Summer Gardening Programs for Kids Billings MT

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VentureTheatre
406.591.9535; 406.255.9657
2317 Montana Avenue
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by show; see website
Cost
$8-$25
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

Yellowstone Art Museum
(406) 256-6804
401 N 27th Street
Billings, MT
Hours
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun 12n-5pm; closed on Mon during winter months
Cost
Adults $7; Students $5; Children (6-18) $3, (5 & under) free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Stores, Tourist Spots

The Reef Indoor Water Park
(406) 839-9283
1801 Majestic Lane
Billings, MT
Cost
Over 48" $16.95; Under 48" $14.95; Spectators $5
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Billings Studio Theatre
(406) 248-1141
1500 Rimrock Road
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by show; see website
Cost
Adults $10-$19.50; Students $8-$16
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Indoors

Under Western Skies Adventures
(800) 563-8154
Bozeman, MT
 
Billings YMCA
(406) 248-1685
402 N 32nd Street
Billings, MT
Cost
Varies by program, but inexpensive
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Indoors

Buy the Bead
(406) 651-8831
670 King Park Drive
Billings, MT
Hours
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 11am-5pm
Ages
6And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Billings Gymnastics School
(406) 259-2237
240 South 8th Street West
Billings, MT
Hours
Varies by class; call for details.
Cost
Varies by class; call for details.
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

ZooMontana
(406) 652-8100
2100 S Shiloh Road
Billings, MT
Hours
Summer Daily, 10am-5pm; Winter Daily, 10am-4pm
Cost
Adults $6; Seniors $4; Children (3-15) $3
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Parents Resources, Tourist Spots

Carroll College Girls Soccer School
1601 N. Benton Ave.
Helena, MT
 

Disguised Learning

According to Karen Hickmott, at Myers Action Institute, disguised learning means “the students have so much fun while learning they do not realize they are strengthening their academic skills.” Through the after-school and summer garden program offered to students in kindergarten through fifth grade, this 2010 grant winning program has made numerous topics relevant to their students by encouraging fun in the activities. The after-school program is lead by a site manager, two group leaders, two tutors and one teacher. During the school year, this program provides the students help with homework and tutoring along with lessons about nutrition. There are also opportunities for physical activity, arts and crafts, and music.

Students are involved in this program’s planning by helping decide the field trips they will go on, planning activities, and creating a student governing board. By keeping the students involved at the core of the program they are more likely to see the relevance of its activities in their life. When students get to help decide where the class will go on a field trip they tend to be more enthusiastic about going on the trip and are likely to take more away from the experience than students who only go or do what the teacher selects.

Summer Gardening Program

The summer program is lead by a partnership with four teachers from the elementary school and two teachers from nearby University of Michigan School of Education. During the summer months the academics are based on activities with themes such as the Food Pyramid, Time Travel, the Olympics, and The Magic School Bus. At Myers Action Institute, students have been taught how to make healthy food choices by looking at what they’re eating. Students are taught to identify the food groups on their plate. When there is something the students particularly enjoy eating, leaders help the students learn about the nutritional value. Through this exercise the students learn whether or not the foods they enjoy are good for them. If the choices are good, the leaders will make requests to have that item for future meals/snacks for the students. If it is not a healthy choice, the students are encouraged to think of other choices that are healthier and taste just as good. To re-enforce these lessons, the school nurse does weekly presentations for the students about making healthy nutritional choices. Students learn to eat healthy by making the choice on their own rather than having an adult telling them what to do.

Nutrition from the Garden

One bi-product of gardening with children at school programs is the children tend to look more favorably on eating the produce. They know where their food comes from and have a vested interest in it because their efforts aided in the growth. At Myers Action Institute, students are served a fresh fruit or vegetable snack each day. Making this snack time enjoyable has encouraged...

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