Hey parents! Stop by the kids’ tent for fun, educational activities and crafts! For parents with wee ones, it is a great place to rest in the shade in our Parents’ Lounge! Changing table, baby potties, and feeding area will be available. Thanks to our premier sponsor, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund, this year we’ve teamed up with the White Sulphur Springs FFA, Montana Discovery Foundation, and the Women’s Foundation of Montana to provide more fun opportunities for kids to learn. Please note: the kids’ tent is not a babysitting service, this is not a place to drop off your kiddos. There is a clear view of the main stage from the tent, so stick around and listen while your kids are learning, playing and crafting!
In addition to our special events below, join us for these fun activities from 3pm-6pm Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday! Face painting, kids book corner, wildflower activities, coloring, and more fun hands-on art and learning activities!
White Sulphur Springs FFA Chapter
FFA is a vocational organization for students interested in agriculture and leadership. The letters “FFA” stands for Future Farmers of America. FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as doctors, teachers, business owners, scientists, and more. FFA helps to develop students’ unique talents and explore their interests in an agriculture career.
Petting Zoo: Friday, July 28th 3:00 PM
New for 2017, the local White Sulphur Springs FFA Chapter will host a petting zoo near the kids’ tent. A past Red Ants Pants Grant recipient, this high school chapter will bring their livestock to be enjoyed by all. The FFA members will help kids and adults feel comfortable around the animals, offering tips for how to pet them and what sounds or movements by the animals might mean.
Montana Discovery Foundation
The Montana Discovery Foundation teaches students of all ages about natural resources on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. We aim to promote stewardship, understanding and enjoyment of our natural surroundings through education. Come to the kids’ tent Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to participate in the following MDF programs. To learn more about MDF, visit: http://www.montanadiscoveryfoundation.org/
Exploring Fire Science: Friday, July 28th 5:00 PM
Become a fire scientist – perform experiments to understand the way fire works and what it needs to live! We’ll learn about wildland fire in Montana and some easy ways to be safe with fire.
Going on a Bear Hunt, with a Red Ant Craft Bonus: Saturday, July 29th 4:30 PM
Forage like bears to learn about a bear’s favorite foods, how they eat, and the challenges they face when living near people.
Edible Anthills: Sunday, July 30th 2:30 PM
Learn about the incredible science behind ant colonies – then create a delicious snack anthill!
Shooting Star Saddlery
Dedicated to making the finest, heirloom-quality saddles, chaps, gun leather, and personal items from the finest leathers available. Out of Niarada, MT, Jeff Morrow builds everything from custom saddles to guitar covers…just ask Corb! http://www.shootingstar.montana.com/
Kid’s Leather Stamping Class: Saturday, July 29th 11:00 AM
Learn about the fun and art of leather stamping with one of our longest-serving Festival vendors! Jeff will lead kids six-years-old and up in a great project to create their own stamped leather bracelets.
Women’s Foundation of Montana
The Women’s Foundation of Montana leverages donations through our endowment to advance economic independence for women and girls, funding research, entrepreneurship, STEM projects for girls, and more. Our new PowerHouse Montana platform connects women to mentors and resources at www.powerhousemt.org. Learn more at www.wfmontana.org. Because when women prosper, communities thrive!
Towers, Winches, and Catapults: Saturday, July 30th 3:00 PM
Design what? Join the Women’s Foundation of Montana in fun, hands-on engineering challenges for kids and adults. Learn about levers, gears, and more. Test your new skills by building a simple machine from upcycled materials!
Located next to the Kids’ Tent all weekend long, come see the ladies from Prairie Handspinners demonstrate how to spin wool into yarn. This traditional skill is not only beautiful to watch, but neat to see the process from a sheep to a sweater! Stop by anytime and learn more about the upcoming Fiber Fest in Billings: prairiehandspinnersfiberfest.com.