Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan, at the Mansfield Theater on November 20th. Tickets are available now and while in Great Falls, you’ll find new adventures, experiences, and voyages into unexpected worlds for the whole family.
Join the Central Montana Astronomy Society in the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center parking lot to view Deep Sky Objects and other celestial bodies during their Star Party. Come indoors special screening, special presenters, and more to find out What’s Up Under The Big Sky. Star parties are a great way to see the 2nd star to the right that Peter and the Darlings followed through the morning to find Neverland.
On Saturday morning, experience Montana’s Best Coffee Shop with a breakfast like no other. Known for their coffee, macaroons, and service, Crooked Tree serves an other-worldy golden-crusted, savory quiche with a variety of cheeses, meats, and vegetables. If you like bacon (and who doesn’t?!), try one of Crooked Tree’s famous made-from-scratch flaky buttermilk biscuits with hardwood-smoked bacon, egg, and melty provolone cheese. I love coffeecake, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, order a slice (or 2!). Whatever you order, you will feel right at home in this relaxing and beautiful setting.
After breakfast, treat the kids to an other-worldly adventure at the Children’s Museum of Montana. Fostering a love of learning, the Children’s Museum allows your children to pilot a plane using a fuselage of a retired plane, board a ship and sail the seas, go back in time at Fort Lewis & Clark, view stars through a telescope, and more. Their imagination sparked, they will revel at the wonders to be found at the Museum.
All weekend long, enjoy Holiday Happenings at Montana ExpoPark. Central Montana’s premiere craft show, you’ll find crafts, gifts, and more that will transport you to a magical world of holiday fun, memories, and more. Featuring handmade items from Great Falls, this is the perfect place to begin your holiday shopping. You’ll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list while you browse the booths.
If you’re ready for lunch, the Mighty Mo Brewing Company is just blocks away and offers pizza, wings, salad, and of course, craft beer to help you have a relaxing lunch. The kids will enjoy the pizza, you’ll enjoy the variety of craft beer, and everyone will love the atmosphere; relaxed, fun, and vibrant.
The Great Falls Youth Symphony presents a fall concert that will dazzle, amaze, and inspire! This fall concert will awaken kids to a world of music, art, and culture from the comfort of your seat at the Mansfield Theater. Children from across the region come together to perform a concert that reflects the diverse musical landscape of classical and modern music, and everything in between. Watch as your children gaze with wonder upon the grand symphony during this concert.
Steps from the Mansfield is the Celtic Cowboy, a welcoming Irish-style pub that both adults and children will enjoy. The diverse menu is sure to please any appetite; my favorite dish is the Fish & Chips, while my husband can never pass up the New York Steak. Our son loves the chicken strips served with fries. Whatever your appetite, you’ll find food made in the style of an Irish pub in a upscale setting in the heart of Downtown Great Falls.
Sunday morning offers a unique experience to enjoy brunch in a tropical setting against the backdrop of mermaids. No one expects mermaids in Montana, but the Darling children certainly didn’t expect them in Neverland, so you’ll be transported to another world as they were. Enjoy a full brunch menu, signature Mermosas, and the beauty of mermaids in their intricate tails. Kids love watching mermaids swim past the window, and enjoy waving and posing next to them.
After brunch, travel back in time to the world of Lewis & Clark who blazed their way into American history during their expedition across the continent from 1804-06. When the expedition reached the Great Falls of the Missouri River, they were forced to portage 18 miles around 5 falls, an effort that consumed an entire month. The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center offers exhibits and ranger programs that bring the explorer’s feats to life. Begin by watching a video in the center’s roomy theatre, then enjoy the large, self-guided exhibit to learn of the story at your own pace, and the more adventurous can undertake a variety of challenges, including pulling a boat against the Missouri River’s impressive current. Neighboring trails, an immersive children’s program, and stunning prairie overlooks make this a must-stop for this weekend.
Art & Culture abounds in Great Falls, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the CM Russell Museum, where you’ll be transported back to the time when the West was untamed, wild, and open; the world of CM Russell. The Museum houses over 100 works of the famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell, many of which were painted in his adjoining studio. Stroll the museum’s complex to marvel at hand-crafted bronzes, masterfully-painted scenes that depict the harsh, beautiful, and adventurous world of Charlie’s West. Visit the home that he and Nancy built, and take a peak into the cabin where Charlie took his visions of cattle roping, indian country, and the rugged West from his mind and put them on canvas. Elsewhere, take in the newest exhibit Indian Country | The Art of David Bradley, a narrative that tells stories and histories not often heard by non-Native people nor understood from a non-Native perspective. Saturated with a powerful Native voice and evocative visual descriptions of Indian experience, Bradley’s artworks depict historical, social, and political truths, personal narrative, and cultural critique.
There is no set dress code for enjoying an evening at the Mansfield Theater, so wear clothes that make you feel relaxed and comfortable. However, if you want to dress up for Canzoni d’Amore, many downtown retailers are happy to help you find the perfect ensemble for your night out. Steps from Crooked Tree, the Blue Rose carries classic, quality pieces for men and women. I have found casual shoes, event dresses, and comfy work clothes, and since the Mansfield Theater does not require formal wear, you will find the perfect outfit. The owner of the Blue Rose travels the country to bring established and newer designers home, so you don’t have to go to a large city (or online) to find sophisticated men and women’s clothing for experiencing the drama and beauty of Puccini’s work.
Before the night’s performance, take a break at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, named after City founder Paris Gibson. Stroll the halls of this stately sandstone building that is one of the City’s first. Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is dedicated to fulfilling the artistic needs of the public. Through modern art, live performances, and permanent exhibits, the Museum houses diverse art that will inspire conversation. My favorite is the famed Lee Steen exhibit; a menagerie of stick figures that once graced Montana roadsides. As many times as I’ve enjoyed this exhibit, it seems like the figures have a mind of their own and change places; decide for yourself if I’m right or wrong!
Weekends are made memorable in Great Falls Montana and there are always great events to help you explore the diverse scenery, art, and adventure that abounds in Great Falls.