Nightmare Affair

Saturday, October 27 at the Great Northern Hotel!


Nightmare Affair is our largest annual fundraiser and we sure know how to raise the roof! This year’s event will be hosted at the Great Northern Hotel with a buffet dinner, live music by Ten Years Gone, a live auction, and hands-on science experiments.

Help ExplorationWorks Science Center bring STEM education to Helena and the surrounding communities. Support us by attending the best Adult Halloween Costume Party in Helena!

Regular Ticket Pricing (after Oct. 13): $85/person

For sponsorship information, contact Kelly Posewitz at 406.603.4130 or

2018 Live Auction Packages

Gates of the Mountains Cruise Narrated by Governor Bullock

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Cruise the Gates of the Mountains summer 2019 with 20-60 of your closest friends. Governor Bullock will be your Captain and guide for your scenic trip, performing the job even better than he did as a teenager. Schedule the trip for an evening in June, late August, or September and enjoy one of Montana’s most popular tourist attractions.  

Donors:  Governor Bullock, Gates of the Mountains

Two Tickets to Paradise


Pick your Paradise with two coach class round trip tickets to ANYWHERE that Alaska Airlines flies. No blackout dates! Alaska Airlines offers 1,200 daily flights to 115+ destinations across the US, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica. You choose your destination - the beaches of Maui, fishing in Anchorage, lifetime trip to Costa Rica, seeing the lights of Broadway in New York - it’s up to you! Plus, Helena Town Car will take you to and from the airport in style. Create the get-away of your dreams.

Donors:  Alaska Airlines, Helena Town Car

A Night of Karaoke with Mayor Collins


Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Ten Mile Creek Brewery with 20 of your friends and THE Mayor Wilmot Collins! Your package includes  a night of karaoke at Ten Mile Creek Brewery, 20 reserved seats, $100 gift card to spend on brews for you and your friends, and the chance to sing karaoke with the Mayor...or just simply watch. Hang on to your hats, not only is he a great Mayor but his singing will raise the roof.

Donors:  Mayor Wilmot Collins, Ten Mile Creek Brewery

Escape to Scottsdale


Enjoy sunny Scottsdale, AZ for 5 days and 4 nights in a beautiful two bedroom condo located just north of Scottsdale. Just a 10 minute drive to Keirland Commons for amazing shopping and restaurants. Check out spring training practices, get in a round of golf, go shopping, or simply sit by the pool. Your package also includes a $500.00 Visa Gift card to use towards airfare or restaurants.

Donors: Mary Kay Puckett, ExplorationWorks’ Board of Directors

Big Sky Ski Package

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Take on the slopes at Big Sky Ski Resort. Your package includes two-nights at the historic & original Huntley Lodge, located slopeside in Big Sky’s Mountain Village. It’s not a ski package without lift tickets, we are including two - 2 day lift tickets with access to all Big Sky Resort’s open chairlifts and 5,800 acres. Always a great weekend get-away!

Donor:  Big Sky Ski Resort

Create a Winter Wonderland with Nitro-Green


Let Nitro-Green of Helena do the winter work for you. Choose between professional reliable  snow removal services OR let the Holiday Decor team assist in creating & installing a festive wonderland of holiday cheer. Package includes a $1,000 gift card to use toward the services of your choice.

Donor:  Nitro-Green

Enjoy the Outdoors in Style

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Your experience starts with a Mount Helena ecology hike guided by Dr. Travis Almquist, Professor in the Biology Department at Carroll College. And since you like to do things in style, you will also take home some serious gear, including a YETI 65 Can Tundra Cooler, two YETI travel mugs, two YETI wine glasses, a men’s Storm Creek jacket, a women’s Storm Creek fleece, and a pair of Kenetrek boots.  

Donors:  Dr. Travis Almquist, The Base Camp, Kenetrek, Storm Creek, Sarah Scott, YETI

Weekend in Three Forks


The perfect weekend adventure for two to Three Forks, MT. You begin your adventure checking into the beautiful and historic Sacajawea Hotel for the night. Then enjoy a gourmet dinner at Pompey Grill. Enjoy 18 holes at the Headwaters Golf Course, while taking in the beautiful views.

Donors:  Dean and Hope Folkvord, Sacajawea Hotel

Extreme Birthday Party at ExplorationWorks

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Two words - liquid nitrogen! This ultimate birthday party package is sure to impress kids of all ages with a host of cool liquid nitrogen experiments, including making ice cream and dragon’s breath. ExWorks staff takes care of all the details, including invitations, pizza, cake,  refreshments and all the set-up & clean up. You’re welcome Mom and Dad.

Donors:  ExplorationWorks

Corporate Retreat at ExplorationWorks

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The ultimate team building experience. Begin with your employees tapping into their inner kid as they explore ExplorationWorks’ many hands-on exhibits. Next, they will test their team building skills with our Break Out Boxes activity, lead by ExWorks staff. The final experience is being rewarded with appetizers and refreshments (up to 30 people). Get this package and you’ll be well on your way to Boss of the Year!  

Donors:  ExplorationWorks

Thank you to our event sponsors!


for more information:

406.457.1800 ext. 1