Family Fun Festival

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First Night Missoula is packed with entertainment and activities for all ages, however we also work to produce events specifically tailored for the kids and families that come to the festival each year. Best of all kids 10 and under get in to the festival free!



12:00 pm - Southgate Mall Hat Parade

Southgate Mall | 12 pm – 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 and supplies are provided, though pre-made hats are invited to walk in the parade. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative hats and all are welcome to enjoy cookies and juice.

12:00 pm - Scrap Art Creation Station

University Center Atrium | 12 pm – 5 pm
Join local artist B. Martinez and SPARK! for some recycled art creation in prep for an amazing New Year’s Eve. Local artists will lead participants of all ages through creating drums, noise makers, party hats, masks, and more.

12:30 pm - Montana Super Skippers

University Center Ballroom | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
The Montana Super Skippers take jump rope beyond skipping on the playground. Come see Montana’s only nationally competitive jump rope team and then join them with audience participation.

1:00 pm - The Mime: Christian Ackerman

University Center Theater | 1 pm – 2 pm
The Mime Christian Ackerman has worked with a number of special events and has been performing his one man show mime gig for over 20 years with First Night Missoula. He does mime routines to music and yes, get’s stuck in a box from time to time. His comedy is for all ages.

3:30 pm - All Ages Dance Party with Turning the Wheel

Elk’s Lodge 2nd Floor Ballroom | 3:30 pm – 5 pm
Start your New Year with movement, play, and connection. Turning the Wheel Missoula’s dance party is fun and interactive with live music. Come as you are, no previous dance experience is necessary.

  • University Center Game Room | 12:00 pm – Midnight
  • A Carousel for Missoula | 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Currents Aquatic Center | 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium | 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • SpectrUM Discovery Area | 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Glacier Ice Rink | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

All volunteers receive FREE admission to First Night.
Most shifts are only 2 hours.