Parent Place

Free events, activities, and workshops for all Montana families.

What can the Parent Place do for me?

Contact the Parent Place now to find about about how we can help you get the (free) tools and resources your family needs to thrive. 

What is the Parent Place?

The Parent Place is your family's one-stop shop for free activities, classes and parenting support.

Our Parent Place programs are free and designed to provide parents with unique opportunities to enjoy parenting, enhance their skills as parents and meet other families in the community.


How Can I Find Out More?

Check out the events calendar for upcoming classes, groups, and programs!

Contact the Parent Place today. Click here or call the Thrive office at
(406) 587-3840.

What Does The Parent Place Do?

Dynamite Dads

Free monthly event for dads, father-figures and the kids they love.

Gym Days

Free weekly play event for kids ages 0-5, with locations in Belgrade and Bozeman.

Parenting with Love and Logic - Early Childhood

Workshop for parents of children ages 0-5. $10 suggested workbook fee.

Attentive Parenting

Free six week class focusing on the social-emotional aspect of your child's development and how you can best support them as a parent.

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Parent Place Success Stories

“The Parent Place has been a tremendous resource. It has been a place where I’ve been able to hear others’ experiences and gain knowledge. My son and I have always felt welcome. It is a safe environment where problems can be discussed openly and real solutions accomplished. What a wonderful program.”

—Single Parent

“I think it is so cool that the Parent Place respects us as dads enough to have our own time and activity. Most other groups are mostly women and that can feel awkward if you are the only man. Here, we are able to relax, meet other dads, and focus on our kids. The staff has helped to answer so many questions for me.”

—Dad of two

I had lost hope about my parenting….but during the Love and Logic session a light bulb went off and I have new hope again.

—Mother of three children

Meet our Parent Place Staff

  • Portrait of Cindy Ballew

    Cindy Ballew

    Parent Programs Manager

  • Portrait of Jessica Feltner

    Jessica Feltner

    Parent Programs Assistant

  • Portrait of Jai Anderson

    Jai Anderson

    Parent Educator

Upcoming Parent Place Events

  • Gym Day Belgrade

    April 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

    Location: Heck/Quaw Cafeteria

    Join the Fun at Belgrade Gym Days! Gym Days are free, weekly events designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize, and be able to actively play on cold Montana winter days! The Parent Place provides plenty of riding toys, tunnels, and balls for the kids to play with! The Bozeman…

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  • Gym Day Bozeman

    April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

    Location: Willson School

    Join the Fun at Bozeman Gym Days! Gym Days are a free, weekly event designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize, and be able to actively play on cold Montana winter days! The Parent Place provides plenty of riding toys, tunnels, and balls for the kids to play with! The…

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Check out our blog!

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Low Tech-Parenting

By Anna Redbond | April 4, 2017

Low-Tech Parenting Written by Jai Anderson, MSW. Jai is a Parent Educator at Thrive.  Your cell phone is four months old but the next generation phone just came out and now your “new” phone feels old.  Remember when blogging was the new thing?  I couldn’t wrap my head around this strange verb, “to blog.”  We…

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Are All Of Your Barbies Blonde? Helping your children develop a sense of race.

By Anna Redbond | February 3, 2017

Written by Jai Anderson, Parent Educator at Thrive Current events in our country make it clear that race is a topic that stirs up a lot of thought and emotion.  Do you ever wonder what you can do to help tackle such enormous challenges?  Sydney Smith reminds us, “It is the greatest of all mistakes…

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Thrive talks mentoring and parenting tips with Rob Watson

By Anna Redbond | January 5, 2017

Written by Anna Redbond, Thrive’s Communications Coordinator. January is National Mentoring Month. In honor of the celebration, Thrive interviewed Bozeman School District Superintendent, Rob Watson, to discuss mentoring, role models and his one piece of golden parenting advice. Was there anyone who was a mentor or role model for you growing up? My parents were…

Parent Place Sponsors

Thrive as an organization would not exist without the generous support of many individuals and partners who donate their time, materials and energy to this cause. Here are a few local businesses that continue to deserve our gratitude.