Summer Family Fun 2022

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a travel guide for locals and tourists


FAMILY FUN summer 2022 |

in Southwest Montana and Yellowstone

Accepting New Patients Pediatrics Billings Clinic Bozeman Pediatricians and Pediatric Endocrinologist provide high-quality, comprehensive medical care in a comfortable and compassionate setting.

• Pediatric cardiology

• Same day appointments

• Pediatric orthopedics

• Walk-ins welcome

• Pediatric pulmonology

• Complimentary “Meet the Doctor” appointments

• Pediatric neurology

These can be done before baby comes or at anytime if you have older children. We can schedule in-person or virtual visits.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (406) 522-KIDS (5437) or visit Monday - Friday: 8 am to 6 pm Saturday: 8:30 am to 11:30 am 1819 S 22nd Ave. Ste. 100 To talk to a registered nurse about health questions after hours, call HealthLine at (406) 255-8400 or 1-800-252-1246, available 24/7. 2

Billings Clinic’s pediatric specialists also provide care right in Bozeman.

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Bozeman’s BBQ & Blues Night August 26th 5pm-8pm Proceeds benefit the Gallatin Valley YMCA

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in Southwest Montana and Yellowstone Daytripping 16 Hike Like a Local 18 Ghost Towns 20 Camping with Eddie Griswold… 21 Hot Springs 23 Farmers Markets 24 Hike Mindfully 25 Garnets and Gold 26 Bear and Wolf Education Centers 27 Museums in Southwest Montana 28 What’s Up? Big Sky 34 What’s Up? Bozeman 35 What’s Up? Butte 43 What’s Up? Gardiner 45 What’s Up? Great Falls 45 What’s Up? Helena 46 What’s Up? Livingston 48 What’s Up? West Yellowstone 49 Columns Keeping it Real 50 Ask Flora 52 Monthly Giveaway 54


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406.249.6816 Full-Day Tours of Yellowstone The day starts early and we can pick you and your group up anywhere. Please do not have anything else planned that day since we will be gone a minimum of 10 hours. We will see as many highlights in the park as we can and stop frequently for wildlife viewing, short walks thru geyser basins, eat lunch and visit Old Faithful Inn right next to the geyser. If you dedicate this day with us we will make sure you leave with some great pictures and amazing memories. Feel free to contact us if you have a special request or are interested in a private tour. We look forward to sharing our knowledge of this magical place and spending the day with you.

Walking Tours of Bozeman Our walking tours of Bozeman are a fun and casual way to explore the incredible history of Montana’s gateway to Yellowstone. We’ll explore native and frontier history, gold rush history, early architecture and local characters like Nelson Story whom “Gus” from Lonesome Dove is based upon. Led by Cora DeSantis (MA in Western History MSU 2002) there are plenty of opportunities to grab snacks, drinks and bathroom breaks.

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Skin checks • Rashes and insect bite treatment • Sun

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Medical dermatology for patients of all ages 6

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AGES 9-14 | 8:30AM – 3PM

Starlite’s awesome Street Dance Summer Camp is going Old School. Our daily hip hop will feature popping, locking & breaking. 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 a trucker hat, hip hop bandanna, a fun T-shirt & more.



AGES 6-8 | 8:30AM – 3PM

Birds, Bats and Bees oh my! This fun summer camp features unique experiences and adventures that will grow into a lifelong appreciation of nature. Bird watching on the wetlands, exploring the Lewis and Clark Caverns, visiting bee farms, nature lessons, crafts and of course dancing. This also features 45 minutes of daily dance.



AGES: VARY BY SESSION | 8:30AM – 3PM 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 & building their brand, creating videos & voice-overs, and more in a fun collaborative environment. Own devices are recommended, but not required. No Chromebooks, please.



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Montana Parent’s Summer travel

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Yellowstone National Park Celebrates 150th Anniversary This year, Yellowstone is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its establishment as the first national park. While this is an exciting and monumental occasion, it is sure to swell visitor traffic even more than the usual summer tourist season does. Locals know that the best time to visit YNP is in the spring and fall when the crowds have dissipated some and the animals are much busier and more visible. So, it’s with residency on our side that we are blessed with that option. For those of you traveling through with plans to visit YNP this summer, Montana thanks you for visiting and exploring one of our most noteworthy state treasures. Three entrances to YNP are located in Montana: West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City. With the 150th anniversary this summer, please practice your best patience in the park. The traffic will be bad, and slow. But slow is good! If you are zipping through the park, you’ll have no idea what you missed. A bald eagle resting on the top of an Aspen. An Osprey fishing from the Yellowstone. A mother black bear and her cubs foraging in downed timber (they can blend in). The howl of a wolf. YNP visits should never be rushed, but savored. Plan to take a picnic lunch or a short hike. Leave yourself plenty of time to just sit back and take it all in. The sights, the sounds, the smells. I usually include one of my favorite one-day or multiple-day YNP tours for this annual issue of ours. I’m not going to do that this year. Instead, our Montana Parent community is sharing a few favorite images from park visits with our families over the years. Note: None of these moments could have been captured if we hadn't slowed down to take the picture. Yellowstone was inhabited by indigenous cultures long before it became our first national park. In that spirit, YNP continues to embrace and inspire art, music, literature, science and a conservation movement that has led to the creation other national parks worldwide. Bring a journal, drawing paper, your camera, your instruments, your questions and really VISIT the park. You never know, that bear jam that stops you in traffic for two hours may lead to the next great novel —or children’s book.

Fee-Free YNP Entrance Days 2022 (If you are really craving crowds, these are the days to go.)

» August 4: Anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act » September 24: National Public Lands Day » November 11: Veterans Day 10

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M-F | 8:30am-4:30pm | Ages 6-11 (half or full day) M-F | 8:30am-12:30pm | Ages 3-5 (half day only) Starts June 13 Join us for Ridge Kids Summer Camp where kids will have an active summer engaging in group fitness classes, gym play, swimming and Play Zone fun. Camp counselors and fitness instructors are trained and qualified to give your child a safe, exciting summer and will help build a foundation for a healthy and active life! Sign up for the whole summer or individual days.


Members $60 full day/$35 half day Non-Members $75 full day/$45 half day


Members $260 | Non-Members $335 Sibling discounts available

Register on Schedulicity or call (406) 582-4452

4181 Fallon St., Bozeman, MT 59718 • (406) 586-1737 •

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Accredited Zoological Park

Open Every Day at 10:00am

Accredited Arboretum

2100 S. Shiloh Rd. Billings, MT 59106 406-652-8100

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BOzeman FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m.


June 21 September 13, 2022 June 7-September 27, 2015 East Side Tuesdays, of Lindley Park in Bozeman 5-8pm

Bogert Produce. Park’s Pavilion, South Church Avenue, & Bozeman Fresh Food. Art. Music More Fresh Produce. Food Vendors. Arts. Family Activities & Live Music

Volunteer, Sponsor and Vendor Info: Volunteer, Sponsor or vendor info:

Life’s a garden…dig it!

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THE COURSE: wk 1: build confidence wk 2: instill safety wk 3: learn boundaries wk 4: the biz of babysitting

Mindful Babysitter Training Thursdays 4-6pm June 9th - 30th | 406.209.9954

p.s. Spots are still open for our Yoga Summer Camps (ages 5-11) on June 27-29 + July 25-27 (9am-3:30pm) 14

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in Southwest Montana and Yellowstone PHOTO MARIAH ALLEN STUDIOS

a travel guide for locals & tourists


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daytripping Summer Fun


Have fun this summer by completing the activities BINGO-style and marking them off! If you take a picture, tag @montana_parent on Instagram and throughout the summer we will share our favorites!

What to pack

There’s a popular saying in Montana:

“If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes.” And that’s the truth. It could be 90 degrees one minute, then drop 20 degrees with gale force winds and rain blowing sideways the next. When recreating in Montana you need to be prepared…for weather, wildlife and emergencies. First, dress in layers. The temperature may be 85 degrees, but in town it can feel like 100 degrees and on the summit of your hike more like 65 degrees. As already noted, the weather can change dramatically and rapidly. Second, don’t wear new shoes. Even Montanans have made this mistake and you don’t want blistered feet during your entire vacation. And PLEASE keep a safe distance from wildlife (no selfies with bears, etc). It's amazing every year how many people get dangerously close. Use the 16 summer 2022 pullouts when you want to stop. Drive safely.

Here is a solid list of standard daytrip items:

Ç A real map (cell service is Ç Raincoat spotty in the backcountry Ç Sweatshirt or light jacket and YNP) Ç Large water bottle (unless you Ç Cash (gas stations are few want to take a trip to the ER, don’t drink creek or river water)

Ç Lunch/snacks (plan not to find a hot meal for hours)

Ç A second pair of socks

(in case the first ones get wet)

Ç Band-Aids Ç Bear spray Ç Hat (sun and winter) Ç Bug spray Ç Sunscreen Ç Camera or smartphone Ç Binoculars Ç Allergy medicine Ç Ibuprofen

and far between in some places, and you'll find some only take cash)

Ç Tissues or toilet paper

(when you gotta go, you gotta go)

Ç Lip balm For serious day trippers/ hikers add the following:

Ç Flashlight or headlamp Ç Water shoes Ç Long pants Ç Gloves Ç Bathing suit (You might want to jump in a river)

Ç Matches and a fire starter


XY Learning Center is offering limited spots in our school-age summer camp program. Each week kids will experience learning opportunities which include: community experts presentations, hiking, swimming, field trips, team building activities and more!

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR KIDSNow! AGES 5 to 12 Enrollment Open 11 weeks starting June 13th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Ages 5 - 12 ( 5 yr olds must be entering 1st grade) $250 per week Located in beautiful downtown Bozeman 202 South Willson Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715 406.577.2554 WWW.XYLEARNINGCENTER.COM

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Like a Local


If you live in Montana, getting outside is the reason for any season and, after the last couple of years, being immersed in the tranquility of nature is needed more than ever. We have a lot of new people in our Treasure State and, with summer and tourist season upon us, our trails are busier than ever. To be honest, a part of me resisted writing this article. It can be hard to see people come and disrespect the places and mountains you are devoted to. Before the pandemic, new growth in Bozeman felt respectable, because it seemed like everyone who was coming here just really, really wanted to be here. They were in alignment with the values of this town. During the pandemic, however, it felt in some ways like people moved here simply because they didn’t want to be where they were before. Crowded with people who don’t understand what makes living in Bozeman so special, at times it seemed as though our town was being taken advantage of. But I know that’s not most people, so this is my invitation to you—all are welcome here! And we can all reciprocate by:

Ç Loving these lands: Tread lightly, pick up dog poop, donate to Gallatin Valley Land Trust, help someone who looks lost, etc.

Ç Driving the speed limit: It’s really not necessary to pass people in canyons; and if you’re going slow, pull over to let people pass.

Ç Being kind: The service industry here is doing their best; we all are. Ç Feeling that amazing community vibe: Let it fuel you and inspire you, and continue to give back to it.

So, with those tips in mind, read on to learn good family trail practices to keep Bozeman the place we love and treat it like a local would, no matter how new you are to town. 18

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Family-Friendly Trails and Tips for Getting Outside with Your Little One(s): MAKE IT FUN

Remember, as with any outdoor family activity, it’s all about finding the right balance between a bit of challenge mixed with a whole lot of fun. We want our kids to want to do the things we love, not dread them. That might mean turning around earlier than you normally would, stopping to look under rocks, offering plenty of snacks and, yes, learning to pee in the woods. Let go of expectations and consider any outing a win. Oh, and did I mention snacks? I like to keep my 6-year-old enthusiastic by playing games like counting how many different wildflowers we can find, looking for fairies, stopping to play in the creeks, singing songs and making a fun hiking stick to bring along. She also adores having her own hiking backpack, with her very own first-aid kit, water, snacks (and whatever else she deems essential that day).


Pack a small first-aid kit (my ski and bike patrol husband would love to hear this because it’s not my MO). I honestly keep it pretty simple and go with Band-Aids, sunscreen, a whistle, a high energy snack, extra water and layers. It’s always a good idea to let people know where you’re going if it’s just you and your littles. Pack for all the weather options. Sun, wind, rain, hail. You don’t have to go overboard, but it’s worth it to bring a couple of optional layers, hats and a backup outfit for your kiddo in the car or pack (puddles happen).


Leave your trail/camp spot/anywhere you spend time in nature better than you found it. Pick up that piece of trash. Especially in our busier places like Hyalite that see high traffic. Partially because accidents happen, but also because some people don’t understand how precious these woods are and often disrespect it. (Hello eyeroll to the people I saw dump their trash behind the outhouse at the reservoir – and intense stare as I called them out for it, went and picked up their trash bag, and took it home to throw it out). Carpool and don’t take up more parking space than you need. Trailheads are busy. Let’s all try to carpool more, and leave room for others. Be kind, take it slow and easy. Smile and give a little wave to people when you’re on a back road, dirt road or gravel road.

Ready for some fun? Toddler-friendly trails, which are stroller accessible and perfect for toddler legs:

Ç Tuckerman Park – pretty much in town, with water spots and plenty of shade.

Ç Sourdough Canyon Trail – off-

leash, dog-friendly, featuring an easy in and out trail with a sweet little creek spot.

Ç Palisade Falls – This stunning

waterfall is well worth the drive up to Hyalite. Bring a picnic to eat by the creek in the parking area.

Family trails that won’t disappoint (harder terrain, excellent views):

Ç Grotto Falls – This is a gorgeous, accessible hike that is worth the drive up Hyalite with a slow and steady incline and options for an easier or harder path.

Ç Drinking Horse – There is a decent uphill here, so be prepared. But even if you don’t go all the way up, the views are gorgeous; choose the easier route for more shade.

Ç Crescent Lake – Also up Hyalite,

this one starts at the reservoir and wraps around, with views of a smaller lake and the much larger reservoir, it is fairly flat and such a lovely way to spend a couple of hours. Be sure to bring a picnic to eat somewhere along the way.

Also be sure to check out Fresh Air Mamas, a free hiking group hosted by Roots Family Collaborative that meets for family hiking adventures over the summer. It’s a great way to meet other families who hike, stay safe and enjoy being in good company. Bozeman is so special for a reason. So, let’s get outside to appreciate all this area has to offer, and do it in a way that can sustain us all for years to come. Happy hiking. Jessica Cartwright is a mama, birth doula and cofounder of Our Yoga, Yoga For The Whole Family. She is a certified yoga instructor who specializes in prenatal, postpartum and baby yoga. She is also a featured writer for Elephant Journal, So Much Yoga, & BOHO Daily. :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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These two historic buildings are the well-preserved remnants of the mining town, Elkhorn. Elkhorn fits the description of a ghost town perfectly. Driving into town, the historic equipment scattered throughout the scenery provides the allure of an authentic mining ghost town.

While many of the buildings have become so decayed you can’t enter, there are many you can still explore. My personal favorites are the Hotel Meade and the Masonic Lodge and School. Hotel Meade originally served as the Beaverhead County Courthouse until 1881. In 1891, Dr. John Singleton remodeled it into a hotel, which is the building you see today. For the believers out there, Hotel Meade is thought to be one of the most haunted places in Bannack. There are many stories of people’s ghostly experiences. In my experience, going upstairs leads you to a rather spooky hallway where shadows through the cracks of doorways make you wonder if the rooms are still occupied.

In the 1800s the mountains around southwest Montana lured many with the hope of striking it rich. You’ve probably heard of Virginia City and Nevada City, but tucked away in the Elkhorn Mountains on a gravel backcountry road you will come upon Gillian Hall and Fraternity Hall, which make up Montana’s smallest state park.

Both Gillian Hall and Fraternity Hall are open for exploration. Fraternity Hall was built in 1893 as Elkhorn’s social center. You can walk inside and imagine what it was like to attend a dance or take in a theatrical performance. You can even go to the second floor and walk around. The upstairs hosted such organizations as the Masons and Oddfellows. Gillian Hall served as a saloon, dance hall and store. You can only explore the first floor, as the outdoor staircase to the second floor was ruined long ago. Most of the town is privately owned, but you can still meander through the cemetery, which is located about a mile up the hill. The hike is simple and family friendly. In the cemetery, you can visit the tombstone of Swiss miner Peter Wys, who originally discovered the silver veins of the Elkhorn mountains in 1872. Tragically, the cemetery primarily contains the graves of children who perished during the 1888-1889 Diphtheria epidemic. Elkhorn is in southwest Montana and can be reached from Boulder off I-15. Go 7 miles south on Highway 69, left over a small bridge then right onto a gravel road for 13 miles, bearing left at each of two forks in the road.

If you prefer to explore a ghost town with more vigilante history and haunted tales, I recommend visiting Bannack. John White discovered gold on Grasshopper Creek in 1862 and gold miners rushed to stake their claim. Unlike Elkhorn with its two structures, Bannack has more than 50.

The Masonic Lodge and School were constructed in 1874. The Masonic Lodge was upstairs while the school was downstairs. Antique desks and Masonic paraphernalia remain. While said to be less haunted than the other buildings, there are stories of mysterious sounds. I personally didn’t hear any sounds, but I did catch some interesting anomalies in one of the photos I took. The best way to get to Bannack Ghost Town is via I-15. Exit west on Highway 278 south of Dillon.

Southwest Montana has a very rich mining history, and exploring Montana’s ghost towns gives you a glimpse of the wild west mixed in with the boom and bust of these once prosperous mining towns. This summer, I hope to make it to Garnet, which some call Montana’s best preserved ghost town. Here’s to a summer of adventuring in our beautiful state. Andrea Hill is the Social Media Manager for Montana Parent. She is a native Montanan who loves to explore all of Montana’s treasures. Follow her Instagram @andapanda1212 to see her adventures, but mostly her two Labrador Retrievers.


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with Eddie Griswold…or the Clampits ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY ALI SCHWEITZER

Camping was a part of my life growing up; I have so many fond memories of sleeping in the pop-up camper or roughing it in a tent next to the lake. So it only made sense that when I had kids, camping was going to be a summer past-time… and believe me, it has been.


Prior to kids, my husband and I loved to do more backcountry-style camping that required us to pack in and pack out, so the light two person tent we snuggled in on cold nights was a must. Enter kids and, on that first camping experience with a toddler and a dog in that tiny little tent, we knew it was not going to work for us anymore. We quickly realized that our camping life needed to change slightly and, with my husband’s growing fear of bear attacks (?), we decided we needed a camper. So, we set out to find an older camper we could buy in cash and enjoy for years to come. When I was pregnant with our second child, we found this great deal on a camper that we could gut and remodel to our liking… with a baby on the way, that was easier said than done. We got our 1984 Nomad camper gutted and then she sat on our yard, killing our grass for over a year. When we decided to sell her I even talked a buyer out of buying her because he had the same intentions of remodeling her with a new baby on the way…no way that was going to happen. But she went to a great home and when she was finally remodeled, the pictures the couple sent us were amazing. We used the money we made on that camper to buy a smaller, older, but already remodeled camper. Enter Rin Tin Tin, our 1969 Aristrocat low rider. She was a looker for sure, but she was small and could be pulled by our SUV and we didn’t have to worry about fixing her up…or so we thought.


Our first time out with her over a Labor Day weekend with friends was great, and we had a blast! Our son (then 5) only asked once why our camper was so much uglier and smaller than everyone else’s (LOL). After that first trip she was put on the side of our house until the next season. Rin Tin Tin did not fare well over the winter months and when we opened her up for our Memorial Day weekend trip, we were welcomed by a major leak and mold all over the back end of the camper. So that camping trip was spent in our friend’s camper, while we contemplated what to do with ours. We decided to fix her up, and my husband and I spent most of the summer arguing and getting frustrated with each other over the amount of time and work that went into fixing up Rin Tin Tin, but we did it. And while she didn’t look quite as good as she had before (not saying much), she stayed dry and—even though we always looked like Eddie Griswold or the Clampits pulling up to any camping spot—she was the perfect camper for our little family of four, until last summer. Our son (now 8) was tired of sharing a bed in the camper with his sister, and I was tired of not having a toilet for those late night “I gotta go scenarios.” So, we decided it was time to let Rin Tin Tin go and upgrade (just a little). The hunt was on and it didn’t take us too long to find the next best camper, this time a little bigger and a little newer. Enter Snow White, complete with bunk beds, a bathroom, a heater and air conditioner. (And no fear of turning on the stove and blowing up the camper either.) Well, with a bigger camper comes more responsibility and last summer was our summer of learning. Learning that if you don’t have full propane tanks, you won’t have heat; if you don’t put in the water plugs, you won’t have water; and, yes, one can still use the toilet if there’s no water, but cleaning it when it won’t flush is pretty gross. And then you have to winterize it…who knew? It’s a good thing we have such great friends and seasoned campers who were able to help us on the journey of owning a “real adult” camper. And now we embark on our second season of camping with Snow White, fingers crossed that we winterized her correctly and won’t have to do any more remodels. All in all, though, I wouldn’t change the past nine years of camping for anything. We’ve had great experiences and loads of fun, even with our janky Rin Tin Tin, and as we continue to camp, it will only get better! Dr. Ali is the owner and chiropractor at Active Family Chiropractic & Wellness. You’ll often see her and her family out on the trails, well adjusted and having fun. :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Shakespeare in the Parks

2022 Summer Parks Tour Born from aspirations to bring the timeless tales of William Shakespeare directly to rural and under-served communities, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks has been enriching the lives of people in Montana, and beyond, for 50 seasons. In celebration of their 50th anniversary season, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is pleased to announce their summer parks tour performances of King Lear and Twelfth Night will be coming to a community near you. For the full summer tour schedule and more information, visit www.



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Chico (Paradise Valley)

Yellowstone Hot Springs


Yellowstone Hot Springs is located just 10 minutes north of Yellowstone National Park and surrounded by wild Montana countryside in a picturesque setting, nestled along the banks of the Yellowstone River. They boast 4,000 square feet of mineral hot springs in an alcohol-free environment. RV and tent camping are available in addition to cabin rentals. Visit

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Located just

west of Butte)

Yellowstone National Park’s Boiling River and Firehole River Swim Area

Fairmont has two Olympicsized swimming pools and two mineral soaking pools (one indoors and one outdoors). There is a bar and restaurant on-site, ample poolside lounging and a 350-foot enclosed waterslide. If you have golfers in the family, the Fairmont Golf Course is one of Montana's most challenging. Visit

Please note: Both areas are closed until further notice. Visit for updates.

Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa (Between Butte and Helena)

The outdoor swimming pool features a deck for sunbathing and a heated sidewalk to the bathhouse. Indoors, there is a women’s hot plunge pool and a cool pool. A separate men’s side has a hot pool (no cool pool). Both the men’s and women’s sides offer steam rooms as well. The restaurant on-site specializes in healthy, home-cooked gourmet food featuring organic meats, fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Boulder Hot Springs Inn, Spa and Retreat Center has chosen to be an alcohol, drug and smoke-free environment. Visit

Norris Hot Springs


Bozeman Hot Springs (Bozeman)

The Bozeman Hot Springs has 12 pools ranging from 57 to 106 degrees and dry and wet saunas. The four pools located outside feature amazing rock fixtures and colorful lights. For hours, please visit

Broadwater Hot Springs & Fitness (Helena)

Chico has two open-air natural mineral hot springs pools in addition to the Saloon and Poolside Grille. Hours: 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Go for the day or choose to stay in one of their lodging options, from historic Victorian rooms to luxury cabins, from glamorous camping in an authentic Conestoga wagon to a family gathering place in a hillside chalet. Visit

Helena’s only natural hot springs, Broadwater has it all: a springs pool, hot tub and cold plunge, soaking pool, recreation pool, beautiful locker rooms, steam and sauna rooms, the Springs Taproom & Grill and a fitness center. COVID-19 guidelines require all attendees to be members. It’s only a $5 annual registration to become a member and then you can pay-as-you-go. Visit

This is one of the smaller ones…but it’s really fun. With just one pool, Norris keeps people happy with local draft beer on tap and good eats from their 50 Mile Snack Bar where the offerings are made with organic, sustainable products mostly grown on-site. Bonus: Live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. No reservation is needed for public soaking. Private parties (up to 15 people) are by reservation only. Visit

Potosi Hot Springs


Potosi Hot Springs welcomes the public back for their second annual public day. Bring your friends and family to soak and sauna from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on August 21. Cabins will be available to rent and Potosi will be waiving their two-night minimum stay for this event. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for kids under 10. Bring your own food and drinks (NO GLASS) as food will not be provided. For more information call 406-595-0488.

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Find Food, Fun and Community at a


What better way to revel in the bounty of a Montana summer than with a trip to the farmers market? They are vibrant community hubs, and a great place to go stock up on delicious local food for the week. Taking place in towns large and small, these weekly events are an opportunity for the whole family to get outside, meet your farmers, try some new foods, reconnect with neighbors and maybe even enjoy some local music or art. Take the whole family for a fun, tasty, uniquely-local outdoor experience.

Farmers Markets Around Montana

Farmers markets are a great way to get to know a place. If you’re traveling in Montana this summer, make sure to check out the markets along the way. You can learn about the community, taste local specialties and keep the whole family engaged and exploring (see tips below.) There are a large number of farmers markets in Montana, with more being added each year. Abundant Montana is an online resource with information on where to find local food across Montana. Their list of markets across the state is available online at:

Kids at the Market

Farmers markets are a wonderful place to get the family outdoors, but the thought of bringing the whole gang out to the market may seem like a monumental task. Try some of these tips to keep kids of all ages engaged, learning and having fun.

Ç Let Kids Choose: Markets are a great opportunity for kids to

try new things, express creativity and interest, and even learn budgeting and math skills. Let kids know at the beginning of


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your visit that everyone gets to choose a vegetable to purchase and bring home to try this week. You could also consider giving each child a budget or allowance, and letting them choose whatever they can within their budget. This gives kids an incentive to explore the market closely, and also helps them connect with their food and practice decision making. It also may encourage them (and you) to try something new that you, as the parent, might not have selected.

Ç Scavenger Hunt: Create a simple scavenger hunt for your

family while at the market. Lists of different foods work well, or even different colors or shapes for younger children. Get creative and add silly things and see if your kids can find some version of them—maybe there really is a fish riding a bicycle somewhere at the market.

Ç Meet a Farmer: Before the market, talk with your kids about

local producers and ask them if they have any questions they would like to ask a farmer. When you are there, support your kids in asking a farmer one of the questions they’ve prepared and see what you learn. (Most farmers at the market would love to answer your child’s questions!)

When you get home (or to your hotel, cabin or campsite), be sure to enjoy your farmers market bounty together. If you need some ideas for how to use all of those cherries or carrots that your kids picked out, Gallatin Valley Farm to School has recipes featuring local produce available at . Cheers to a tasty and bountiful Montana summer! Stephanie Laporte Potts is the Executive Director of Gallatin Valley Farm to School, a Bozeman-based nonprofit that connects kids and families to local food in the garden, cafeteria, classroom and community. She’s an amateur cook, avid naturalist, enthusiastic home gardener and proud (but tired) mother of an 8- month-old.

Hike Mindfully and Explore Bozeman Trails This Summer WRITTEN BY NELL GEHRKE

I remember plodding along next to my dad on the trails in the Minnesota River Valley and noticing that even on the gravel trail, my dad made remarkably little sound. I promptly tried to emulate the way he moved through the world, taking everything in without making a sound. These hikes with my dad inspired a love for conservation that would eventually land me at the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. Writing this piece has caused me to reflect on the times I spent in the woods with my parents, and how grateful I am for those experiences. I invite you to pause and think about a time in your early years when you were hiking with an adult. Keep those moments in mind as you take your little one out on the trails, and remember to tune into what your child enjoys. If they’re excited by seeing birds, take them to the Indreland Audubon Wetland Preserve. If your young one loves crushing miles, take them on a longer hike like Triple Tree or Kirk Hill. Drinking Horse is a great trail for a family walk. Folks with young children can enjoy a short hike to a beautiful bridge with benches to rest on and easy access to the river. If your kids are ready for a challenge, or you’re ready to carry them, head to the top for spectacular views of the Gallatin Valley. Story Mill Community Park, Glen Lake Rotary Park and Gallatin Regional Park are great options for folks in town. Each offers a flat trail with access to water. Story Mill Community Park boasts sculptures that are sure to inspire the imagination of young people. While you’re out, continue to set a good example for your little ones. Hike Kind by continuing to steward Gallatin Valley’s trails with an ethic of community care. Encourage

kids to join you in picking up litter. Go the extra mile and pick up the dog bag someone forgot at the side of the trail. Extend kindness to other trail users by greeting them. If you’re feeling bold, and packed extra clothes in the car, teach your kids to walk through puddles. Take the Hike Kind pledge as a family at www. There is also a great quiz to get your kids thinking about trail etiquette before hitting the trail. GVLT also has family-friendly volunteer events and activities. All ages are invited to join GVLT on June 4 at Peets Hill to volunteer for National Trails Day, a day when communities like ours gather all over the country to tackle trail maintenance projects. June 4 is also the beginning of the Summer Trails Challenge. Have your kids help set a family goal for the number of miles they want to hike during the challenge. Every mile they hike is $1 for trails and conservation in Gallatin Valley. Additionally, GVLT is once again hosting their Discovery Walk series in partnership with the City of Bozeman, Montana Outdoor Science School and City of Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department. This is a great way to get young people interested in all the wonders Gallatin Valley’s trails hold. When I first tried hiking silently like my dad, I wasn’t very good at it. I’ve come a long way since I was 12. The call of a sandhill crane or the sound of moving water serves as a reminder to come back to myself and to the trail. When this happens, I remember my dad and how he let his feet fall softly wherever he walked. Nell Gehrke is an AmeriCorps Service Member with Montana Conservation Corps.

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Garnets and Gold C'mon Let's Find Treasure! ARTICLE AND PHOTOS BY PATTI ALBRECHT

Children love toys...but most love digging in the dirt and splashing in water even more! Tell a child you're going to go find treasure and let the squeals of excitement begin. Garnets are a bright red gem found in the gravel along the shoreline at Ruby Reservoir, south of Alder. They are plentiful and big enough for even a toddler to find. Toss a shovel of gravel into a gold pan or pie plate, submerge in water, shake a few times, slowly let most water flow out, then quickly flip pan and contents upside down onto ground. The shaking in the water causes the heavy garnets to settle to the bottom so when flipped upside down the garnets will now be on top. Most will be the size of a BB or pea. Kids and adults alike will enjoy picking them out of the gravel. A leisurely way to find garnets is to walk slowly toward the sun with your eyes glued to the sandy gravel in front of you. If the sun is positioned correctly, cranberry glints of light will catch your eye…behold the garnet. Gold panning is another fun way to enjoy the outdoors AND maybe earn a little extra cash. Even if your kids are young, they will be able to do it. Gold is heavy, so even a 3-year-old will be able to find gold in his pan. A little research is required when deciding where to prospect for gold. Places where placer gold have been found in the past offer the best


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chance of finding it today: gulches around Helena, Butte, Deer Lodge, Townsend, Norris and Emigrant. Supplies for a family outing should include: gold pans, a vial or pill bottle to put gold in, a shovel and 5-gallon bucket. The bucket is handy to haul dirt and great to use as a stool when panning. Narrow down the gulches of exploration to the ones that have a stream in which to pan. Reading how the water flows in the stream will help to determine the best place to dig. Where the water slows is where gold will be found. Good choices are: the inside bend of a stream, the downstream side of boulders, or where a narrow stretch widens out. Once you pick your spot, push aside rocks and dig down as far as you can or until you hit bedrock or a hard clay layer. Scoop some of this material into the pan, submerge it in water and shake the pan back and forth. There are countless different styles of panning but the basic idea is to agitate the sediment in the pan so the heavy gold will settle to the bottom. Then tilt the pan and move it so water washes in and washes out the lighter top portion. Repeat these steps until only black sand and, hopefully, gold is left. A fun way to practice and see how gold settles is to mix fishing weights, BB's or marbles into some dirt and then pan in a tub or pool in the backyard. Experiencing how easy it is to keep this fake gold in the gold pan will boost any panner's confidence. With gold being valuable, a family outing could make memories and a little cash. Patti Albrecht is the owner of Earth's Treasures Fossil & Mineral Museum Gallery in Downtown Bozeman.

Bear and Wolf Education Centers Mountain Bike Instruction for Adults


Maybe you haven’t been lucky enough to see a bear or wolf in the wild, or maybe you’ve tried hard not to. If either is the case, rest assured you can safely view these native animals at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone or Montana Grizzly Encounter just east of Bozeman. The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is an AZA-accredited, not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility offering visitors the opportunity to experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. Eight grizzly bears reside at the park, along with nine grey wolves that live in three different packs. A river otter exhibit is home to four male and two female North American River Otters. The Uinta Ground Squirrels are very amusing and entertaining to watch. Their enclosure is made up of an extensive network of underground burrows. Birdsof-prey, including hawks, eagles, owls, falcons and a turkey vulture, also call the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center home. Due to the ongoing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak, precautionary measures have been taken to protect the animals, so the birds of prey are being kept inside and are NOT VIEWABLE at this time. If you are planning to spend time in West Yellowstone, visit and check out the program schedule so you can plan your day: Admission is good for the whole day, so you can come and go as you please.

The Montana Grizzly Encounter is a grizzly bear rescue and education sanctuary, which provides a spacious, natural home for rescued grizzlies and a place for the public to learn about grizzlies as they watch them up close.

Options for Riders of All Levels • Private Lessons • Cornering Series • Intro to MTB Clinic • Fundamentals Clinic • Weekend Warrior Camp • Pump, Jump, Drop Series

Montana Grizzly Encounter is home to four bears. Visit and get to know these amazing animals and each of their incredible stories. If you are a fan of National Geographic’s Expedition Wild, you already know Montana Grizzly Encounter owner Casey Anderson. THE MONTANA GRIZZLY ENCOUNTER :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Museums in southwest Montana Big Sky

Historic Crail Ranch 406-993-2112

This ranch was established as a homestead by Augustus Franklin Crail in 1902 and was occupied by family members thereafter for nearly half a century. The Crail family raised sheep, cattle, hay and wheat, and eventually expanded their holdings to 960 acres. When Chet Huntley and his group came to the area in the late 1960s, the Crail Ranch buildings and property were among the first that they purchased for their planned Big Sky Resort. Today the Crail Ranch is preserved as a homestead museum, gardens and park.

Copper King Mansion 406-782-7580

This 34-room mansion built in the late 1800s was home to one of Montana’s three famous copper kings, William Andrews Clark. The mansion is open daily during the summer for guided tours.


Earth’s Treasures Fossil & Mineral Museum Gallery 406-586-3451


World Museum of Mining

Want to take it up a notch? Book a ghost hunt at the World Museum of Mining for exclusive access to the haunted underground mine. Ghost hunts, held July 8 and 9 and September 9, begin at 8:30 p.m. and end at 4 a.m. To book, visit world-museum-of-mining-ghost-hunt.


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Montana Science Center is a science museum that sparks curiosity in science and technology with hands-on learning through play. Families with kids of all ages will find something exciting to discover. MSC’s featured exhibits include the new LightLab, Dangerous Nature, Earth in Layers, Physics and the high-tech makerspace, STEAMlab. Open Monday through Sunday, closed Wednesdays. Visit for more details and to learn about exciting events this summer.

Museum of the Rockies


Butte was home to one of the world’s most productive copper mines of all time, and the World Museum of Mining is one of the few museums in the world located on an actual mine yard, the Orphan Girl Mine. With 50 buildings, countless artifacts and 66 primary exhibits in the mine yard, visitors can spend a couple of hours to an entire day lost in the unfolding story.

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Where else can you find an authentic Triceratops jaw, meteorites, dinosaur poop and bugs for no admission fee! With staff supervision, kids can hold the seldom seen. At Earth’s Treasures they are eager to share how fossils sparked the invention of the submarine; or why the Morpho butterfly tends to be an introvert. Two quarters can buy a piece of history that lasts...forever. Kids get a free rock just for coming in and they won't want to miss the Bug Wall. Earth's Treasures is proud to be a resource for "where can we go find...?" as well as stocking the tools needed for rockhounding. Come and enjoy the wonders of the natural world, where oneof-a-kind is what they do best. Open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information, visit

MOR is recognized as a world-class cultural and natural history museum and research facility. It is renowned for displaying an extensive collection of dinosaur fossils, including the fullymounted Montana T. rex skeleton. MOR delights members and visitors with changing exhibits from around the world, cultural and natural history exhibits, planetarium shows, educational programs and camps, insightful lectures and a museum store.

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JULY 20-24, 2022 // BOZEMAN, MT

Join us for family fun!

Concerts // Ranch Rodeo // Motorsports // Food // Carnival and more! 4H Livestock Barns open ALL WEEK!

The Gallatin History Museum is the perfect spot for families to visit while enjoying a day in downtown Bozeman. Located next to the courthouse, the museum's building is Gallatin County's historic 1911 jail. Visitors can explore the original jail cells while viewing exhibits of artifacts and stories from Gallatin County's past.


ExplorationWorks 406-457-1800


Bigger Fun, Bigger Smiles

science discovery through play all

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Summer Exhibit: Sportsology

Sportsology is an exciting, interactive exhibit that explores the science behind sports. Test your athletic abilities while learning about the human body’s skeletal, muscular and circulatory systems, and how they work together to perform athletic tasks. Investigate your own agility, endurance, speed, balance, coordination and strength with this incredibly hands-on athletic exhibit. Some exhibit components include a fast ball pitching station, stationary wheelchair races, reaction attraction and a vertical vault. ExplorationWorks is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit for holiday hours and additional activities and programs offered.

Open Mon-Sat 9am to 6pm & Sun 11am to 5pm 2477 W. Main St. | 522.9087 |

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Holter Museum of Art 406-442-6400


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Satsang June 30

Yellowstone Gateway Museum

Fireside Collective July 4

The Tiny Band July 7

Jeffrey Foucault

July 14 New Orleans Suspects July 21

Chancey Williams July 28

Will Hoge August 4

Southern Avenue August 5-6

Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival August 8

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks

The Holter Museum of Art is dedicated to bringing the healing powers of art to all communities. Through their unique and progressive arts programming, exhibitions and events, the Holter includes all youth, adults and the health community to bring creativity and accepting spaces for those in the area to come together to make innovative and unique relationships and experiences.

Montana Historical Society 406-444-2694

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Tommy Castro and the Painkillers

The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum

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The Nth Power w/Jennifer Hartswick September 1


The Last Revel September 8

The Montana Historical Society is the guardian of Montana's memory. Established in 1865, one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the west, the MHS's vast historic collections of artifacts, photographs and documents are exhibited in six extraordinary galleries.

Montana Wild 406-444-9944

Join us this summer for our free, family friendly outdoor events in the shadow of beautiful Lone Peak, complete with kids art activities!

Celebrate summer in Big Sky!


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The Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County is a great family destination in Livingston. Indoor and outdoor exhibits include engaging activities for all ages.

West Yellowstone

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Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast

Pinky and the Floyd


Montana WILD, located above Spring Meadow Lake State Park, offers outdoor and wildlife education for the whole family and is owned by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The center's summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

West Yellowstone’s Union Pacific Depot houses the Museum of the Yellowstone, which interprets the heritage of West Yellowstone and tells the story of travel to Yellowstone National Park. It features interactive displays, rare artifacts, educational programs, guest speakers, daily films and guided walking tours of the historic district.

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Big Sky

Artisan Festival July 2, 2022 The Big Sky Artisan Festival will take place on July 2 in Big Sky’s Town Center and features a wide range of local and regional artists. Be sure to stop by this free event to meet and greet with artists, watch live artist demos, purchase original works and enjoy delicious treats at the food trucks.

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July 21-23, 2022 Built from the sagebrush up, the eight-time award-winning Big Sky PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week” – a week of community events including three nights of action-packed Touring Pro Division PBR bull riding, fundraisers, vendor village and more. Although the Big Sky PBR is already sold out, you can join the waitlist by visiting

Big Sky’s

Biggest Week 2022 Lineup

Thursday, July 21

Ç 6 p.m. – Bull Riding Event Begins Ç 8 p.m. – Music in the Mountains Concert Friday, July 22

Ç 7 p.m. – Bull Riding Event Begins Ç 9:30 p.m. – Tony Marques Band Saturday, July 23

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Arts Council Returns with

Music in the mountains For more than a decade, Music in the Mountains has been Montana’s finest free outdoor concert series, featuring the best up-and-coming touring musicians in the country as well as established, well-known artists. The Center Stage at Town Center Park provides the perfect backdrop for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy incredible live music under the Big Sky. These family-friendly concerts are held every Thursday from June through September, starting at 6 p.m. The series also includes the annual July 4 concert, the Bravo! Big Sky Music Festival and a free performance from Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. The park opens at 6 p.m. each week, and music starts at 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted. NO DOGS OR GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED IN THE PARK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING! For more information visit

EXPANDING with Additional Location! + Potential openings in our

Primary classrooms ages 3- 6 years old. + Unique Learning Environments,


+ Our highly trained staff love

serving families and children

+ Come meet us and tour

our current facility and learn about our additional facility! + Locations at Equestrian Ln. and Enterprise Blvd.

Mindful Babysitters June and August, 2022 Our Family Yoga announces a new program called Mindful Babysitters for kids ages 10-14, offered in June and August. This four-week course is hosted by Ms. Deneen on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Over four weeks the group will cover these important topics:

Ç Week 1: build confidence/understand children and child development basics Ç Week 2: safety/get to know local emergency contacts and emergency scenarios Ç Week 3: boundaries/setting them and knowing what your boundaries are Ç Week 4: the business of babysitting and negotiating pay Babysitters in training will also get their very own Mindful Babysitter Bag to make sure they are prepared with exactly what they need to get the job done. This course will be enriching for the participants, providing lots of yoga and mindfulness, along with helping them gain clarity on their strengths while diving further into how to develop healthy boundaries for themselves. CPR training is NOT included in this course but is recommended and will be discussed.


Our Family Yoga has a pay-what-you-can scholarship opportunity available for each session as well. Apply directly at

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Trails Day June 4, 2022 Gallatin Valley Land Trust will host a National Trails Day event at the new Peets Hill parcel recently acquired by GVLT and the City of Bozeman. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help work on trails. Registration and more information is available on the National Trails Day website:


June 4-30, 2022 Gallatin Valley Land Trust invites the community, including Trail Tots, to log miles to raise money for GVLT. Every mile on a trail earns $1 for GVLT toward the match pool provided by local businesses. Visit www.gvlt. org/challenge to log miles. Kids love it because they can set a family goal. The competition and satisfaction of seeing the miles-ticker grow with every entry is a great way to engage little ones. The Summer Trails Challenge wraps up on June 30 at the GVLT lawn with a free finale party and BBQ from Ale Works for all who have logged miles and helped GVLT reach their goal.

Bob the Greenhouse Bus June 4, 19 and 21, 2022

GVF2S is the proud owner of BOB, the Bozone Ozone Bus. BOB is a blue school bus turned magical mobile greenhouse that travels to schools, camps and community events teaching students about science, nutrition, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. During the growing season, BOB travels through the community to provide students and visitors with the opportunity to plant their own starts, explore the inner workings of a mobile greenhouse, learn how to compost and much more. This summer, visit BOB at the following locations:

Ç June 4: Montana Science Center's STEAM Saturday Ç June 19: Sidewall Pizza—mention GVF2S if you’re picking up a pizza and support Farm to School

Ç June 21: Bozeman Farmers Market 36

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Pilgrim Preschool

Enrolling Now For Fall 2022-23 Classes 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. 406.586.6060


Walks June 13-27, 2022

Discovery Walks, presented by a partnership with GVLT, Bozeman Health and Bozeman Parks and Recreation, are back this June. These one-hour guided walks will help you discover the 90+ miles of trails on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system. Each walk takes place at a different trail or park, and features a different theme. This year, GVLT is working with Montana Outdoor Science School, Sacajawea Audubon Society and more to create fun, educational, outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy.


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Interactive exhibit explores the sciece behind sports!

Ç June 13: Summer Survival at Glen Lake Rotary Park – Prepare for a great adventure by learning compass basics, survival necessities and preparation skills to stay safe and have fun all summer long.


June 17: Amphibious Adventure at Drinking Horse – Did you know that Montana has native tiger salamanders and chorus frogs? Can you guess where they live? Get outside and explore the habitats of our amphibious neighbors.


June 20: Buggin’ Out at Gallatin Regional Park – Creep and crawl your way around a trail to explore the hiding spots of your favorite insects.



Exhibit sponsored by:

Ç June 24: Wonderful Water at Sourdough Canyon – Everybody needs water. Come discover what a healthy river needs, explore a marsh and get your feet wet. This is a great way to cool down and enjoy a hike.

Ç June 27: Macro Mayhem at Drinking Horse – What are those tiny creatures

swimming around in the water? What type of water do tadpoles prefer? Grab your nets and buckets to get an up-close look at these critters.

995 Carousel Way, Helena, MT

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HRDC’s Kids’

Summer Lunch

June 13-August 26, 2022 With the school year over, summer can be a stressful time for families on a budget. HRDC’s Kids’ Summer Lunch provides important access to nutritious meals while offering a safe, supervised location where kids and teens can stay active and spend time with their friends. Run by the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, this service is open to all kids and teens ages 18 and under. Free, healthy meals are available at eight meal sites across Bozeman. Meals served follow USDA nutrition guidelines and help all families save money. There are no applications or proof of income requirements. All meals will be sack lunches. Families outside of Bozeman can text “Lunch” to 307-307 to find a meal site near them.


Cooking Night

at Montana Science Center June 28, 2022 Work alongside Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s trained cooking instructors as you make and enjoy a healthy meal as a family. Create memories with your family while learning about local and seasonal meals, cooking on a budget, knife skills and easy prep-ahead meals. When you’re done, you’ll enjoy the delicious meal you cooked together. For more information and to register, visit

Kids’ Summer Lunch locations operate Monday through Friday, June 13 to August 26:

Ç Beall Park - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ç Kirk Park - 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ç Gallatin Valley Food Bank - 1-4 p.m. Ç Bozeman Public Library - Noon- 1 p.m. Ç M.S.U. Family and Graduate Housing -

Music on Main July 7-August 11, 2022

Noon-1 p.m.

Ç Story Mill Park - Noon-1 p.m. Ç Walton Homestead Park - Noon-1 p.m. Ç Wagon Wheel Trailer Park – Noon-1 p.m. FRIDAY ONLY!

Looking for a familyfriendly summer volunteer opportunity? Join the Summer Lunch meal distribution team for outdoor fun in parks around Bozeman providing free meals to kids. Sign up for training where you will learn about the opportunities: need/detail/?need_id=676514.


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Every Thursday evening from July 7 through August 11, enjoy live music, food and fun in downtown Bozeman. Bring the kids from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for kids’ activities. Then, enjoy live music from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Grab a bite to eat from numerous food vendors that will be on-site or step into a few of the downtown stores that stay open late. For more information, visit

2022 Lineup: Ç July 7 – Wildermiss Ç July 14 - The Waiting Ç July 21 – Rose’s Pawn Shop Ç July 28 – Float Like a Buffalo Ç August 4 – Cole & The Thornes Ç August 11 – The Brevet

Reach Race for Independence July 4, 2022 The 15th Annual Reach Race for Independence will take place in person on Monday, July 4. Events include a 10K, 5K and 1K with virtual options available for each race as well. All proceeds help empower adults with developmental disabilities served by Reach to lead independent, fulfilling lives. Please visit for registration and more information.

2022 Big Sky Country

State Fair July 20-24, 2022

Need a dose of fun? Indulge in your favorite fair foods, experience the thrill of the carnival and take in live entertainment. Enjoy family fun starting Wednesday, July 20: the fairground gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. daily (6 p.m. on Sunday).

With more than a hundred years of tradition, the Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo will be held Saturday, July 23. Come back Sunday, July 24 for the Barnyard Brawl: Mutton Bustin’, the calf scramble and the chicken chase for kiddos.

With more than 20 food vendors on the roster, fairgoers can expect the best in culinary creations with items like hand-dipped corn dogs, homemade ice cream, shaved ice, funnel cakes, huckleberry drinks, BBQ, Mexican, Asian-inspired food and more. Make sure to visit the NEW food vendors Portable Pizza Palace, Corn Shack and The Corndog Company.

The fair will also feature several fun-filled activities in the MorrisonMaierle Pardners Corral: Freckle Farm petting zoo with pony rides; Reptile Adventures; Extreme Dogs; Great American Duck Races; Flying Fools High Dive Show; Dale K Master Hypnotist; Chicago Dancing Honey Bear Dancers; competitive exhibits; workshops; blacksmithing demos and more.

Night shows on July 20, 21 and 22 will feature nationally recognized talent, T.I. with special guest Willie Jones; Russell Dickerson with special guest Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry; and Brantley Gilbert with special guest Ashland Craft. Swing by the Silver Bullet Stage nightly for live performances by local bands: Blue Belly Junction, Groove Wax, Band of Drifters and Sam Platts and the Great Plainsmen. Shake Rattle and Roll – Scott Bruce will be on The Treasure State Stage as well.

Animals are the number-one reason visitors come to the fair in the United States. This is the last place you can get up close and personal with your favorite goat or pig without living on your own farm. The First Security Bank Livestock Barns will be open all week, and make sure to visit the Northwest Farm Credit Services Livestock Show Tent to see the animal show.

Make sure you check out the commercial vendor booths along A Gate road and in the Fair Market Building with the Fair Market Stage, where the Grand Illusions by the Blooms will be performing daily.

Last but not least, don’t forget to head over to the motorsports area for Big Sky Ninja Roundup, The Mud Bog and the Hill ‘N Hole, to name just a few. NEW this year is the Monster Truck Show on Sunday, July 24. For more information, visit or call 406-582-3270. :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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Cooking Night

Bozeman Montessori,

at Montana Science Center

a licensed early childhood center serving children from 6 months to 6 years old, is expanding to a second location this fall. After noticing the unmet need for quality care in the Gallatin Valley, co-owners Victoria Brailsford and Marissa SherKenney purchased a new facility in the Genesis Business Park in January. The 7,200 square foot building on Enterprise Boulevard will have preschool classrooms, toddler classrooms and one infant classroom. This facility is adjacent to a park with trails and ponds. Families can choose between the two campuses including the current location designed by SherKenney on Equestrian Lane in Baxter Meadows. The original location will continue serving toddlers and preschoolers while the new Enterprise Boulevard location will continue to serve our infant community along with the older ages. Tuition covers special classes like music, a cloth diapering service and a food program. “We’re proud of our unique food program that makes life a little simpler for our families, so the new building will have a spacious kitchen,” says Brailsford. “We also know that teachers need spaces to meet and we’re including wellness areas where staff can take an exercise break and renew themselves before stepping back into the classroom.” A community room is available for Parent-Child classes and meetings. As Bozeman Montessori enters their 10th year of operation, the school is now a STARS Level 4 in Montana’s rigorous voluntary quality rating and improvement system. Every lead teacher will hold an accredited Montessori teaching credential in the age group they serve. Bozeman Montessori’s mission is “Where the community comes together in support of children to cultivate joyfully engaged individuals at every stage of life.” Parents volunteer to organize monthly book clubs and participate in other special projects like gardening days. Contact Enrollment Coordinator, Chris McNeil, at or visit more for information.


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July 21, 2022 Work alongside Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s trained cooking instructors as you make and enjoy a healthy meal as a family. Create memories with your family while learning about local and seasonal meals, cooking on a budget, knife skills and easy prep-ahead meals. When you’re done, you’ll enjoy the delicious meal you cooked together. For more information and to register, visit


Crazy Days July 22-23 The Downtown Bozeman Association and downtown merchants are proud to present the 2022 Crazy Days Summer Sidewalk Sale. It’s the biggest, the best and the original. It’s Downtown Crazy Days on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (times may vary). More than 100 downtown merchants take to the sidewalks with unbelievable sales on spring and summer merchandise. Come stroll downtown and check out the 2022 Summer Crazy Days event. The event is FREE and open to the public and will go on rain or shine. Life is downtown!

45th Annual

Sweet Pea Festival August 5-7, 2022 The Sweet Pea Festival is an annual three-day festival of the arts. Weekend entertainment comes in many forms – music of all genres, performances by local theater and dance troupes, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and activities, a flower show, a beer and wine garden featuring Montana microbrews, and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors to stroll through and purchase unique gifts for yourself, family and friends. The week leading up to the festival offers additional fun-filled, community events: Ç Parade: Saturday, August 6 Ç Art Show: July 8–August 7

Ç Chalk on the Walk: Tuesday, August 2 Ç Bite of Bozeman: Wednesday, August 3 Ç Music on Main: Thursday, August 4

Ç Children’s Run: Saturday, August 6 Ç Adult Run: Saturday, August 6


Summer Festival August 6 & 7, 2022 The 2022 Summer SLAM festival will be held at Bogert Park on August 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Showcasing the amazing talent Montana has to offer, this family-friendly event features an artists' market, artist demonstrations, live music and performances, a culinary delights food court, Montana-made libations garden, silent auction and family activities. The SLAM festival is free to attend.

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Benefits Youth Hockey Players August 12, 2022

The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association is set to hold their annual golf tournament on Friday, August 12 at Bridger Creek Golf Course. Proceeds from this tournament will go directly to BAHA’s youth hockey scholarship fund. The fund was created to support the growth of hockey in the Gallatin Valley. Each year, a number of families apply for youth scholarships and most applicants receive some amount of financial support. The award amounts are determined by a committee, based on need. “Our mission statement is to provide ice sports for all user groups, and we want to be sure any child interested in hockey has the opportunity to play. Aside from it being the greatest sport in the world, it offers kids the chance to play in a competitive environment, learn lifelong skills and learn to play the sport of ice hockey,” says Hockey Director Dave Weaver. During the 2021/2022 season, 25 players’ fees were supplemented by more than $12,000 in scholarship awards. The fund is supported by the golf tournament, as well as the generosity of other ice community members.

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“It’s so important we host this tournament each year due to the fact that all of the proceeds benefit our youth scholarship program, which helps families that are in need of financial support for their kids to be able to play hockey. Aside from financial support, we offer a four-week Learn to Play Hockey for Free program, which provides equipment to the children so they can play without spending money on equipment or ice time,” continues Weaver. The 2022 Golf Tournament registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open. The event includes a shotgun start, hole-contests and lunch along with prizes and raffles. Sponsorship options vary to accommodate all levels of giving. If you are interested in participating in this tournament or in giving directly to the fund, please find details and contact information at

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Four Corners

Yoga Studio Now Open Natalee Thomas and her family moved from North Carolina to Bozeman a little over a year ago. After having taught yoga on-and-off for about 10 years, and with her husband recently retiring from the military, it seemed like the perfect time to start a new business. Enter Four Corners Yoga Studio, offering a wide variety of yoga teachers and classes for the local community to enjoy. Natalee’s goal was to create a space for people to step away from their busy lives and find peace, become present and mindful, and possibly even heal, while practicing yoga. Four Corners Yoga Studio offers beginner yoga, alignment classes, Hatha, Warm Vinyasa, Yin yoga, kids’ yoga, yoga for young adults (teens) and even meditation classes. More teachers and classes are coming soon as the business grows. The possibilities are endless, and Natalee and her staff can’t wait to see you on your mat with them ~ Love and Light. Four Corners Yoga Studio is located at 155 Mill Town Lp., Unit D. Call 910-603-3105 or visit www.fourcornersyogastudio. com for more information.


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MSU Community

Cat Walk August 19, 2022 MSU President Waded Cruzado, Champ, the MSU Spirit of the West Marching Band, students, student-athletes and community members will make their way down Main Street to create “Bobcat Buzz” throughout the community on August 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will visit businesses along the way, play the fight song and pass out Bobcat gear, treats for kids and game schedules. Also, get a chance to meet the new MSU Athletic Director and football coach and get autographs from your favorite football, basketball and volleyball players.

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Second Annual

Science Carnival August 27, 2022 All Ages $10 per person

Cruisin' on Main Car Show

August 21, 2022 The Downtown Bozeman Association and Cancer Support Community, along with many gracious sponsors, present the 22nd Annual “Cruisin’ on Main” Car Show on Sunday, August 21. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is located on Main Street between Willson and Rouse Avenues. During the car show, enjoy live music, food and fun throughout the day. There will also be prize drawings, a 50/50 raffle, a showcase display and a chance for everyone to vote for their favorite

Join Montana Science Center for their Second Annual Science Carnival on August 27 from 2-7 p.m. The carnival will feature booths and interactive science activities that are larger than life along with music, carnival food, science demonstrations, a beer garden and more. Tickets are $10 per person and on sale now.



Farmers Market The 2022 Butte Uptown Farmers Market will be held in Uptown Butte every Saturday through October 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 2022 market will be located on West Park Street between Gamer's Cafe and the Imagine Butte Resource Center in the Phoenix Building.

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Wings & Wheels June 11, 2022

A car/truck show and shine, aircraft fly-in, pancake breakfast and airport businesses spotlight event, the Butte Wings & Wheels show is being held at the Bert Mooney Airport on June 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The day will feature flight simulators, gate prizes and "Peoples' Choice" voting for your favorite car/truck/ aircraft, as well as food and fun for the whole family.

This two-day Monster Truck event, brought to you by Butte Auto, will take place at the Butte Depot on Friday, June 10 from 2-8 p.m. and Saturday, June 11 from 2-9 p.m. Raminator and Rammunition will be performing multiple Car Crushes; Monster Truck Rides will be available along with games, live music, drinks, food and more. Admission is free. Food trucks in attendance include Ohana Island Grinds, SKC Teriyaki, Brown Gringo, Mining City Mudd, Extra Sprinkles and Poppin' Fresh Kettle Korn on both Friday and Saturday and Dish-Ability on Friday.


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Irish Festival August 12-14, 2022

Freedom Festival July 3-4, 2022

The Freedom Festival, held each summer on July 3 and 4, includes an amazing fireworks show from the Big ‘M’ above Montana Tech, on the night of July 3. A parade on July 4, beginning at 10 a.m., works its way from the Butte Civic Center down Harrison Avenue to top off the holiday. Great news: After three years, the Pipes and Drums Band of the Edmonton Police Service will be returning July 2-5 for performances around Butte.


Folk Festival July 8-10, 2022

This is one of the largest free outdoor music festivals in the northwest. It features multiple stages with continuous live performances by some of the best traditional performers in the world, a lively family area, ethnic and festival food, art markets and folk life demonstrations and workshops. For more information and the 2022 lineup, visit the Folk Festival on Facebook at 44

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Held at the Original Mine Yard in Butte, the An Rí Rá Montana Irish Festival celebrates the heritage of Ireland and its contributions to the people of Montana. This free festival is a world-class event regarded by the An Rí Rá as one of the best Irish festivals in North America. Come prepared with a lawn chair and umbrella for this beautiful outdoor event.


Clean Energy Fair August 13, 2022

The Montana Clean Energy Fair, held August 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is free and open to the public. It is the go-to event of the year for renewable energy education, featuring a series of 45-minute workshops on topics including: renewable energy policy; solar electricity and solar heating; battery and energy storage; financing and incentives; large-scale solar and wind; off-grid living and much more. The workshops are for those who are new to these topics, those with experience and everyone in-between. The fair also features an electric car and bike show with cutting-edge vehicles. Local, Montana-based renewable energy businesses will be on hand to showcase their offerings and answer questions. For kids, activities include the everpopular model solar car races, solar oven construction, a bouncy castle, face painting and more. Raffle prizes and a local solar home tour will round out the event.



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Festival June 17-19, 2022


Gardiner Rodeo June 17-18, 2022

The annual Gardiner Rodeo will be held on June 17 and 18 from 6-9 p.m. at the Jim Duffy arena where a variety of rodeo events will be held including barrel racing, bronc riding, break-away roping, bull riding and more. Visit for information on the Gardiner Rodeo parade on June 18. Tickets are available only at the Rodeo Gate and cost $12 for adults, $5 for children; kiddos under 5 are free.


Brewfest July 16, 2022

The 2022 Gardiner Brewfest will take place Saturday July 16 2022 from 3 to 10 p.m. in Arch Park. This family-friendly event will feature three bands, two wineries, twelve breweries, 10 artists and three food trucks, all of which are local to the area. The festival will also have an interactive kids’ village offered from 3-7 p.m. and a corn hole tournament. Tickets are $35, kids and non-drinkers $10. The Brewfest is a fundraiser for Gardiner Snoopy Cooperative Preschool. Snoopy School is a 501c3 nonprofit that educates the youngest members of the Mammoth/Gardiner community. Snoopy School's mission is "To provide an environment in which children between 3 and 5 years of age or kindergarten-age may generate a strong sense of self-esteem as well as respect and appreciation for the world in which they live, while preparing for kindergarten." By supporting Gardiner Brewfest, you directly support Mammoth/ Gardiner's littlest learners.

The Annual Lewis and Clark Festival highlights events of the Lewis & Clark expedition during their stay in Great Falls in 1805. You will observe reenactors in historic dress, taste the foods the expedition ate, smell the burning campfires and learn how the men worked and what they found. Enjoy the sight of tipis in a native lodge encampment, and experience Native American dancers and drummers. Peruse fine arts and crafts vendors, food concessions, a children's area and live music in the band shell throughout the day. Visit for more information.


State Fair July 29 August 6, 2022 The 2022 Montana State Fair will be celebrating its 91st anniversary with another summer full of fun. The fair attracts tens of thousands of people every year with exciting carnival rides, educational exhibitions and food vendors. Free entertainment includes horse racing, rodeo, comedy and live music performances. Admission varies according to age. Visit www.cascadecountymt. gov/213/2022-Montana-State-Fair for more information.

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Grandstreet Theatre School’s Production of

Shrek theMusical Jr. June 3-12, 2022

Beauty is in the eye of the ogre! It’s a big, bright beautiful world as everyone’s favorite ogre leads a cast of fairy tale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale; Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper and a cookie with an attitude and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Based on the Oscar-winning animated classic that started it all, Shrek JR. brings the hilarious story to dazzling new life on stage. For show performance times and ticket sales visit

Alive at 5 in downtown Helena June 1 – August 3, 2022 Alive at Five runs every Wednesday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, food trucks, games and more.

Ç June 1: Copper Queen @ Lawrence Street

Ç June 8: Boot Juice @ Women’s Park Ç June 15: Shakewell @ Women’s Park Ç June 22: Madeline Hawthorne @ Women’s Park

Ç June 29: Lord Nelson @ Women’s Park Ç July 6: Big Ska Country @ Great Northern

Ç July 13: Dave Jordan & The NIA @ Pioneer Park

Ç July 20: Ten Years Gone @ Pioneer Park Ç July 27: John Roberts y Pan Blanco @ Pioneer Park

Ç August 3: Hardwood Heart @ Pioneer Park

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Farmers Market

Saturdays, June 4 - October 29, 2022 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fuller Avenue. Tuesdays, July 26 - September 27, 2022 – 3 to 6 p.m. at Main Street Park - East Helena The Helena Farmers Market is the longest-running market in the state of Montana. Celebrating its 49th birthday in June 2022, this is THE Saturday morning event for the community, drawing more than 350 Montana vendors rotating through the season. Local farmers, food vendors and other artisans bring their Montana-made products downtown for the local Helena community to see and purchase. While they browse, shoppers enjoy the serenade of local musicians and smell the fragrant aroma of fresh floral arrangements and kettle corn. Come join in the community fellowship at the Helena Farmers Market.

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Helena C.O.R.E

Summer Walk Series Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 16 - August 18, 2022

This summer, Helena CORE (Community of Resource Educators) will collaborate to host a series of summer education walks. Every Tuesday and Thursday from June 16 through August 18 at 6 p.m., one of the partner agencies will be leading a one-hour(ish) outdoor educational walk in the Helena area. Each walk will focus on a natural resource with topics including fire history, bear safety, water quality, geology, native plants and more. Locations will vary with each presentation. Attendance is limited to 20 people per walk, and sign-up will be open to the public 14 days before each event. Visit

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the SpongeBob Musical July 8-17, 2022

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series and features original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and more. For performance times and ticket sales, visit

Symphony Under the Stars the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John July 16, 2022 at 8 p.m. The Annual Intrepid Credit Union Symphony Under the Stars on the campus of Carroll College is back. Pack your blankets and picnics, dig out your spandex and hairspray, and celebrate the Music of Billy Joel and Elton John. The evening culminates with one of the best fireworks shows in Montana, also sponsored by Intrepid Credit Union. Typically, more than 16,000 people attend this wonderful tradition. This concert is free to those spreading out a blanket on the lawn. Limited reservation seating is sold out. For more information, visit

Last Chance

Stampede and Fair July 28 - 30, 2022

C5 Rodeo Company’s award-winning bucking stock and rodeo production team will return to provide top quality performances at the Last Chance Stampede. Based out of Helena, MT and Lac La Biche, Alberta, C5 is one of North America’s top stock providers, with more than 30 locations worldwide using C5 stock. C5 Rodeo owns F13 Virgil, legendary bareback horse, and is proud to again bring their best stock to Helena’s Last Chance Stampede in 2022. In addition to the stampede, fairgoers will enjoy live music on Wednesday, July 27 featuring co-headliners Randy Houser and Jimmie Allen. Throughout the weekend, free stage entertainment will include TYZEN the Comedy Hypnotist, The Throw Zone, TREVOR & LORNA Comedy Magic Show, Steve's Fun Balloons and Ventriloquist David Malmberg. North Star Amusements will also return with over 17 rides, games and concessions. For more information and tickets, visit :: calendars, blog & more @ MTPARENT.COM ::

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FESTIVAL of THE ARTS JULY 2-4, 2022 Livingston Depot Center

Livingston Depot Center's Festival of the Arts is held in the Depot Rotary Park on West Park Street (next to the Depot Center) in downtown Livingston. This juried show coincides with both the Livingston Roundup rodeo and the downtown parade, drawing more than 100 skilled artists and attracting thousands of enthusiasts. ​ ​The festival offers an impressive collection of fine art and craft talent from around the entire western region, including photography, painting, sculpture, woodworking, metal and blacksmithing, jewelry, furniture, glass, fiber arts, drawings and prints, ceramics and more. Please remember pets are not allowed, and if you have a service animal, it must be kept on a leash.


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The Livingston Roundup Rodeo is the premier rodeo in the state of Montana. The Roundup has consistently attracted sell-out crowds as well as the best PRCA rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation. To purchase tickets and for a full schedule of events, visit

Red Ants Pants Music Festival (White Sulphur Springs)

July 28-31, 2022 This music festival features four days of live music and benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities. In addition to great music, festivalgoers will find merchandise tents, food vendors, a beer garden, hayrides and a kids’ tent. The kids’ tent offers fun activities, face painting, treats and more. For parents with wee ones, it is a great place to rest in the shade. For a complete performance lineup, visit

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Farmers Market on the Museum Lawn Every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Indulge in all things local: photography, produce, jewelry, quilts, dog treats and more.

Music in the Park July 4, August 5 and 6, and September 6, 2022

The Music in the Park summer concert series, featuring regional and local talent, is a great opportunity to spend an evening outdoors. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to City Park for live music, a barbecue and plenty of outdoor space for kids to romp in the grass. Admission is free. 2022 Lineup:

Ç July 4: The Powell Brothers Ç August 5: Chris Loid & Green Light Polly

Ç August 6: Daniel Kosel (In conjunction with Rod Run)

Ç September 3: Arron Davis & the Mystery Machine

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June 17-August 20, 2022 The rodeo takes place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning Friday, June 17 through Saturday, August 20, as well as Tuesdays in July. Events include bareback riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, breakaway roping, bull riding and a calf scramble for kids. The rodeo is held 7 miles west of West Yellowstone and the park entrance on Targhee Pass Highway (Hwy. 20), 175 Oldroyd Rd. Admission fees vary by age and event. Performances often sell out, so it is advisable to buy tickets ahead of time at

Wild Bill Days

Rodeo and Concert July 11, 2022

Don't miss your chance to be a part of history in the making. Enjoy the excitement of family-fun events through the day with rodeos, concerts and fireworks to light up your night. Ride horses, go back in time on a wagon ride and simply take in that Montana air. Visit wild-bill-days/rodeo-information for more information.

Fee-Free YNP Entrance Days 2022

Ç August 4: Anniversary of Great American Outdoors Act

Ç September 24: National Public Lands Day

Ç November 11: Veterans Day

West Yellowstone

Rod Run and Car Show August 5-6, 2022

For Rod Run enthusiasts, the Yellowstone Rod Run has become an annual must-attend event. Gathering in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, West Yellowstone, is reason enough to visit, but it is the festival atmosphere that prevails during this popular West Yellowstone Car Show that makes it truly unique. The annual Rod Run event draws fourto-six hundred street rods and classic cars from all over the United States. Enjoy music, food, beverages and more. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

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We have a pack of neighborhood kids who roam from home to home, play games, create outdoor adventures, snack-hop and check out whoever has the latest toy or video game. The flock of seagulls, as I have deemed them, were in our yard recently playing some made-up ball game, when one of the kids came inside, plopped down at the kitchen counter and let out an audible "humph" to capture my attention. I looked up from the dishes and said, "What's going on, sweetie?"— a nickname I use with all the kids to protect myself from calling them the wrong name. She uttered a just-above-whisper level, "What made you put up your sign out front?" The sign she was referring to is an LGBTQ+ friendly flag overlaid with "You Are Loved" in bold lettering.

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I paused and said, "We believe that people should be able to love who they want and marry who they want. We try to respect all people no matter who they are." "Do you know anyone who is gay?" she asked. "I do," I replied. "Lots of people, including my dad and my little brother." She cut in. "And a gay neighbor"... Did she just come out to me? I could see it in her face that she did. I put down the dishrag and looked her square in the eyes – eyes that questioned my reaction, curious about what I would say next. I wasn't sure what to say; that kind of information isn't surprising to me, nor is it something I think people should even have to do. We put a lot of pressure on LGBTQ+ people to declare who they are and, quite frankly, it shouldn't matter – you love who you love; that's it.

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I was able to mutter something along the lines of, "Thank you for sharing that with me. You are loved no matter who you are and are always welcome in our home and family." Then came the tears. "I can't tell my mom. I've only told you and a few kids at school. My family doesn't like gay people." At this point, I wondered again what to say. I felt like her mother would not appreciate me knowing this information without her knowing. I also felt scared for her. I hugged her. I hugged her hard with the mom hug that’s intense enough to transfer a mother's strength to a child who needs it.


We had a long chat about the news, what's going on in other states to the LGTBQ+ community, the fear she had about that, the meanness of kids in school. But then she started beaming; she began to tell me about the girls she thought were beautiful, the feeling of sharing something she had been keeping in for so long.

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Within minutes the flock of seagulls ventured back inside asking for Bagel Bites and Izzys. The conversation ended, and she resumed being her usual silly kid self. After they left that night, I felt so many things: sadness that we live in a place where kids feel afraid to be themselves, fortunate to be someone worthy of that trust, nervous about her journey and very aware that these kids are watching us regardless of how cool they think they are. They are taking cues from us, and we must find ways to help her and every child who feels different, weird, alone, sad or unsure of who they are and how they fit. Blair Fjeseth is a working professional and proud Montana mom. You can reach her at Follow her Instagram @blair_mt for more adventures.

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New Column

Ask Flora

In the “Ask Flora” column, you can ask Flora McCormick, a Licensed Counselor and Parenting Coach, your parenting questions (about kids between ages 2 and 10) and read her advice here monthly.



“I want to empower my 9-year-old to be more independent and initiate chores/homework/ bedtime routine (without being asked) to help lessen my load and be a good example while I’m juggling younger siblings. I have tried to in the past and she just isn’t that motivated. She claims she forgets. She get distracted, playing.” - Kate


There are two key things I think may help your daughter to be more helpful.


Set up self-motivating routines that can help do the prompting for you. They are most often phrased with a “When…Then…” or “As soon as…Then…” The more consistent these agreements are, the more self-motivating they are. So strive for something that can be fairly consistent every day.

For example: Ç Homework

“After school, as soon as your homework is done, then you can play with the neighbors.” “When you finish your homework, you can get on the iPad.”


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Ç Bedtime

“I’m going to set a timer and if you have your bedtime jobs done before it goes off, you are welcome to use that time for playing. If you use the whole time to get yourself ready, that’s fine too.”

Ç Chores

“When your three weekend chores are done, then you can play with friends, get on your device, ride your bike.” Then, if you see your child playing without having their jobs done, you can simply say, “What was our agreement about that?”


Involve the child in the agreement. As you consider the options above, I recommend sitting down with your child outside of the challenging moment to say, “Bedtime/chores/homework have been a bit of a challenge recently. I know you don’t like me reminding and nagging, and I don’t like it either. What can we agree on so that you do what you need to do before you do what you want to do? Otherwise, I only have the option of taking away some of the time you get to do the things you want to do."


“One of the things we are struggling with is understanding that other people have needs. For example, my son wanted something from his dad. Dad was helping me with a medical thing, and he told our kiddo that he just needed a few minutes to help me. My son started shouting for dad and my husband got frustrated and yelled at him about understanding that I needed help and that his wants could wait.” - Melissa Delayed gratification is such an important social skill to teach our children. In 1972, Stanford University did a famous study where a group of kids were asked to make a simple choice: eat one marshmallow now, or wait 15 minutes and get two. "Some key findings in the study showed that using distraction strategies had a positive impact on how long the children managed to wait. ‘They made up quiet songs, hid their head in their arms, and so on.’” ( And kids that were patient were also more likely to demonstrate self-control and higher executive functioning later in life. This showed that in order to be patient, kids need to have a strategy and have feedback that motivates that behavior in order to grow that social skill.


We can improve our child’s patience muscles by first teaching strategies to pass the time. Outside of any upset moment, talk to your child about the strategies that can help them wait. Secondly, provide consistent feedback loops that show that waiting leads to better results, and not waiting has sad results.

For example:

“I am helping mom right now. Please set a timer for yourself for 5 min. (or count to 100 or find a toy to play with, etc). When the time is up, I can help you. If you yell out for me again, before the time is up, I will not respond.” And then follow-through. Our children learn best from our actions, more than our words. If we say, “Fine. I’ll get the thing for you, but NEXT time, you need to be patient,” we undermine a valuable teachable moment. 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.

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