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Thu. Apr. 12

Bread and Roses

Inspired by Rose Schneiderman who said, “The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." encouraging everyone to think beyond just survival and to believe we should have art too. Enjoy illustrations by fashion designers like…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30-11:30am Thu. Apr. 12

Bird Banding 101

This two day workshop is for those with little or no bird banding experience. Participants will learn how to safely capture and release birds; techniques to hold, band, and take measurements on birds; about Beaver Creek’s Avian Monitoring…

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

Cost: Friends and Nonmembers $50 per person; register by 4/5

9-11:30am Thu. Apr. 12

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

9:30am Thu. Apr. 12

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. Apr. 12

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-noon Thu. Apr. 12

Mini Makers - Open Lab

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking. Build and create using real tools of the trade. They'll provide all of the string, beads, cardboard, wood, tape, etc. to create the project of your dreams, and then you get to take your…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Apr. 12

54th Annual Spring Art Show

Nearly 100 local artists - old and young, novice and experienced - submit their two and three-dimensional art works each year to this community exhibit. The exhibition includes original paintings, sculptures, photos, stained glass, and other…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:45-11:45am Thu. Apr. 12

The Hillcrest Dog Walk

Join ChiroElite's clinic pup Surly on a casual 3 mile walk through the old Hillcrest golf course trail. The walk starts at ChiroElite in Altoona and follows a beautiful public walking trail along Otter Creek. All well mannered dogs are…

ChiroElite Chiropractic + Rehab
1219 10th St. W
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Apr. 12

Choix Roses: les Deux

Discover floral wonders both romantic and gothic in beautiful artwork of bouquets, botanicals, roses and rose inspired art that spans the Age of Enlightenment to today. Experience authentic art that questions beauty and values, or just enjoy…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2:30-3pm Thu. Apr. 12

Pop-Up Play

Museum Playologists could pop up anywhere with a fun new challenge for you and your family to enjoy. Exercise your brains and bodies with a variety of action-packed activities.

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

3-9pm Thu. Apr. 12

National Library Week Button Challenges

Celebrate National Library Week. The amazing button maker will be out in Youth Services, so stop by all week. A new literary challenge will be available each day to prompt your creativity.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Apr. 12

All Ages Open Lab

Explore the library's newest DIY, hands-on space. Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather color, paint or knit, the Dabble Box has something for you.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, The Dabble Box
400 Eau Claire St
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-6pm Thu. Apr. 12

Family Maker Night

Get your goggles on - it's time for a scientific night of family fun. They'll provide all of the experiments, tools and supplies. You bring your imagination and thinking caps. Free for the whole family.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

4:30-5pm Thu. Apr. 12

Little Dancers Preschool

Little Dancers Preschool dance class + older dancers. Tap Ballet Creative dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance
31 W Spring St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36/month

Age: Preschool 3 - 4 Yrs & older

4:30-6:30pm Thu. Apr. 12

Feed My People Open House

You're invited to visit your local food bank. See what's new at the food bank, take a tour, honk the horn of a Feed My People semi, and enjoy refreshments. All community members are welcome to stop by and learn more.

Feed My People Food Bank
2610 Alpine Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Thu. Apr. 12

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

5:30-9:30pm Thu. Apr. 12

Lifeguard Training

Learn the skills to recognize, prevent, and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course certifications include Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer (valid 2 years).

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $185, Community $225

Age: 16+

6-7pm Thu. Apr. 12

Online Safety Community Forum

Join Special Agent Reblin at Menomonie High School for an Online Safety Community Forum. This presentation will provide an overview of internet safety including issues parents, educators, and students need to know to protect themselves…

Menomonie High School
1715 5th St. W.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

6-8pm Thu. Apr. 12

Cotton Macrame Plant Holder Workshop @ Art on the Ridge

Explore the art of Modern macrame with Kelsey M Wenberg of the Contemporary Knot. Learn four of the most popular macrame knots and leave with a cotton plant hanger. $45, includes all materials, snacks, and sips. Adult beverages available to…

Art on the Ridge
525 Park Ridge Court
Eau Claire

Cost: $45; contact to register your seat

Age: All Ages

6:15-10pm Thu. Apr. 12

Thursday Bingo at the Moose Lodge

Doors open 6:15. Games start at 7. Regular and Progressive Bingo. 50/50 Raffle, All proceeds after expenses go to Charity. Food and Drink served. Lunch Served before play and at intermission. 17 games played for as low as $4. Different…

Menomonie Moose Lodge
720 19th Ave.
Menomonie

Cost: Varies

Age: All, under 18 must have Guardian

6:30-9:30pm Thu. Apr. 12

Yuri's Night

Beaver Creek Reserve is partnering with the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire for a fun night of all things space-related. The Children’s Museum will be bringing out their inflatable planetarium for 30-minute showings. There will be tons of…

Hobbs Observatory
In Beaver Creek Reserve, S1 Cty Hwy K
Fall Creek

Cost: Friends $3, Nonmembers $5 FREE for those who are members of BOTH Beaver Creek Reserve and the Children’s Museum.

Age: All Ages

6:30-7pm Thu. Apr. 12

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

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