We enjoyed A Carousel for Montana and Dragon Hollow on a sunny Saturday in March. It is open 11:00 until 5:30 Sept - May and 11-7 June -Aug. the ride is .75 for kids under 16. It is a beautiful carousel right on the river in downtown Missoula. They have a small gift shop and restrooms. They even have the grab for the brass ring if you have nice long arms.
Right next to it is a great playground called Dragon Hollow. The kids 4 & 6 had a blast climbing running, going down fun twisty (dark) slides. There was also a section for very small kids. Every town should have a fun free playground like this. It's large, imaginative and free. The kids loved it!
101 Carousel Drive
Missoula, MT 59802