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Thu. Dec. 28

Read Off Your Fines

Kids with fines on their library card get a chance to read away their fines. During set hours this winter break, Chippewa Falls students can read at the library and earn $1 off their fines for every 20 minutes they read.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Under 18

Thu. Dec. 28

Old and New Works by Anders Shafer

Anders Shafer has selected his works, from the 1970s to the present, that were significant to his development. Most of the works are sequential visual stories. Gallery is located on the library's second floor.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

Thu. Dec. 28

Brad Peterson 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

We will be hosting the Brad Peterson Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The registration deadline is December 4th, and the tournament is held in the Schaaf Gym at the Eau Claire YMCA. All teams are guaranteed 3 games.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $60 per team

Age: Grades 1-7

7am-9:30pm Thu. Dec. 28

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. Dec. 28

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. Dec. 28

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

10-10:30am Thu. Dec. 28

Mini Makers: Snowflake Symmetry

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking. Build and create using real tools of the trade. This week's project is snowflake symmetry.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-9pm Thu. Dec. 28

Winter Games

Stop by the youth services program Room for activities throughout the holiday week. Have fun with a different activity each day, from Wii Bowling to LEGOs.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Dec. 28

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

noon-8pm Thu. Dec. 28

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. Dec. 28

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

2-3pm Thu. Dec. 28

Library Storytimes at Come & Play Days

Storytime is heading out on the road. Join the Parks and Recreation “Come and Play” days, a fun, family winter special event held at area ice skating warming houses. Hear stories, songs, and do a craft.

Roosevelt Rink
908 Folsom Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Dec. 28

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. Dec. 28

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

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Dec. 28

The Paint Shack

Enjoy a fun day/evening of painting made easy and exciting. A talented social artist will instruct you step by step through recreating the featured painting of the night. Paint on canvas, wood, bags, glasses, and more.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Usually $35 but somem special events are $10-$40

Age: All Ages

6:30-8pm Thu. Dec. 28

Teen Ugly Sweater Party

Is holiday break looking cold and boring? Pull out your ugliest sweater* and come for games, treats, and ugly-sweater related fun. Prizes awarded to the ugliest sweaters. No registration needed. *Ugly sweater not required.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

6:30-9pm Thu. Dec. 28

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