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  • Do you use the picnic/parking areas at Pactola, Sheridan Lake or any of the other smaller sites that charge you $3 to $4 per time? Today only, you can purchase the annual premium day use pass, which allows you into the lakes, for only $17 or the standard pass (no lakes) for $10.

    If you can’t make it out the the Forest Service office on Hwy 16 today, the website also lists an address to mail a check if you get it postmarked today.

    Great gift idea for your hiking, fishing, and boating friends!

    Heads up – no credit cards taken. Cash or checks only at the Forest Service office.


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  • Today my family and I went to the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.  My son loves anything educational especially if it has to do with any type of transportation.  The kids loved all the big planes and getting to sit in a cockpit.  There is no admission to get into the museum.  They have a donation box and a gift shop if you do feel you want to help them out but if you are on a budget this is a very thrifty activity and you might even learn something.


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  • One of the things I missed when moving back to South Dakota from Minnesota was the Nature Center we used to take my son to.  They had classes and events and hiking trails and I could go on and on.  I was so excited when I heard that they were building the Outdoor Campus here in Rapid City.  It is very similar except maybe a bit more extravagant.  I can’t believe that it took me so long to go check it out!  There is no entrance fee, no class fees, etc… You can go to the Game Fish and Parks website to see a schedule of events and classes.  They have classes for different age groups and even Family activities.  My kids are begging to go back to see more of the hiking trails.

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  • This year Reptile Gardens is doing a food drive for Mothers Day.  Moms can get in for FREE with 2 cans of food.   All locals can pay one entry fee at any time and get a pass good for the rest of the year but on Mother’s day, Moms can get the pass for free.

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  • Bring the kids in to Lowes on Saturday January 14th at 10AM to build a castle for FREE

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  • On Sunday January 8th Watiki is having a FREE swim day.  Anyone can come swim for FREE

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  • Saturday December 17th at 10AM is the last Build and Grow of the year.  The kids will be building the final piece of the train they’ve been working on the last few sessions.  Not to worry.  Lowe’s Build and Grow will start back up in January.

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  • Only 2 more Build and Grows left this year.  Bring the kids in on Saturday December 10th to build part 2 of the train set, the coal car.  It starts at 10AM and is FREE.


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  • Bring the kids in to Lowes on Saturday Nov. 19th at 10AM to build a Santa’s Sleigh for FREE.  If you try signing up online and it says your store is full.  You might want to try bringing them in anyhow.  They’ve never turned us away even when it said they were full online.

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  • Bring your kids in to Lowe’s on Saturday at 10AM to build a FREE science lab.

    Be sure to click on the Calendar tab at the top of the page to see what other events are going on this month.

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