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December 2019

ALL WEEK - DECEMBER 2019

Open Daily

  • West Yellowstone Library
    Featuring various exhibits throughout the season.
    Library Hours: 
    Tuesday & Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00pm; Wednesday & Friday – 10:00am – 5:00pm; Saturday – 9:00am – 1:00pm; CLOSED Sunday & Monday
  • Ice Skating Rink & Sledding Hill (Weather Permitting)
    Location: Rink @ Pioneer Park, Corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
    Fee: FREE – *Skate rentals & blade sharpening available at Westmart (100 S Faithful Street) Westmart Hours: Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm & Saturday 8:00am-Noon. CLOSED Sunday
  • Snow Shoe & Ski Rentals
    Location: Free Heel & Wheel (33 Yellowstone Avenue) 406.646.7744
  • Scavenger Hunt
    Location:
     Pick up your clues at the KNS Headquarters – West Yellowstone Visitor Center (30 Yellowstone Avenue).  
    Venture around town to find the hidden treasures. Take pictures of what you find and show them to the coordinator at KNS Headquarters by 2:00pm Sunday for your prize! 
  • Christmas for the Critters (December 1st – December 31st)
    Location:
     
    Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center   
    Help make the holidays more joyful by donating food for the enrichment of the bears and wolves (please call the Center specific needs). Bring in your donation and we will give you $1.25 off an adult regular admission, 10% off any gift shop purchase and oodles of gratitude! 

SATURDAY - DECEMBER 14, 2019

9:00am-Noon

West Yellowstone Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races (Teams leave at 2 minute intervals)
Location: Old Airport Road, just west of Iris Street
Fee: FREE

The yips of eager dogs will pierce the winter mornings as mushers prepare for the return of Sled Dog Races to West Yellowstone. Paws will pound as sleds and mushers head off down the trail. Come early at 8:30 am before the races start to watch the mushers get their teams harnessed and ready to start. All races start and finish at the Old Airport just west of Iris Street. Spectators welcome!

*One registration is required per person.

10:00am

Snowshoe Walk/Hike with NPS Ranger
Location:
Meet at the West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue
Fee:
FREE – Registration Required

Recommended for kids ages 4 and older. Participants will enjoy an educational hike into Yellowstone National Park along the Riverside Trail. Outing will last 1 hour.

For more information, please call 307-344-2876. Allow 1-1.5 hours for the program. A limited number of snowshoes are available free of charge from the Visitor Center (First Come, First Served) or others can be rented at Freeheel & Wheel. Feel free to bring your own snowshoes as well. Not recommended for small children.

*One registration is required per person.

10:15am

“Pack Chats” Program
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: FREE

Learn about wolves at this live presentation. This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

Winter crafts and games available throughout the day!

11:00am

“Birds of Prey” Program
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: FREE

Learn about birds of prey at this live birds presentation. This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

Winter crafts and games available throughout the day!

12:30pm - 1:30pm

M120 Kids Snowmobile Rides
Location: 
Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee: FREE

Kids from 6-11 years old can try out a child-sized Arctic Cat/Yamaha M120 Snowmobile setup for a slow, safe ride. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the adult must sign a Release of Liability. Recommend snow boots and gloves. Helmets provided.

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Sled Dog Rides
Location: 
Old Airport located at the East end of town, off Iris Street.
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Children will meet a sled dog team and enjoy a short ride through the woods. Ages 12 and under.

*One registration is required per person.

1:30pm

Keeper Kids Program (Must be signed up by 1:15pm)
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: $5.00 Donation

Help hide food for the bears! Join a naturalist to learn about bears and the important role animal keepers have in their care. Then go into the bear habitat, while it has no bears, and hide food for grizzlies. This program is for kids aged 5-12. 

To participate, you must sign-up in person at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center at least 15 minutes before the program starts. There is a $5 donation per child for participating in Keeper Kids. Dress to be outdoors! This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

Winter crafts and games available throughout the day!

1:30pm

Snowshoe Walk & Games with USFS
Location:
Meet at the Boundary Trailhead, at the truck pullout north of town on Hwy 191.
Fee:
FREE – Registration Required

Recommended for kids ages 6-12. Participants will enjoy an educational hike along the Boundary Trail and play some games. 

For more information, please call 307-344-2876. Allow 1-1.5 hours for the program. A limited number of snowshoes are available free of charge from the Visitor Center (First Come, First Served) or others can be rented at Freeheel & Wheel. Feel free to bring your own snowshoes as well. Please pick up snowshoes at the Visitor Center by 1:15pm.
Not recommended for small children.

*One registration is required per person.

2:00pm

Afternoon Talk with NPS Ranger
Location: 
West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue
Fee:
FREE

For more information, please call 307-344-2876. Allow 30 minutes for the program. 

3:00pm

“Yellowstone” Movie – Yellowstone GIANT Screen, IMAX
Location:
 101 South Canyon, next to the West Yellowstone Visitor Center
Fee: FREE for Kids 12 & Under, with reduced admission for adults.

3:15pm

“Pack Chats” Program
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: FREE

Learn about wolves at this live presentation. This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

Winter crafts and games available throughout the day!

6:00pm - 9:00pm

S’mores & Skatin’ & Sleddin’
Location:
Ice Rink Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee:
FREE

Old-fashioned family fun for everyone of every age. Warm-up with hot beverages, toast some marshmallows, and make your own S’more. All the fixings provided. Bring your own sled for our Kid’s Sledding Hill. Or, try out West Yellowstone’s ice rink. Skates available. 

*A limited number of ice skates will be available at the rink that night for FREE use. Please come early for the best selection. Additional skates and blade sharpening available at Westmart (100 S Faithful Street – CLOSED Sundays)

6:30pm - 8:30pm

M120 Kids Snowmobile Rides
Location: 
Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee: FREE

Kids from 6-11 years old can try out a child-sized Arctic Cat/Yamaha M120 Snowmobile setup for a slow, safe ride. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the adult must sign a Release of Liability. Recommend snow boots and gloves. Helmets provided.

8:15pm

“Hollywood Feature” Movie – Yellowstone GIANT Screen, IMAX
Location: 101 South Canyon, next to the West Yellowstone Visitor Center
Fee: Tickets required and can be purchased at the theatre. Discount coupons are available at the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue). 

SUNDAY - DECEMBER 15, 2019

9:00am-Noon

West Yellowstone Rodeo Run Sled Dog Races (Teams leave at 2 minute intervals)
Location: Old Airport Road, just west of Iris Street
Fee: FREE

The yips of eager dogs will pierce the winter mornings as mushers prepare for the return of Sled Dog Races to West Yellowstone. Paws will pound as sleds and mushers head off down the trail. Come early at 8:30 am before the races start to watch the mushers get their teams harnessed and ready to start. All races start and finish at the Old Airport just west of Iris Street. Spectators welcome!

9:00am

Snowcoach Sampler
Location:
Meet at 30 Yellowstone Avenue (KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters)
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Please be there 15 minutes prior to departure. Meet at The West Yellowstone Visitor Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue.

Children should be accompanied by an adult (limit 2 adults per family – seats are limited and this event is all about the kids.) 

NO charge for the snowcoach ride, but a Yellowstone Park Pass is REQUIRED. Gratuity for the snowcoach guide is appreciated. 

Everyone over the age of 15 needs a Park Pass. Individual day passes are $15 per person and can be purchased at the YNP desk at the Visitor Center (30 Yellowstone Avenue) or at a snowcoach provider ahead of time: See Yellowstone Alpen Guides, Yellowstone Vacations or Backcountry Adventures. If you already have an Annual, National Park, Lifetime or Senior Pass, passes admit the signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

*One registration is required per person. Children and adults are each separate registrations.

10:00am

“Pack Chats” Program
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: FREE

Learn about wolves at this live presentation. This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

11:00am

Snowcoach Sampler
Location:
Meet at 30 Yellowstone Avenue (KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters)
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Please be there 15 minutes prior to departure. Meet at The West Yellowstone Visitor Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue.

Children should be accompanied by an adult (limit 2 adults per family – seats are limited and this event is all about the kids.) 

NO charge for the snowcoach ride, but a Yellowstone Park Pass is REQUIRED. Gratuity for the snowcoach guide is appreciated. 

Everyone over the age of 15 needs a Park Pass. Individual day passes are $15 per person and can be purchased at the YNP desk at the Visitor Center (30 Yellowstone Avenue) or at a snowcoach provider ahead of time: See Yellowstone Alpen Guides, Yellowstone Vacations or Backcountry Adventures. If you already have an Annual, National Park, Lifetime or Senior Pass, passes admit the signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

*One registration is required per person. Children and adults are each separate registrations.

11:00am

“Birds of Prey” Presentation
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: FREE

Learn about birds of prey at this live birds presentation. This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Outdoor Games at the Ice Rink
Location: 
Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee:
FREE

Join us for fun and games. Children of all ages welcome. Come dressed for outdoor conditions.

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Snow Art/Snow Graffiti
Location: 
Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee:
FREE

Break out your creativity and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece on the snowy white canvas. Children of all ages welcome. Come dressed for outdoor conditions. Kids will be given a spray bottle of water that is tinted with food coloring to decorate a snow wall.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

M120 Kids Snowmobile Rides
Location: 
Pioneer Park at the corner of Gibbon Avenue & Dunraven Street
Fee: FREE

Kids from 6-11 years old can try out a child-sized Arctic Cat/Yamaha M120 Snowmobile setup for a slow, safe ride. All children must be accompanied by an adult and the adult must sign a Release of Liability. Recommend snow boots and gloves. Helmets provided.

1:30pm

Snowcoach Sampler
Location:
Meet at 30 Yellowstone Avenue (KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters)
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Please be there 15 minutes prior to departure. Meet at The West Yellowstone Visitor Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue.

Children should be accompanied by an adult (limit 2 adults per family – seats are limited and this event is all about the kids.) 

NO charge for the snowcoach ride, but a Yellowstone Park Pass is REQUIRED. Gratuity for the snowcoach guide is appreciated. 

Everyone over the age of 15 needs a Park Pass. Individual day passes are $15 per person and can be purchased at the YNP desk at the Visitor Center (30 Yellowstone Avenue) or at a snowcoach provider ahead of time: See Yellowstone Alpen Guides, Yellowstone Vacations or Backcountry Adventures. If you already have an Annual, National Park, Lifetime or Senior Pass, passes admit the signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

*One registration is required per person. Children and adults are each separate registrations.

1:30pm

Keeper Kids Program (Must be signed up by 1:15pm)
Location:
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center – 201 South Canyon Street
Fee: $5.00 Donation

Help hide food for the bears! Join a naturalist to learn about bears and the important role animal keepers have in their care. Then go into the bear habitat, while it has no bears, and hide food for grizzlies. This program is for kids aged 5-12. 

To participate, you must sign-up in person at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center at least 15 minutes before the program starts. There is a $5 donation per child for participating in Keeper Kids. Dress to be outdoors! This is a guided program. The KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters desk has stickers showing participation (West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue).

*The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is offering discounted admission for parents, and free admission for kids who are participating in the KIDS ‘N’ SNOW programs.

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Learn to Ski Basics
Location: West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Wouldn’t you love to learn a new winter sport? Children will learn basic skills from a local ski instructor that encourages them to try cross country and even downhill skiing. Children already skiing are welcome to attend to improve their skills and practice.

*One registration is required per person.

2:00pm

Afternoon Talk with NPS Ranger
Location:
West Yellowstone Visitor Center – 30 Yellowstone Avenue
Fee:
FREE

For more information, please call 307-344-2876. Allow 30 minutes for the program. 

3 :30pm

Snowcoach Sampler
Location:
Meet at 30 Yellowstone Avenue (KIDS ‘N’ SNOW Headquarters)
Fee: FREE – Registration Required

Please be there 15 minutes prior to departure. Meet at The West Yellowstone Visitor Center at 30 Yellowstone Avenue.

Children should be accompanied by an adult (limit 2 adults per family – seats are limited and this event is all about the kids.) 

NO charge for the snowcoach ride, but a Yellowstone Park Pass is REQUIRED. Gratuity for the snowcoach guide is appreciated. 

Everyone over the age of 15 needs a Park Pass. Individual day passes are $15 per person and can be purchased at the YNP desk at the Visitor Center (30 Yellowstone Avenue) or at a snowcoach provider ahead of time: See Yellowstone Alpen Guides, Yellowstone Vacations or Backcountry Adventures. If you already have an Annual, National Park, Lifetime or Senior Pass, passes admit the signer and up to three additional persons (16 and older) for a total of four people.

*One registration is required per person. Children and adults are each separate registrations.

4:15pm

“Yellowstone” Movie – Yellowstone GIANT Screen, IMAX
Location:
 101 South Canyon, next to the West Yellowstone Visitor Center
Fee: FREE for Kids 12 & Under, with reduced admission for adults.