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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Jan. 11

Great Lakes, Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin

View this traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society! Comprised of 16 panels, the exhibit features an interactive kiosk that allows visitors to track the movement of glaciers, follow changes made to local rivers over time, or…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Thu. Jan. 11

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. Jan. 11

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

9:15-10am Thu. Jan. 11

Littlest Lab

For the littlest explorers. A special time each week with your baby as he or she discovers an engaging and rich environment. Songs and fingerplays and stations/activities. Discuss useful tips for raising young children and encourage each…

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

Cost: $50/each for whole course (drop-ins welcome, but call ahead)

Age: Babies learning to move

9:30am Thu. Jan. 11

MOMS Club of the Eau Claire Area

Are you an at-home mom? Come to the monthly planning meeting for MOMS Club Eau Claire-North. Learn about how MOMS Club helps at-home moms socialize, make friends, plan activities, go on field trips, and share in the joys of being an at-home…

Contact for location information

Cost: FREE

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

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: Birth to age 5

10am-5pm Thu. Jan. 11

Nate Rylander - the Jackson Pollock of the Midwest

View work by abstract expressionist painter Nate Rylander. “Action painting” can be seen in his artwork along with reclaimed materials such as hollow core doors. Inspired by several masters, we refer to Rylander as the Jackson Pollock of…

B-Framed Galleries
313 S. Barstow St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Jan. 11

Menomonie Public Library: Learning Together

Storytime for children birth and older. Children attend with a parent or caregiver. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Thu. Jan. 11

Mini Makers: Fuze Bead Creations

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

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Jan. 11

L.E. Phillips Library: Little Movers Storytime

For babies who love to move. Interactive rhymes, parachute games, songs, stories, bubbles, and social time for parents and children.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: 6-18 months

10:45-11:15am Thu. Jan. 11

Menomonie Public Library: On My Own

For children 3-5 years old. Children attend by themselves. No registration required.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Children Age 3-5

4-6pm Thu. Jan. 11

Family Maker Night

We're experimenting with strings and things at this edition of Family Maker Night. Learn how to knit a scarf, mittens and more. They'll provide all of the tools and supplies. You bring your imagination.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Thu. Jan. 11

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

5:30-6:20pm Thu. Jan. 11

Dance Buffet

An introduction to dance for your little sweethearts. They will be taught basic ballet and jazz dance moves along with placing an emphasis on listening and following directions. Children should come prepared to learn and have a blast. No…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $85

Age: Ages 3-4

6-8pm Thu. Jan. 11

Winter After Hours 2018

There will be ice skating, snow shoeing, winter kubb, a firepit, music, and hot drinks. Snowshoe and skate rentals will be available during the special event only. The warming house and restrooms will be open and supervised. Hundreds of…

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

6:30-7pm Thu. Jan. 11

PJ Story Night

Thirty minutes of great stories, songs and fingerplays. Children are encouraged to come in their PJs with a favorite stuffy in tow. Recommended for families with children ages 2-7. No sign-up required.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Age: Ages 2-7

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jan. 11

The Paint Shack

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

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: $10-40

Age: All Ages

6:30-9pm Thu. Jan. 11

Ole and Lena's Ice Fishing Fandango - Dinner Theater

Ole and Sven are gearing up, literally, for the Lodge’s annual 72-hour Pairs Ice Fishing Marathon contest. Aside from making sure the water pressure is strong enough to hose Ole down when he gets home from the contest, Lena is far more…

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

Cost: Admission: Dinner Show - Adults $34, Seniors $33, Youth $27 Show Only – Adults $15, Seniors $14, Youth $8

Age: All Ages

6:30-7:20pm Thu. Jan. 11

Hip Hop/Funk Dance

The next step for your child's dance lessons and adds a new funky twist to the class. They will learn dance skills associated with Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk and Modern Dance. Children should bring their positive attitudes and bright smiles. Recital…

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $85

Age: Ages 5-8

7-9pm Thu. Jan. 11

Local Trout Streams

Department of Natural Resources fish manager Joseph Gerbyshak will discuss trout population surveys for Eau Claire area trout streams and stream habitat projects planned for 2018 and 2019 at the January meeting of the Wisconsin Clear Waters…

Lazy Monk Brewing, LLC
97 West Madison Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Thu. Jan. 11

Jackson Taylor at Caffe Tempo

Chippewa Falls native Jackson Taylor makes a stop at Caffe Tempo tonight in The Phoenix Park Neighborhood. Original country music from an up and coming young talent, Jackson will make you forget who's on the radio.

Caffe Tempo
315 E Madison St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

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