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9:30-11am Wed. Apr. 26

Bloomer Playgroup

This parent & child playgroup offers fun & playful opportunities for families to connect through music & story time, crafts & healthy snacks. Plus, each family receives one free book each month.

Bloomer Area Aquatic & Recreation Center
1731 17th Avenue

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth to age 5

9:45-11am Wed. Apr. 26


Getting children back into nature with an outdoor early childhood learning environment. 18 months to 8 years old. Discounts for multiple children. Choose Wednesday or Saturday class.

Irvine Park
Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $140

Age: 18 month - 8 years

10am-5pm Wed. Apr. 26

53rd Annual Spring Art Show - Community Art Exhibit

Over 100 artists from the area submit two and three-dimensional art works each year. The exhibition includes original paintings, sculptures, photos, stained glass, mosaics, ceramics, and other creative art forms.

Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc., Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High Street
Chippewa Falls

Age: All Ages

10:30-11am Wed. Apr. 26

Mini Gardens

Little fingers will have no trouble digging in and making these adorable little gardens. They're perfect to start seedlings in and transplant into home gardens, or simply watch them as the grow on any countertop.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission.

10:45-11:30am Wed. Apr. 26

Lily Pad Lab: Littlest Lab

Enjoy a special time each week with your baby as he or she discovers an engaging and rich environment. Each week we will have songs and fingerplays and stations/activities geared especially for this age group.

Lily Pad Lab
1620 Ohm Ave (In the EC Music School)
Eau Claire

Cost: $40, Drop in $8 (call ahead)

Age: Babies at crawling age

3:30-5pm Wed. Apr. 26

Indigenizing the Academy Spring Film Series: "Smoke Signals"

"Smoke Signals" is a humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as "trying to forgive his father." The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world, and is created by an…

Woodland Theater, Davies Center UWEC
105 Garfield Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Wed. Apr. 26

Battle of the Band Auditions

NHS Show Choir Booster presents their first annual BOB Fest 2017 on 5/13. Show your talents off to the judges in this audition, which includes a member of Irie Sol. Entertain with your own spin on a cover or debut your original songs.…

Eau Claire North High School
1801 Piedmont Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: High School Students

6:15-8:30pm Wed. Apr. 26

Rink Rat Hockey

Mite/Squirts (ages 7-10): 6:15pm-7:15pm; Peewee/Bantam (ages 11-14): 7:30pm-8:30pm. Open hockey time for youth players by age. Must have full equipment. Age 15+ not permitted to skate in Rink Rats.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $3 or City Pass

Age: Ages 7-14

6:30-9pm Wed. Apr. 26

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Wed. Apr. 26

Indoor Open Swim

Children 8 years old or younger must be accompanied by a responsible supervisor at least 13 years of age in order to be admitted.

Delong Middle School
2000 Vine St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $3 or City Pass, FREE for children 2 and under

Age: All Ages

7-10pm Wed. Apr. 26

Frog Fest

Frog Fest 2017 is an annual event not only at Beaver Creek, but throughout Wisconsin each spring as the ponds begin to thaw. The Wisconsin Frog Fest circuit hosts 11 frog performers and 1 toad. Join Reserve naturalist Ruth Forsgren as she…

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: Friends: Adult $5 Child $3 Nonmembers Adult $8 Child $5

Age: 5+