Storybook Island is an admission free children's theme park is open Memorial Day weekend through through Labor Day Weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily unless we have to close due to weather.
Storybook Island’s mission is to provide a free, safe, educational environment for those young in years, or young at heart, to experience the power of imagination.
A Short History of Storybook Island
On August 16, 1959 the Rapid City Rotary Club created a charitable, non-profit corporation— Storybook Island Inc.—for the purpose of establishing and operating a free children’s park. The creation of this children’s park was the product of generous gifts and donations from individuals, service and other private clubs and businesses in the community. Storybook Island was an instant hit both with children and adults in the Black Hills and those visiting the area. When Storybook Island opened for the first time, over 10,000 visitors flooded through the tower gates.Storybook Island is an important part of the cultural environment of Rapid City. The park is filled with sets that portray characters form various children’s stories, fables and nursery rhymes. With the exception of the 1972 flood, the park has been open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day each year since 1959. With continued support from the Rapid City Rotary Clubs, the City of Rapid City, and the park’s many community friends, Storybook Island will remain open as an admission free park for a long time to come.
The Storybook Island Children's Theater has been an intergral part of the park and has producted thousands of hours of entertainment for young people. The 2016 Summer Season is going to be no exception!
Duane Laflin and The Grand Magic Show will be performing their magic show 3 times a day, 6 days a week through Labor Day. Admission is just $2.00 per person. You'll find it's well worth it!
Storybook Island is managed by a board of directors with members from the 3 Rotary Clubs and community members. Three full-time staff plan and supervise the funding, management, operations and activites of the park and the construction of sets and upkeep. The Board is committed to keeping the park open, safe and inviting. Because of this philosophy, the park is extremely dependent on donations and civi-minded volunteers to help with various aspects of operating and maintaining the park. It costs approximately $450,000 annually to keep the park gates open. 990 is available for review upon request.
2016 Board of Directors
Willis Sutliff~ President
Mary Anderson ~ Secretary
Brian Pfannenstein ~ Treasurer
Jim Lemar ~ Member at Large
Mark A. Schreiner ~ Member at Large
Amanda Sutliff ~ Member at Large
Martha Rodriguez ~ Immediate Past President
Executive Director ~ Connie LeZotte
Physical Address: Do not send mail to this address.
1301 Sheridan Lake Road Rapid City S.D., 57702
Contact/Mailing Information: Send mail to this address
P.O. Box 9196
Rapid City SD. 57709