National Museum of Wildlife Art: While the museum offers oodles of art for grown-ups, it also boasts the Children’s Gallery, a self-directed area for kids that includes a hands-on artist’s studio, life-size diorama, animal costumes, a reading nook and puppet theater.
There are also “Critter Cases” that can be checked out for free at the admissions desk.
These provide a fun way for kids and parents to engage with the art while they explore the museum. Three different Critter Cases are available: Animal Tracking for pre-school children, Art and Science for K-second graders and Museums and Wildlife for those in third-fifth grades.
"Fables, Feathers and Furs" is a free, interactive storytelling and craft program offered at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Friday of the month for kids ages 3 to 6. For more information, click on this link to a story in Teton Family.
The First Sundays Family Program Series runs the first Sunday of each month from November through May and is free to locals. Each event offers kids crafts, live music, films, scavenger hunts, visits from Santa, snow sculpture, unlimited access to art exhibits and more. 307-733-5771; wildlifeart.org
Jackson Hole Children’s Museum: 155 N. Jean Street.; the museum offers ongoing programs, designed to engage children in the love of learning and exploration. It also offers after-school programs and classes for pre-K and school groups. 307-733-3996; jhchildrensmuseum.org
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum: 225 North Cache St.; Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Show your kids the history of the town and area that they call home.
The JHHSM consists of two main galleries: the one on Cache Street and 105 Glenwood Ave., (Indians of the Greater Yellowstone), as well as its hands-on education center, the Mercill Archaeology Center, at 105 Mercill Ave.
• Children under 12 get in free at both galleries. Both galleries have scavenger hunts to help engage children throughout the museum.
• The Mercill Archaeology Center is a hands-on learning center that partners with local schools and non-profits to offer, school visits, summer camps, afterschool clubs to the community’s youth. Students get to explore and discover the local history of Jackson Hole over the last 10,000 years.
The center is not open to the public on a daily basis but hosts occasional public programs and classes and is available for privately scheduled groups and kids' birthday parties. 307-733-2414; jacksonholehistory.org
Jackson Hole and Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center/National Elk Refuge; located on the southwest corner of the National Elk Refuge at 532 N. Cache St.
A series of exhibits explain the establishment of the refuge and offer a glimpse of some of its history, describe elk migration routes and seasonal ranges, explain federal and state land management agency missions, and provide wildlife viewing information.
The refuge and visitor center is often host to fun educational programs and events, such as interpretive walks, visits from Teton Raptor Center, craft projects for children and more.