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Newscast 05.19.23: Sioux City presents summer fun for kids and adults Friday morning at the SC Public Library

Summer time is almost here and the City of Sioux City, the public library and the parks and recreation department have a long list of activities for kids of all ages.

The Sioux City Public Library is hosting summer reading programs for kids and adults. Library director Helen says both programs are challenging and fun.

In the Gleeson Room we are going to have a karokee studio we think that’s going to be a lot of fun. We’re also partnering with the Warrior Hotel this year. And they are giving away the grand prize for the children’s summer reading. And it is a pizza bowling party down in their bowling alley. So we are excited about that. For the adult it’s a staycation that they are giving.

For information on summer reading and other programs, go to www.siouxcitylibrary.org

Sioux City as pools and splash pads will be opening in the coming weeks.

The Riverside Family Aquatic Center will be opening on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 to 29. The center will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Those hours will continue when the pool reopens for the season on June 3. The splash pads will open Saturday May 27. They include Dale Street Park, Cook Park, Leeds Park, Cone Park and Rose Hill sites.

Sioux City’s two other pools, the Leif Erickson and Lewis pools, won’t open until June 3, with daily hours of 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Recreation Supervisor John Byrnes said the city is still offering assistance for low income families to use the pools and learn to swim, thanks to a federal grant.

Sioux City Recreation Supervisor John Byrnes
Sioux City Recreation Supervisor John Byrnes

If you qualify as a low income household in the city, you have to be a Sioux City resident. And bring your notice of decision to the parks and recreation office, you get a book of 25 free poll passes, for Leif Erickson and Lewis Poll, and this year we also added free swim lessons. So if you have a kid you can get them enrolled in free swim lessons as well. Really unique thing, It’s a public safety thing, we want to get kids into swim lessons.

To find more information about city parks and recreation programs and events go to www.sioux-city.org.
There are also free bus passes available to young people aged 5-to-18, and free eat on site lunches and breakfasts for all children ages 1-18 at several Sioux City schools, activity sites and community centers. For more information, go to

And Food Truck Fridays will be returning to Sioux City starting June 2.

The popular weekly food truck event will be returning Fridays to the Pearl Street Park at 7th and Pearl in downtown Sioux City from 11:00 a.,m. to 1:30 p.m.


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