Children & Family
Located in the Heart of Helena, ExplorationWorks has something for kids ages 1-100! Explore your way with our many hands-on activities and exhibits focused on all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Navigate the physics of water at our water table, open and close tubes to design your own air pathways at the Air Maze, and wear your creative hats with reverse designs at the Pin Impression Board. Major exhibit changes occur 3-4 times per year, so no two visits are exactly alike. The Explore Store features smaller versions of some of our exhibits, so you can take a little part of your experience home with you! Please check our website for specific hours, special events, clubs, workshops & more! www.explorationworks.org
Seniors (65+): $6.50
Students (with ID): $6.50
Kids under 18: $5.50
Kids under 2: Free
Parking is available adjacent to the Carousel in the Great Northern Town Center Parking Lot. ExplorationWorks is located east of the Carousel. The lot is free and has a 2–hour limit. Additional paid parking can be found in the Great Northern Parking Garage located 1 block south of the science center.
Established in 1868, the Lewis & Clark Library is the oldest library in the state. The mission of the Lewis & Clark Library is to provide the best possible services and materials for informational, educational, cultural, or recreational use by the community. The Lewis & Clark Library offers a variety of services free to the public, including book groups, internet service, children’s story time, and numerous public programs. Stop by and check your email, catch up on local and world news, or participate in one of our many wonderful programs. Don’t forget to visit our branch libraries in Augusta, Lincoln, East Helena, or on the Bookmobile. Check our website at www.lclibrary.org for more information and an updated calendar of events.
IMPROVING LIVES, STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES
Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. (RMDC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Human Resource Development Council. We have been working in south-central Montana since 1965 and are part of a network of ten such organizations in Montana and 1,000 Community Action Agencies around the nation.
Our mission at Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. is to strive to improve quality of life and promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families. The programs we offer in addressing community needs include energy assistance, food and nutrition, senior volunteer opportunities, housing and community development, senior information services, Rocky Mountain Head Start, and Rocky Mountain Preschool Center.
The Great Northern Carousel is a modern hand built menagerie carousel reminiscent of the splendid, turn-of-the-century carousels.
A most magical venue for any age!
Most of the 37 animals and one chariot were hand-carved by Ed Roth of Long Beach, California and hand painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, Washington. Todd Goings built the mechanism in Marion, Ohio and also built the spinning tub for the carousel. Local artist Mary Harris created the original glass artwork depicting Helena area landmarks and scenery on the Carousel rounding boards.
Besides the traditional horses, frogs and rabbits, there are native Montana wildlife such as an antelope, a grizzly bear, a bobcat and even a cutthroat trout! Connected to the 40’ carousel is an ice cream parlor and snack bar. Plus, there is a party room to rent for any occasion imaginable such as birthdays, anniversaries or even hosting fund-raisers.