Kidsfest

Kidsfest 2016
A Free Summer Celebration for Missoula kids and their families!

Tuesday, July 26, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at Caras Park


Kids and kids at heart are invited to join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2016, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission and most activities are free. 

Kidsfest features a wide variety of interactive games, arts and crafts, educational booths, live entertainment and fun activities for all ages.  Families can purchase tickets to enter a raffle drawing with great prizes and food and beverages from local vendors. The Salamanders, a local all-ages rock band and Animal Wonders, a local animal education center, are headlining the event, courtesy of Republic Services.  Kidsfest is co-sponsored by Parks and Recreation, Missoula Federal Credit Union and U-104.5 FM.  

Parking is limited at Caras Park. Hourly pay parking is available at Central Park, 124 E. Main and Park Place, 201 E. Front. Kidsfest visitors may park at McCormick Park and walk the short distance across the Orange Street Bridge to Caras Park. Families can also ride the Mountain Line downtown for free. Call Mountain Line at 721-3333 for route information.

For more information about Kidsfest, phone 721-PARK.

Kidsfest Sponsors


Missoula Parks and Recreation
Loose Parts Playground, Strider bikes, mini-tennis, Jr. Playmakers football toss soccer kick, bubble fun, outdoor adventure
Missoula Federal Credit Union
Major sponsor, interactive water game, prize giveaway
Republic Services
Major sponsor Recycling center and entertainment
Missoula Broadcasting Co.
Major sponsor, promotion
Missoulian
Promotion sponsor, bike giveaway
The Salamanders
Music headliner

Exhibitors and performers (as of July 21)


A Carousel for Missoula – Donates a portion of proceeds to Recreation Scholarships
American Lung Association of Montana – Making mucus, lung trivia, giveaways
Animal Wonders – Sharing the wonders of wildlife
Beach Transportation – Mini-bus to explore and learn about bus safety
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program, City of Missoula - Biking games and activities
Big Sky ATA Black Belt Academy – board breaking, nunchuck, bo staff instruction
Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council – Pinewood Derby & tent display
Cabela’s – Inflatable kids’ archery range
Childbloom Guitar Program – mini guitar lessons & youth guitar performances
Children and Family Services Network (CFSN) – games and giveaways
Children’s Museum Missoula - scavenger hunt, craft, prizes
Children's Dentistry of the Rockies – bean bag toss and toothbrush prize bags
City of Missoula Bicycle Ambassadors - Bicycle games & safety info
Costco Wholesale – games and giveaways
Flagship Program - Bubbles booth
Full Circle Counseling Solutions – Chalk art and games
Girl Scouts of MT & WY – Kids activity and girl scout cookie giveaway
Hockey Wolf – Hockey activity
Let's Move! Missoula – backyard obstacle course
Mismo Gymnastics - Gymnastics obstacle course
Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition - Baby comfort station – breastfeeding and diaper area
Missoula Broadcasting Company U104.5 FM – Radio sponsorship and live MC!
Missoula Children’s Theatre – bean bag toss and fun prizes  
Missoula Downtown Association - Donates Caras Park Pavilion for Kidsfest 
Missoula Family YMCA – soft hockey & soccer
Missoula Fencing Association – Fencing demos
Missoula Irish Dancers – Irish dancing performance
Missoula Pediatric Dentistry – games, giveaways, and proper dental hygiene awareness
Missoula Police Department – Crime prevention material for children and families
Missoula Youth Rugby – rugby practice, tossing at targets, and giveaways
Missoulian – promotion of event
Partnership for Children – Bubbles & balloons! Water & sunscreen giveaway
Smokejumper Visitor Center – matchstick forest interactive fire science lesson
St. Patrick Hospital CATCH Program – Games and activities to promote physical activity and healthy food choices The Clay Studio of Missoula – a fun clay activity 
Tobacco Free Missoula County - Tobacco education and spin the wheel
YMCA – soft hockey and soccer
Zoo Town Surfers – Kayak booth & info