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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

7am-9:30pm Thu. Nov. 30

Christmas Village

Irvine Park Christmas Village will be open from dawn to dusk. The display will include more than 100,000 Christmas lights and over 100 life-size Christmas scenes that replicate the Victorian era and the city's early history. The park becomes…

Irvine Park
Bridgewater Avenue
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

9am-noon Thu. Nov. 30

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

Tiny Tots is a place for kids to bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for some creative, dramatic, memory making fun. Come on in and get your play on. Make some memories, and burn off some energy.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $5/child, free for adults and infants under 12 months

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Thu. Nov. 30

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/child

9:15-10:05am Thu. Nov. 30

Little Language Lab

Toddlers will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory activities. This class is a mix of structured circle time and free choice stations. Suggestions and techniques will be…

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

Cost: $50, Drop in $10 (call ahead)

Age: Ages 1-2

9:30-11:30am Thu. Nov. 30

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

10-10:30am Thu. Nov. 30

Mini Makers: Strings + Things

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking! Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's project is creating masterpieces with string.

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

Cost: Free with membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Nov. 30

Hugh Mandelert Art Society

Many of Hugh's students have family members who share their creative genes and love for the arts. They are also subjects of inspiration for us and find their way into many of our paintings. The Hugh Mandelert Art Society is a group of artists…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:30-11:30am Thu. Nov. 30

ABC’s for 2s and 3s

ABC’s for 2s and 3s is a fun step into exploring letters, numbers, and shapes. 2-3 year old children and their parents will enjoy open exploration time, songs, stories, sensory play and art. No class Nov. 23.

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

Cost: $50, Drop in $10 (call ahead)

Age: Ages 2-3 yrs

noon-8pm Thu. Nov. 30

Choix Roses

Galaudet Gallery is bringing you a room full of roses in Choix Roses showing roses by the famed botanical artist Pierre J. Redoute.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 S Farwell St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Nov. 30

Shakers and Makers: American Folk Art and Beyond Art Exhibit

This eclectic art exhibit begins with art made by 1800’s Shakers alongside fine artists of today and makers of our region. Challenging stereotypes of both folk art and fine art brings fun and interesting art into Galaudet Gallery

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Nov. 30

Photos with Santa at Oakwood Mall

Santa will be at Oakwood Mall daily. Santa’s house is located in the Sears wing. Santa may take occasional breaks to feed the reindeer throughout the day, so be sure to check his schedule online. Time flies, except when you're in line, so…

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

noon-6pm Thu. Nov. 30

A Month of 8x8"; Jo Burke and Jody Balow at 200 Main Gallery

Jo Burke and Jody Balow, owners of 200 Main Gallery in downtown Eau Claire have embarked on a 30 day challenge, each creating an 8x8" piece of art each day of November. View the work that is inspired each day - by events, inspirations,…

200 Main Gallery
200 Main Street (corner of Main and Graham)
Eau Claire

4-8pm Thu. Nov. 30

Grand Opening of Knapp, Stout & Co. Coffee House + MJ & Co. Hair Parlor

Attendees will get a glimpse of the sweet nostalgic warmth that comes from family owned and operated businesses. Free door prizes, food and beverage tasting, and activities that include live music, makeup application, mini massages, games,…

Knapp, Stout & Co. Coffee House & MJ & Company Hair Parlor
E4507 County Road C
Downsville

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-7pm Thu. Nov. 30

Opening for Jo Burke, Jody Balow; A Month of 8x8's

Jo Burke and Jody Balow, owners of 200 Main Gallery in downtown Eau Claire have embarked on a 30 day challenge, each creating an 8x8" piece of art each day of November. Refreshments and beverages served.

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

5-7pm Thu. Nov. 30

Language Exchange: Habla en la Cabra

Practice your second language with us, English or Spanish. We sip coffee and help each other practice conversational English and Spanish. Bring the family, all levels and ages are welcome. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa…

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Nov. 30

3rd Annual Holiday Toy Trains

Featuring standard gauge trains running on 384 square feet of track all decked out for the holidays. Night trains on Tuesday and Thursday. Preschool age activities include Thomas the Tank Engine toy trains and track. More family activities…

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

Cost: $9 adults, $6 kids Thurs., Fri., Sat; $2/person Tues. evenings (museum free); $2/person for museum members anytime

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Nov. 30

Two Rivers at the Foster Cheese Haus

Sue Orfield (sax & piano), Randy Sinz (guitar, bass & vocals), and Gregg Wheeler (guitar, harmonica & vocals) provide the tunes while The Foster Cheese Haus provides the beer, wine, and wood fired pizza.

Foster Cheese Haus
E10934 County Hwy HH
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Nov. 30

Parent Cafe'

This free family event includes a family-style meal and an adult facilitated discussion. Instead of a craft, you'll be cooking with kids! Childcare is provided. Tonight's topic is "Stirring it up!", and is presented by River Source Family…

River Source Family Center
403 High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Thu. Nov. 30

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