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7:30am-1pm Wed. Aug. 16

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more. An art market featuring local artists appears most Saturdays throughout the season.

Phoenix Park Pavilions
Riverfront Terr.
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

9am-noon Wed. Aug. 16

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

An interactive playhouse where children can bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for a day of creative, memory-making fun.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $4/child

Age: All Ages

9:30am Wed. Aug. 16

Music Makers: Water Music Series

Join Mari Carlson for a musical exploration of water: water instruments, water songs, water dances, and more. Each class will last about 45 minutes with time for free play afterwards.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $24 per family, free for families of current ECMS students

Age: Children 1-5 (+Families)

10am Wed. Aug. 16

Micon Summer Kids Shows: Surprise Movies

The Micon Summer Kids Show series screens movies weekly throughout the summer for just a quarter per kid. The movies for these dates have not yet been determined, but there will definitely be something on the screen. Check their website as it…

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

10-11:30am Wed. Aug. 16

Kids Drop-In Art Discovery Centers

Multiple exciting art activity centers offered in our open-air studio space. All parents welcome to assist their children, parents must stay for children 6 and under. Activity changes due to weather and other circumstances may be necessary.…

Meadowsong Studios
E15501 County Road D
Fall Creek

Cost: $15/session, $65/5 sessions

10am-5pm Wed. Aug. 16

Small Wonders by Marcella Edmund

The art exhibit features sculptural containers of architectural form that reflect their function, to hold specific collections of tiny treasures mined from history.

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE to members / $7 entry to museum

Age: All Ages

10am-noon Wed. Aug. 16

The Paint Shack

Painting made easy and fun as a trained instructor walks the class through the process. Also paint on wood, bags, glasses and more. Check the website for more information on scheduled events and classes.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Ranges from $10-45 depending on class

10am Wed. Aug. 16

"Building Bridges" Group Summer Art Show

Selected artists were invited to create art that relates to their personal concept of building bridges. The work displayed in this show will reflect each of the artist’s interpretation of that theme. The group summer show may be viewed…

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-3pm Wed. Aug. 16

Beaver Creek Reserve's Butterfly House

Come out of your chrysalis and spread your wings. The Butterfly House provides an opportunity to see a variety of native Wisconsin butterflies in their natural environment.

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

Cost: Free for BCR members, Nonmembers: Adults $3, Kids (ages 2 - 15) $1

Age: All Ages

11am-6pm Wed. Aug. 16

Menomonie Farmers Market

Since 2000, this market has seen a remarkable growth in participation and sales. Farmer participation has increased from an average of 3-4 vendors in past seasons to 20 vendors at the peak of the summer harvest. A typical market day this past…

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East

Age: all ages

noon-8pm Wed. Aug. 16

East Meets West Art Exhibit

Enjoy paintings, drawings, watercolors, crystals, jewelry, prints, photography, sculptures and music from 50 juried artists influenced by Eastern and Western healing modalities inspiring fun and health by seeing beyond what exists and into…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-3pm Wed. Aug. 16

Kid's Crafts: An Introduction to Art for Kids

Kids can drop in and make a project to take home. A different project each week. The first will be a Laurel Burch cat. Adults invited to create with a child.

Valley Art Gallery & Gifts
304 N. Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 4-14

1-4:30pm Wed. Aug. 16

Youth Theater Camp

Under the instruction of Michelle Meyer and Nancy Lund, students will enhance their on-and off-stage skills. No prior acting or drama experience is required - just a willingness to have fun.

Widespot Performing Arts Center
N2030 Spring St.

Cost: $150

Age: Entering grades 5 - 11 in fall

1-4pm Wed. Aug. 16

Kids Collaborative Bowl Making on the Wheel

Try throwing clay on the wheel and then successfully create a bowl with instructor’s and student’s hands guiding the clay in tandem. Choose the glaze for your bowl and we will glaze it for you or return after bisque fire (2-3 weeks) and…

Meadowsong Studios
E15501 County Road D
Fall Creek

Cost: $50 for one child per hour, $80 for 2 kids per hour

Age: All Ages

1:30-3pm Wed. Aug. 16

Ice Cream Social Benefit for Joshua's Camp

Cool off and create your own ice cream sundae with your choice of toppings. All proceeds benefit Joshua's Camp, a camp that serves families that have a child 17 years of age or younger being treated by cancer or out of treatment for less than…

Heatherwood Assisted Living
4510 Gateway Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $3

5:30-6:30pm Wed. Aug. 16

Beginning Belly Dance Classes

Enjoy the fun of ATS® belly dance with a great group of women in a casual learning environment. Learn the basic belly dance movement techniques as well as playing finger cymbals. Grab a friend and come have a blast sharing this fun activity…

Dragonfly Dance and Wellness
308 North Barstow
Eau Claire

Cost: $80 for 1st 8 week session

Age: 16+

6-8pm Wed. Aug. 16

Knit Club

Bring your fiber or beading project, sip Soul Brewed Coffee Roaster's coffee, share tips and tricks, and meet good people.

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages, under 16 supervised

6:30pm Wed. Aug. 16

Ski Sprites Water Ski Show

A Wisconsin tradition, everyone should spend at least one night at the beach, watching the Ski Sprites perform on the water. Concessions available.

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.

Cost: FREE event admission, but a $3/car Eau Claire county parking permit is required

Age: All ages

6:30-8:30pm Wed. Aug. 16

The Paint Shack

Enjoy a fun evening of painting made easy and exciting. A social artist will instruct you step by step through recreating the featured painting of the night. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more. Sing up by Facebook (via message) or…

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Usually $35 check Facebook or website for more details

6:30-8:40pm Wed. Aug. 16

Maker Fun Factory Vaction Bible School

Maker Fun Factory is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste. Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help…

Cornerstone Christian Church
310 W. Polk Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-11

6:30-9pm Wed. Aug. 16

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

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