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Big Sky and the surrounding area present a host of opportunities to explore with kids. A visit to the Yellowstone area should be experienced by every kid, and will never be forgotten.
The Big Sky Community Corporation's community park on Little Coyote Road boasts three ballfields, a high-end playground for young children, a climbing boulder and skatepark for tweeners, teens, and "adult kids." Throughout the summer, the BSCC runs summer camps for kids of all ages. The park is open year-round; however, in the winter, the area is used for cross-country skiing with four-legged friends. The BSCC also administers the historic Crail Ranch Homestead Museum, located on Spotted Elk Road. The site, on the National Register of Historic Places, is open on weekends in the summer when they sponsor many activities for young and old alike.
Visitors to Big Sky Resort can enjoy their kids club, with a variety of games and activities each day, both winter and summer. The resort summer infrastructure includes a zip-line, a bungee trampoline, dirt bike riding trails, a scenic tram-ride to the top of Lone Mountain, motocross courses, and many other features. In the Meadow area, the Big Sky Golf Course is open to the public from mid-May to mid-October. It is possible to rent a cart and clubs.
Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Resort welcome skiers to the "Biggest Skiing in America." Enjoy the most vertical on the largest skiing acreage in the lower 48. Both resorts have skiing and boarding at all levels: beginner, intermediate, expert, and extreme. During and apres ski, kids of all ages zip above many skiing trails on the zip-line and thrill to the spills at the fast-track tubing park. Lone Mountain Ranch offers 75 kilometers of cross-country skiing at all levels.
The Ousel Falls trail is an easy hike to a spectacular water fall. To access this trail, take Ousel Falls Road through the Town Center and proceed for approximately one mile beyond the town. Porcupine Creek is an easy hike with great scenery and good wildlife potential, located on 191 south of the entrance to Big Sky, just opposite the school. A short hike opposite the Meadow Village Shopping Center leads to Kircher Park along the Southfork.
Horseback Riding and rafting are also great activities to enjoy in Big Sky. Kids 6 and older can go on whitewater trips, and kids of all ages can take the scenic trips.
Yellowstone National Park offers abundant wildlife, spectacular geysers and hikes ranging from a few hundred yards to a hundred miles. Plan to spend days in this park which is the nation's first national park and one of its largest. Call months ahead for camping and hotel accommodations within the park. Visit in the summer with your car or take a snowcoach in the winter.
At local museum, The Crail Ranch Homestead Museum in the Meadow Village, kids (and adults) can learn about homesteading in this area. Open during summer weekends only, the Ranch provides many interesting and fun activities for all. In Bozeman, the Museum of the Rockies has a renowned dinosaur section, a planetarium, a kids' discovery center and tons of other things to keep your kids entertained all day.
In West Yellowstone, the Grizzly Discovery Center features grizzly bears, black bears and wolves, as well as an IMAX theater.
The Lone Peak Cinema on Ousel Falls Road in Town Center shows first run movies of all ratings, cartoons, and big-screen major league sports and ski movies.
South of Three Forks is Buffalo Jump State Park, an Indian killing site for buffalo. Aso in that area is the Lewis and Clark Caverns, a natural cave that can be explored in a two hour guided tour.