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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9am-noon Thu. Aug. 17

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

9:30-11:30am Thu. Aug. 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: Ages Birth to age 5

10am-5pm Thu. Aug. 17

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 Thu. Aug. 17

"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

10am Thu. Aug. 17

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

11am-3pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

11:30am-7pm Thu. Aug. 17

Dollar Swim Day: Back to School

Anyone who brings in a school supply to donate to children in need gets in for $1.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1/person or Season Pass. Children 2 & under are free

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Aug. 17

200 Main Gallery Showing 'Four Accomplished Gents'

200 Main Gallery will host 'Four Accomplishe dGents', featuring works of Bob Gehrke, Mel Sundby, John Lawler and Andy Shafer. Their work - sculpture, painting and ceramic - can be seen nation and world-wide. We are very fortunate to have…

200 Main - Gallery & Studios
200 Main St.
Eau Claire

noon-8pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

noon-5pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

1-4:30pm Thu. Aug. 17

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.
Stockholm

Cost: $150

Age: Entering grades 5 - 11 in fall

4-7pm Thu. Aug. 17

Countdown To Kindergarten

Is your child entering Kindergarten this year? Then it's time to celebrate starting school. Visit the Children's Museum of Eau Claire to hop on a real school bus, get moving at Recess, practice a Morning Meeting, sign up for a library card,…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Rising kindergartners & families

5-8pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 17

Burger King Classic Car Show - Trick Your Truck

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family. This week’s theme is Trick your Truck. Bring your modified and tricked out vehicles to show off.

Burger King
2752 120th St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6pm Thu. Aug. 17

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio 2 Year Anniversary Celebration

Join Latitude 44 on The High Bridge, located between 1st St (west side of river) and Forest St (east side of river), at for a yoga class with a view. At 7pm, migrate to Lazy Monk Brewing to continue the celebration. No experience necessary…

Latitude 44 Yoga Studio
313 E. Madison St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Aug. 17

Habla en la Cabra

Practice your Spanish with other area Spanish speakers and help others practice their English. All levels welcome, no registration necessary. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexion de Chippewa Valley.

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Aug. 17

Habla en la Cabra Language Exchange

Practice Spanish with the help of native speakers and return the favor! All levels welcome. Shortened summer hours. Provided by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley.

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Aug. 17

Dabble Box Open Lab

Join the Summer Library Program at the Dabble Box Open Lab. Explore the library's new Makerspace with your family. Check out the cool tools and materials we have to offer, and make something neat to take home.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 17

Sounds like Summer Concert Series

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One's Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa River in June, July, and August. Enjoy a pre-show set from area…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:30-9pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

6:30-8:40pm Thu. Aug. 17

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

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