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‘Hood Celebrates 10 Years!

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contents February 2020 cover story 23 Boredom Busters

25 Outdoor Family Fun 26 Inside Family Fun

baby 8 The Waiting Game Pre-baby preparations.

9 Hood’s Hospital Bag Checklist

Our take on the essentials for your hospital bag.

10 Your Baby and Water Safety

It’s never too early to make happy memories in the water.

child 12 Breaking Down Barriers

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16 Inspiring Teens

27 Mom Tips of the Month

18 Why We Chose to

28 Indoor Winter Fun

Lifting up those who are lifting up others.

Wait Until 8th

One family explains how cell phones are handled in their family.

and Bridging the Gap

Imaginations Soar

All you need to know about the Museum of Visual Materials.

29 Kid Jokes

Local kiddos crack us up. Sponsored by Voyage Credit Union.

in every issue 14 Crafts

Be My Valentine - cute craft to use when gifting those treats.

35 Calendar of Events Area events for all ages.

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Easy and affordable tips to enjoying playtime this winter.

home

What’s to Come for All American Gymnastics Academy.

20 Let Their

Valuable tips straight from our Hood panel.

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health/wellness

31 Looking Through the

Smoke Screen of Vaping An honest conversation about the dangers of vaping.

32 Plant Based Eating Without Missing Key Nutrients

Going vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian? Get all the nutrition you need.

41 S leep Well

Your mattress could help you gain some zzz’s.

42 Carbon Monoxide is

Nothing to Mess With Stay educated on the silent killer in your home.

44 Why Choose a Winter Tire

Learn of the differences between a winter tire and an all weather tire.


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Happy 2020

I am beyond excited to be celebrating our 10th year at ‘Hood Magazine! The past 10 years has been amazing and we have you to thank for it. It is fun to hear from families that have been with us all 10 years and how much of an impact we have made on their lives. We are always hearing from new readers and how thankful they are they found us. 2020 brings many exciting new things and we can’t wait to share them with you! We thought we would start our 10th year with a new issue we have never done before! I am really excited about our first “Boredom Busters” issue. We noticed lots of you were looking for things to do with your kids over the winter months when we are all stuck inside. This issue is packed full of creative ideas for you to keep on hand for the moments where you need to burn energy with the kids. While you are burning that energy, make sure to snap a few pictures and share them with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages too! Make sure to check out our calendar of events (did you know it is online too?) for activities to keep you busy every day of the week! All of our

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events are conveniently sorted by age and type of activity. However, the BEST part is you can add the events right to your personal calendar, so you don’t forget about them! I know all of you are a busy parent like myself and if it is not in the calendar it is not going to happen! Do you know a teen that is amazing and doing good things in our community? We are looking for our 2020 Inspiring Teens and we need you to share the uplifting stories of the teens in our community! It doesn’t take a big gesture to make big difference. We want to hear the stories, big and small, of the teens who are working to make the Sioux Empire a great place to call home! We have lots of new things planned for this year, including some guest writers you are going to see in each issue. We want to hear from you and what you would like to see from ‘Hood for this year and the next 10 years. Please always let us know if there is something you would like us to talk about.

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Robyn Privett, Alyssa McGinnis, Brandi Martyna,Drew Amundson, Julie Prairie

Steffanie Liston-Holtrop 605-366-1479 steff@thehoodmagazine.com Shelly Gaddis

Art & Design Director Ally Vogel

Digital Media Director Jaclyn Small

Julie Prairie Photography

Contributing Writers

Distribution Courtesy of LifeScape:

Andy Claflin, Brian Puetz, Brenton Newman, Ben Graff, Mitch Riley

and the ‘Hood team

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 Hoodlums@thehoodmagazine.com. Magazine feedback and advertising and marketing inquiries to steff@thehoodmagazine.com. ©2020 Hoodlum Productions, LLC All Rights Reserved.


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‘Hood Online We are so much more than a magazine. We are here to meet you where you’re at in life. You’ll find us in the community, online and in our printed issues, which are FREE! If you haven’t visited our website yet, you’ll want to check it out. There, you’ll find exclusive content not available in print! Here is what you’ll find this month:

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Here’s What’s Coming Up in the ‘Hood

March – It’s our 10th Annual Summer Camps issue! This issue is a must read for all parents to get ready for the summer fun ahead! You will find an entire issue jam packed with suggestions for your family to stay busy all summer! April – We will once again be giving some well-deserved attention to the great educators in our community! There are hundreds of educators that tirelessly give so much to our children and we take this entire issue to show them some ‘Hood love!

Winterizing Our Eyes  by Dr. Angela Gulbranson, Visions Eye Care + Therapy Center  

  The two biggest vision concerns during the winter are dry eyes and protecting our eyes from the winter sun’s harmful rays.    Most people equate summer with cool sunglasses.  But did you know that it is extremely important that you protect your eyes from the harsh UV rays from the sun all year round?  Up to about 90% of the harmful UV rays are reflected off snow.  Therefore, the type of sun protection you wear is important.    Learn more online at thehoodmagazine.com

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Calling All Educators! Our annual Educator of the Year Issue is coming up in April and we need YOU to tell us about the wonderful educators in the Sioux Empire! Lift up your favorite preschool to 6th grade educator with some words of praise and encouragement for all that they do! Our ‘Hood panel will read through all of the nominations and choose a winner that will be announced in our April issue. Every educator will also receive a certificate honoring their work in our schools and will also have their nomination displayed on thehoodmagazine.com for you to proudly share on your social media pages as well! Educator: Anyone who molds young children’s hearts and minds into tomorrow’s leaders. Nominate a deserving teacher, counselor, education assistant or principal at thehoodmagazine.com.

Hurry over to our website to fill out the nomination form as nominations will be closing on February 20th!


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Social media is a great way for busy parents to stay connected and share in life together…we want to be a part of your parenting journey! Give us a follow and a like on Facebook and Instagram to catch all of our content when you don’t have time to grab a print copy of our issues. You’ll find great giveaways, parenting tips, links to exclusive online content and more! Now is a great time to check out our pages too…we have a HUGE Skyforce Basketball VIP Package giveaway coming soon that you won’t want to miss!

Winter Bucket List ‘Hood online has free resources to give your family lots of ideas for spending time together this winter. Head over to thehoodmagazine.com to print out your free Winter Bucket List to find activities to stay busy through these chilly winter months! Share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram too…you might just find your family in our next issue!

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Looking for Community Sponsors: Is your business ready to become a Community Sponsor? This opportunity is all about content driven marketing and we think you’re going to love it! Your business will reach thousands of local parents every month in ways that are relevant to their lifestyle and it is our most affordable advertising option! You will receive options to have your logo in print, submit content for our online audience, take advantage of our thousands of followers on social media for giveaways and feel the love through social media posts! Reach out to us at info@thehoodmagazine.com for more details! Keep up with us daily on social media! We always have something fun to share!

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A Healthy Start for and Your Baby You

The Waiting Game Our very own Jaclyn added baby number three to their family in early 2020! In every issue this year we are going to hear from her on the ups and downs of parenting as a family of five. This month, she is talking about the pre-baby preparations and how her family used checklists to stay organized during the transition. There are so many emotions that arise when you find out that you are expecting. One minute you are jumping for joy with excitement and the next minute you are frozen in fear and anxiety; it’s safe to say if you have been on this journey you can relate! It does seem with each addition to the family the months pass so much quicker. While pregnant with our first child, I read all the books, kept track of all the “fruit sizes” the baby was being compared to, and at any given time I could give you the exact week and day of where I was at in my pregnancy. Now, the third time around I’m certain most of the time if anyone asked how far along I was my response was, “I’m not sure!” It seems this time around the days flew by and suddenly it hits you that the 40-week mark is right around the corner! Whether you’re expecting your first or fifth, one thing that doesn’t change during the last few weeks, is that daunting “to-do” list before baby comes. The end of a pregnancy feels like it takes an eternity, but I’m convinced that is for good reason. All those last-minute

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tasks can take time...from getting the nursery ready, installing the car seat, and just the overall “house stuff”, you can be left feeling like there are never enough hours in the day. It also becomes daunting when items keep popping up in your mind and you’re constantly thinking, “I need to grab some of those” or “I need to pack that” and of course, “Don’t forget this!” During the last few weeks while you’re playing the waiting game, staying organized is the key. When it comes to having a baby, it’s safe to say nothing will ever go exactly as planned; but having lists can help when preparing yourself as well as the rest of your family for the new arrival. If you are expecting, check out ‘Hood’s hospital bag checklist to help you prepare for the arrival of your sweet bundle. I created this list based on the items I included in my hospital bag, as well as suggestions that other friends and family have said they couldn’t live without! Hop over to Hood Online to download the checklist for free and shoot us a message to chime in with your hospital bag essentials too! l


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Importance of Swim Lessons and Water Safety

Around one in every five drowning deaths involve children under the age of 14, with children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old having the highest drowning statistics. This is largely due to parents’ lack of knowledge of water safety. In most cases, you’ll find that swim lessons for kids can start at around 6 months of age with a parent accompanying their infant. At this level, the lessons are meant to help your baby get acquainted with the water and for you to learn water safety. While these aren’t “proper” swim lessons, they set the groundwork for when your child can be enrolled in the next level where they start to learn different skills. To make sure their first experience is as magical as possible, here are some tips to prepare for that first swim school visit.

3 Steps to Swim Lesson Preparation – From Fear to Fun, then to Skill Building

one is deathly afraid. So, water safety skill building starts with the basics – associating water with fun. Here is what you can do to set the tone for a fun and successful swim lesson with your child:

Step 1 – Prepare Yourself -

•A  sk to visit a swim school class with your child. Some babies adapt more willingly than others to new people, environments and experiences. Visiting a swim lesson or school prior to getting in the water will help to gauge your child’s interest in the lesson.

Step 2 – Prepare Your Infant/Toddler

• I t all starts at bath time. Make sure bath time is a fun time of day, as this will help your little one to thrive in water, viewing it as something to be enjoyed and loved.

Step 3 – Support your child’s swim school visit

• E ase into the new environment. Make sure your first visit is a positive, gentle introduction to the multi-sensory world of swimming pools, lessons, and other parents/kids. In summary, by starting lessons early, you greatly increase the likelihood that your child will progress from fear to fun and build the skills and confidence needed for water safety and a lifetime of adventure and joy in and around water. Read more about baby and water safety on our website thehoodmagazine.com. l

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Breaking Down Barriers and Bridging the Gap

Drive just south of Sioux Falls on Cliff Avenue and you will see a NEW 40,000 square foot, state of the art gymnastics club and activity campus. All American Gymnastics Academy owners, Gene & Kathy Luke saw a need for more opportunities for individuals of all abilities. They are opening at 7321 S. Grasslands Place, with the intention of making a lasting impact on the community. The new facility has been in the works for years and in addition to all the classes, open gyms, birthday parties and competitive programs, they are bringing in H.U.G.S. (Hope Unites Gymnastics with Special athletes). In addition, USA Gymnastics has named All American Gymnastics Academy to be a certified national training center for Trampoline and Tumble (TNT).

All American Gymnastics has been a pillar in our community for decades and the opportunities that are available will continue to impact lives in our community are boundless. Stop into their new facility and ask for a tour.

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Pass out some sweet butterfly treats this Valentine’s Day that are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. This easy craft is great for classroom treats, friends, neighbors or even random acts of kindness throughout the community!

Supplies: • Clothespins • Glue (Regular or hot glue) • Red and/or pink glitter • Red pipe cleaners • Googly eyes • Small bag of candy or treat of your choice.

Instructions: Prep your clothespins by adding glue and glitter to the outside. Let dry (this works best to let dry overnight if you can). When your clothespins are dry, attach the googly eyes and pipe cleaners with hot glue. If you do not have hot glue, use regular glue but allow extra time for drying. Clip your clothespin onto your snack and you are all ready to spread the love!


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Don’t forget about your pets this Valentine’s Day! That’s right, our furry companions enjoy celebrating too! From homemade treats like frozen peanut butter hearts to easy chew toys there’s lots of way to show your pets some love!

Tie Heart Shape Chew Pillow Supplies:

• Fabric of your choice • Stuffing • Scissors

Instructions: Cut your fabric into a two equal sized heart shapes. Keeping the two hearts together, cut 1” slits all the way around the outside edges. Tie the two pieces together, adding in a little stuffing when you get near the end. When your finished tying all the pieces, your ready to gift to your 4-legged friend!


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Donnie Teenagers are truly incredible humans. Academics and activities can consume so much of their time that when we hear of a teen that goes above and beyond for their community, we want to shine a light on them! Do you know of a teen that thinks of others before themselves? Have you seen a teen that places a high value on serving their community? Who is a teen that is a leader in their local community that deserves to be recognized? Words can give life to those around us and saying some kind words about a teen in your life is a simple process. Today’s teenagers are becoming the leaders of our community. Lifting them up and sharing stories of the value they bring to our community will have lasting effects on their lives and the lives they touch every day. We are honored to hear the stories of the Inspiring Teens in our community that you will share in the coming months!

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Ally Here’s how you can lift up a teen in our community: 1. G  o to thehoodmagazine.com and click on the Inspiring Teen dropdown to find the nomination form 2. S imply scroll down and tell us all about the Inspiring Teen in your life! 3. Fill  in your contact information and that’s it!

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NEW Digital Opportunities in 2020 Whether it’s a sponsored post on our Facebook page or a coupon in our monthly e-Newsletter, ‘Hood is offering new ways to reach Sioux Empire families.

Call Steff at 605-366-1479 for more information!

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Wait Until 8th As a parent to three 14-year olds, I’m often unpopular in my home. I have to enforce annoying rules like, “Homework needs to be finished before gaming” or “Kids owe Mom $1.00 for every towel she picks up off the floor” or the worst “No phones until 8th grade.”


It doesn’t bother me to be unpopular, but it’s bothered my kids a bit this past year. We know we aren’t alone as parents in our decision to wait until 8th grade to allow phones for our teenagers, as more and more parents we talk to are pushing back on the age that they get phones for their children. I consider myself fortunate to have grown up in Gen X - I had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood. Our world has completely changed from my childhood. There are so many great advantages to technology, but also some very difficult problems that have compounded in recent years. Below are a few of the reasons why we have decided to wait before getting phones for our kids.

• Cyberbullying is a real thing. As adults we see it constantly. When you are typing something in the vastness of the internet it’s easy to say something hurtful. And it’s almost always something that you wouldn’t say to someone in person. • Access to pornography, sexting and sexual targeting are everywhere. Relationships are complicated and hopefully we can help protect kids as they learn to relate and date. Did you know that most people who work in technology delay using it for their kids? Many don’t allow phones or tablets until high school. These devices are a distraction to learning and daily function and those who are creating them know this. As a parent today we are asked to make decisions for our kids that no generation has ever faced. And while those decisions might be unpopular now I hope that my kids will someday understand and appreciate our decisions. Check out waituntil8th.org for more suggestions and to take the pledge for your family. l

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• T een suicide rates (and pre-teen) have jumped drastically in the last decade. Numerous studies have shown that social media and technology increase anxiety and depression. In previous generations, you might not be invited to a birthday party and felt sad about it. Now if you aren’t invited to the event, you can sometimes watch it happening live.

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Join us at the Museum of Visual Materials for free day activities. No registration is required for groups 10 or less. Interested in bringing a group or field trip? Reach out to us to schedule a date and activity. Children’s activities are available Monday – Tuesday from 9am-4pm & Wednesday 10am-4pm. • Imagination Playground • Craft Area • Reading Corner • Barbie House • Lego Creation Station • V-Tech Toys • Play Kitchen Area • and more!

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BOREDOM

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Too cold to go outside? We’ve got you covered!

We know Midwest winters can get long and cold, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do around the Sioux Empire! As your local parenting resource guide, we have some great winter boredom busters for you and your family. If you have little ones at home, you know they have a lot of energy that needs to go somewhere...after being stuck inside for a couple of days, everyone is ready to burn some of that extra energy! Take advantage of places that have programs designated for toddlers, like All American Gymnastics Academy and their Little All-Star program or check out Friday Family Fun Night with the whole family.

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Even though the white stuff is coating the grounds outside, you can still play in the water this winter at the Midco Aquatic Center. There are multiple pools to keep everyone in the family happy and with fun events happening all the time, there’s sure to be a place in the water for everyone’s needs!

The Museum of Visual Materials is another great option for letting those little ones burn off some energy. Open play times are a wonderful option for little ones who need an area to let their creative juices flow!

Maybe the family wants to kick back and enjoy a meal together while taking in a great basketball game, make sure to put the Skyforce on your list! Grab a family pack of tickets and cheer on our hometown team!

When the sun is shining and temperatures are mild, everybody loves a little outdoor time. We are fortunate to have great skiing, tubing, and snowboarding with Great Bear Ski Valley right here in Sioux Falls where you can gather the family and make a day of hitting the slopes! If you aren’t in the mood for skiing, be sure to check out all Sioux Falls Parks and Rec has to offer. Parks all over Sioux Falls offer many opportunities to spend time together as a family...from sledding hills to ice skating, there is something for everyone!

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Outdoor Family Fun • Build a snowman Skating is another great way to stay active this winter. Skate City has fun for the whole family that you can take advantage of during open skate times, lessons and even super fun themed parties!

• Build a snow tunnel • Go sledding at a nearby park • C  olor the snow using liquid watercolors and squirt bottles • Create a winter scavenger hunt • Go on a winter nature walk • Go ice skating • Make snow angels • Learn how to ice-fish • S hovel the sidewalks for the whole block

Do you have a child that is yearning to go back to summer camp? Why not check out Inspiration Hills 4th-6th Grade Winter Retreat program? A jam-packed weekend of tubing, broom ball and fun camp games is sure to satisfy that summer camp itch for a few more months!

If your family is looking for a way to get active this winter, Skyzone is the place to be! With awesome attractions like ultimate dodge ball and glow in the dark jump times it’s no wonder why they are on our list!

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If the weather allows, it’s always fun to take the short drive north to Brookings and spend the day at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Hands-on fun will leave you wondering how time can fly by so fast.

If this list hasn’t given you enough ideas, maybe you want to head over to County Fair & the Brandon Pizza Ranch. Fill up your plates on the All You Can Eat Pizza & Chicken buffet and then burn off all of those calories at County Fair playing games.

Indoor Family Fun • 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.

• Get in the kitchen. Baking cookies,

cupcakes or brownies is a fun activity when the kids can do most of the work…especially the decorating! Fair warning…this can get messy- but the memories you’ll make will be worth it!

• Throw a party! Do you have old or If you’re looking for a spot where you can not only have fun, but learn, the Washington Pavilion is the place to be! Bring out your inner scientist while visiting the incredible Kirby Science Center. Don’t forget to check out a movie at the IMAX theater while you are there!

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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.


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MOM T IP of the Month We know moms are looking for new tips and ideas. We reached out to our panel of moms we work with and asked them to give us a tip or trick to share with you. Meet our moms for this month.

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Name: Alyssa McGinnis Number of kids: 3 girls Kids’ Ages: 6, 4.5, 3 Your Job:  Work-fromHome Mom Spouse’s Name: Ryan

Your Mom Tip: • Create a crafting day.

Get out those art supplies and let the children create masterpieces with simple items you have around the house. From paper snowflakes to DIY valentines, there are countless ways to let your child’s creativity shine!

• 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!

 Order groceries online for pickup or delivery at your local grocery store. You will save time, frustration, and money. Once you have ordered, the website or app remembers what you purchased so you can quickly go back and re-order items. This is also an easy way to meal plan throughout the week. 

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Name:  Brandi Martyna Number of kids: 3 girls Kids’ Ages: 10, 7, 2 months Your Job:  Internal Controls Analyst Spouse’s Name: Darin

Your Mom Tip:

I always keep a small sticky pad of post-it notes in my purse for when we use a restroom with automatic flushing toilets. This has always scared my kids so if you put a post-it over the sensor before sitting down, it won’t flush until you remove it. It works!

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parent by Robyn Privett, MS, OTR/L, LifeScape

Indoor Winter Fun Sledding and skating are great winter activities, but kids tend to spend more time indoors in the winter. Help your children beat the boredom (and burn off some excess energy) with these lowcost ideas. Obstacle course-Kids can go under the couch cushions, through the kitchen chair legs, and around the rocking chair. Is the floor lava? Are there sharks in the water? Can they complete the course walking like a crab? Kids develop a variety of skills from obstacle courses, including body awareness, coordination, and sequencing skills. They also receive sensory input, which assists with self-regulation. “Laser” maze-Use crepe paper and masking or painter’s tape to create zigzag patterns down a hallway. This activity can be made easier or harder based on the child’s skill level. It can be varied to keep things interesting by including a timed element, devising new ways through the maze, or “rescuing” stuffed animals along the way. How many animals can be saved in one trip? Bring the outside in-When it’s too cold to enjoy the snow outside, why not bring the snow inside? Create a sensory bin with large tub. You may want

to place a shower curtain liner under the tub to prevent spills. Use eye droppers or spray bottles with colored water to make designs in the snow. Hide small plastic toys in the snow, pretend they are fossils, and use tools such as a small spoon or toothbrush to dig for the toys. Toy rotation-Create a toy rotation using boxes or plastic containers, and then bring out one box per day for the child. This can create a “newness” for the toys. Consider varying the contents of each box to promote all areas of development. For example, a box can contain a gross motor toy, such as a ball, a fine motor activity, such as art supplies, a thinking toy, such as puzzles and Legos, and a variety of books. Painter’s tape-Painter’s tape can be used for a variety of activities. Have your child help you create a bean bag toss on the floor. Create different shapes and assign different points for different shapes. Painter’s tape can also be used to create a road for vehicles. Get creative with turns, one-way streets, and furniture obstacles (if driving cars on the furniture is allowed). A painter’s tape spider web in the hallway is easy to create. Have the kids crumple up pieces of paper and toss them at the spider web. How many can they get to stick? Which works better—big pieces of paper, or small pieces of paper? This time of year can be difficult when everyone’s cooped up indoors, but with a little planning and a few low-cost supplies, you can fight boredom and promote development and creativity at the same time. l

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What Every Parent Should Know The use of e-cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” is becoming an epidemic among adolescents and teens. The number of teens who “vape” has skyrocketed, more than doubling in just the past two years, according to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Today more than 1 in 4 high school students report vaping. Read on to learn what you need to know about these products and how they can affect your kids. What is vaping? Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling the aerosol, often referred to as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette or similar device. The term is used because e-cigarettes do not produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol, often mistaken for water vapor, that consists of fine particles. Many of these particles contain varying amounts of toxic chemicals, which have been linked to heart and respiratory diseases and cancer.

mid-size, vape pens, vape pod systems like JUUL, e-hookahs, e-cigars, and more. E-cigarettes can be shaped to look like many everyday items, such as pens, USB drives, or eyeliner.

What is an e-cigarette? Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are batterypowered devices that can deliver nicotine and flavorings to the user in the form of an aerosol. Most have a battery, a heating element, and a place to hold a liquid or nicotine salts. Why are e-cigarettes unsafe for kids, teens and young adults? • Nicotine can harm the developing adolescent brain • E-cigarettes contain nicotine

What can parents do? • Do not use any tobacco products • T alk with your kids about the dangers of smoking and the importance of avoiding any tobacco use (including conventional cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes)

•N  icotine addiction that occurs with e-cigarette use may lead to transition to use of combustible tobacco products

• E ducate your kids that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance

•A  ddiction itself, whether to nicotine or other drugs, can drive undesirable behaviors

• Advocate for comprehensive tobacco prevention policies (that include e-cigarettes)

What do e-cigarettes look like? E-cigarettes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, including mini (often called cig-a-like),

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Plant-Based Eating

Without Missing Key Nutrients If you’re planning a plant-based diet or meat-free days this year, you’re not alone. U.S. consumers identifying as vegan grew 600% in three years, according to research firm GlobalData. There are many reasons to choose a plant-based diet: health, environmental concerns, even cost savings.  But whether you’re thinking about transitioning your family to plant-based cuisine exclusively or just a few days a week, you might be wondering if there’s anything special you need to consider for your youngest eaters.

What about kids? It’s perfectly healthy for infants, toddlers and older children to eat a plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet. Milk-based drinks: When it comes to milk-based drinks, babies should only drink breast milk or formula in their first year. There are vegan, soy formulas fortified with calcium and vitamins D and B12 available — consult with your pediatrician about what is best for your baby. If you’re interested in adding a vegan option to your child’s diet after the first year, ask your pediatrician what age they recommend introducing soy milk, rice milk or another plant-based milk. Solid foods: After six months, parents can begin adding supplementary foods, such as ground grains that are cooked very soft, mashed fruits and pureed vegetables. When introducing solid foods, consider things like tofu and mashed cooked beans.

Play nice with nutrients There are a handful of nutrients that you’ll want to pay special attention to when feeding kids primarily with plants.

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B12: This is the only nutrient that you can’t get from plants. Not getting enough can lead to gastrointestinal issues and neurological disorders, so it’s important to make sure your kids have a source of B12. Eggs and dairy work for some vegetarians; vegans should look for B12 vitamins or fortified foods like cereals and soy drinks. Iron: Nuts, beans, fortified grain products and vegetables all contain iron. Iron is an important nutrient for all ages: infants, children and adolescents. Make sure your selection is age appropriate though — nuts and chunky nut butters are a choking hazard for young children. Zinc: Needed for growth and sexual maturation, zinc is another nutrient that’s important for adolescents. It also supports the immune system and wound healing. Zinc is found in legumes, soy foods and oats. For older children, nuts and seeds are also good sources of zinc. As with any style of eating, you’ll need to put some thought into creating a well-balanced diet. That should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and a small amount of nuts and seeds. If you’re interested in adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet for your children, talk with a dietitian, nutritionist, or pediatrician to plan a balanced diet. l


Are You Ready for Summer? The Sioux Empire Fastpitch Softball Association (SEFSA) is looking for boys and girls who are interested in learning how to play one of the fastest growing sports – fastpitch softball! We need players ages 4 – 6 years old for our co-ed leagues and girls ages 7 – 18 for our girls summer league. The season is 6 weeks long, kids may play up to 12 games, and will start the in the middle of May through the middle of July (no weekend league games). We offer: • 4 – 5 year old co-ed tee-ball for boys and girls ($70) • 5 – 6 year old co-ed “coach pitch” for boys and girls ($70) • 8U girls (7 and 8 years old) player and “coach pitch” softball ($75) • 10U – 18U (9 – 18 years old) player pitch ($105 – $115) • 18 and older Womens fastpitch softball league ($125) Please go to SEFSA.org for more information and to register your child, or call SEFSA at 605-553-4513.

We are looking for umpires between the ages of 12– 70 years old. If you want a fun, great paying, flexible, summer job check us out at www.sefsa.org

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n Baby Storytime 9:30 AM-10:10 AM Downtown Library n Prepared Childbirth New Baby in Our Family Class 10:00 AM-11:30 AM Avera Mckennan Hospital $10/family

n Cosmic Nights 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park Varies Sunday, February 2 n Steam Sunday 12:00 PM-2:00 PM LaunchPAD Children’s Museum Free w/paid admission n Tail Waggin’ Tutors 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Downtown Library n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission Monday, February 3 n Sanford Aromatherapy Workshop 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Sanford Health Center for Success $10/Sanford Employees; $25/Community Members n DIY-Valentines Box 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials

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n Sensory-Friendly Time at Build-A-Bear Workshop 10:00 AM-11:00 AM Empire Mall Varies

n Teen Trivia Night 6:00 PM-8:00 PM Siouxland Libraries

n Baby Basics 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Sanford Children’s CHILD Services $20/suggested donation

n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 (plus skate rentals)

Wednesday, February 5 n Tail Waggin’ Tutors 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Ronning Library

Saturday, February 8 n DIY Kids’ WorkshopLove Note Holder 9:00 AM-12:00 AM Lowe’s

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n Family Snowfest 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 8th & Railroad Center Free will donation

n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Hartford Library n Little Ninja Training Camp 6:00 PM-8:00 PM The Studio 605 $10/child n Prepared Childbirth Class 5 week series 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Avera Education Center $120/couple

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n Olympian Cammile Adams Kid’s Swim Clinic 4:00 PM-6:00 PM SafeSplash Swim School $45/swimmer n Winter Jam 2020 6:00 PM-11:00 PM 8th & Railroad Center $20/suggested donation n A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

n Lazer Tubing 9:30 PM-11:30 PM Great Bear Recreation Park $22/person

n Family Skate 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Skate City $5/child (plus skate rentals)

Sunday, February 9

n Play Dates 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission

n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission

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n No School Day Sports Camp 7:30 AM-3:00 PM All American Gymnastics $45/day per child

n Cookie Decorating 8:00 AM-2:00 PM The Cookie Jar Eatery $15/child

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n Spring Fever Craft/ Vendor Show 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Sioux Falls Convention Center $3/person

n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Humboldt Branch Wednesday, February 12 n Snow Ball 2020 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota $5/child n Big Band Ballroom Dance 6:45 PM-11:00 PM El Riad Shrine $14/person or $7/ with student ID n Valentine’s Day Party 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Museum of Visual Materials n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Crooks Library n Discount Skate 6:00 PM-9:00 PM Skate City $3/child (plus skate rentals) Thursday, Febraury 13 n n Little All Stars 9:00 AM-9:50 AM All American Gymnastics $8/child n n Toddler Time 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Sky Zone $5/child

n Family Skate 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Skate City $5/child (plus skate rentals) n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Prairie West Library

n Family Fun Night 7:00 PM-9:00 PM All American Gymnastics $15/child n Cosmic Nights 7:00 PM-11:00 PM Air Madness Trampoline Park Varies

n Play Dates 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission

n AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

n Family Storytime 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Downtown Library

n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 (plus skate rentals) n APEX 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Skate City $7/child (plus skate rentals)

n STEM Explorers 11:30 AM-12:30 PM LaunchPAD Children’s Museum Free w/paid admission n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission n DAPA presents: GO FISH 2:00 PM-5:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

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n South Dakota Symphony: The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

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n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission

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n South Dakota Symphony: The Wizard of Oz with Orchestra 2:30 PM-5:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies

n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Humboldt Branch

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n Spy Kids 6:00 PM-7:00 PM MariCar Community Center $5/child

n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Crooks Library Thursday, February 20 n n Toddler Time 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Sky Zone $5/child n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-8:30 PM County Fair $5 (3 hours of play) Friday, February 21 n n Family Fun Night 7:00 PM-9:00 PM All American Gymnastics $15/child n Mother-Son Dance 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Open Space $30/couple n Bethel #38 Father Daughter Dance 7:00 PM-10:00 PM El Riad Shrine $10/person n The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 (plus skate rentals) n APEX 8:00 PM-11:00 PM Skate City $7/child (plus skate rentals)

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n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Prairie West Library n Play Dates 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission n Building Block Competition at the Sioux Empire Home Show 10:30 AM-3:30 PM Sioux Falls Arena and Convention Center n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission Sunday, February 23 n Science Sunday 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission Monday, February 24 n After School in the Maker Studio 3:00 PM-5:30 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota $5/child Tuesday, February 25 n n Toddler Time 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Sky Zone $5/child

n RENT 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Washington Pavilion Varies Thursday,February 27 n n Toddler Time 9:30 AM-11:30 AM Sky Zone $5/child

n Learn 2 Skate 9:15 AM-10:00 AM Skate City $25/for 4 week session

n Family Storytime 10:30 AM-11:00 AM Hartford Library

n Play Dates 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission

n Baby Basics 6:30 PM-9:00 PM Sanford Children’s CHILD Services $20/suggested donation Friday, February 28 n n Little All Stars 9:00 AM-9:50 AM All American Gymnastics $15/child n Family Fun Night 7:00 PM-9:00 PM All American Gymnastics $15/child n Cosmic Skate 7:30 PM-10:00 PM Scheels Ice Plex $6 (plus skate rentals)

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n Family Storytime 11:00 AM-11:30 AM Downtown Library n Inflatables and Play Dome 11:00 AM-9:30 PM County Fair $5 (3 hours of play) n Family Maker Studio 1:00 PM-4:00 PM Children’s Museum of South Dakota Free w/paid admission n Lazer Tubing 9:30 PM-11:30 PM Great Bear Recreation Park $22/person


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Sleep Well How do you feel today, mentally, physically and emotionally? Did you know that your entire day is directly impacted by the amount of sleep you received the night before? Even more important is the quality of the sleep that you received. Sleeping for eight hours is amazing unless those eight hours are not peaceful or restful. Waking up exhausted is an all too common theme in homes today. Adults sleep on average 7 hours per night. Sleep helps the body repair, reset, and be ready for what’s to come. Our brain depends on sleep for work productivity and concentration. Without adequate sleep, our brain begins to lack emotional intelligence which can result in poor judgement and even hallucinations. The number one brand in the bedding industry, Serta, is also the official mattress of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). The NSF states we spend one-third of our lives in bed, which means one-third of our lives are predicated upon the mattress on which we sleep! Are you tossing and turning? If you are, it is most likely time for a new bed! The goal for sleep is not price, but rather the quality of the bed and sleep you receive. Again, how do you feel? Is it time for a new mattress? Is it time to quit tossing and turning, waking up groggy and worn down, and just miserable? If your answer is anything but a resounding yes, then it is time to find your mattress. It’s time to say no more too bad sleep, and yes to restful and peaceful sleep! l


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Carbon Monoxide is named “The Silent Killer” because you can’t smell it, taste it or see it. In confined spaces carbon monoxide can render occupants helpless in minutes and left unchecked cause death. Obviously, this time of year the incidences of carbon monoxide leakage and poisoning go up due to the increased use of furnaces, heaters and fireplaces. Carbon monoxide leaks can also occur with the use of any gas-based appliances. Breathing carbon monoxide deprives the blood from transporting oxygen throughout your body. In effect carbon monoxide poisoning is asphyxiation. Low level carbon monoxide poisoning over a prolonged period of time and accelerated poisoning share many of the same symptoms. In either case if you recognize any of the following symptoms, turn off the source of the carbon monoxide (if known), exit the structure, and immediately call 911. Since carbon monoxide is flammable it is important to not do anything that might create a source of ignition via sparks or flames. Symptoms include: • Dizziness • Headache • Vision impairment • Disorientation • Muscle weakness/cramps • Nausea • Seizure Every year people needlessly die because of carbon monoxide poisoning due to poor ventilation, leakage and improper use of gasbased appliances and reckless behavior.

Prevention comes in many forms and all should be adopted to ensure your safety and that of your family, friends and pets.  1. Arrange annually to have a licensed HVAC professional inspect your home’s HVAC system and gas-based appliances and systems. 2. H  ave your fireplace and chimney inspected. Gas fireplaces should be checked with the aforementioned, while wood burning fireplaces need to checked for creosote build-up and cleaned regularly. 3. Install carbon monoxide detectors. One should be installed in close proximity to sleeping areas, basement, kitchen and any other heavily occupied area. Test units monthly and change batteries with each seasonal time change. 4. Never warm up/run your vehicles in the garage, even with the garage door open. Carbon monoxide can seep into the house even though the vehicle may be exposed to the outdoors.  l

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Rubber Compounds The rubber compounds that make up winter tires are designed to deliver the best possible traction in wet, slush, snow or icy conditions. All winter tires feature a tread compound that is engineered to remain flexible below 45 degrees. This allows them to retain traction where all-season tires begin to slip. Many winter tire compounds feature small “bite particles” that add extra grip for icy road conditions. In contrast, the compounds that make up all-season tires are designed to perform well in more moderate conditions, particularly when temperatures are warmer.

Superior Tread Pattern and Stopping Distance The tread patterns on winter tires are designed specifically for safer traction during harsh weather conditions. They create more movement and bite onto ice and any snow that may be clinging to the road. A more aggressive tread pattern also reduces the chance of snow build-up.

Stopping your vehicle on cold and slippery road surfaces can be challenging because your tires have less traction – the lesser the tread depth, the longer the stopping distance. For example, when driving at 50 mph on snow or an icy road, a set of four identical winter tires will help you stop much sooner than when driving in the same conditions on a set of allseason tires.

Severe Weather Symbol Make sure that your tires are ready for winter driving by checking for the Severe Weather Symbol (snowflake inside a three-peaked mountain). If this logo is on the sidewall of your tires, they have been tested and are reliable to perform under harsh winter driving conditions. Winter tires are the safest bet for your vehicle when dealing with regular snow and ice or weather consistently below 45 degrees. To learn more about the importance of winter tires, visit discounttire.com/ learn. l

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