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4 february 2023 february 2023 Activities + Sneak peek SUMMER 2023 MONTANA SURF SOCCER CLUB -BOZEMAN Summer Camp & Activities Sneak Peek Montana Surf 16 Camp Headwaters 18 The Little Mermaid Summer 20 Gallatin Valley Farm to School 21 Pet Pals 23 406Cirque 23 Summer Camp & Activities listings 25 What’s Up? Montana What’s Up? Bozeman 45 What’s Up? Helena 50 What’s Up? West Yellowstone 52 Columns Tips for Parents During Respiratory Illness Season 53 Ask Flora 54 Keeping it Real 56 Monthly Giveaway: Camp Equinox 57
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JUNE 19-30 | 8:30AM – 3PM | GRADES 3-5 (ISH)

Starlite’s awesome Street Dance Summer Camp is back! With Miss EMMA!! Our daily hip hop will keep your camper happy! Camp also dives into the history of street dance, graffiti writing, and a large-scale art project guided by local artists. Each child will work on several themed projects to keep as mementos including art shoes, a fun t-shirt & more.



JULY 31-AUGUST 4 | 8:30AM – 3PM | GRADES 1-3

Red Ear Sliders, Yellow Bellies, Cumberlands, Razor Backs and Snappers! This fun summer camp features unique experiences and adventures that will grow into a lifelong appreciation of nature. Turtle hunts on the wetlands, exploring creeks and ponds, nature lessons, crafts, turtle rattle. We will mix in some daily movement and music! Starlite has it’s own Turtle habitat for kids to engage with daily!



AUGUST 14-19 | 8:30AM – 3PM | GRADES 4-6

This fun camp approaches gameplay and YouTube from a new angle! Campers are empowered to discover the underlying mechanics of creating a web presence, defining their brand, creating videos & voice-over, content creation, and more in a fun collaborative environment. Own devices are recommended, but not required. No Chromebooks, please.



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Montana Ballet Company ~ 2023 Summer Programs

The Little Mermaid Summer

Ages 4 - 6

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

NEW! Inaugural Adult Intensive

June 26 - July 1

Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

~ June 12 - 15

~ June 19 - 22

~ June 26 - 29

Daily ballet class, arts and crafts, choreography, performance and more!

New! Shape up for Nutcracker

August 21 - 24

Two Attendance Options with Performance Opportunity

Designed for serious adult dancers to immerse themselves in the art and discipline of dance, optimize training and take technique to the next level.

Dancing Under the Big Sky

July 24 - August 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Ages 11+

Special Guest Faculty

Prepare for auditions with this fun opportunity to learn MBC’s Nutcracker choreography.

Monday - Thursday

~ Ages 12 - 18, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

~ Ages 9 - 11, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Holistic curriculum ~ technique, artistry, health and wellness with special performance opportunities.

Mini Dancing Under the Big Sky

June 12 - 23 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ages 7 - 10

New! Stand-alone program with MBC Faculty.

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Bowman, Academy Director To learn more and register:
Lesley Rausch Pacific Northwest Ballet Samantha Shelton American Ballet Theatre

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN'S The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

Saturday, February 11, 2023

10:30 am & 1:00 pm

Performed @ The Willson Auditorium

Norman Huynh CONDUCTOR

Reserve your free tickets today!

Bozeman Symphony Presents
12 february 2023 October 1, 8 & 29 November 12 & 19 December 3, 17 & 31 January 14 & 28 Sponsors & Partners: Broken Ground, Montana Parent, Bozeman Community Coop, Gallatin Valley Botanical, Montana Ale Works, Gallatin Valley Farm to School LOCAL VEGGIES ALL WINTER! February 4 & 18 March 18 & 25 April 15 & 29 May 13 & 27 SATURDAYS · 9 A.M. - NOON OCTOBER - MAY Gallatin County Fairgrounds Greens · Vegetables · Meat · Cheese · Eggs · Honey · Bread · Jam · Tea · Coffee · Breakfast FOOD · FUN · MUSIC Credit Cards and Double SNAP EBT accepted. Bozeman’s longest accredited ultrasound facility by the American College of Radiology




Splash Camp is for kids who love to swim and want to grow their swimming skills!

Learn competitive strokes from certified coaches, including our gold-medalist head coach, Hans Dersch!

March 27 - 30 6:15pm - 7:15pm


Space is limited! Register by visiting:

Kids ages 5 - 10*

*Participants must be able to complete one length of freestyle and backstroke without floatation devices

4 Days - $80 per participant


Health Benefits! Swimming is a fun way to keep your kiddos active and healthy.

Improves Social Skills! Swimming will give your child the opportunity to meet new friends their age who share similar interests!

Boosts Confidence! Swimming helps children overcome fears and teaches them to adapt to new challenges.

Improves Mental Development! According to studies, due to the exercise, swimming helps children develop their mind/body connection.

Reduces Stress! The increase of endorphins in the brain from swimming help kids to effectively relieve their stress.

Teaches Safety Skills! Swimming teaches children a lifesaving skill and helps them be more aware of their surroundings and others.


*Up-to-date local COVID-19 guidelines will be followed

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The of Winter Fun

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6 Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe

7 Free Ski & Try Biathlon Day

7 Kids’N’Snow

8 West Yellowstone/Hebgen Lake NAIFC Ice Fishing Qualifier Tournament

21-22 Sled Dog Fun Run Races


4 Yellowstone Rendezvous Race (Nordic Ski)

4 Kids’N’Snow

10 Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe

15 West Entrance to Yellowstone Park Closes

3 Moonlight Ski/Snowshoe

4 Kids’N’Snow

8-10 Sled Dog Yellowstone Special Races

11 Taste of the Trails (Nordic Ski/Snowshoe)


For activities, dining, and lodging info, visit:

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With summer camps sometimes filling up before the dates even go public, Montana Parent will help you get ahead of the curve this year with this exclusive, summer camp sneak peek issue


Montana Surf Brings the Fun and Excitement of Qatar and Australia to the Gallatin Valley with First-Ever World Cup Camp! Activities + Sneak peek

The Men’s World Cup brought soccer into the limelight in 2022, and the sport is poised to gain even more popularity as we ramp up for the Women’s World Cup this July. Soccer stars like Killian Mbappe, Megan Rapinoe and Naomi Girma are inspiring kids of all ages and backgrounds to pick up a ball and hit the pitch. Is your kid one of them?

What if they could compete in the World Cup right here in the Gallatin Valley? Montana Surf Soccer Club is bringing the excitement of the tournament to the Bozeman area with the inaugural Montana Surf World Cup Camp.

Players ages 4-14 will have the opportunity to train with Surf’s “best of the best” coaching staff during a weeklong camp session that will culminate with the Montana Surf World Cup tournament. Campers will begin the week with skill progressive sessions and small-sided games focused on individual player development. Midweek, campers will be placed on a team representing one of the countries that competed in the World Cup. Coaches will turn the focus to team play and game strategy in preparation for Friday’s tournament.

Sports and culture will mix as each team learns about the country they represent, including its most famous soccer stars and greatest soccer moments. During planned breaks for younger players to rest and recharge, coaches will lead art projects, creating items to be used during the Opening Ceremony.

On Friday, parents will be invited to join campers for the Opening Ceremony, Parade of Nations and the Montana Surf World Cup.

Montana Surf camps are designed to provide players with a soccer environment that is fun, educational and developmental. Each day, campers will receive quality coaching that follows the Surf Nation coaching curriculum and that emphasizes Montana Surf core values: mastery, teamwork, sportsmanship and skill, unity and integrity, resilience and responsibility and fun. Players will work on dribbling and running with the ball, passing and shooting, defending and tackling, and receiving and ball control.

All players will receive a ball, jersey and a Montana Surf World Cup medal.

About Montana Surf: Montana Surf is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering positive soccer programming designed to develop each player’s individual physical well-being and full human potential. Montana Surf programs build character, growth mindset, resiliency and key life skills, developing motivated citizens who make a positive impact on the Gallatin Valley community. Montana Surf believes in respect for the game, ourselves, teammates, opponents and referees.

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Ages: 4-14

Ç Session 1: June 19 to 23, 2023

Ç Session 2: June 26 to 30, 2023

Ç Registration closes June 1

Ages: 4-7

Ç Half Day: 9-11:30 a.m.

Ç Cost: $250

Ages: 8-14

Ç Full Day: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ç Cost: $325 (or opt for half

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At Headwaters Academy, a Bozeman independent middle school, we see students learning leadership skills that benefit our school every day. Beyond the benefit to our school, what can leadership skill development do for the adolescents in our greater community in the Gallatin Valley? Additionally, how can we help individual adolescents form a broader sense of their own leadership identity and an enhanced understanding of their own personal strengths and capacity? Everyone stands to benefit from improving leadership skills and effectiveness in the leaders of tomorrow.

To ensure that our community in Bozeman is cultivating a generation of leaders, our school is uniquely interested in the paper “Understanding the Leaders of Tomorrow: The Need to Study Leadership in Adolescence” which makes a case

for adding a multidisciplinary developmental perspective to leadership research. The study was published in November 2022 by Perspectives on Psychological Science

Ç How can we take concepts from the study of leadership in adults and extend them to adolescents?

Ç How can we include adolescent-focused research on peer influence and cognitive and behavioral development to form a more nuanced model of how leadership develops through life stages?

Ç How can we study adolescent leaders in athletics, social justice efforts, extracurriculars and social media to better understand how early leadership takes shape?

Ç How can we develop leadership interventions to maximize potential and facilitate better diversification of the leadership pipeline?

“The rapid development of personality, peer relationships, values and vocational identity during this period make adolescence an optimal time for developing leadership potential,” said Jennifer Tackett, a clinical psychologist at Northwestern University and the paper’s corresponding author.

One of the conditions that promotes healthy youth development is supported through programs and activities in schools and communities. Youth development researchers and practitioners emphasize that effective programs and interventions recognize youths’ strengths and seek to promote positive development, rather than addressing risks in isolation. Youth who are constructively involved in learning and doing, and who are connected to positive adults and peers, are less likely to engage in risky or self-defeating behaviors.

Providing the conditions for positive youth development is a responsibility shared by families, schools and communities.

Headwaters Academy has developed a summer day camp created to foster leadership development for adolescents. In partnership with well-designed and well-run local nonprofit camps, Camp Headwaters aims to promote youth leadership by involving youth in everything “camp,” including needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. Goals include the intention for youth to serve alongside our Board of Directors and those of other nonprofit organizations in the valley.

Camp Headwaters will engage participating youth in constructive action through activities such as service learning, arts and athletics; and emphasize common values such as friendship, citizenship and learning.

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Greta Thunberg, David Hogg and Malala Yousafzai are a few of the teenagers who have inspired the world. And, some might argue, they are all proof that leadership develops well before adulthood.
New Camp Programming for Middle Schoolers Camp Headwaters SUMMER 2023

Camp info:

Ç Who: Camp Headwaters for rising fifth through rising eighth graders.

Ç Where: Headwaters Academy, 1005 Durston Road, Bozeman

Ç What: A series of weeklong Summer Leadership Camps with a Junior Counselor program serving the World Language Institute and/or Gallatin Valley Farm to Schools.

Ç When: June 19-22, June 26-29, July 10-13, July 17-20, and July 24-27

Ç Why: Everyone stands to benefit from improving skills, proficiency and effectiveness in the leaders of tomorrow.

Ç How: Application available at:

Please join us. Young leaders have emerged as some of the more prominent voices in the world today. From climate activists to young inventors, modern youth inspire people all over the globe, both young and old. We have kids changing the world.

With their raised voices, teen leaders have become a source of education and influence on modern social issues, a source that will hopefully bring about change to help better society.

Gennifre Hartman is a local educator who has worked with students from ages 3-80 during her career. Currently, she is the Head of School at Headwaters Academy, an independent 6-8 middle school in Bozeman. Additionally, she is the proud parent of two high schoolers, a 9th and a 12th grader, both making big transitions in the world.

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Montana BallEt company's


On February 18 and 19 at the Willson Auditorium in Bozeman, Montana Ballet Company will present The Little Mermaid, inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale. And in a few months, MBC will provide an enriching learning experience for young dancers: The Little Mermaid Summer.

Children ages 4 to 6 will learn about the creation of this original ballet and the various elements that come together to craft a full-length production: music, choreography, sets and props, costumes, lighting and more.

One of the truly beautiful aspects of this ballet is the masterful way Artistic Director Elizabeth DeFanti reinterprets the story, infusing messages of self-acceptance, self-truth and embracing one’s own inherent worth – all values we wish to instill in our children.

The Little Mermaid Summer is for all children ages 4 to 6 and will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Three sessions will be offered: June 12-15, June 19-22 and June 26-29.

Each session offers a daily ballet class, dance-related arts and crafts, story time, choreography, an in-studio performance and more. No ballet experience is necessary.

To register and for more information, visit

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The Little Mermaid SUMMER 2023
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Gallatin Valley Farm to School Activities +

New This Year!

summer camps. Here is a sneak peek at some of the exciting things that are cooking this year. From bringing real magic into the garden to becoming a Top Chef, these camps will get kiddos excited about all the different ways they can meaningfully connect with gardening, cooking, food and the natural world. With an emphasis on creativity, inquiry and fun, GV Farm to School summer camps highlight all the ways food can bring together art, science, cooking, exploration and more.

This summer, in addition to many of the popular programs from the past, two brand-new camps will be offered:

» Junior Top Chef for third- through fifth-graders, will focus on creating the next generation of certified gourmands. Through a partnership with Montana State University, this camp will be hosted in the teaching kitchen at Herrick Hall, giving elementary school students the same, unique, professional cooking experience that middle school Top Chefs get to have.

» Harvest Party for third- through fifth-graders will create a harvest hullabaloo, where campers will have a chance to grill and create local foods that can be harvested and eaten year-round in Montana.

Additionally this year, BOB (the mobile greenhouse bus) will be on site at camp. Campers will gain important gardening and plant science skills while learning in a magical and vibrant greenhouse space. Make sure to keep an eye out for BOB’s brand-new look, too.

Growing in more ways than one!

In 2022 campers worked hard all summer growing a giant zucchini—and they took first place in the Cashman Zucchini Festival Competition! Think your camper has what it takes to beat last year’s gardening season? GV Farm to School is looking to enter the competition again and they need help growing the largest zucchini or creating the best decorated zucchini.

With 12 camps over 10 weeks for kids from preschool through eighth grade, Gallatin Valley Farm to School offers plenty of options to choose from in 2023. By using new gardens along with familiar spaces, making new friends and seeing old ones, this year is going to be jampacked with excitement and fun. Want to have even more fun with food? Registration opens February 4, 2023. Learn more at

Rainbow Grain Bowls

Grain Bowl Ingredients:

» 2 ½ cups cooked grains of your choice (quinoa, barley, rice, couscous, millet)

» Rainbow fruits and veggies, at least one of each color (strawberries, apples, beets, radish, kale, chard, carrot, bell pepper, cucumber, zucchini, cabbage, celery, parsnip, turnip, corn, kohlrabi)

» 1 ½ cups cooked legumes of your choice (chickpeas, black beans, green lentils, edamame)

Dressing Ingredients:

» ½ cup olive oil

» ¼ cup lemon juice

» 1 Tbsp. chopped herbs (chives or parsley)

» ½ Tbsp. honey

» Salt to taste


» Grate or slice vegetables and fruits into small pieces and add to a large bowl. The size and shape of the vegetables is totally up to your preferences. Having a variety of different sizes and shapes can make eating more fun.

» Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and mix; or place in a jar with a lid and shake.

» Add all ingredients (grain, veggies/fruits and dressing) into large bowl and mix well

» Enjoy!

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Cold winter days have Gallatin Valley Farm to School dreaming of warmer weather and looking forward to their 2023
(For a preview of some of the great activities GV Farm to School will be dishing out this summer camp season, check out the recipe in the sidebar you make with kiddos at home.)
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Pet Pals Camp

Does your kiddo love dogs and cats?

Enroll them in Heart of the Valley’s Pet Pals Summer Camp. This seven-week summer day camp is for children ages 6 to 12 who love animals. Campers learn the importance of compassionate animal care through time with animals, games, crafts, humane education lessons and a wide variety of guest speakers. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals including HOV’s shelter dogs and cats. The camp is held Monday through Friday with drop-off between 8:30-9 a.m. and pick-up between 3-3:30pm. Weekly tuition is $250; needbased scholarships are also available.


They don’t have to run away to join the circus!

Thanks to 406Cirque, your children don’t have to run away to join the circus.

When you enter the circus center you will see aerial silks, trapezes, unicycles, walking globes, stiltwalking, acting (especially comedy) and juggling all happening at once.

Circus camp is held at Petra Academy, where students train in a state-of-the-art venue with one of the largest theaters in Bozeman and have exclusive access to a private playground of more than 1.5 acres. In the mornings, students will rotate between a variety of classes that are focused on circus technique. In the afternoons, students may choose between creating their own circus act or doing free-choice activities.

There are many entry points into circus: For some students, it is the physical challenge. For others, it is the artistic component. Some appreciate the ensemble opportunities of studying circus, while others gravitate toward solo skills. Whether your child is an introvert or the class clown, they will be able to find a way to express their unique selves at 406Cirque.

Each Friday, students are invited to perform their original acts for their peers, culminating in a show at the end of a three-week session. Families and friends are encouraged to attend.

406Cirque camp is open to students ages 6 to 14. The range of student ages is one of the key pillars of the curriculum because two of the most important benefits of mixed-age learning are to reduce competition and foster mentorship. 406Cirque teaches students to encourage themselves and encourage others. Coaches teach that failure is an important component in any learning process, for failure is the proof that you’re trying something new. Coaches and advanced students model how to give positive feedback to novice students.

In the words of a parent, “406Cirque’s staff have contributed immensely to the growing confidence and maturity of my two kids. I have been blessed to witness them trying new things, working hard to achieve their goals and developing into leaders. All of this was possible thanks to the support of the nurturing, fun, kind and talented coaches. We are blessed to have the wonderful folks of 406Cirque here in Bozeman, guiding our children toward acceptance, hard work, inclusion and generosity.”

406Cirque was founded by Paúl Gomex in 2018. Celebrating its fifth season of circus and performing arts in the Gallatin Valley, 406Cirque brings education in the arts, as well as quality performances to the state of Montana. Some of 406Cirque partners include Raison d’etre Dance Project, Mountain Time Arts, Montana State University and Bozeman School District. For more information, please visit

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Bozeman Children’s Theatre


Ç (702) 481-3622




Campers range from elementary to middle schoolers and are taken from auditions to full musical performances in under two weeks by licensed educators. Bozeman Children’s Theatre has put on numerous musicals over the past few years at many local elementary schools. They believe that theater is an incredible way to help young adults find their voice, confidence and new friends.

Bozeman Sports Camp


Ç (406) 661-5496




Bozeman Sports Camp is an active summer sports camp for kids entering grades kindergarten through sixth. They provide fun and engaging activities, games and instruction covering sports of all kind. Instructors are Bozeman-area teachers and college students studying education and providing quality instruction of sports skills, strategies and sportsmanship in an active setting for kids to spend their summer.

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26 february 2023 Find out more about our program at mo ntanalearning.o rg Montana’s Premier Science Camp for Kids Summer Camps 406.219.3899 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! registration now open! VIEW OUR SUMMER 2023 BROCHURE AT AFTER-CAMP CARE FROM 3:00 - 5:30 pm!

Camp Bodhi


Ç (406) 201-1324



Camp Bodhi is the ultimate Montana farm camp for elementaryaged kids entering first through fifth grade. Kids can sign up for a week or a month, with a different theme each week: nature, wilderness, homesteading and art. While each week is a new adventure, all weeks include: farm-fresh lunch daily, kids’ yoga classes, nature hikes around the farm, guest speakers and more.

Circus Camp! 406cirque


Ç (406) 475-2513




Kids don’t have to run away to join the circus! 406Cirque offers acrobatics, juggling, aerial, theater, dance, unicycling and friends. With state-of-the-art facilities and staff from all over the world, this is a program like no other in the valley. Early Bird enrollment prices are available for the first 50 families who register. From a parent: “I cannot say enough positive things about Cirque 406. The staff is caring, inclusive, talented and passionate about all things circus. Both of my kids, ages 7 and 11, loved this camp. We did the longer threeweek session and they looked forward to it every single day. That is no small feat.”

Cedar Ridge Equine Summer Horsemanship Camps and Clinics


Ç 406.282.3355




Cedar Ridge Equine has been offering summer horsemanship day camps for more than 18 years. Youth camps are available for beginners to advanced. At CRE Summer Horsemanship Camps, they believe it is important to teach life skill development and personal growth as an integral component of their horsemanship program.They strive to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for all campers. Campers will spend time in the saddle and on the ground with horses.

Creative Arts Summer Camp Creative arts preschool


Ç (406) 579-7692




Creative Arts Preschool is an art- and nature-based school that operates year-round. They incorporate art, dance, music and nature exploration into students’ daily activities. All summer long, kids get outside to enjoy our beautiful Montana surroundings and create art projects that focus on all the natural beauty we see each day.

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Crosscut Mountain Sports Center Summer Camps


Ç (406) 586-9690




At Crosscut they believe in supporting body and mind so all campers can wholeheartedly pursue that which fulfills them. They offer three types of summer camps: nature camps, mountain biking camps and biathlon camps. Nature Camps are for first- through sixth-graders and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for five consecutive days on six different weeks. Mountain Bike Camps are geared toward fourth- through 12th-graders and runs from noon to 3 p.m. for five consecutive days on six different weeks. Biathlon Camp is for 10- to 13-year-olds and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for four consecutive days on five different weeks and includes transportation to and from Bozeman.

Dancing from Stage to Sky: Aerial Dance Camp Mountain

Air Dance


Ç (406) 595-0909


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This fun and unique day camp, for ages 6 to 16, challenges students physically and mentally with classes in aerial arts, dance technique, choreography, yoga, Pilates, hula hooping, juggling, hand balancing, flexibility training, arts and crafts and more. Experienced instructors will guide students through their day in small groups based on age and skill level. Join the fun and learn to FLY! No experience required.

1:4 teacher to student ratio in aerial classes keeps campers engaged, active and safe.

Camp Equinox Summer Theater Day Camp

@ Bozeman Summit School


Ç (406) 522-7623


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Now in its 28th year, Camp Equinox is an exciting place for kids to learn all about the theater and explore their own creativity. From musical comedy, Shakespeare and film acting to mask-making, puppetry, playwriting and comedy improv, it’s a month of challenges, friends and intense fun. Since 1996, Camp Equinox’s goal has been to give students the opportunity to meet challenges, explore their creativity, build self-confidence and see their success in final performances, all in the environment of an enormously supportive community. The positive growth that takes place through the performing arts is thrilling.

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Drum Camp African! Cuban! Egyptian Drumming! Storytelling, Games, World Culture! Ages 5-12 • Monday-Friday – 9 a.m.-noon Bozeman Camp Dates: June 12 - 16; June 26 - 30; July 10 - 14; July 24 - 28 With Award Winning Teacher Chet Leach
Rhythms World
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for the event and is not responsible for any content of any part of the event or programming. Session I: June 12 - July 6, 2023 Session II: July 17 - Aug. 10, 2023 Please visit our website or call for brochure. 406-522-7623 Acting! Comedy Improv! Musical Theater! Playwriting! Main Camp: Entering Grades 3-8 M-F 8:30-3:30 Double Sessions Available! MaskPuppetry!Making! Shakespeare! Held at Bozeman Summit School — 3001 West Villard Street camp equinox! “The only way I can explain it is this is my Hogwarts. You know when Harry found it and he didn’t want to ever leave? Like that.” — from a camper In Our 28th Year! “Minispots” Program: Entering Grades 1 & 2 M-F 8:30-Noon “This is our second year and we’re more impressed than ever. You create a living, breathing cocoon of creativity. The way Camp develops self-esteem, confidence, social skills and fun is miraculous in our eyes!”
The theater camp is being presented by Camp Equinox. Bozeman Summit School serves



Summer Day Camps Bozeman Parks & Recreation

Ç (406) 582-2293


Ç bozemanparksandrec

Ç bozemanparksandrec

It’s tough to find the variety, adventure and affordability of Bozeman Parks & Recreation camps anywhere else. They are run by leaders who truly care about your children and implementing quality programs by creating a safe and fun camp environment that is spent mostly outdoors. Campers will play, laugh, create art, learn about our local ecosystem, meet new friends, get dirty and challenge themselves by engaging in new activities daily. Bozeman Parks and Recreation is creating community through people, parks and programs.

Gallatin Valley YMCA

Adventure Day Camp: Kindergarten to Second grade @ The Commons


Ç (406) 994-9622




Kindergarten through second-grade camps focus on youth development and learning through creativity, play and exploration of our environment. Activities and trips are intentionally planned to promote physical, cognitive and emotional/social development and provide kids with memorable experiences and friendships that last a lifetime. All campers will have the opportunity to leave their site every day, swim, slip n’ slide on the Y’s giant slide and hike once during the week, visit multiple parks and attend two field trips related to the weekly theme.


June and July — grades 3-8


Spring and Fall — grades 3-12

Scholarships Available !

Gallatin Valley YMCA

Adventure Day Camp: Second to Fourth grades @ The Commons


Ç (406) 994-9622




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406.457.1800 helena Activities

Second- through fourth-grade camps focus on youth development and learning through various activities, field trips and opportunities. Activities and trips are intentionally planned to promote development/learning while providing older campers with new experiences and challenges. All campers leave their site every day, swim, slip n’ slide on the Y’s giant slide, hike once during the week, visit multiple parks, and attend two field trips related to the weekly theme. Each camp will participate in arts and crafts, daily reading, games, singing and social-emotional learning.


invites you to join us at our Mountaintop Ranch for another season of fun and learning in our Summer Day Camps and Adult Week-end Retreats & Workshops

Horses, Hiking, Art, Drumming, Yoga

All for you at the K-J Ranch just East of Bozeman!

Our Summer Day Camps offer your kids a

Gallatin Valley YMCA Teen Camp Fifth to Seventh grades


Ç (406) 994-9622




YMCA’s teen summer camps provide older campers more significant opportunities to spread their wings and experience new adventures. Campers are encouraged to make their own choices, build relationships and develop essential life skills through YMCA character values. The teen camp offers a more challenging range of activities for experienced campers. It provides a safe place where teens can be themselves, participate in activities and go on field trips specifically tailored toward their evolving interests.


2023 YMCA SUMMER DAY CAMPS K - 7th Grade | June 12th - August 18th



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Parents deserve time for Rest and Rejuvenation as well! Our Adult Retreats provide just this!
come and join us for the best summer of your life! — 2023 SUMMER DAY CAMPS — June 26-30 | Kids Camp Session 1 (ages 8-10) | Daily:10am-4pm July 17-21 | Kids Camp Session 2 (ages 10-12) | Daily:10am-4pm Aug 7-11 | Back to School Camp (ages 10-14) | Daily:10am-4pm LEARN MORE AT: HEARTANDHANDCENTER.COM IG: HEARTANDHANDCENTERMT FB: HEARTANDHANDCENTER Offices: 111 Grand, Suite 275 | Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman K-J Ranch: 20010 Bridger Hollow Road, Bozeman 406.587.4036 Email: — 2023 ADULT WEEK-END RETREATS — Dates To Be Arranged for the following Retreats & Workshops: Women’s Rest and Renewal | Discover Your Life Purpose Goal Achievement Summit
of fun-filled learning with Horsemanship, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Hiking, Drumming and more

-Winston Churchill


K Beginner to Advanced Riders

K Ages 5 and up

K Life Skill Development Workshop

K Speed/Rodeo Events

K English/Western Riding

K General Horsemanship

Learn more about camps, clinics and events at

cedar ridge equine

horsemanship camps, clinics & lessons

Owner/Trainer Amy Prechter email phone 406-282-3355

Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices



Ç (406) 922-4256




Pilgrim Preschool

Discover new ways to express yourself and create change in the world while making friends, exploring fun hobbies and creating projects. Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices is a fun-filled week for all middle school girls. This year’s theme is Girls are Creative. Participants will learn dances, write poetry, practice yoga and find their voices as they learn fun ways to share their stories with the world.

Enrolling Now

For Fall 2023-24


For over 50 years Pilgrim Preschool has been helping children grow and develop socially, physically, emotionally, and academically through creative play, art, music, science, language, and math.

Visit our website or call to enroll your child.


GirlSing Music Camp (Singing, Songwriting, Art & Outdoor Fun with Music



Ç (406) 570-2839


The GirlSing Music Camp is a five-day, Monday-Friday camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for girls ages 7 to 11. This camp

empowers girls to explore their creative spirits through music, singing, songwriting, journaling and self-expressive art projects. Staff embrace the beauty in every personality (introvert, extrovert, in-between, etc.) and celebrate the gifts that make each girl unique. This indoor and outdoor camp offers engaging activities including daily hikes/outdoor play, picnics, drumming, rhythm-making and creative art projects. A Thursday night program offers girls a chance to share songs and art with family and friends.

Heart and Hand Summer Day Camps and Retreats

Heart and Hand Center


Ç (406) 587-4036


Ç www.heartandhandcenter@facebook. com

Ç www.heartandhandcentermt@

Horses, art, yoga, drumming and hiking at Heart and Hand Center’s 285-acre ranch high above the distractions and stress of life in the beautiful mountains just 14 miles east of Bozeman. Your kids will gain insight and experience incredible personal growth during these weeklong day camps; and parents: Heart and Hand Center’s retreats are tailormade to give you the rest and renewal you long for.

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+ Potential openings in our Primary classrooms ages 3- 6 years old.

+ Unique Learning Environments, MUST SEE!

+ Our highly trained staff love serving families and children

Join us for a virtual tour to learn more about our centers!

Locations at Equestrian Ln. and Enterprise Blvd.

Lone Mountain Summer Camps & Classes


Ç (406) 587-1180



Lone Mountain offers a fun variety of summer camp options. Everything from KidVentures camp for little ones to Campapalooza (an all-around fun day camp with swimming in the afternoon sessions). They have Trampoline

Camp and Combo Camp (highlighting gymnastics and overall sports agility) and don’t forget about swimming lessons. The second location also offers Ninja camp and Tiny Dancers camp for little ones.

Lone Mountain keeps your kids active, engaged and having fun this summer. Camp offerings vary by week, so visit the website or call for details. (406) 600-8098

Aerial Fitness

Private Lessons

Corporate Events

Birthday Parties

Parent & Tot Teen/Adult & Kids’ Classes

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Inquire about potential scholarship opportunities
Learn to FLY!

Full Day 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or Half-Day 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Options - Monday through Friday


346 Gallatin Park Drive, Bozeman (406) 579-7692

MBC’s Dancing Under the Big Sky

Montana Ballet Company


Ç (406) 582-8702

Ç summer-programs



Montana Ballet Company’s annual Dancing Under the Big Sky (DUBS) two-week Summer Dance Intensive is an enriching educational program featuring exceptional guest teachers from across the country. This year, MBC is delighted to welcome exceptional guest teachers, Leslie Rausch from the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Samantha Shelton from Ameircian Ballet Theatre. The DUBS Intensive, with a full and thoughtful curriculum, exemplifies MBC’s belief in nurturing the “whole dancer,” mind, body and spirit.



This new program is designed for serious adult dancers who wish to immerse themselves in the art and discipline of dance. Each day is specifically designed to help optimize training and take your technique to the next level. Classes may include ballet technique, character dance, variations, contemporary, body conditioning, Pilates, yoga, lectures, photo sessions, repertoire and a final performance.

MBC’s Inaugural Adult Intensive

Montana Ballet Company


Ç (406) 582-8702

Ç summer-programs

MBC’s Mini-DUBS Program

Montana Ballet Company


Ç (406) 582-8702

Ç summer-programs



This “mini” version of Dancing Under the Big Sky is designed for dancers ages 7-10 who are ready to commit to an intensive. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in classes and perform in a final in-studio showing and may return to perform again in the Sweet Pea Festival held on August 5, 2023. This two-week intensive allows dancers to explore a variety of dance forms focusing on technique, artistry, musicality and expression. Along with ballet technique, dancers may study modern, character, mime, injury prevention, nutrition and body conditioning.

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Year round Art and Nature based Preschool for 3-5 year
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MBC's Open Ballet Classes

Montana Ballet Company


Ç (406) 582-8702




Montana Ballet Company's Open Classes are a wonderful opportunity for students to continue their classical ballet training during the summer. All summer programs are open to current Academy students and new students alike. Held May 30-July 22, 2023* and August 14-19, 2023 (*No classes the week of July 4).

Montana Outdoor Science School


Ç (406) 219-3899




MOSS Summer Programs offer FUN, ENGAGING and EDUCATIONAL explorations of the natural world in and around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. MOSS believes that inspiring a love for nature helps children become aware of, and want to care for, the unique environment in which we live. Camps fill quickly; early registration is recommended.

MBC’s The Little Mermaid Summer Workshops

Montana Ballet Company


Ç (406) 582-8702




Based on Montana Ballet Company’s original production, The Little Mermaid, this program offers dancers ages 4 to 6 the opportunity to take part in themed classes, choreography, arts and crafts, and an in-studio performance. Come join them under the sea!


Regional Dance Intensive

Yellowstone Ballet Academy


Ç (406) 222-0430




A regional dance intensive for serious dancers age 12 to adult, June 19-30. Join YBC for two weeks of training with Fiona Lee of the world-renowned Royal Danish Ballet; Tricia Sundbeck, former principal dancer Sacramento Ballet/Cincinnati Ballet; Thomas Bell, former principal dancer Eugene Ballet and current ballet master University of Cincinnati and other preeminent instructors. Daily classes include ballet, pointe, pas de deux, contemporary, conditioning, yoga, Pilates and/or international dance. Private lessons and coaching are also available for all ages.

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Pet Pals Summer Camp

Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter


Ç (406) 404-3068




Pet Pals Summer Camp offers seven weekly sessions for children (6-12 years old) who love animals. Campers learn the importance of compassionate animal care through time with animals, games, crafts, humane education lessons and a wide variety of guest speakers. Each week children will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of animals. The camp is Monday-Friday with drop-off between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and pick-up between 3 and 3:30 p.m. The weekly cost of camp tuition is $250. Need-based scholarships are available.

Ridge Kids Summer Camp

Ridge Athletic Clubs


Ç (406) 582-4452


Join the Ridge for a summer of fun! Their camps offer a different theme each week (from Sports and Sparklers, Artistic Exploration, Into the Wild and more) and give kids an opportunity to swim, make crafts, take instructorled fitness classes, watch educational videos, do STEM play and play games. Ridge Kids Camps help your child build a foundation for a healthy and active life. They offer half-day camps from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 5 and full-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for ages 6 to 12. $260 a week for members and $335 a week for nonmembers. Registration is open from February 1 through May15. Scan QR code to enroll.

Rhythm World Drum Camp


Ç 406.580.8229


Rhythm World Drum Camps are held in Bozeman at the Emerson. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join Chet Leach (aka Mr. Chet) for weeklong drum camps that include drumming from Africa, Brazil, Cuba and Egypt. Your child will learn about world culture through storytelling, games and, of course, lots of DRUMMING!

Rockhaven UnCamp

Rockhaven Camp and Retreat Center


Ç (406) 600-1891




Rockhaven UnCamp is an innovative summer camping program where freeplay, nature-play and child-led independent play is front and center. They create a safe environment where creativity and imagination can flourish and kids can just be kids, get a little (or maybe a lot) dirty and play like kids are meant to play. UnCamp at Rockhaven takes the schedules, the expectations and the rules out of summer and replaces them with genuine play, natural curiosity, epic messes, muddy faces, sticky fingers and awesome memories that will last a lifetime.

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Science Summer Camp

Montana Science Center

Ç (406) 522-9087




It’s a summer of science at Montana Science Center. Join in for hands-on STEM challenges, science experiments, high-tech learning opportunities and more. Summer camp is scientifically more fun at MSC! Camp runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m., five days a week; before- and aftercare options are available upon request. Registration opens February 1.

State of Play

Summer Art Camp Series


Ç (509) 939-5383


State of Play Summer Camp for 3- to 9-year-olds is offered three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), with half- or full-day options (9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Each week your child will explore a different art material, engaging in offerings and invitations connected to an artistic concept or theme. Through group activities and projects within their art studio and play space, children will learn about different artists and how the materials connect to our everyday world. Daily outdoor lunch and art making will be held in one of the many Cannery green spaces.

Snapology Camps


Ç (406) 438-7241




STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) camps with LEGO Bricks

At Snapology summer camps, students have a blast engaging in a variety of STEM activities. Using mostly LEGO bricks in their programs, they also incorporate other hands-on learning activities using a variety of engaging materials. This summer Snapology is thrilled to bring their camps to Bozeman and Helena! If your child is a hands-on learner and you would like them to keep those STEAM brains working this summer, these camps are sure to be a ton of fun and educational for all ages! Safety is the priority, and all instructors pass federal background checks.

Summer Climbing Camps Spire Climbing + Fitness


Ç (406) 586-0706




Spire summer camps are a great way for children ages 5–16 to enjoy rock climbing in an fun, structured environment! Beginners learn the essentials of the sport while kids with prior climbing experience take their skills to the next level. Spire summer camps are half-day, weeklong camps, with tons of climbing time in their south Bozeman facility, as well as plenty of fun and games for your child. A mid-day snack keeps your child energized and ready to climb their best throughout the week.

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Wheat Ridge Outdoor Education Summer Camp


Ç (410) 246-5544




The true Montana farm camp experience! Located just three miles west of Four Corners on more than 1,000 sprawling acres of Wheat Ridge Farm, Wheat Ridge Outdoor Education Summer Camp offers students the opportunity to enjoy gardening, hiking, baking, farming, choring, farm equipment, farm animals and much more.

Yellowstone Alliance Adventures


Ç (406) 763-4727


YAA runs a variety of youth camps for first- through 12th-graders. Whether this is your camper’s first time or they are a “seasoned summer camp pro,” there is bound to be something amazing for them at YAA. Registration includes a YAA-exclusive summer camp T-shirt. What better way for your kids to remember one of the best weeks of their summer than with YAA swag?

Great Falls

Windhorse Equine Learning Beginner Summer Camp


Ç (406) 522-3906




Windhorse Equine Learning offers a unique camp experience where kids learn horsemanship and riding skills while also learning how to be good leaders and fair partners to their horses and each other. The relationship they develop with the horses and the skills they learn to handle them safely and to communicate with them effectively gives kids confidence, builds self-awareness and teaches valuable lessons about respect, trust, empathy and communication. Windhorse also offers classes in six-week sessions in the spring and fall. Camps are half-day, from 9 a.m. to noon, and are for beginner riders.

Summit for Youth in Foster Care

@ University of Providence, Great Falls


Ç (406) 495-7354


Reach Higher Montana holds an annual Summit for Youth in Foster Care every year in June. The purpose of the summit is to help youth in foster care experience life on a college campus, learn about available resources to achieve education and career goals, and connect to peers across Montana. There is no charge for foster youth to attend. Ages 16-19. Every participant will receive a laptop or life skills package.

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Summer Camps


(406) 457-1800


Ç ExplorationWorks

Ç explorationworks

Kids get to spend the summer as scientists and explore the world around them. Camps begin the week of June 12 and run through the week of August 21. ExplorationWorks offers camps for kids ages 4 and above. All-day camp combos allow you to pick a morning and an afternoon camp to create your personalized all-day learning adventure. Your scientist will experience one exciting morning camp, break for a supervised lunch, then start the science fun again with an afternoon camp. (Lunch not provided.) There’s sure to be a combo for your budding scientist.

Montana Learning Center

@ Canyon Ferry Lake

Ç 406-475-3638

Ç MontanaLearningCenter@


Ç MontanaLearningCenter

The Montana Learning Center is Montana’s science camp for kids, a place for students to come together, create and be empowered. Daily camp life includes STEM immersion experiences, friendship-building and recreation at Canyon Ferry Lake. Evening options include a traditional campfire or learning about the night sky at their world-class observatory. This is a small and personal camp with a staff composed of verified teachers, many of whom are awardwinning. Staff to camper ratio is 1:6 or better and each the instructors and counselors are CPR and First Aidcertified.

Snapology Camps


Ç (406) 438-7241


Ç snapologyhelena

Ç snapology

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) camps with LEGO Bricks

At Snapology summer camps, students have a blast engaging in a variety of STEM activities. Using mostly LEGO bricks in their programs, they also incorporate other hands-on learning activities using a variety of engaging materials. This summer Snapology is thrilled to bring their camps to Bozeman and Helena! If your child is a hands-on learner and you would like them to keep those STEAM brains working this summer, these camps are sure to be a ton of fun and educational for all ages! Safety is the priority, and all instructors pass federal background checks.

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Storytime in the Parks! Lewis & Clark Library


Ç (406) 447-1690 x131



Ç lewisandclarklibrary

Storytime in the Parks returns for summer 2023. Join the Lewis & Clark Library at a different Helena city park every Thursday at 10 a.m. for story time. This year, the program is traveling to East Helena, Augusta and Lincoln too. Enjoy 30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes and more. Library services will be offered at the Lewis & Clark Library Bookmobile after the story time program. Geared toward children between the ages of 3 and 8, but everyone is welcome.

Summer Climbing Camp @ Stonetree Climbing Center


Ç (406) 534-0325




Join Stonetree all summer long for the best day camp in Helena. Their weeklong camps encourage kids to be active, build confidence, play creatively and foster new friendships. Campers spend the day climbing, challenging their comfort zones, playing games on and off the climbing walls, doing arts and crafts and having a blast. Experienced instructors make sure that every climber leaves having learned something new and with a smile on their face. Camps also include outdoor excursions and daily snacks. Instructor ratio is 1:7 and camps are for ages 6-13. Register early; camps sell out!

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complete 2021 Summer Camp + Activities Guide in the March issue, or visit our online interactive Camp Finder here Activities + Sneak peek SUMMER 2023
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We offer complete dental care for you and your family in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Our team of dental professionals are dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive care, because good overall health begins with good oral health.

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Puberty Workshops

Are you struggling to talk to your loved ones about puberty? Do you hope to have “the talk” with your little ones but don’t know where to start? Bridgercare can help!

Bridgercare adult and peer educators partner with community organizations Haven and the Help Center in hosting workshops about these tough topics to help youth and families receive medically accurate and empowering sexual health education.


Ç “Prepping for Puberty” for ages 8-11 and their trusted adult (February 4)

Ç “Beyond the Birds and the Bees” for ages 12-14 (February 23 and March 23)

Ç “Beyond the Talk” for adults to feel prepared to have these conversations (April 12)

Visit for more information and to sign up for the workshops.

Bozeman Winter Farmers Market

What began more than 10 years ago as a small group of farmers selling veggies, the Bozeman Winter Farmers Market is now a large community of local farmers, ranchers, artisans, bakers and community members selling their winter produce and home-baked and homemade goods. The market is held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Exhibit Building 1 .


February 4 & 18, 2023

March 18 & 25, 2023

April 15 & 29, 2023

May 13 & 27, 2023

Bozeman Symphony’s Free Family Concert

February 11, 2023

The Bozeman Symphony’s Free Family Concert returns with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra on February 11 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Designed specifically for children ages 5 to 12, this educational concert will be fun for the whole family. Music Director Norman Huynh will take the audience on a tour through Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, music from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird and a preview of Lee’s The Fire Beneath, which celebrates Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary.

“The Bozeman Symphony has presented free family concerts in the community for 28 years. It is one of the best ways that we can inspire young people to become lifelong lovers of symphonic music and provide a setting for all to experience the Bozeman Symphony,” says Executive Director, Emily Paris-Martin. “Young children in the audience are often inspired to play a musical instrument. It is one way that we fulfill our mission to engage, unite and uplift and it is wonderful to see the direct impact this type of performance has on many different generations.”

Free tickets can be reserved online at or by phone at 406-585-9774.

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Winter Crazy Days

February 17-19, 2023

Starting on Friday, February 17 at 10 a.m. (earlier at select locations; times and days vary per business), more than 200 downtown merchants offer unbelievable end-of-winter sales. Don’t miss this great chance to save on those items you have wanted all winter long.

5th Annual Women in Science

February 11, 2023

Saturday, February 11, Montana Science Center is hosting local professionals in science and technology careers at the Women in Science event celebrating International Women in Science Day. Montana Science Center supports diversity and equity in STEM careers through hands-on experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). MSC frequently holds a Women in STEM Series, celebrating international days of recognition for women in STEM careers. Each of these celebrations features interactive activities for families with children of all ages.

MSC’s Women in STEM Series features women in our community building careers in a STEM field. The event will include graduate and undergraduate students at Montana State University and professionals in the Gallatin Valley. The series also features women who are part of the Science Center’s Women in STEM Advisory Group. The guest presenters at Women in STEM share their field of study through interactive, hands-on activities that relate to their careers. This event features women from Montana PBS, MSU Earth Sciences Department, MSU Optics and Photonics Society, and more.

“We look forward to partnering with women in STEM careers in our community because while the number of women graduating with degrees in STEM fields is growing, they still only make up about 25% of STEM graduates. We hope that visitors of all ages can see women in non-traditional careers and that this encourages them to consider career paths that they might have not considered before. Many children are curious about how real world problems are solved by professionals in our community, and the Women in STEM Series invites visitors to learn something new about companies, industries and available careers in our community,” says Montana Science Center Executive Director, Abby Turner.

The public is invited to this event, which will be held at the Montana Science Center: 2744 W. Main St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. The event is free with admission and included with a family membership. All questions can be directed to Russell Rosenberg, Engagement Coordinator for the Montana Science Center.

For more information, call 406-522-9087 or

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Montana Ballet Company’s

the Little Mermaid

February 18 & 19, 2023

Montana Ballet Company (MBC) is delighted for the return of The Little Mermaid on Saturday, February 18 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m. at the Willson Auditorium.

Premiering in 2019 to rave reviews – “breathtaking, visual heaven, a score beyond beauty…,” –this original work was inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale and reinterpreted by Artistic Director, Elizabeth DeFanti. Infusing messages of self-acceptance, self-truth and embracing one’s own inherent worth, DeFanti notes, “Our Mermaid Marina initially believes her truth and contentment are found outside of herself. Through an important journey, she realizes everything she needs for fulfillment is already within her.”

MBC Music Director, Stefan Stern, will once again conduct an outstanding group of musicians and vocalists to perform his original orchestral score.

Special guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Malena Ani and Kuu Sakuragi, will dance the principal roles of Mermaid Marina and the Prince joining Ilse Smith from Ballet Palm Beach and a superb cast of MBC dancers to bring The Little Mermaid to life.

With a captivating story, original choreography and orchestral score, magical sets, costumes, and theatrical elements, The Little Mermaid will enchant all audiences.

For Mermaid tickets, contact the Montana Ballet Company at 406.582.8702 or online at All seating is reserved. Ticket prices range from $22 - $68.

Science of Skiing

with Peak Ski Company

February 23, 2023

Montana Science Center invites community members to take part in fun, engaging, science-themed evening activities during the MSC After Dark monthly programs.

February’s After Dark program will feature ski designer and manufacturer, Peak Ski Company, for an interactive conversation featuring their custom-made skis. Whether you're interested in the basics or the nitty-gritty of ski design, the Peak design team has you covered. Enter the raffle to win a pair of Peak custom-made skis!

The Science of Skiing will be held at MSC on Thursday, February 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for ages 21 and above. Cost is a suggested donation of $25 per person. Please RSVP/purchase tickets online at or call Montana Science Center at 406-5229087.

All proceeds from the event will go to support STEAM education and programming at the MSC.

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Gallatin Valley YMCA

Snowball Downtown 2023

February 25, 2023

Join the Gallatin Valley YMCA for the 12th Annual Snowball Downtown Fundraiser on Saturday, February 25 at the Armory Hotel. Attendees will enjoy a plated dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, as well as post-event pint nights at select downtown businesses.

Funds raised at the Snowball Downtown go into the Financial Assistance Fund. This fund helps individuals and families access the Y’s health and wellness facilities, as well as the ability to participate in YMCA programs such as Summer Camp, Youth Sports and the ReCharge Cancer Support Program – regardless of their ability to pay.

These essential funds allow the Gallatin Valley YMCA to offer its services to anyone in the Gallatin Valley, helping to build a strong and healthy community.

People can attend the event as either a sponsor or a ticket holder. If you or your business are interested in sponsoring the Snowball Downtown, please contact Meghan Cosgrove at

To purchase tickets, visit the Gallatin Valley YMCA website at

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406 Consignary Bozeman

Kids’ Pop-up Consignment Boutique

March 24-26, 2023

Mark your calendars and clean out your closets! Bozeman’s 406 Consignary Children’s Boutique Consignment Event will be held at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, March 24-26. Come shop and sell items for moms, children, teens and maternity. For more information visit


» Friday Exclusive Pre-sale: consignor pre-sale, 5:30-7 p.m.

» Saturday Public Shopping: free entry, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

» Sunday Public Shopping: free entry discount day! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. *(get in early Saturday at 9 a.m. with a $3 charity donation)

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19th Annual Sweetheart Spaghetti Feed

February 4, 2023

The Canyon Creek Stock 4-H Club is holding their 19th Annual Sweetheart Spaghetti Feed on Saturday, February 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Helena Valley Community Center. There will be all-you-can-eat spaghetti and a raffle, bake sale, silent auction and lots of door prizes:). Cost is $7 per person or $20 per family.

Winter Education Series

Join Helena C.OR.E. (Community of Resource Educators) for these Free Winter Events

Winter Wildlife Adaptations

February 7, 2023, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ç Join staff from Exploration Works at the Clancy Library Community Room to make a take-home craft, learn how animals change colors with the seasons and make a bird feeder to discover what birds are in your neighborhood at this time of year. No registration is required. For more information, contact CORE at

Winter Festival & Winter Art Walk

February 10, 2023

Helena will kick off the Winterfest on Friday, February 10 with the Winter Art Walk from 4-8 p.m. For more information visit

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FebFest: Valentine’s Gift Show

February 11, 2023

One of Helena’s most popular vendor events returns featuring more than 70 awesome and unique vendors selling chocolate, candy, fine art, artisan wares and so much more. Featuring door prizes, concessions and live music by Johnny & Jane and Gary Frigo & Ashley Stevens. The Valentine’s Gift Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center. Entry fee is $4. Funds raised benefit continued enhancements to your Helena Civic Center.

Second Annual Montana Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic

February 25, 2023

The second annual Montana Women’s Ice Fishing Clinic will be held from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Canyon Ferry Lake (organized by the Montana Wildlife Federation). Participation fee is $20. For more information visit:

406 Consignary Helena

Mark your calendars and clean out your closets! Helena’s 406 Consignary Children’s Boutique Consignment Event will be held at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds, February 24-26. Come shop and sell items for moms, children, teens and maternity. For more information, visit


» Friday Exclusive Pre-sale: consignor pre-sale, 5:30-7 p.m.

February 24-26, 2023

» Saturday Public Shopping: free entry, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

» Sunday Public Shopping: free entry discount day! 10 a.m.-2 p.m. *(get in early Saturday at 9 a.m. with a $3 charity donation)

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Th of Winter Fun EVENTS 2022/2023

Kids ‘N’ Snow

February 4, 2023

The Kids ‘N’ Snow Program in West Yellowstone takes the fear out of first-ever winter experiences. Kids and their families can get outdoors in the winter and try a new activity, like ice-skating, crosscountry skiing or snowshoeing in a safe environment.

Since its inception seven years ago, the program has expanded to more than 1,000 participants, spanning more than 10 states and several countries over four weekends each winter. West Yellowstone Kids ‘N’ Snow weekends will be held February 4 and March 14, 2023.

Kids ‘N’ Snow February 4, 2023 schedule:

» 9 a.m. -Noon: Kids' Ice Fishing Camp

» 9-10 a.m. : Snowcoach Sampler

» 10:30 a.m. : Pack Chat Program at the GWDC

» 11:30 a.m.: Owl Pellet Program at the GWDC

» 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Snowshoe Walk

» Noon-1 p.m.: Learn to Ski Basics

» 1:30 p.m. : Pack Chat Program at the GWDC

» 2:45 p.m. : Keeper Kids Program at the GWDC

» 3:30-4:30 p.m. : Snow Art

» 6-8 p.m. : M120 Kids' Snowmobile Rides

» 6-8pm : S'mores, Skatin' & Sleddin'

More activities are always being added. For updates, questions on future Kids ‘N’ Snow weekends and more information visit, follow on Facebook, email or call 406-646-7701.

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Tips for Parents During Respiratory Illness Season

Respiratory illness season is in full swing across Montana and Wyoming and, as these viruses circulate throughout the region, parents may have questions about what bug their kids have picked up, what to do if they’re ill and if or when to seek additional care.

Influenza, RSV and COVID-19, plus the common cold, are all circulating right now and many are at levels normally seen during seasonal peaks later in the winter. New cases continue to increase in Montana and Yellowstone County, and hospitalizations are on the rise.

Having the right information can help parents and their kids navigate being sick, whether it’s the sniffles, fever or any combination of symptoms.

Billings Clinic Pediatric Hospitalist Caitlin Wainscott, MD, says what we’re seeing for the 2022-2023 season is out of the ordinary so far.

“This season, we are seeing a large number of kids get sick from respiratory illnesses, and many are sick enough to require hospitalization,” she said. “Not only are more kids getting sick this year than in the last couple of years, but those who become ill are becoming more severely ill than we’ve seen in quite a while. Most of the pediatric patients filling our hospital beds currently are sick with RSV or influenza.”

Symptoms of these illnesses include, but are not limited to: fever or chills, cough, runny nose, congestion, body aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, sneezing and trouble breathing. Some illnesses can last more than a week and symptoms may come on in phases instead of all at once.

If your child becomes ill, in most cases, they’ll have mild to moderate symptoms and will require home care. This includes plenty of rest and fluids, cold/flu medications to manage

symptoms and avoiding others to prevent the further spread of illness. But some may require a visit to a medical provider and, in some cases, hospitalization.

“Most of the time, symptoms will likely last for several days and will require supportive care at home, but some might require a hospital stay if their breathing becomes impaired,” Dr. Wainscott said. “If your infant or toddler becomes ill, help them by using saline drops in their nose and a bulb suction or similar device to suction out their nose. This helps your child breathe better. Monitor their breathing at home. For all kids who are sick, you can treat their fever with antipyretics if necessary, and push fluids so they don’t get dehydrated.”

Knowing when to bring a sick child in to see a provider is also important.

“If your child is having to work hard to breathe, is breathing unusually fast or isn’t drinking well and having decreased urine output, bring them in for medical evaluation,” Dr. Wainscott said. “Of course, if you have any other concerns, like a sustained high fever, you can always bring them in as well.”

Local and federal health care officials also recommend vaccination, while not 100% effective, as the most effective way to prevent infection or serious illness from the flu or COVID-19. There is currently not a vaccine available for RSV.

If you or your family do need respiratory care, Billings Clinic Bozeman offers a wide array of services, from pediatric or primary care appointments to urgent same-day care. Featuring skilled, compassionate physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners working with nurses and support staff, the Billings Clinic Bozeman team works together with the resources and expertise of the region’s larges independent health system to meet patient needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (406) 898-1200. For more information, visit www.

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Ask Flora

Q: “How do you get your partner more onboard with your parenting style?! I’m tired of disagreeing, but nothing I say seems to convince him to do it more my way.”

A:This is a great situation for us to address during the month of love because many marriages do get torn down by this very issue.

Danny Guspie, founder of Fathers’ Resources International, says that parenting disputes play a major role in about 20% of divorces among the dads who meet at his support groups. He says, “Guys get the feeling that their style of parenting isn’t really valued. For men who have been highly involved in their kids’ lives, that’s a huge challenge.”

So, how can you avoid this pitfall?

1. Be Supportive “On Stage” and Solve It “Back Stage” If you see your partner handling something in a way you don’t like, do NOT correct them in front of the kids. (Unless the child is being harmed physically. Then, of course, take any step you can to move yourself and the child into a safe space, disengaged with your partner).

Respect is a key component in relationships and one that I find is exceptionally important to many men. That’s why it’s best to not correct your partner in front of your kids (“On Stage”), and instead be a silent observer or walk away in moments when you disagree. This

helps ensure that your partner feels respected in their own relationship with the child, respected by you and not undermined. Plus, when kids see that you are disagreeing, it draws attention away from the behavior being corrected, and they may be tempted to cause more of that divide between you and your partner. You may even notice them coming to you to “tattle” on what the other parent said or did.

Instead, walk away, take a deep breath, let the moment play out and problemsolve with your partner behind closed doors. I find the best recipe for sharing your thoughts is: “I feel (feeling word), when (situation), and I’d like or rather (new thing you would like).” OR “I would like us to be more on the same page with how we respond when (describe the behavior the child did). What can we agree on that would be more kind and firm at the same time?

2. Realize No One is Right

If you are frustrated with your partner’s parenting style, it’s easy to just point the finger that THEY need to change. However, in my experience, I have found that most partners lean heavily in one direction (i.e. being strict/stern) when they feel the other person is being too soft. There is a natural equilibrium that our relationships are fighting for. So, the more you lean one way, the more likely it is contributing to your partner continuing to lean the opposite way.

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Take a step back and take a full look at whether you may need to come more to the center of kindness and firmness at the SAME time. Time and again I see that when one partner moves to center, it naturally brings the other partner more to center as well. If you aren’t sure what that really looks like – to be kind and firm at the SAME time – let’s talk!

3. Know That Kids Can Adapt to Differences

The main goal of commonality is to be in agreement about your family rules and expectations. Outside of that, kids can adjust to different styles of communication and different forms of correction within different relationships. You have probably already seen that to be the case at school. Different teachers have different ways of motivating students and redirecting behavior, and most children adjust to that.

So, if your partner wants to sing five songs for bedtime and you just want to tell them a story – the kids can adjust to that difference. Or if you want your child to take space to calm down when they are upset and your partner wants to try a 30 second silent hug instead, the kids can adjust to that difference.

Again, if your family needs help establishing a fuller toolbelt for kind and firm parenting, reach out to one of the many experts in our community who offer classes, coaching or family counseling.

To get more sanity-saving strategies for parenting young kids, join Flora’s Free Facebook Group: Sustainable Parenting. Questions for the next issue or wins/questions from this issue can be submitted to A special thank you to those who submit monthly questions.

January 2023: New Baby/Pregnancy

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The pregnancy journey and life with your baby during the first year

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February 2023:

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Preview summer camp options in southwest MT and read a few of our favorite columns!

March 2023:

Summer Camp & Activities

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Everything you need to know about camp and more ~ featuring our Summer Camp and Activity Guide

» virtual Summer Camp and Activity Roundup

» Bozeman Parks and Recreation Spring/Summer Activity

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May 2023: Mental Health

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Addressing both parent issues and childhood issues



Summer 2023:

Travel guide\Summer Fun in Southwest Montana

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August 2023:

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October 2023:

Fall Family Adventures

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Winter Fun in Southwest Montana

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In this column, you can ask your questions about parenting kids from ages 2 to 10 to Flora McCormick, Licensed Counselor & Parenting Coach.

Hello, Rabbits

From January 22 of this year to February 9, 2024 we will be in the Chinese Zodiac year of the Rabbit. If you are expecting (or not yet expecting) a baby to be born this year, hang on to this column as a fun guide to your new baby.  As a refresher, the Chinese Zodiac is a lunar calendar that repeats on a 12-year cycle. The calendar ascribes an animal to each year within the cycle and is used to help assign personality traits and the general vibe for the year.

This is always one of my favorite columns to write because I, like many of you, enjoy daydreaming about what the kids being born this year will be like. A few years back, I wrote about the year of the dog without even knowing that I would be welcoming a baby of my own later that year. And while I don’t live and die by the zodiac characteristics, my daughter does resemble much of what I wrote about in that column.

Babies born this year will be (according to the zodiac) rabbits, which couldn’t be more different than the year we are just coming off of, the year of the Tiger. Astrologers say we can expect a significant change of pace to a more peaceful and gentle year (thank goodness).

If you are in fact having a baby this year, you won the lotto, as the rabbit is said to be the luckiest of all 12 zodiac animals. They symbolize peace, knowledge, artistic creativity and beauty.

Other rabbits in the club include: Frank Sinatra, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan and, for you World Cup fans, Leo Messi.

Looking for a nursery color? Look no further, as the rabbit’s lucky colors are red, blue, pink and purple. According to astrologers, the colors to avoid for these babies are dark brown, dark yellow or different shades of white.

Your little rabbit, if the zodiac rings true, will be sweet by nature, a good listener and charismatic. Because of this, they are sought after as trusted confidants and advisors.

Whether you are having a baby this year or not, the vibe for 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope, peace, prosperity and longevity. I think we can all agree we are ready for a year of just that.

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Since 1996 Camp Equinox has been an exciting place for kids to learn all about the theater and to explore their own creativity! From musical comedy, to Shakespeare, to film acting, to mask-making, puppetry, play-writing, and comedy improv, it’s a month of challenges, friends and intense fun!

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