Keeping Kids Busy

By Beacon Staff

School’s out, and the kids are underfoot. If you’re looking to get your child involved in a summer program, Whitefish has plenty.

For budding artists, Stumptown Art Studio (406/862-5929) runs week-long classes June through August. The five programs running $60 – $65 target different age groups for 4- to 11-year-olds for hands-on work with design, cloth, household objects, nature, and sculptures. In a ceramics class costing $75 – $80, kids 8-12 years old can sink their hands into clay every Monday for six weeks.

Whitefish Parks and Recreation (406/863-2472) offers summer programs from $20 – $120 for as young as three-year-olds and as old as high school seniors. Soccer, football, hula, gymnastics, tennis, skateboarding, junior lifeguarding, roller hockey, lacrosse, and kids camps meet for varied durations and times.

For 8- to 14-year-olds, Whitefish Mountain Resort (406/862-2900) runs their Mountain Activity Program weekdays July 2 through August 17th at Big Mountain. The 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. program packs in outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, bungee, folf, orienteering, art treks, and doggie detectives—plus mountain biking for additional cost. Indoor activities for weather days include building birdhouses and bat boxes. Rates run from $35 for a drop-in day to $95 for a three-day program.

For musician wannabees ages 5 to 18, North Valley Music School (406/862-8074) teaches summer camps in piano, rock guitar, science of sound, banjo, garage band, string, and the advanced ensemble that performs with the Bridger Quartet July 12 at Parkside Credit Union. The weeklong camps ranging $95 – $160 meet three hours daily.

For young actors, Whitefish Theater Company (406/862-5371) runs two summer camps costing $80 to $90 during June 25-29. First through fourth graders learn theater games and prepare a performance for family and friends on the final day.