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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

8am-3pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Institute: Eau Claire

Summer Institute has a 40-year tradition of teaching and delighting children across the Chippewa Valley. Your kids will love the variety of activities, and you will appreciate the small classes that promise high quality learning.

Sam Davey Elementary
3000 Starr Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $15 per class for Eau Claire district students and those who live in the district; $85 per class for all other students.

9am-noon Tue. Jul. 17

Love Eau Claire Day Camp

Send your kids for mornings packed with sports, team building games, crafts, Bible stories, singing, snacks and even a li'l time for reading.

Cameron Park
1601 11th St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Families pay based on annual income

Age: Entering 2nd-5th grade

9am-noon Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Writing Camp

Tap into your writing talents with this exploratory camp for students. Learn creative techniques, interactive storytelling, technology tips, and tricks from experts as you uncover your writing potential.

UW Eau Claire Campus
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $189

Age: Students entering grades 6-10

9:30-11:30am Tue. Jul. 17

Traveling Tuesdays: Blaeser Farms

Tuesday morning playgroups are on the move. Travel to Blaeser Farms. Please remember to wear shoes. Field trip starts at 10:00 at Blaeser Farms or meet at 9:30 at River Source Family Center to caravan.

Blaeser Farms
21274 30th Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

9:30-11:30am Tue. Jul. 17

Play & Learn

You and your child will enjoy free play, songs, dancing, stories, crafts & snacks. Here you will find playing & learning go hand in hand. Come & experience learning through the eyes of your child.

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

10am-noon Tue. Jul. 17

Tech Tuesdays: Open Lab

A digital playground for you every week. Create and play with coding kits, 3D printers, robots, Augmented Reality Sandbox, and more.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10-11am Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Storytime

Summer storytime and activities for children birth-5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

10-11am Tue. Jul. 17

Free Kids Yoga at Carson Park

Can bring a mat or borrow one of ours. Follow the signs – near the playground. ​

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Kids all ages

10am-5pm Tue. Jul. 17

Chippewa Valley Photographers Exhibit - Curated by Lloyd Fleig and Claude Schilling

Curated by Lloyd Fleig and Claude Schilling, this exhibit features the artwork of seven local photographers Lowell Stevens, Beverly Wickstrom, Lloyd Fleig, Claude Schilling, Adam Schilling, Ashley Gasser, and Jeff Gutsch. No cost for…

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-11am Tue. Jul. 17

Preschool Kids in the Kitchen

This cooking camp is for the youngest chefs and their caregiver. Chop, pour, stir and create yummy, healthy snacks. Spend time learning about kitchen and food safety and how to use simple kitchen tools. Read story, play games and have fun.…

Forage
930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212
Eau Claire

Cost: $20 per day

Age: 2-6 years

10am Tue. Jul. 17

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "Paddington 2"

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. When a thief steals his present for his aunt's 100th birthday the prized book, Paddington embarks on an…

Micon Cinemas Eau Claire
3109 Mall Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10:15-10:35am Tue. Jul. 17

Toddler Tales Storytime

For two- and three-year olds. All storytimes features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool

10:30am-12:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

All Ages Open Lab

Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather craft, make music, create art or play games, the Dabble Box makerspace has something for you. All ages open labs offer time for self-guided exploration with staff on hand to…

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:30-11am Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Family Storytime

Bring the whole family for an active half hour of stories, music, rhymes and movement.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

10:30-11am Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Story Time

Summer Story Time! Every Tuesday in June and July.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: For ages 2-8

10:30-11:30am Tue. Jul. 17

Spanish Woodland Adventure Camp

An 80% Immersion Spanish class using Miss Anita's learning songs, props, visual arts, stories, and lots of outdoor games. Walk in the bosque like Goldilocks, learn words for camping, sea life, places in the community, drink limonada and eat…

Contact for Location Info

Cost: $55 for the session or $15 per day

Age: Ages 5-10

10:45-11:45am Tue. Jul. 17

The Hillcrest Dog Walk

Join ChiroElite's clinic pup Surly on a casual 3 mile walk through the old Hillcrest golf course trail. The walk starts at ChiroElite in Altoona and follows a beautiful public walking trail along Otter Creek. All well mannered dogs are…

ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab
1219 10th St. W
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Lunch Break Open Skate

Cool off this summer at Hobbs Ice Arena's Summer Lunch Break Open Skate.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch). Fee includes skate rental

Age: All Ages

11-11:45am Tue. Jul. 17

Chill on the Hill Youth Art Classes

CVCA/Heyde Center provides an early introduction of children to the arts and culture through the offering of forty-five minute presentations of various arts and cultural activities at the Heyde Center during the summer.

The Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 4-10

11:30am-12:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Painting Lessons

Classes are divided by age groups Confirm age groups online. All materials are always provided, students may bring their own if they wish. Finger Painting, Color Wheel, Color Mixing, Beginner Painting, Shapes, Tempera, WaterColor, Modeling…

The Painted Lotus
Banbury Place Building 13, Suit 209
Eau Claire

Cost: $15, $35, $45

Age: K-12th Grade

noon-7pm Tue. Jul. 17

Grandparent's Day

Every Tuesday, grandparents free with child admission, $4.25 or Season Pass.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Grandparents free with child admission, $4.25 or Season Pass

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Tue. Jul. 17

Camp Good to Grow

Follow food from the farm to the fork, as you plant your own produce and harvest healthy ingredients. ECASD and CFAUSD students are eligible for free tuition.

Children's Museum of Eau Claire
220 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $80 Members/$90 Non

Age: Grades K-1st

1-3pm Tue. Jul. 17

ARTmobile

The ARTmobile connects children with the visual arts. Children are invited to work on art projects with staff from the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center ARTmobile.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-4pm Tue. Jul. 17

10th Street Recreation Center Open Play

This drop in program has supervised activities for children kindergarten through eighth grade; children are allowed to come and go. While at the Recreation Center they will be encouraged to participate in ongoing activities. Should not be…

Altoona City Park Pavillion
10th Street West
Altoona

Cost: $50 for entire summer

Age: Grades K-8

1:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Boogie in the Barnyard

Get ready to trot like a turkey, cha-cha like a chicken and polka like a pig with musician and author John Duggleby.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

1:30-3pm Tue. Jul. 17

No Sew Fleece Blankets

The library will provide all the materials to make these easy fleece blankets. The best part? The blankets the kids make will be donated to the Eau Claire County Humane Association.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 9-11

2:30-3:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

En La Playa / At the Beach Spanish Class

Learn lots of Spanish with music, stories, games, snack time, and visual arts. Act out Goldilocks, play Rojo light/Verde light, ask for snacks in Spanish.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $60 for the session or $20 per day

Age: Ages 6-10

3-4pm Tue. Jul. 17

Movement Over Menomin: Kids Yoga

Kids kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to bring their friends and join us on the lawn of the Menomonie Public Library for some fun exercise and movement. This week's event is Kids Yoga.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

3:30-6pm Tue. Jul. 17

Book Bug

Each of these sessions will include games, reading, activities, and more. Stay for a short time or the whole thing, attendance will earn each child a free book to keep. If a child attends 3 weekly programs they will earn a free ticket for a…

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

3:30-4:15pm Tue. Jul. 17

Canta y Mueva / Sing and Move Spanish Class

Sing, move, play instruments, hear stories and learn lots of Spanish together with your children in this engaging class. Class includes Miss Anita's Spanish CD. Children play with the animals they learn about, ask for the snack using Spanish,…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $45 - or pay $13 per session

Age: Ages 2-6

3:30-4:45pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Minecraft Club

Come play Minecraft at the library Tuesdays in June and July. Laptops will be available to use. The library has an account that players can also use.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Teens going into grades 6-12

4-5:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Painting Lessons

Classes are divided by age groups Confirm age groups online. All materials are always provided, students may bring their own if they wish. Finger Painting, Color Wheel, Color Mixing, Beginner Painting, Shapes, Tempera, WaterColor, Modeling…

The Painted Lotus
Banbury Place Building 13, Suit 209
Eau Claire

Cost: $15, $35, $45

Age: K-12th Grade

4-6pm Tue. Jul. 17

Teen Dabble Lab

Hang out, play, and explore everything the Dabble Box makerspace has to offer from gaming to coding, crafting to creating. Use 3D pens, art supplies, button makers, a 3D printer, and much more. There's something for everyone!

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

5-8pm Tue. Jul. 17

Sports Camp

Bible lessons and songs are paralleled with spiritual lessons that are reinforced in sports. Sport Options: Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, Dance, Team 45 (sports skills for 4-5 year olds), and Outdoor Recreation – Fishing. Includes a…

Menomonie Alliance Church
502 21st St. N
Menomonie

Cost: $15

Age: 4-12

5pm Tue. Jul. 17

Teen Summer Program

Activities include Teen Iron Chef, Harmonica Lessons, Carpool Karaoke, Rock Band, Tech Day, Music Trivia, and Late Night Lock In (special sign-up required). Check weekly schedule online.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

6-9pm Tue. Jul. 17

U.K.E. - Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire

All levels and ages of ukulele players (and listeners & singers) are welcome. Social hour begins at 6 pm, music starts at 7 pm. If you wish to lead a song, please bring at least 20 copies of the music to share.

Galloway Grille
409 Galloway St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15pm Tue. Jul. 17

Teen Litwits Book Club

Talk about books you love (or hate) with other teens. Pizza and fizzy beverages will be served. Top teen books will be raffled off at each meeting. Registration is required.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

6:30-8:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Summer Painting Lessons

Classes are divided by age groups Confirm age groups online. All materials are always provided, students may bring their own if they wish. Finger Painting, Color Wheel, Color Mixing, Beginner Painting, Shapes, Tempera, WaterColor, Modeling…

The Painted Lotus
Banbury Place Building 13, Suit 209
Eau Claire

Cost: $15, $35, $45

Age: K-12th Grade

6:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Tuesday Night Blues: Howard 'Guitar' Luedtke and Blue Max

Howard "Guitar" Luedtke & Blue Max is a Western Wisconsin rock blues band, that performs all over Wisconsin and Minnesota. Many who have seen Howard and Blue Max have become fans of Howard’s talented slide guitar playing and the band’s…

Owen Park Bandshell
1st Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Tuesday Night Blues Concerts

The Chippewa Valley Blues Society hosts Tuesday evening concerts in Owen Park during the summer months. Features local favorites and a few from further flung locations. There'll be food vendors, great music, and an after party downtown at The…

Owen Park
1st Ave. and Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

T-Ball

This program is designed to teach children the basic fundamentals of the game and increase hitting and fielding skills. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team those nights.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: $55 Resident; $70 Non-Resident

Age: Ages 6-8

6:35pm Tue. Jul. 17

Eau Claire Express 2018 Season

Experience the excitement of live baseball as your hometown Eau Claire Express slug it out in historic Carson Park.

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 general admission tickets, $11 reserved grand stand tickets, $14 reserved box tickets, $28 fan deck tickets | multi-game packages and group discounts available

Age: All Ages

6:35pm Tue. Jul. 17

Eau Claire Express vs Waterloo Bucks

The Eau Claire Express plays against the Waterloo Bucks. Gates at 5:30pm

Eau Claire Express Stadium - Carson Park
702 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

7:30-8:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

Moms Only Yoga

Get the quiet you need in a super calm space, with a yoga practice designed just for moms to work out the crazies and rejuvenate for tomorrow. Be ready to roll right into bed. Pregnant moms welcome. Sorry, no kiddos. Please sign up ahead.…

Tuning Tree Healing Services
515 South Barstow St Suite 117
Eau Claire

Cost: $10/class or $30/4 classes

7:30pm Tue. Jul. 17

T-Ball

This program is designed to teach children the basic fundamentals of the game and increase hitting and fielding skills. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team those nights.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: $55 Resident; $70 Non-Resident

Age: Ages 6-8

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire