BILLINGS – School District 2 wraps up class in Billings Friday, which means kids will soon have a lot more free time on their hands.
Here are a few ideas on how to keep them entertained this summer:
–The 28th Annual Strawberry Festival is next Saturday, June 8 in downtown Billings.
Lindsay Richardson, events coordinator with the Downtown Billings Alliance, says this truly is the ‘kick off’ event for summer.
“It really is the start of summer. It’s the big event that leads into all the fun things. We’ve got overall 132 vendors. That includes food, arts and crafts and all the makers and things you can imagine,” she said.
Richardson says the Strawberry festival ‘Kid Zone’, on North 29th Street, is ideal for kids of all ages to have a fun, creative and memorable time.
–Another excellent option for kids this summer: Reading Rocks, an all-summer-long program that’s held in several Billings Parks. The Billings Education Foundation’s Julie Whitworth says Reading Rocks is the perfect blend of summer fun and education.
“Every time a child comes to Reading Rocks, they have a great guest storyteller that shares a book. And then they sit down with a volunteer, or they can read independently. They choose a book from the hundreds of books that we bring into the park and they take a book home with them…a brand new book every time you come,” Whitworth said.
Check out the Reading Rocks summer schedule at www.efbps.org.
–And of course, you can always take your family out to the ballgame at Dehler Park.
Baseball in Billings is a great way this summer to spend time with your kids. Enjoy the Billings Mustangs as well as American Legion ball with the Scarlets and the Royals.