Wow! What day is it? I’m still reeling from a long world-class kayak competition and Independence Day weekend, and already I can feel Missoula gearing up to hit me with another crazy too-much-t0-see-and-do weekend.

Friday is the third annual Kiddopalooza (or however you spell it) music festival, which doubles as a benefit event for Families First. Who’s playing? What’s happening? Well, there’s the Sweet Adeline’s Barbershop Octet, Tangled Tones, Wise River Mercantile, a Championship Training Taekwondo Demonstration, Julie and the Wolves, “The Mime” Christian Ackerman, Derailed, Vera, Parson’s Pony Rides (from 6:30-8:30pm), TWO – count ‘em – TWO bouncy houses, a water slide, face painting, a giant sandbox, mini-mobile races (huh?), a Western Montana Fairgrounds Rodeo Queens Rope Course (4-6 p.m.), a gymnastics course, the MCAT Space Taxi, free rides on the Missoula Carousel (7-9 p.m.) and – oh, just go check it out for yourself.

The festivities start at 2 p.m. and end at 8 p.m., unless you count the free carousel rides, which go on until 9 p.m. And since it’s summer, there will still be enough light to run around outside until the kids finally tucker out.

It costs $15 for an all-access wristband; $20 for a wristband with a T-shirt; $1 per ticket if you want to purchase activities individually.

And if the kids have any leftover energy the next day (ha ha – you know they will), there’s the Kids Marathon. Nearly 200 kids have registered.

- MM

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