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

Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Sat. Jan. 20

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

Sat. Jan. 20

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

Sat. Jan. 20

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

9am-4pm Sat. Jan. 20

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

9am-noon Sat. Jan. 20

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

9am-1pm Sat. Jan. 20

Winter Market of Menomonie

A typical Winter market day is presented by 15-20 farmers and artists selling everything from vegetables to fruits, eggs, breads, meats and handmade crafts. Friendly atmosphere, fresh coffee, hot prepared foods and live music every week. All…

Raw Deal
603 S. Broadway St.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 20

ArtMobile at Oakwood Mall

The ARTmobile connects children to the visual arts with fun and relevant art projects that have an educational aspect to them.

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-4pm Sat. Jan. 20

Beaver Creek Reserve's Frosty Frolic

Come to Beaver Creek Reserve for a “Snow Day, Your Way” featuring fun winter family activities. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, mini-sessions on a variety of topics, kids crafts and activities, hot chocolate, s’mores and much more.…

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: Members: Adults $10, Kids $6 | Non-members: Adults $12, Kids $7 | Dog sledding is an additional pricing

10-10:50am Sat. Jan. 20

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

10am-3pm Sat. Jan. 20

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

10:15am-1:15pm Sat. Jan. 20

What's It Worth? Antique & Collectible Appraisal Event

Appraisals are by reservation only. Call 715-839-4834 to schedule your 4-minute appointment. Please provide a description of your appraisal item. Opinions of value are informal and may not be used for insurance or charitable donations which…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am Sat. Jan. 20

L.E. Phillips Library: Family Storytime

Stories, songs and fun for the whole family, designed to ignite children's language and brain development.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 0-6

10:30am-12:30pm Sat. Jan. 20

My Little Cookie Monster Kids Event

Hey parents! Come in and bring your little Cookie Monsters and create their cute handprint on a ceramic plate. Instructors on site to make if easy and fun

Craving Canvas and Ceramic Studio
2807 East Hamilton Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $15

Age: Ages 5 and up

10:30-11am Sat. Jan. 20

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

11am-4pm Sat. Jan. 20

Come and Slide With Us

Enjoy an afternoon of supervised sledding, accompanied with a roaring fire, music, and a cup of hot chocolate. For more information call Eau Claire Parks and Recreation.

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11-11:30am Sat. Jan. 20

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

11am-3pm Sat. Jan. 20

Family Fest 2018

Bring the whole family for exciting activities including Ronald McDonald brought in by Courtesy Corporation, Family Olympics, Petting Zoo, Mascot Competition, DJ Entertainment from Party Hits, Indoor Marketplace, and more.

Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $5 for Children and Adults; Children 2 and under are Free

Age: All Ages

noon-3pm Sat. Jan. 20

Get Hooked! Learn to Fish Chippewa Falls

Free Fishing pole, jig, and bait while supplies last. No fishing license required. No registration required. Learn the whole experience of Ice fishing from: learning to setup equipment, how to use the equipment, how to clean fish, and best of…

Ojibwa Golf & Bowl
8140 136th St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon Sat. Jan. 20

2nd Annual Cinderella's Birthday Party: ECCT Fundraiser

It's Cinderella's Birthday and you're invited. All new musical play, new menu of kid's favorites, more singing and dancing, birthday cake, princess basket raffles, games and surprises, autographs and photos. Princess attire encouraged.

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $12 GA

Age: All Ages

1:30-3:31pm Sat. Jan. 20

Bill Blagg LIVE

The Magic of Bill Blag Live comes to the State Theatre for one show only. Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg's show is…

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $25-35 | Youth $10 (prices subject to change)

Age: All Ages

2-5pm Sat. Jan. 20

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

2:30-11pm Sat. Jan. 20

Vets Fighting 4 Vets Chili Cookoff & Bean Bag Tournament with Music by Shootin' Jack

Annual chili cook-off and bean bag tournament to raise money for veterans' services. Registration for the chili cook-off begins at 2:30pm. Tasting runs 3-6pm with the bean bag tourney to begin at 6pm. Registration at 5:30pm. Cash prizes…

Veterans Center of Menomonie
E4710 County Road BB
Menomonie

Cost: FREE ($25/tournament team registration, $10/chili entry)

Age: All Ages

4-6pm Sat. Jan. 20

Craft Lab: Make a Tassel Necklace

Learn to make a tassel necklace with instructor Jamie Kyser at Blue Boxer Arts. You will learn the basics of jewelry making, how to use various tools, how to use a crimp bead and how to make a tassel. You will walk away with a necklace…

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $30

Age: ages 14+

4-8pm Sat. Jan. 20

8th Annual Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction by Chippewa Valley Roller Derby

All-you-can-eat homemade spaghetti, garlic bread, and desserts. Silent auction filled with items donated by businesses and individuals across the Chippewa Valley, as well as homemade goodies created by the skaters. Raffles will also be drawn…

VFW Post 7232
2900 W Folsom St
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 Adults, $5 Kids

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Sat. Jan. 20

Candle Light Snowshoe Hike

Candle Light Snow Shoe Hike on the Off Road trails in Centennial Park. Flat bottom toboggans or sleds or for the little ones are welcome. Follow the candle light through the trails on a 1.2 mile hike. There will be a bonfire and hot cocoa.…

Centennial Park
Spooner Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Sat. Jan. 20

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

7:30-10pm Sat. Jan. 20

Bill Blagg LIVE

The Magic of Bill Blag Live comes to the State Theatre for one show only. Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Blagg's show is…

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $25-35 | Youth $10 (prices subject to change)

Age: All Ages

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