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Hat Making/Parade

Southgate Mall, 12 pm to 2 pm

Join us as we kick off Missoula’s city-wide First Night celebration. Children are invited to decorate a hat for the parade. Hats & supplies are provided, though pre-made hats are invited to walk in the parade. Prizes for the most creative hats will be awarded. Enjoy cookies and juice as you watch. Sponsored by Mountain FM, ABC/FOX, and Southgate Mall.

the_mime_christian_ackerman-w800The Mime: Christian Ackerman

University Center Theater, 12 pm to 1 pm

The Mime Christian Ackerman does mime routines to music and yes, get’s stuck in a box from time to time, he does the robot, break dances, and much more. His comedy is for all ages. He performs funny silly routines and also performs dramatic mime pieces as well.

Hands On Games with Meadowlark Science & Education

University Center – 3rd Floor Lounge, 1 pm to 5 pm

Join Meadowlark Science and Education, LLC and UM’s Center for Environmental Health Sciences in a hands on game activitiy: Learning About Carbon Monoxide or Asthma for Kids! Play two fun STEM based iPad games and enter for a chance to win your own copy!

Free Carousel Rides

A Carousel for Missoula, 2 pm to 11 pm

turning-the-wheel-w800Everybody Dance! With Turning the Wheel Missoula

University Center Ballroom, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

A fun, interactive guided dance party to live music. Start your new year with play, creativity, and connection. Passive observers strongly encouraged to engage and see what happens! All ages and abilities will be able to join seamlessly. Come as you are!

Missoula Insectarium – Free Admission with First Night Button

Missoula Insectarium, 3 pm to 6 pm

You and your family can meet the live bug ambassadors and learn about the little things that run the world.

SpectrUM Discovery Area

University Center Atrium, 3 pm to 6 pm

Bring in the New Year with a scientific twist! SpectrUM Discovery will be hosting hands on science activities from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Free Swim at Currents

Currents Aquatic Center, 3 pm to 7 pm

Celebrate 2017 with a wild ride on a water slide! Try out our pool edge climbing wall and warm up in our crystal clear spa. Children 6 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Magician: Mark King

University Center Atrium, 3 pm to 4 pm

Jaw dropping, mind boggling close-up magic using ropes, coins, cards and spectator participation. Fun for the entire family.

mt_clown_work_with_state_logo_2011-1_copy-w800Curly’s Funtastic Kid Zone

University Center Atrium, 5 pm to 9 pm

Montana Clown Work proudly presents Curly’s Funtastic KidZone finally coming of age! For 21 years the KidZone has been helping celebrate First Night Missoula. Featuring a whole range of activities for the little ones, the KidZone is a hit with the families of First Night patrons. Attendance is always strong!

Magician: Mark King

University Center Atrium, 5 pm to 6 pm

Jaw dropping, mind boggling close-up magic using ropes, coins, cards and spectator participation. Fun for the entire family.

Free Skate with First Night Button

Glacier Ice Rink, 6 pm to 8 pm

Free skate with First Night button! Rentals are $4 for adults and $2 for children.

salamanders-w800Family Friendly Saturday Featuring: The Salamanders

Top Hat Lounge, 6 pm to 8 pm

The Salamanders are an awesome all-ages rock band from Missoula, Montana. We are a positive thinking collaborative of accomplished singers, songwriters, and musicians who firmly believe that music is a great gateway to creative expression, exercise, wisdom, and fun!  The Salamanders released their first album in 2015 and were awarded the “Creative Child Award” for CD of the Year! The Salamanders include Andrew Hunt – Guitar/Vocals, Antonio Alvarez – Percussion/Vocals, Russ Gay – Bass & Matthew Nord – Keyboards/Vocals/Guitar.  For more information, music and upcoming gigs visit:

Bat Honey

Public House, 6:30 pm to 7 pm

Bat Honey performs “Spacebacon”, their original puppet rock opera! Thrill as Captain Tony Tanzanite and his space crew travel the universe, delivering bacon and uncovering mysteries! Astonishment guaranteed.