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

Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Fri. Feb. 2

Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games

ATV races, live music, ice fishing contest, softball, broomball, family skate, ice bowling, and more activities. See the full schedule online.

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.
Altoona

Cost: $8 for 2-day admission; Pit access tickets for races sold separately

Age: All Ages

9-11:30am Fri. Feb. 2

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-2pm Fri. Feb. 2

Tea Cup Succulent Class

Back by popular demand. Fee includes succulents, potting mix, decorative rock, and moss. Create a charming succulent conversation piece. Bring your own tea cup or they will provide one to purchase ($2-$5).

Green Oasis Gardens
1403 122nd Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10

Age: All Ages

10-10:30am Fri. Feb. 2

Arctic Circle! (Planetarium Show)

Join us in our inflatable Planetarium to explore the changing arctic landscape. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside Failsafe 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Fri. Feb. 2

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

10-10:50am Fri. Feb. 2

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

10-11:30am Fri. Feb. 2

Play N Learn - Play Group

Join this fun and free play group for pre-school aged children. You and your child will experience story time, hands on activities, and lots of learning through play! Snack will be provided. Community resources & food pantry will be…

Prairie Ridge Early Learning School
3031 Epiphany Ln
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Pre-school aged children

10:15am Fri. Feb. 2

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

10:30-11am Fri. Feb. 2

Arctic Circle! (Planetarium Show)

Join us in our inflatable Planetarium to explore the changing arctic landscape. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside Failsafe 30 minutes prior to the start of the show.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:30am-10:50pm Fri. Feb. 2

Little Learners Storytime

This 15-20 minute program is for children birth to three and their family or caregivers. Short concept rich books, singing, finger plays, puppets and nursery rhyme repetition are used to help foster healthy brain development, enhance early…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Birth -3 and caregivers

10:30-11:30am Fri. Feb. 2

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

11-11:30am Fri. Feb. 2

Growing Readers Storytime

For preschool children ages 3-6, this 30 minute storytime features books, songs, movement, and interactive learning activities that build pre-reading skills in your child, followed by an open activity/play period. Children may attend…

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-6

11:30am-noon Fri. Feb. 2

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: 3+

2-5pm Fri. Feb. 2

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. Feb. 2

Eau Claire Gun Show

Buy, Sell and Trade all firearms, ammo, knives, military, hunting items and more.

Best Western PLUS Eau Claire Conference Center
3340 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: Admission $5 age 14 and under free

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Fri. Feb. 2

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. Feb. 2

Live at Northwoods Brew Pub: Jeff White

Americana & Outlaw Folk from the hills of western Wisconsin. Blending warm tones, reverbs, delays & vibrato with outlaw grit, Jeff White sings of love, loss & lust with an Americana vibe, channeling the music from times past.

Northwoods Brew Pub
50819 West St
Osseo

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages with parent

6-7:30pm Fri. Feb. 2

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Candles and moonlight will illuminate the way as you explore the trails on snowshoes. A warm campfire awaits you as you finish the trail. Snowshoes will be available to rent. Please note that rental equipment is limited and may sell out.

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

Cost: Friends $3; Nonmembers $5 Snowshoe rental: $3 per set

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Fri. Feb. 2

Mother Son Rodeo Roundup

Mothers (or a special cowgirl) grab your favorite cowboy(s) and join the Rodeo Roundup. Come dressed in your favorite western style outfit and ready for a fun evening. Farm themed dinner will be provided followed by rodeo activities and…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $20 resident of Altoona/couple; $25 non-resident of Altoona/couple; $10/add'l son

Age: All Ages

7pm Fri. Feb. 2

The Fred Hable Ground Hog Day Extravaganza

Local Ground Hog Day enthusiast and Piano Maestro Fred Hable brings his special day to Caffe Tempo. Bring a dish to pass.

Caffe Tempo
315 E Madison St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30-9:30pm Fri. Feb. 2

McDonell High School: "The Wizard of Oz"

The talented students of McDonell Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame Middle School present the original "The Wizard of Oz" including the beloved "Somewhere Over the the Rainbow" and all the icon songs from the award-winning motion…

McDonell Area Catholic High School
1316 Bel Air Blvd.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Adults $12, students $6

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Fri. Feb. 2

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike

Candles and moonlight will illuminate the way as you explore the trails on snowshoes. A warm campfire awaits you as you finish the trail. Snowshoes will be available to rent. Please note that rental equipment is limited and may sell out.

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

Cost: Friends $3; Nonmembers $5 Snowshoe rental: $3 per set

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Fri. Feb. 2

ECCT Presents: My Son Pinocchio

The classic tale of a toymaker and his beloved puppet is given a touching finish in this Disney gem. This new musical features the beloved classic songs "When You Wish Upon A Star" and "I've Got No Strings", alongside a host of new songs by…

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8 Youth, $14 Student, $20 Seniors, $22 Adult

Age: All Ages

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