The first day of school for students in Billings Public School starts on August 22, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the summer can’t be fun. Here are some fun things to do around Billings before the first day of school.

ZooMontana is always fun to explore, whether you are simply going to see the animals or are going to a fun event. The zoo is holding its last family fun night on August 18, making it the perfect thing to do before school starts. The event is from 4 pm to 7 pm, but guests are allowed to stay until 8 pm.

Movies Under the Stars at ZooMontana, in partnership with Billings Kiwanis, has its last showing too. The featured film starts on August 19, with Sing 2 as the feature film. What makes it even better is that it’s free admission! The gates open at 7:30, and the movie starts at dusk. Concessions are available, with all of the money going towards local nonprofits. 

Another family-friendly film event is Movies in the Park on August 12 with the animated film the Bad Guys. The event starts at dusk and is held at Optimist Park. Both outside movie experiences are weather permitted and can cancel if the weather is not ideal. 

Weekend Wonders at the Montana Audobon Center is another family-friendly activity that is both fun and educational. For each program, there is a specific theme, this one being nature photography. Guests who attend can bring a camera or use their phone to capture photos showing the outdoors at its finest. The Weekend Wonders Family Program is from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on August 13. 

The beloved artwalk in downtown Billings is held on the first Friday of every other month, with the next one on August 5 from 5 pm to 9 pm. On top of exploring beautiful art, you also see the charm of downtown Billings. There’s also plenty of other fun at the event, like dancing, interactive activities, and other family fun.

It may be fun for the older kids to take them to the two paintball arenas: Wild Rose Paintball and Diamond Paintball. Or go to the Mustangs baseball game at Dehler park before the end of summer. The Montana Fair is from August 12 – 20, which is always fun for the whole family. will have updates on all the fun happening at the 2022 Montana Fair.

Make this a great last few weeks before summer ends and the new school year begins!