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Extracurricular Activities

After-School Fun that Doesn't Involve Screens

Article by Stephanie Hower

Photography by Trevan Hiersche

Originally published in Billings Lifestyle

In a world of screens and electronics, it is important to engage children in a variety of activities that strengthen body and mind. Interacting with peers, challenging themselves and practicing movement can help improve self-esteem while firing up young brains. Luckily, Billings is teeming with opportunities for children of all ages to flourish, grow, and, most importantly, have fun! 

Steep World

Offering a full-service climbing and fitness gym, Steep World is equipped for climbers of all ages and experience levels. The kids/beginner area is a great starting point for children seeking an exciting new sport. Those who want an adrenaline rush can tackle one of the 41-foot walls.

1230 S. 31st St. W, Billings, Montana, 406.969.2500, SteepWorld.com

Wise Wonders Children's Museum

Wise Wonders' mission is to engage curious, creative and scientific minds in a playful learning environment for all children and families, especially supporting STEM education through play. Early childhood programming is available on Wise Wonders Wednesdays with Miss Patti, a retired teacher. With more than 15 interactive exhibits, the museum will keep your children engaged all day long.

110 N. 29th St., Billings, Montana, 406.702.1280, WiseWonders.org

Musikgarten: Karen Haughey Music Studio

With musical classes for newborns up to adults, Karen Haughey Music Studio enriches through music and movement. Children can explore their own creativity while focusing on rhythm, language skills and melody. The Musikgarten program offers instruction targeted at each age level, from your baby who benefits greatly from being part of a live music environment, right up through school-age children who delight in the group piano classes.

1840 Grand Ave., Billings, Montana, 406.671.9574, KHMStudio.com 

Broadway Dance Studio

Broadway Dance Studio is a drop-in dance studio that offers classes for children, teens and adults. Children and teens can take tap, jazz and tumbling classes. Adults can stay in shape with barre fitness and yoga classes. The "Kids Love to Dance" program is a nonprofit organization that provides children the opportunity to dance and perform. 

1313 Grand Ave. Suite 11, Billings, Montana, 406.850.1491, BroadwayDance.studio

Billings Gymnastics School

The mission statement of Billings Gymnastics School is "Build a Child, Build a Future." By offering gymnastics classes for ages 18 months to 18 years, they focus on developing strength, flexibility, spatial awareness, balance and social skills. Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, which maintains a pleasant 88-90-degree temperature, for swim programs and an inflatable bounce house with a slide for hosting parties. Gymnastics can develop a love of fitness and a foundation for sports that last a lifetime. 

2449 Enterprise Ave., Billings, Montana, 406.259.2237, BillingsGymnastics.com

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