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Montana for kids in the Winter

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from visiting Montana in the Winter. There are many activities you can do with your children during that time of the year.

Here are some I selected for you:

1. Charles M. Russell museum in Great Falls Montana

Charles Russell Discovery Gallery in Great Falls Montana

Charles Russell Discovery Gallery in Great Falls Montana

Visit the museum of Far West Art with painters such as Charles Russell and Olaf Seltzer and sculptor Jon Contway. Learn more about the American bison. There is a discover gallery where children can go inside of a tipi.

Where is it ?At 4th Avenue North & 13th Street North

 

2. Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman Montana

 

Museum of the Rockies from the outside in Bozeman

Museum of the Rockies from the outside in Bozeman

 

This museum is one you should not miss while visiting Montana. It has one of the biggest dinosaur exhibits in the world. Replicas and fossils can be seen throughout the exhibit halls and if you are lucky you may bump into Dr Jack Horner, the famous paleontologist. As well, kids can go to the planetarium and enjoy a show. There is a special kids show on Saturday morning. Before leaving check out the discovery center.

Where is it? on Kagy Boulevard near MSU

 
3. First People Buffalo’s Jump State Park and Interpretive Center 

 

Despite the cold it well worth it to drive to the Buffalo Jump State Park. You can go on the mount where some of the bisons used to jump from. Don’t forget to stop at the interpretive center to learn more about Indian tribes and the buffalo stories. Children can even touch and wear the skin of a wolf.

Check out opening hours and days before going.

Buffalo Interpetive Center at the First People Buffalo Jump, Montana

Buffalo Interpetive Center at the First People Buffalo Jump, Montana

Where is it?  on Ulm-Vaughn road near Great Falls

 

4. Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls Montana

Animal skins at Lewis and Clark Interpretive center

Animal skins at Lewis and Clark Interpretive center

Learn about the expedition of Lewis & Clark, the Indian tribes, the buffaloes and much more. Sit down for an interesting talk at the center and learn what medicine the members used during their trip. Ask for the Junior folder: it has many activities for children which have to be done during the visit if you want to leave with a badge of a Junior Explorer.

Where is it? 4201 Giant Springs Road

 

5. Giant State Park and Fish Hatchery in Great Falls Montana

Giant Spring State Park in Great Falls, Montana

Giant Spring State Park in Great Falls, Montana

Near the smallest world river, you can bring the children look at the many rainbow and salmons raised in the outside large containers.

Where is it? 4600 Giant Springs Road

 

6. Snowcoach in West Yellowstone Park, in Montana

Meeting with the bisons during a snowcoach in Yellowstone Park

Meeting with the bisons during a snowcoach in Yellowstone Park


Experiencing a day with the wildlife of Yellowstone in the winter is wonderful. You children will love seeing the buffaloes, elks, wolves and other animals. Stop by the interpretive hall at Old Faithful and the Young Scientist for more interesting information about the park and wildlife.

 

7. Playgrounds in Great Falls, Montana

Great Falls Playground at the Lions Park

Great Falls Playground at the Lions Park

The city has numerous nice new playgrounds inside and in outdoor parks.

 

8. Great Falls Public Library

The library offers activities for children a couple times a week.

Where is it? 301-2nd Avenue North

 

9. Skiing in Big Sky Country near Bozeman

This is the biggest ski area in America for skiing. Although it is mainly for advanced skiers, there are still things to do for the little ones.

Try out the kids club and other activities.

 

10. Winter sports in Showdown, 1 hour from Great Falls

Check out the Kid’s program from the ski snow school here:

 

Have a happy time in Montana in 2012!

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