Family Friendly Activities in the Winter

Explore the Outdoors

Lace Up Your Skates

Glide through Glacier Ice Rink, located on the Missoula County Fairgrounds. This nonprofit ice arena is home to hockey practice, birthdays, club meet-ups and public skate time. Check their public skating schedule before heading over to make sure you aren’t caught in the middle of a figure skating lesson!

Speed Down Local Sledding Hills

You don’t need to be a seasoned expert to rip through the powder in Missoula! Grab your sled (or buy one at most major outdoor outfitters and convenience stores) and hit one of many sledding hills in and around the city including Blue Mountain Recreation Area, Rainbow Park, Nicole Park, and the South Summit Trail off of the University of Montana golf course.

Tackle the Slopes at Snowbowl

There’s still plenty of snow up at our local mountain, a quick 30 minute drive from your room at the Comfort Inn. While Snowbowl is famous for its steep runs and untouched terrain, they also offer groomed runs and daily lessons for adults and children looking to learn the ropes. Most importantly, the Double Diamond Cafe at the lodge is there to warm up the coldest of young skiers/snowboarders.

Cozy Up Inside

Spin Round and Round at the Carousel

Beautifully crafted horses twirl around one of Missoula’s favorite family-friendly staples—the carousel. Stop in Caras Park, pick your favorite carousel pony and enjoy the ride. If the weather permits, pop over to Dragon’s Hollow Play Area for your next adventure.

Catch a Performance at the Missoula Community Theatre

The Missoula Community Theatre keeps us entertained all year long, sun or snow. Check out their current season and find the right performance for you and your family. Bonus—the theatre is a speedy 2-minute drive from your room at the Comfort Inn. If the sun is out, stretch your legs before the show and walk there in under 15!

Buzz Around the Insectarium

Walk a few blocks from the Missoula Community Theatre and you’ll find yourself at the Missoula Butterfly House and Insectarium. 18 aquariums are filled with live arthropods to fascinate all ages, and there’s a constant stream of classes and camps for extra curious minds.