Ages: All ages Price: Summer Specials $85 for jumpers and $150 for jumper slide combos Description: We are one of the largest entertainment rental stores in the Midwest with over 200 inflatable and interactive games to choose from. We a have over 60 tents of all different sizes and we carry tables, chairs staging and much more! Our brand new 16,000 sq. foot turfed fenced in ‘Fun Zone’ is now open for you to have your party right here. You get around $2,500 worth of games for just a fraction of the cost. Summer special: $85 for jumpers and $150 for jumper/slide combos. Mention ‘Hood Magazine and receive 10% off.

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Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Phone: (605) 692-6700 ext. 236 Location: 521 4th St., Brookings, SD Ages: 1–10 Price: Varies Description: Let your birthday child choose a theme and prepare to be whisked off on an experience that offers playful exploration and hands-on fun! Age appropriate themes such as Canvas Creations, Arty Party, Science Party and Dinosaur Party, are fully facilitated by guides trained in early childhood or elementary education. We do all of the prep work, setup and clean-up, so come ready to enjoy! Members get 20% off party packages.

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Color Me Mine

Phone: (605) 362-6055 Location: 3709 W 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: Varies Description: We are the cool place to party! You bring the guests, we’ll do the rest! (Including all clean up.) They will select a piece of bisque, designed and painted any way they like. We will then glaze and fire it for you, and items will be ready for pick up in one week. The perfect party for children or adults! We have several packages to choose from.

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Making life sweeter one custom cake at a time!

County Fair & Brandon Pizza Ranch

Phone: (605) 582-6322 Location: 204 S. Splitrock Blvd., Brandon, SD Ages: All ages Price: Varies Description: The County Fair offers loads of fun for kids and group outings, from arcade games to inflatables. We are connected to the Pizza Ranch and specialize in birthday parties. Reservations for groups are recommended as we have serval party rooms available. Call us today to book your party and inquire about our 8 for $88 party special.

235 N Main Avenue • Parker, SD 57053 • 605-360-1949


Eastway Bowl

Phone: (605) 336-0468 Location: 3201 E. 10th St., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: $10.90 per child Description: Come relax and enjoy your child’s birthday while we take care of the rest! You get an hour of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, beverage, and table set up all for $10.90 per child!



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Venues EmBe

Phone: (605) 336-3660 Location: 300 W. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: Varies Description: Parents can arrange for kids to go swimming, play basketball, or have group games in the gym. The aerobics room is perfect for private parties or for young children that you want to keep in a confined area.

Escape 605

Phone: (605) 271-7717 Location: 2 locations in Sioux Falls

Ages: 8 and up Price: Varies Description: Escape 605 offers three party packages, to customize your perfect party experience. Party room set-up and clean up. Escape the planning and escape the mess and have your party with us.

Great Plains Zoo

Phone: (605) 367-7003 Location: 805 S. Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 2–12 Price: $10 - $17/person Description: Parties include one hour in a private party area, all-day admission to the Zoo and Museum, one bucket of animal feed per group, one beverage and ice cream treat per guest, one gift bag per guest, and more! Minimum of 10 guests required.

20% OFF NEW MEMBERSHIPS Now through May 31, 2018 Members enjoy free, year-round admission to the Kirby Science Discovery Center and Visual Arts Center, films in the Wells Fargo CineDome, monthly Super 2nd Saturdays, discounts on classes and so much more.

Use promo code: MEMBER20 and start enjoying the flexible benefits of membership! Experience Your Washington Pavilion 301 S. Main Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 605.367.6000 |

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Includes NEW pair of roller or inline skates, t-shirt and admission skate pass for the guest of honor! For more information about our package price and details, please call 605-332-7915 or visit us online at

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Venues JAM Art & Supplies

Phone: (605) 338-3980 Location: 401 N. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 4+ Price: $20/person Description: Your choice of two crafts led by a JAM Art & Supplies guide. Start with a warmup craft, followed by a longer, main event. In total, the party will be two hours of fun, with a half-hour for cake and presents. All supplies and location will be provided for you and your party members! Maximum of 15 party members.

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MidcoÂŽ Aquatic Center

Phone: (605) 367-POOL (7665) Location: 1601 S. Western Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: Varies. Party guests will need an active swim pass or pay daily admission. Description: Party guests can select one of four private party room rentals and select a party package through the Dive In. Party Packages are based on 12 children, which include food, drink along with table cloth, paper goods and more! Feel free to customize as you wish! We do all the set-up and clean-up, so you can take time to make family memories! Call to book your party today!

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Monkey Bizness

Phone: (605) 799-4995 Location: 4805 S. Louise Ave., Sioux Falls SD Ages: 8 and under Price: $179– $219 Description: At Monkey Bizness, kids can monkey around in a jungle of fun with inflatables, slides and obstacle courses. We even have a special area set aside for kids two years and younger. We offer a dedicated party host to take care of the setup and clean up so you can enjoy your little one’s party. If you are looking for a place for your child to have fun, look no further… come be our guest!

Opening April 2nd!

Indoor Play and Family Enrichment plus loads of birthday fun!

Museum of Visual Materials

Phone: (605) 271-9500 Location: 500 N. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: $150+ Description: Parties at the Museum include two hours of private access to our children’s activities, including our Imagination Playground, LEGO station, Barbie House and more. You are welcome to bring in food and beverages. For an additional fee, a craft project can be arranged.

Check our website for birthday party packages!

1608 S Western Ave in Park Ridge Gallaria

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Venues Platinum Dance

Phone: (605) 951-9309 Location: Various locations in Sioux Falls Ages: All ages Price: $75 and up Description: Platinum Dance Birthday Party packages vary for your needs and your special birthday child’s desires! We have dance and princess-themed packages that include special appearances from your favorite princess, crafts, games, dancing, and treats. We’ll entertain your guests and even bring the birthday cake if you want! Party planning can’t get any easier than that! Check out our website for details

and pricing. But hurry, first come first serve for weekend parties and princess requests.

Sioux Falls Skyforce

Phone: (605) 332-0605 Location: 2131 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All Price: $159 Description: The Brandon Martens birthday party pack gets you 11 tickets, 2 large pizzas, 11 pops or waters, 11 cookies and 2 ball toss bags. The birthday boy or girl gets $10 Skyforce cash, a t-shirt and on-court recognition. You can add on Benchwarmers or a team autographed basketball

Specializing in your party and event rentals • • • • • • • •

tables &chairs tents cotton candy event decorations linens & dishware popcorn machines snowcone machines chocolate fountains and more!

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Venues Skate City

Phone: (605) 332-7915 Location: 2901 W. 3rd St., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: $155 and up Description: Skate City is the perfect place to celebrate that upcoming birthday. You provide the skaters and cake, and we’ll take care of the rest — PLUS — the birthday person receives their choice of roller or inline skates, a birthday t-shirt, and an admission skate card as gifts from us!

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The Maker’s Nook

Phone: (605) 496-2380 Location: 100 S. Shebal Ave., Harrisburg, SD (Tiger Tots Building) Ages: 4–Teen Price: $70 Registration Fee, $10 a crafter Description: Birthday parties at the Nook provide a fun environment to encourage creativity for any birthday theme! Crafts range from Painting, Nail String Art, Slime, and much much more. Parties are 2.5 hours with 2 crafts included.

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American Girl®, Bitty Baby®, WellieWishers® and Barbie® size doll clothes

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Phone: (605) 367-6000 Location: 301 S. Main Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 4–12 Price: $148.50+ Description: Choose your own birthday learning adventure from our six fun party themes. Parties include an hour of fun, hands-on activities led by your personal party host, a private party room for you and your guests, admission to the Kirby Science Discovery Center for guests, a gift for the birthday girl or boy, decorations, set-up and clean up. NEW! Video gaming parties in the Wells Fargo CineDome!

605-334-5406 1716 S Marion Rd, Sioux Falls

(NE corner of 26th St & Marion Rd)


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2101 W. 41st Street, #53, Sioux Falls, SD (Located on the east side of Scheels)

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Phone: (605) 361-9313 Location: 26767 466th Ave., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: All ages Price: Varies Description: Reserved tables for one hour in the birthday party picnic area, plus a special gift for the birthday child. Also includes a meal – pizza, small pop and ice cream treat – per person.

Phone: (605) 360-4988 Location: 2101 W. 41st St., Sioux Falls, SD Ages: 5–95 Price: $199 Description: 605 Ninja Academy offers a very hands-on fun birthday party experience for boys & girls. Price includes one hour in the gym, 45 minutes in the party space and you may bring anything you want to celebrate. All Ninjas must wear clean tennis shoes & have a parent sign our online waiver. Ages 5+ only.

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Summer Fun Zone

Now taking reservations for summer outdoor parties in our 14,000 sq. ft. fenced in turf area. Call for details!

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Over 250 inflatables, 12 obstacle courses and many interactive games to choose from!

620 N. Cliff Ave. Harrisburg, SD 57032

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10 Ways to Save on Birthday Parties

1. M  ake your own invitations and thank you notes. This can be done with a printer at home or by hand. All you will need is paper, markers and a little creativity.

2. Think outside the box. There are ways to create fun decorations out of what you already have. Try displaying photos/collages of the birthday girl or boy on a wall, arranging cupcakes in such a way that they display the child’s age on the table, or writing fun birthday messages on any already existing chalk or whiteboards in the home.

3. D  IY treats. Make your own cake, cupcakes, donuts, or cookies and have the kids decorate their own.

4. I ncorporate simple activities. In place of any paid entertainment, incorporate a simple activity into your party – kids can create their own pizza, do a craft, make canvas artwork, or design party hats!

5. C  hoose a mid-afternoon party. If providing a meal is not within your budget, plan to have your party between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

6. Do a search for DIY party decorations online. There are many bloggers that have free printouts for invitations, personalized signs, theme-related food display labels and more!

7. Reusable decorations. For home parties, purchase one or two tablecloths and monogramed or personalized decor that can be reused throughout the years.

8. Weeknight celebrations can be more affordable. For any party away from home, make reservations for an evening during the workweek. Companies will often offer you a significant discount if the party does not take place on a weekend.

9. Limit the options for drinks and food at the party. This is an area where it is easy to go overboard! Make your own party punch, chop your own veggies and cheese, and offer only 1–2 additional snacks.

10. Begin your search for supplies early. When you are at a dollar store or browsing through clearance bins, be on the lookout for fun party favors and decorations. n April 2018 |


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by Jaclyn Small, The ‘Hood Magazine

It’s that time of year, when the days are getting longer and warmer. Although there is definitely a hint of spring in the air, we unfortunately still have to wait a little while before we can start to plant a real garden. So until then, this interactive paper garden is a fun alternative! Supplies: 2 paper plates Construction paper Glue/tape Scissors Blue and brown paint Paint brush Stapler (optional, but comes in handy!)

3. A ttach the half brown plate to the blue plate, creating a pocket. You could use tape or glue for this, but a stapler makes this quick and easy! 4 Fold a half piece of green paper like a fan. Cut several slits on one of the ends. Unfold and now have your grass! Glue onto the blue plate.

1. P aint one plate blue and the backside of another plate brown. You only need half of the brown plate so don’t worry about painting the whole thing.

5 C  ut a brown piece of construction paper into several small strips. Crinkle them up to use as dirt filler in your garden.

2. O  nce your paint is dry, cut the brown plate in half, this is the dirt.

Now your garden is ready for some vegetables! 6. U sing paper and glue, make some vegetables for your garden. Some easy ones we made were corn, tomatoes and carrots! 7. W  hen your vegetables are ready, “plant” them in your garden! Take advantage of this time to talk about how food grows, colors, healthy options and so much more! n


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by Jaime Hudson, LifeScape

Keeping Connections with Your Kids

When we think of providing the basic needs for our children, we generally think of food, shelter and clothing. It’s also important to remember basic psychological needs. Kids need to feel loved and valued for who they are. They need to experience a consistent sense of physical and emotional safety. They also need to feel a sense of belonging and connection within their families and social circles. Our children navigate a variety of settings every day – as family members, students and friends. Some are also members of clubs, organizations, and sports teams. Each setting poses different role expectations, influences, pressures, and sources of fulfillment. We hope that each environment builds them up, but we can’t guarantee our children will always feel safe, loved, and connected the way we’d like.

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The outside world has more access to our children than ever before. Even in the loving, consistent, and safe environments we’ve created in our homes, their exposure to harmful outside influences is only a Snapchat or text message away.

• S pend time together without the distraction of electronic devices. Ask questions and truly know what is important in their lives, and be supportive when they open up. • T ake time to understand social media and monitor your children’s use of electronic devices. • E ncourage your children to invite friends over. Talk with the friends and get to know their parents. This will facilitate social connections for your children and help you ensure they are involved with a positive peer group. • E ncourage your children to reach out in positive ways to peers. Something as simple as a smile

and a hello can turn someone’s day around and help them feel a sense of connection. • E ducate your children about bullying and let them know that it’s okay to ask for help if this is happening to them or other children. Children need to know that participating in bullying is never okay.


Here are some ways to help your child be psychologically healthy:


If you notice your child is struggling, it’s okay to reach out for help. Psychology services can provide a safe place for you and your child to explore difficulties going on at home, in school, or in other important areas of life, and to develop effective strategies to address these difficulties. Our children need to feel loved, connected, safe, and empowered to effectively navigate what comes their way. n

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family by Jessica Schaap, Koko FitClub Sioux Falls

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School Lunches or Home Made? Let’s talk school lunches. Every year I have intentions of making school lunches five days a week. After the first week, I end up putting money on their school lunch account and there go my dreams of healthy lunches for my kids. It’s convenient. It’s cost-effective. My time is worth more, or so I thought. A few days ago, all three of my older kids were home from school on a break. I decided we were going to make a menu, meal prep and compare the cost of a month’s worth of school lunches versus a month of sack lunches. This may not be to the penny, but I do think it’s close enough to make my argument. We came up with seven main protein dishes to rotate, fresh veggie/fruit options, as well as a carb and a treat. Next we assembled all the food for this week’s menu and assigned bins in the fridge for school lunch only. The kids’ job will be to pack their lunch every day from the lunch bins. After school they unpack their lunch bags and re-pack for the next day.

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Now, show me the money! I looked up this past January’s charges and my kids spent $350 on school lunch! THREE KIDS! On food I wouldn’t buy and put in my house. I thought my lunches would cost more, but at least they are getting fresh food and some nutrition. Yet, that wasn’t enough for me: I want to know how much it is going to cost me to feed my kids for a month. I went on a local grocery store’s online shopping, and I calculated a week’s worth of groceries, for just the food they will be taking in a school lunch. Came out to be $70 a week! That is on average about $280 a month! Sold! It was pretty easy and fun! Kids were involved and we have a goal! Every week we hit an “all school lunch week,” we will get a special treat! n


Mommy Gets Fit 2018 Update


1. How is your journey going? My journey has been going very well. Has it been easy all the time? No, but I have stayed focused and dedicated to get to my end result. I have grown an appreciation and love for working out. I look forward to that time of day that I get to work on myself.

2. What has been your biggest lesson learned so far? The biggest lesson that I have learned is losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is long term. It does not end for me after Mommy Gets Fit. It is forever! I now know that it may take a while to reach some of my goals and that is ok! I just have to stick with it!

3. What type of progress are you seeing in yourself? I am seeing so many changes! In my choices, body and the way I feel. There may be areas/goals I have not reached yet, but others I have smashed out of the ballpark. Again, I have always had the mindset of a quick fix. I’m realizing I must keep this up forever and if it means slow and steady I am ok with that. Each week I see a change and I am excited! Even if it’s a small change, it is a step towards a healthier me.

4. What has been the biggest challenge? I think getting over what others think. This has always been a challenge for me. The biggest fear I

have through this whole challenge is what are others going to think about me. Are they going to think I lost enough weight? Do I look stronger? I have come to realize it’s not all about what others think. I hope people realize it’s not an easy fix. It took me a long time to realize that. There so many other goals that I have achieved on top of losing the weight and looking better. Things like getting three perfect workouts at KoKo FitClub. I wanted to achieve this goal by the end of April and I did it by the beginning of March! I could not believe it! We need to celebrate these small successes too.

5. How are you feeling overall? I feel great! I have way more energy than before starting this journey. I hardly had enough energy to get through all the nightly routines with the kids. Now, I can keep up with no problem! I’m starting to gain confidence in myself. Confidence in the way I feel and look. I am loving the way I feel. This is what drives me to continue. The way I feel! n

Family Gets Fit is sponsored by: KOKO FITCLUB • 3320 S. Sycamore Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 605-271-7149 •

11th Annual! June 16th

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Cash, credit cards, and checks are accepted!


Be a part of North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event!™

at Royalwood Dairy Hosted by the Ode Family

Greater Sioux Falls: May 5-6

48170 266th St., Brandon, SD

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Shop unbelievable deals on kids’ gear and clothes! Sell your items as a consignor and earn 60%! Save 50-90% off retail prices! Details online! Smart! There’s no better budget helper around!

Visitors get to:

• Tour the dairy farm • See baby calves th • Get a FREE lunch SALE HOURS: Sat. May 5, 9am-6pm and Sun May 6, 9am-3pm 48170 266 St Brandon, SD Enjoy kids activities PreSales for first-time parents and consignors. Details Online. • 10:00 am – Do• Re Let’s Play

• Sing with Phil Baker at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m • ‘Hood Magazine Make & Take crafts

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Up To Play 60 kids activities

• Tours ofFamilies the dairy Children’s Entertainers Perform South Dakota Farm shop. sell. save. smart!™ • 10:30 am – Free lunch to start being • Baby calves served

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3 Yr Olds $110 per month

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Call 371-3737 or visit for more info!

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Sunday, April 1






All Ages

Wednesday, April 4 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Toddler Jump Air Madness Trampoline Park $8/child

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Sensory Sensitive Chuck E Cheese’s Varies

9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials

11:00 AM-8:00 PM Inflatables and PlayDome County Fair Brandon $5

Monday, April 2 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Toddler Jump Air Madness Trampoline Park $8/child 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Story & Craft Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Play Group Morningside Community Center 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Make it Monday Kids! Color Me Mine , Varies 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Family Open Ice Skate Scheels Ice Plex Adults $6, Kids (1-12) $4 11:00 AM-8:00 PM Inflatables and PlayDome County Fair Brandon $5

Tuesday, April 3 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Skyzone Toddler Time Sky Zone $5

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Play Group Morningside Community Center 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Weird Art Wednesday JAM Art & Supplies 5:00 PM-9:00 PM Music & More The Meadow Barn 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Discount Skate Night Skate City $3/child + skate rental

Thursday, April 5 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Play Group Kuehn Community Center 1:30 PM-3:30 PM New Baby & Me Sanford Health 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Sensory Friendly Play Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free/ paid admission 5:30 PM-6:30 PM Sanford PROMISE Community Lecture Series Sanford Center 5:30 PM-9:00 PM McCrossan’s Wildest Banquet Auction in the Midwest Sioux Falls Arena $75 7:00 PM-8:30 PM GtG Music Lessons Abiding Savior Free Lutheran

Friday, April 6

10:00 AM-12:00 PM Play Group Kuehn Community Center

5:00 PM-8:00 PM First Free Friday Washington Pavilion

11:00 AM-8:00 PM Inflatables and PlayDome County Fair Brandon $5

5:00 PM Kindergarten Registration District Education Center - Tea Free

5:00 PM-8:00 PM Ladies Night Color Me Mine Varies

7:45 PM-10:45 PM 25th PBR Unleash the Beast Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Varies

8:00 PM-11:00 PM Teen Night Skate City $6/child + skate rental


8:00 AM-2:00 PM Easter Sunday Brunch Holiday Inn City Center Varies

Saturday, April 7


8:30 AM-3:45 PM Gardening with the Masters The Outdoor Campus $20/event 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Skate Skate City $5/child + skate rental 10:00 AM-2:00 PM CRASH - Car Repair and Safety Help Teen Clinic Safety Village of South Dakota $25 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Open Gym and Game Room Kenny Anderson Community Center 2:00 PM-4:30 PM Cookie Decorating Days The Cookie Jar Eatery Pre-Register, $15 6:00 PM-10:00 PM The Blue Ball: A Benefit For Better Blood Sugars Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown $125 6:45 PM-9:45 PM 25th PBR Unleash the Beast Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Varies 7:00 PM-8:30 PM GtG Music Lessons Abiding Savior Free Lutheran 7:00 PM-10:00 PM South Dakota Miss Amazing Washington Pavilion 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Washington Pavilion Varies

Sunday, April 8 8:00 AM-10:30 AM Kory Davis Real Estate 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt Journey Elementary School Park 8:00 AM-6:00 PM DIG INTO SPRING Oakridge Nursery 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Southern Hills United Methodist Church

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Sunday, April 8 1:45 PM-4:45 PM 25th PBR Unleash the Beast Denny Sanford PREMIER Center Varies

Monday, April 9 9:00 AM-9:50 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy 1 Card: $80 or 2 Cards: $130 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials 10:00 AM-5:00 PM Make it Monday Kids! Color Me Mine Varies

Tuesday, April 10 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials 4:00 PM-5:30 PM Crafternoon Museum of Visual Materials $5 5:00 PM-8:00 PM Adoption and Foster Care Open House Children’s Home Society

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5:00 PM-8:00 PM Ladies Night Color Me Mine Varies

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6:00 PM-9:30 PM Discover Scuba Diving! Sanford Wellness Center Varies

Wednesday, April 11 9:00 AM-9:50 AM Little All Stars All American Gymnastics Academy 1 Card: $80 or 2 Cards: $130 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Children’s Activities Museum of Visual Materials






All Ages

7:00 PM-8:30 PM GtG Music Lessons Abiding Savior Free Lutheran

Friday, April 13 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Fun & Fit Day Morningside Community Center 11:00 AM-8:00 PM Inflatables and PlayDome County Fair Brandon $5 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Halfway to Halloween Family Fun Night Morningside Community Center 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Teen Night Skate City $6/child + skate rental

Saturday, April 14 8:00 AM-5:00 PM SUCCULENT SATURDAY Oakridge Nursery Varies 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Morning Skate Skate City $5/child + skate rental

5:00 PM-8:00 PM Ladies Night Color Me Mine Varies 6:30 PM-7:30 PM Family Fishing at Covell Lake Free

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About Pesticide Residues on Produce Pesticide residues on your food can be a scary thought. Maybe the topic crossed your mind while making dinner or as you shopped the produce aisle in your grocery store. Pesticides are used to protect crops as they grow, but do they remain on plants after they leave the field? And, more importantly, should you worry about feeding your family those crops? The truth is crop protection products like herbicides and pesticides must meet safety standards before they can be used in the field. The farmers who use them are required to attend educational classes and become certified so they apply them in the right amount, at the right time and only when needed. They use precision technology to make sure their application is accurate. After all, they feed their families the same foods you do and want to make sure they’re safe for everyone. So what is the right amount? Well that depends on the crop, product and pest problem, but the average farmer applies only about a coffee cup’s worth of pesticides per acre of crops. An acre is approximately the same size as a football field. Most of the spray that goes on the field is water. Any pesticide residues that may remain on plants in the field decrease considerably as crops are harvested, transported and exposed to light. By the time food reaches the grocery store, it has gone through testing with the USDA to ensure it meets requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) and is safe to eat. Pesticide residues allowed on produce are so small they’re measured in parts per billion. In fact, the average child could consume 7,240 servings of carrots in one day without any effect, even if the carrots have the highest pesticide residue allowed by USDA. Most fresh fruits and vegetables test below the threshold levels set by EPA, so you shouldn’t be worried about their safety. The best way to protect your family from unwanted residue, dirt or surface microbes is simply washing all fruits and vegetables before serving. This is also true for foods grown organically. Rinsing fruits and veggies is an easy task. For most foods, a quick water rinse should do the job. Thick-skinned produce such as carrots, potatoes

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Ingredients • 1 ½ cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1/3 cup butter, melted • 3 pears, sliced • Caramel sauce for drizzle • 4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened • 1 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon vanilla • 4 eggs • Chocolate sauce for drizzle • 1/4 cup toffee, crushed

3. Place a layer of sliced pears on top of crust. Drizzle with caramel.

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees

4. Beat softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with mixer until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on low speed. Pour mixture over crust.

2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press mixture onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.

5. Bake 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn oven off and do not open door. Let sit in warm oven for roughly 45 minutes - 1 hour.


6. Take out of oven. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake. Cool on counter for 30 minutes then remove rim of springform pan. 7. Refrigerate cheesecake for four hours. 8. Top cheesecake with another later pears, drizzle with caramel and chocolate sauces and sprinkle crushed toffee on top. Enjoy!


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• 2 pounds carrots, cleaned and trimmed • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil • 2 tablespoons honey • 4 tablespoons tahini sauce • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed • 1 teaspoon soy sauce • 1 teaspoon honey • 1 small garlic clove, minced • 2 tablespoons water • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Toss carrots with oil and honey, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in oven until tender, about 20-30 minutes, making sure to turn carrots once. 3. Mix tahini, lemon juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic and enough water to get the sauce to desired consistency. 4. Drizzle tahini sauce on top of roasted carrots. Sprinkle with pistachios and parsley and enjoy!

Maple Marshmallow MASH-UP BARS Ingredients

Maple cream cheese layer • 6 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature • 1/4 cup butter softened (do not substitute margarine) • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 egg, room temperature • 2 tbsp flour • 3/4 tsp maple extract • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips • 3 cups miniature marshmallows Frosting • 1/4 cup butter • 2 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature • 1 1-oz square unsweetened chocolate • 2 tbsp milk • 3 cups powdered sugar • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, melted chocolate, and vanilla. Mix well on medium speed. 3. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Gently stir into chocolate mixture. Fold in pecans.


Brownie base • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (do not substitute margarine) • 1 cup sugar • 2 eggs, room temperature • 1 1-oz square unsweetened chocolate melted and set aside to cool slightly • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla • 1 cup flour • 1 tsp baking powder • 1/2 cup pecan pieces


4. Pour into greased 13 x 9 pan and spread evenly. 5. In a small mixing bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. 6. Add softened butter and beat until well combined. 7. Beat in sugar, egg, flour and maple extract until creamy. Spread evenly over chocolate layer. 8. Sprinkle butterscotch chips over cream cheese layer. 9. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Edges will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan but it will not look done. Do not overbake or the brownie layer will be dry. 10. Remove pan from oven.

13. Gently spread the marshmallows over layer of butterscotch chips. Cool on a wire rack. 14. In a small saucepan over low heat, cook and stir butter, cream cheese, unsweetened chocolate and milk. 15. Slowly melt and stir until smooth. 16. Pour into a large mixing bowl. 17. Add one cup of powdered sugar at a time, beating after each cup. Beat in vanilla. 18. Add a tablespoon or two of milk if needed for desired spreading consistency. 19. S pread over cooled bars. Store in the refrigerator.

11. Sprinkle marshmallows over butterscotch chips. 12. B  ake another 2 minutes or until marshmallows become puffed. Remove from oven.

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Grilling season is here! But for some it never left. Some of us grill every type of food imaginable all year round! Your grill is an extension of your kitchen and can be used every day of the year if you choose. There are the standards of pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks and chicken breasts, but there are so many more! Have you made a cake on the grill? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Get out there and experiment; the grill is a versatile cooking tool! Grilling is done around the world, even in Washington D.C.. Grilling has been a White House tradition since the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Even the leader of the free world enjoys a barbecue now and again. A “pig pickin’” was hosted by Jimmy Carter; and George Bush Senior regularly held annual barbecues on the South Lawn of the White House for Members of Congress. The allure of barbecuing is very simple - spending time with family and friends while making and sharing a delicious meal. Breaking bread is the universal symbol around the world of peace and harmony!


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A few fun facts about grilling: When asked the most popular day to grill, one survey reported July 4th at the top spot with 72%. Memorial Day grabs second place with about 56% and Labor Day rounds out the top three at 55%. What are the most favorite items to grill? Grilling industry figures show that hamburgers are the most likely item to be found on the grill with a whopping 85%. The all-American hot dog sizzles is next, a favorite of the kiddos! Chicken, which has many different grill preparation possibilities, rounds out the top three. Most popular side dish: Potatoes! Gas, pellet or kamado, there is a perfect grill for everyone, you just need to start by doing a little research. n

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Mattress Giveaway For our second annual Must Sleep! Mattress Giveaway, we partnered with Beds by Design in Sioux Falls. As busy families, we all know how important it is to get a good quality nights sleep. Beds by Design has locations in Sioux Falls and Fargo. Chad Yde, owner of Beds by Design says he was excited about the opportunity to partner with The ‘Hood Magazine for this mattress giveaway to help make a difference in the lives of local families. “We are proud of the work we do here at Beds by Design,” said Yde. “However, we are even more proud to be able to give back to the community. When The ‘Hood Magazine approached us about partnering on a mattress giveaway, we were all in. But we couldn’t just do one, we decided to do six.”

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Six families from the Sioux Empire are receiving new mattresses as part of the giveaway. These families will be enjoying a better nights sleep thanks to Beds by Design. Thank you to studiofotografie for taking the family photos at Beds by Design.


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Mattress Giveaway The Worthley Family Nicole, Spencer (7), Collin (5.5), and Norah (almost 4) Nicole Worthley is a single mom of three and lives in Sioux Falls. Nicole works hard to support her family and says she’s honored to a recipient of a new mattress from Beds by Design. “This is the first time in my life that I can recall that I will have a new mattress,” said Nicole. “Every mattress I’ve ever called my own has come from years of use by previous owners. As a single mom of three little ones for the past few years now, I would never imagine myself owning a mattress that was new. I’m really excited to upgrade, and can’t wait to snuggle my kiddos on Saturday mornings, or sneak in a few naps.”

The Worthley Family Nicole and her children were temporarily homeless in 2014. Since then Nicole worked her way through transitional housing and now has an apartment for her family. This new mattress is something she doesn’t take for granted. When she was notified that she was a recipient, she was filled with excitement. “Initially, I was stunned and in disbelief,” said Nicole. “After I read my email a couple times and let it sink in, I sent the news to my sister in excitement. I entered the contest never really thinking I would be chosen as a winner.” Nicole describes her family as fun loving and thriving and she says this new mattress is going to make a huge difference in her life. “Thank you so much, Beds by Design, for sponsoring this giveaway, and allowing me to have a simple luxury I would not be able to justify any time in the foreseeable future,” said Nicole. “I feel spoiled and so greatly blessed!”

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with a rare brain cancer in 2013. The family travels to Memphis every six months for check-ups. When they’re at home, their one-year-old, Hudson, sleeps in their bed with them. They’re excited about what this means for their family. “We are so excited to have a quality mattress to rest on,” said Marilyn. “It means a sound night’s sleep and that we get something that is just for us.”


The Whitney Family


The Whitney family was shocked and excited hearing the news about their new mattress. As a family of seven, life is busy and costs quickly add up. They say this couldn’t have come at a better time. “My husband and I both work full time away from home,” said Marilyn. “We do not get any type of assistance. We have a dog and two lizards. We work really hard to provide our kids with a good life.”

The Whitney Family Marilyn, Jayson, Isabel (14), Brianna (13), James (12), Reese (6) and Hudson (1) The Whitney Family is from Sioux Falls. Jayson and Marilyn have five children and they say a new mattress is going to bring them just the relief they need. Their six-year-old daughter, Reese, was diagnosed

Marilyn says she’s thankful to have businesses like Beds by Design in the community who are willing to stop forward and make a difference. “I would really like to thank you for doing this for our family and the others,” said Marilyn. “I am blown away by this generosity and this allows me to continue believing in the kindness of others. Having a company like this in our community is amazing. I feel so grateful to be blessed by Beds by Design!”

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Curtis, Michelle, Mailee (14), Jacob (10), Colton, (6) The Weideman family is from Sioux Falls. Curtis and Michelle have three children who are always thankful for what they have and that includes just having a place to sleep. “It is a huge blessing to receive a new mattress,” said Michelle. “We have had our mattress for over 12 years.” They say they were also shocked learning they were the recipients of the new mattress. “I was astonished and amazed that I won,” said Michelle. “I hardly ever win anything, but this is going to make a huge difference for us.” Michelle describes her family as one that loves each other and makes sacrifices for each other. “We are happy with what we have and are always thankful for new things,” said Michelle. She says this new mattress couldn’t be coming at a better time and she’s forever thankful. “Thank you to Beds by Design,” said Michelle. “By doing this giveaway, you are giving families a reassurance that when life gets tough to just keep treading on and never give up hope.”

The Scheff Family Justin, Jennifer, Jaxon (8) and Jeren (5)


The Scheff family from Montrose has been on a medical journey for the past eight years. “Both boys are missing three genes that have many side effects including visual impairments, trouble breathing, heart and kidney issues and so on,” said Jennifer.


As caretakers to their children, sleep is important for Justin and Jennifer. “Our boys see 23 specialists in South Dakota, Minnesota and Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer. “Our Faith keeps us moving forward when we feel like we can’t. We are blessed to be chosen as the caretakers and advocates of Jaxon and Jeren. Their smiles and perseverance are beautiful. They are my heroes!” When the Scheff’s found out they’d be getting a new mattress, they were emotional.

The Scheff Family “My heart sparkled,” said Jennifer. “I was tearyeyed and excited to say goodbye to the struggles of the past that our bed represents and hello to renewal of strength and peace.” Jennifer says getting a new mattress gives them a renewed look at life. “With the messiness and stresses of life, this reminds us to continue to find the hope, positivity and beauty that happens too,” said Jennifer. The Scheff’s appreciate organizations willing to give back. “Thank you Beds by Design for giving back to the community and giving families a little extra comfort,” said Jennifer.

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The Alhassan Family Kerry, Daru, Dustin (20), Cody (21), Jadyn (11), Jordan (7), Kathy (Kerry’s mom) The Alhassan family lives in Brandon. They’re a busy family facing some medical challenges with their son Jordan who is seven-years-old. “Jordan has diabetes and Neurofibromatosis,” said Kerry. “Since Christmas he has also been struggling with G.I. and he hasn’t been able to go to school due to these issues.” Kerry says her son’s medical condition has taken a toll. “Jordan’s medical infortunes take much of my time and energy,” said Kerry. “Every day we wake up and we are thankful, because we know it could be worse.” Kerry is looking forward to some much needed rest on her new mattress.

The Alhassan Family “I get very little sleep. I check Jordan’s blood sugar every two hours, even overnight 24/7.” Kerry has always had a hand-me-down mattress and is excited about a quality mattress to help her get a good night’s sleep. “This means so very much to me,” said Kerry. “The health issues in our family bring a lot of stress. Getting a new mattress has really boosted my spirits since I’ve been feeling down.” Kerry also says this is has so much meaning to hear family. “I would extend a huge thank you to you to Beds by Design,” said Kerry. “This is more than a mattress to me, this is hope. This is comfort and this filled a huge need for us.”

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“I wasn’t surprised she nominated our family” said Sarah. “She always does whatever she can to help us out. However, I was surprised that we were chosen. It was awesome. It was a great gift.” Sarah no longer works so she can take care of her daughter Kyla and her special needs. She says buying a new mattress is not something her family would have been able to do.


The Tomes Family


“That’s something we cannot afford to do,” said Sarah. “Our kids are growing so fast. We spend most of our money on basic needs, so this is just an extra to us and it’s hard for us to be able to get nicer things like that for them. Now, it’s one less thing for us to have to figure out how we are going to get mattresses for them.” Sarah and her family are thankful for Beds by Design and their willingness to help families like theirs.

The Tomes Family Mike Sr. and Sarah, Mike Jr. (10), Klya (8) Mike and Sarah live in Sioux Falls with their two children Mike Jr. and Kyla. They were nominated for the mattress giveaway by a close family friend.

“I appreciate the fact that they are reaching out to help families,” said Sarah. “They’re just making mattresses and handing them out to people, but they don’t realize how much it impacts the people they’re doing that for. It’s amazing how it helps us to live better. For them to go out of their way to do that is a blessing. We thank them.”

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