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Fri. Dec. 29

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

Fri. Dec. 29

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

Fri. Dec. 29

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 Fri. Dec. 29

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

8am-3pm Fri. Dec. 29

YMCA Gymnastics All Day Open Gym

These special open gyms are for days off from school. Full-day (8:30 AM-3:00 PM) and half-day (8:30-11:00 AM or 12:00-3:00 PM) options are available. This program includes craft activities, and the full-day option also offers lunch.

YMCA Tennis Center
229 Moore St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member: $20, Community: $30

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Fri. Dec. 29

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 Fri. Dec. 29

Super Space Quest Planetarium Show

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Guests will lie down under the stars in CMEC's inflatable planetarium and visit all of the planets in our galaxy. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-6pm Fri. Dec. 29

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-4pm Fri. Dec. 29

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

10:30-11am Fri. Dec. 29

Super Space Quest Planetarium Show

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Guests will lie down under the stars in CMEC's inflatable planetarium and visit all of the planets in our galaxy. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Fri. Dec. 29

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 Fri. Dec. 29

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 Fri. Dec. 29

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.

Sam Davey Rink
3001 Mercury Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Fri. Dec. 29

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

6:30-9pm Fri. Dec. 29

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