Your guide to family events, stories and news in Western Wisconsin.

Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Fri. Jan. 19

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

Fri. Jan. 19

Chippewa Youth Hockey Tournament

With two full sheets of ice, full concession stand, heated viewing area and more. See contact info for additional details or to learn how to register a team. Different age brackets compete during different weekends. Check the online schedule…

Chippewa Area Ice Arena
839 First Ave.
Chippewa Falls

Fri. Jan. 19

132nd Annual Silver Mine Invitational

The 132nd Silver Mine Invitational is an exciting international ski jumping competition. Watch top skiers from the US, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Canada & other countries. More information coming soon.

Silver Mine Ski Jump
2900 Silvermine Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door ; 12 & under is FREE

9-11:30am Fri. Jan. 19

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

10am-5pm Fri. Jan. 19

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 Fri. Jan. 19

Polaris (Planetarium Show)

Head to the CMEC's inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show, featuring a traveling penguin and a funny polar bear. Their scientific adventure leads them all around Earth and to Mars and Saturn, where they learn about planets'…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10-10:50am Fri. Jan. 19

Little Language Lab

Is your toddler ready to get talking? This newest class aimed at exposing children to a language rich environment, where they will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory…

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

Cost: $50/each, drop-ins welcome but please call ahead

Age: Ages 1-2

10:15am Fri. Jan. 19

L.E. Phillips Library: Preschool Storytime

For children who are able to sit through longer stories and participate in more advanced activities. Stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool

10:30-11:30am Fri. Jan. 19

ABCs for 2s and 3s

ABC’s for 2s and 3s is a fun step into exploring letters, numbers, and shapes. 2 and 3 year old children and their parents will enjoy open exploration time, songs, stories, sensory play and art.

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

Cost: $50/each, drop-ins welcome

Age: Ages 2-5

10:30-11:15am Fri. Jan. 19

Pop-Up Party

An all ages storytime featuring interactive stories of all shapes and sizes, then make your own pop-up book.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

10:30-11am Fri. Jan. 19

Polaris (Planetarium Show)

Head to the CMEC's inflatable Planetarium for an outta this world show, featuring a traveling penguin and a funny polar bear. Their scientific adventure leads them all around Earth and to Mars and Saturn, where they learn about planets'…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

11:30am-noon Fri. Jan. 19

Parachute Games

Kids will enjoy jumping, moving, dancing, grooving and all sorts of games with the giant parachute.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: Ages 3+

2-5pm Fri. Jan. 19

Art Classes Artisan Forge Studio

Art Classes at Artisan Forge Studio with Schaefer Miles Painting Drawing Adult and Teen Learn painting and drawing techniques. Work at your own pace. Novice and Advanced. This is your creative time. Paint and Draw with the Artists.

Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Four Classes $140 or One class for $40

Age: Adult and Teen

3-8pm Fri. Jan. 19

Sportsmen's Expo & Gun Show

The Gus Almquist Memorial Sportsmen's Expo and Gun Show features a full gun show with modern and antique firearms, ammo, optics, knives, military surplus, hunting and fishing related items. Wild Game Dinner and door prizes on Friday from…

Alliance Church of Menomonie
502 21st St N
Menomonie

Cost: $5 GA, age 14 and under free; $30 a table for dinner

Age: All Ages

4:30-7:30pm Fri. Jan. 19

2nd Annual Chili and Soup Feed - Altoona Lions Club

Altoona Lions Club will be serving chili or chicken noodle soup, salad, bread, cookies, milk, and coffee. All proceeds are used to benefit local communities and non-profits including food banks and Altoona school functions.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
2245 Hayden Ave
Altoona

Cost: $8 adults, $5 children 12 and under

5-9pm Fri. Jan. 19

Friday Family Nights

Basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, large inflatables, movie & color, free popcorn. In the youth area: dress up clothes, riding toys, building blocks. Sponsored by Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 per person; Family of 5+ $20 Max

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Fri. Jan. 19

Live at Northwoods Brew Pub: Derek Ramnarace

Derek Ramnarace leads the "Old Soul Society" and performs Americana, folk, rock, soul, and blues. Derek strikes out on his own and the singer/songwriter's emotionally raw, honest and heartfelt lyrics are wowing audiences everywhere. He tours…

Northwoods Brewpub & Grill
50819 West St.
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages with parent

6:30pm Fri. Jan. 19

Family Friendly Fridays and Flick & Float

On the second Friday of every month, members can bring a community member to the Y for free all day long. Community members are welcome to enjoy the Flick & Float movie in the small pool (6:30 PM) and try a family activity in Hobbs Gym…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

6:30-8:30pm Fri. Jan. 19

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

7:30-9pm Fri. Jan. 19

Comedy Hypnotist - Daniel James

Daniel James is one of the busiest comic hypnotists in the entertainment industry. He presents a lightning fast, high-energy, interactive experience unlike any other. Daniel's comedic style and powers of persuasion are unmatched; setting him…

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

Cost: Admission: Adults $18, Seniors $17, Youth $9

Age: All Ages

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