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Come play with us!  Downtown Helena offers activities for the whole family.

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ExplorationWorks

Voted Best Place for Kids’ Fun since 2011 by the Helena Independent Record, ExplorationWorks has something for kids ages 1-100! Explore your way with our many interactive activities and exhibits focused on all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Major exhibit changes occur 3-4 times per year, so no two visits are exactly alike.

 

HOURS:

Tuesday – Sunday

10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m

Monday

Closed

 

Daily Admission:

General Admission (ages 2+): $7.50/person

Members: Free

ASTC Members: Free (must present ASTC membership card)

Kids under 2: Free

Museums for All (EBT/WIC): $3.00/person (must show EBT/WIC card upon entry)

 

Parking:

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.

Grandstreet Theatre

Grandstreet is Montana’s premiere community theatre with over 40 years of continuous service. Sustained by volunteers from an exceptionally talented population, Grandstreet also trains over 400 K-12 students each year in our nationally recognized Grandstreet Theatre School. Each year we produce 10-12 plays and musicals in a beautifully preserved 200-seat turn-of-the-century romanesque granite church and an additional 45-seat black box studio. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in a small but thriving arts community, Grandstreet enjoys tremendous public support and regularly produces some of the best live theatre in the Northwest.

 

Helena Tourism Alliance

Helena, Montana, is Montana’s Capital City and located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Helena has a rich gold rush history, and exploring Last Chance Gulch brings the history to life. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and Geocaching.com awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Tour our Capitol. Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download our Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners. Grab an ice cream cone or visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. We can’t wait to host you in Helena.

Holter Museum of Art

The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations.  Admission is free.

Image Dancing

Image Dancing enthusiastically promotes the art of dance within the Helena community. Our students are our inspiration. They motivate us to meet high standards of teaching. We provide a positive, healthy, and nurturing environment for developing talents within Helena’s youth

Kevin League Photography

Kevin is a Helena, Montana based award-winning professional landscape, lifestyle and wildlife photographer capturing Montana and the western United States’ most beautiful, fleeting and fascinating moments. He currently offers print sales, digital image licenses, freelance/commercial services including aerial (drone) photography, and educational workshops.

He has been a student of photography for several decades beginning as a teenager when his parents handed down their 35mm film Nikon cameras to him. Fast forward a few decades later, after being surprised as an underdog finalist in a local photography contest and with encouragement from friends and family, he established his photography business in 2015, fulfilling a lifelong dream and quickly becoming one of Montana’s favorite new visual artists.

Lewis & Clark Library

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.

Prickly Pear Land Trust

The Prickly Pear Land Trust is committed to the belief that open space is essential to the well-being of all communities. Open views of land and habitat are emotionally uplifting; they renew and revitalize the human spirit. Open space has been proven to increase property values, reduce erosion, and protect air and water quality. A multitude of recreational opportunities abound in open spaces and agricultural lands preserve a cultural heritage as well as feed the citizens of our world. The Prickly Pear Land Trust is committed to preserving, protecting and promoting open space throughout the Prickly Pear Valley and adjoining lands.

REDS Dance Studio

Ramon Ramos and Elena Edquest strive to share their love of Latin dance, Hip Hop dance, and Break dance within Helena and surrounding areas. Both have choreographed competition dances for regional and national levels for ages six through adult, taught and performed locally for the past 16 years and have been training extensively the last several years in Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, and Cumbia styles of dance. In addition to their dance experience, they are both full-time working professionals within the Helena community and spend their free time dancing. Their latest jobs include assisting with the Hot Latin Nights dance scene in Helena established by Last Dance Gulch. Overall, Elena has 16 years of teaching Hip Hop, Break Dance Basics, Jazz, and Latin style dancing while Ramon has 20 years of teaching Hip Hop Dance, Break Dance, Production Routines, and Latin style dancing.

Skyre Spin & Sweat

Beats Based Spin & HIIT Boutique Fitness Studio.

Stonetree Climbing Center

Welcome to Stonetree Climbing Center in Helena, MT. We are a community-oriented space that uses indoor rock climbing as a vehicle for engagement, empowerment, and life-long recreation interests. Our unique and inclusive facility is a welcoming space to train for outdoor pursuits in the mountain west, to build skills, and to have fun.

We are a bouldering facility that offers a diverse array of youth programming, strength classes, yoga, and technical climbing courses. Whether you are new to Helena, new to climbing, climbing curious, or eyeing new lines and old projects, you’ll find your space here. Our staff will help connect you with where to climb, what classes to join, busy and quiet hours, and give you an encouraging “whoop” when you need it most.

The Gold Bar & The Western

Come to The Gold Bar & Western Bar for great bartenders, 15+ beers on tap, cider, wine, cocktails, pool tables, dart boards, competition length shuffleboard, video gaming machines, live music, and Helena’s best Bloody Mary!

The Myrna Loy

The mission of the Myrna Loy is to inspire Helena by presenting culturally enriching arts experiences of all disciplines; to support local and regional artists in their work; and to foster a lifelong love of the arts through educational projects and experiences.

Myrna Loy, Montana’s First Lady of Film, moved to Helena at age 7. She and her family lived a few blocks from the Lewis & Clark jail on 5th Street. Myrna made her stage debut at age twelve at Helena’s old Marlow Theater in a dance she choreographed. After the death of her father, Myrna’s family moved to Los Angeles. Myrna was 13. After many years of exceptional accomplishments, both in the arts and as a humanitarian, Myrna passed away in 1993. She is buried in Helena, Montana.

The Myrna Loy presents contemporary media and performing arts; supports the creation of new works by Montana, regional and national artists; and nurtures a lifelong involvement in the arts through arts education and residencies.

The Painted Pot

We are a paint your own pottery and glass fusing studio located in the historic downtown. We carry earthenware (ceramics) that is cleaned, fired, and ready for you to paint! All of our paints and glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Finished pieces are dinnerware safe, so you can create usable art. Paints, brushes, creative supplies, and instruction are included every time you come in. We also have all the glass necessary to create a beautiful piece.

Our customers come in all sizes and ages. Kids are old enough when they can hold a paint brush (we have high chairs) and adults are never too old. No experience with painting or art is necessary because our friendly staff is always here with creative ideas and the tools to make your project a success.

The Painted Pot is a great place to create unique, personalized gifts for any occasion, including

  • Birthdays
  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Graduation
  • Baby showers
  • Mother’s/Father’s/Grandparents’ Day
  • Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, St. Patty’s, Flag Day, etc.)