Easter celebrations in Siouxland may look a little different this year

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Easter is a week away, but some Siouxlanders have already started celebrating.

People are hopping with Easter spirit this afternoon, despite restrictions forced by the pandemic.

“I’m really excited for Easter, and I’m really excited to hide the eggs,” participant Gabrielle Vazquez said.

For one mom, a smaller celebration is preferred.

“There’s fewer people out, so it actually makes it easier for Dewey to enjoy himself, otherwise he get’s lost in the crowd a little bit,” mother Jamie Shufflebarger said.

Jamie Shufflebarger’s son, Dewey, is autistic with intellectual disabilities. She said he loves to celebrate the holiday, even with the changes caused by the pandemic.

“It’s been okay for us, other families I know have really struggled with it, but in our family, the less people the better!”

Shufflebarger and her son attended the ‘Hide and Peep Egg Hunt To-Go’ event, hosted by the Southern Hills Mall.

Patrons spent the afternoon decorating their own Easter treat bag and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny.

“Dewey loves the Easter Bunny. He loves people in costumes, so today’s a really special day for him.”

At the end, participants were given a bag filled with easter eggs to take home and enjoy Easter morning.

If you plan on hosting your own Easter celebration, the CDC recommends having guests bring their own food, utensils, wearing a mask both inside and outside, and providing hand wash. If indoors, try to leave windows open so air can circulate through.

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Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby
May 22 from 8am-10am
Ponca State Park
The fishing derby runs from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm. Anglers are not required to stay for that whole time period, but are required to have photos of their entries with the designated derby tape measure submitted by email to lynn.mellick@nebraska.gov by 10:00 pm. Derby tape measures and contest rules can be picked up at the Resource and Education Center. The Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby is open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded to longest, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, and Rainbow Trout; in three age categories. Age groups include: 6 and under, 7-12 year olds, and 13 and older. Come join the fun during this FREE fishing derby in honor of Bill Morris who was an Assistant Superintendent at Ponca State Park from 1973-2010.

Kid’s Thursdays
June 3 from 10-11am
Sioux City Public Museum
The Carnival is Coming
Fee is $1 per child per session

2nd Annual Golf Tournament “fore” Siouxland Freedom Park
June 7 starting at noon
Dakota Dunes Country Club
The tournament will welcome teams of 4 people for $500 per team. Catered food will be included. Prizes will also be part of the fun!

The Great No Wake Weekend
June 12 at 9am
If you enjoy kayaking we have an event for you! It is a traveling kayaking event that will rotate between Danish Alps SRA in Hubbard, NE. There will be a kayak relay race, paddle battle (kayak tug-a-war), a beginners kayaking area, fishing, and a kids zone full of activities. You and your team (4 members per team) will need your own kayaks and life-jackets for the relay race. Minimum age for the relay race is 16 with one member required to be over 18. Registration will open May 7th for the relay race. Watch here for details. A fundraiser fee of $40 per person participating in the relay race will be used for future development of Kramper Lake’s kayak accessibility. All other event activities are free. Paddle battle registration can be made the day of. Mark your calendar and watch here for additional details. A Nebraska state park vehicle permit is required; Nebraska licensed vehicles $6 and non-Nebraska licensed vehicles $8.

The Way of the Jedi
Sioux City Public Museum
June 15
Ages 6-8 from 9-11:30am
Ages 9-12 from 12:30-3pm
Fee $10/member and $12/non-member
So you think you know the ways of the force? Explore the world of robots, spaceships and Jedi skills, with experiments and hands-on activities.

Kid’s Thursdays
June 17 from 10-11am
Sioux City Public Museum
“It’s a Treasure Hunt!”
Fee is $1 per child per session

Victorian Day at the Mansion
June 23 for ages 7-10
10a-Noon
Fee is $8/member, $10/non-member
Peirce Mansion at 2901 Jackson Street
Join us for a morning of Victorian crafts and games and a special treat.

Cottonwood Days in Dakota City, NE
Saturday, June 26
Cottonwood Cove Park

Hands on History Saturdays
Sioux City Public Museum
June 26  10am-Noon
“Early Technology”
Learn about Sioux City history with “touch and see” stations containing artifacts as you tour the gallery at your own pace.

Summer STEM Lab
Sioux City Public Museum
June 29
Ages 6-8 from 9-11:30am
Ages 9-12 from 12:30-3pm
Get your geek-on this summer with science experiments, engineering challenges and hands-on fun with STEM activities.

Kid’s Thursdays
July 1 from 10-11am
Sioux City Public Museum
“Monkeys and Dragons”
Fee is $1 per child per session

Hands on History Saturdays
Sioux City Public Museum
July 10  10am-Noon
“Pioneer Life”
Learn about Sioux City history with “touch and see” stations containing artifacts as you tour the gallery at your own pace.

Dig it! Paleontology
July 13
Sioux City Public Museum
Ages 6-8 from 9-11:30am
Ages 9-12 from 12:30-3pm
Discover fossil creatures from the past including dinosaurs, marine animals and mammals. Examine fossils up close and determine characteristics of different species.

Kid’s Thursdays
July 15 from 10-11am
Sioux City Public Museum
“Amazing Dinosaurs”
Fee is $1 per child per session

Hands on History Saturdays
Sioux City Public Museum
July 24  10am-Noon
“Made by Hand”
Learn about Sioux City history with “touch and see” stations containing artifacts as you tour the gallery at your own pace.

Sergeant Floyd Memorial Encampment
August 21 from 10a-4pm
August 22 from 10am-3pm
1000 Larsen Park Road
Free children’s activities on Saturday from 10a-1pm

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