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Wed. Aug. 23

How to Audition for Musical Theater

A two-hour musical audition master class workshop for youth who are seeking help and feedback on their vocal performance. Nate Plummer is a professional actor and nationally known audition coach with students appearing on regional tours,…

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

Cost: $75

Age: Ages 8-15

7:30am-1pm Wed. Aug. 23

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. 23

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. 23

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)

10-10:30am Wed. Aug. 23

Archaeological Dig

It's time to dig in and see what a real archaeologist does and discovers! What will your pint-sized paleontologist dig up>?

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

Cost: FREE with museum admission

10am-5pm Wed. Aug. 23

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 Wed. Aug. 23

"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-6pm Wed. Aug. 23

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

11am-3pm Wed. Aug. 23

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

noon-8pm Wed. Aug. 23

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

1-4:30pm Wed. Aug. 23

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

2:30-3pm Wed. Aug. 23

Design a Dino

Pick the characteristics of your dinosaur and watch it come to life right before your very eyes! Free with Museum membership or admission.

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

Cost: FREE with museum admission

5-7pm Wed. Aug. 23

Girl Scout Family Beach Picnic

Interested in finding out a little more about Girl Scouts to see if they are a good fit for your family? Check out the free family picnic at Lake Altoona Clubhouse. There will be games, activities, food and the Ski Sprites perform too.…

Lake Altoona Club house
604 Beach Road

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 5+

6-8pm Wed. Aug. 23

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. 23

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

6:30-9pm Wed. Aug. 23

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