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Wed. Jul. 11

Fairfax Pool: Shark Week

Fairfax Maxx's favorite week of the season! Sharky fun and games throughout the week.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4.25/person or Season Pass; Children 2 & under are free

Age: All Ages

Wed. Jul. 11

Northern Wisconsin State Fair

Annual fair with food vendors, carnival, livestock exhibitions, crafts, homemaking and educational exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. More than a mile of midway thrills, great food stands, and free grandstand entertainment. Music events…

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
225 Edward St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: Ticket pricing information available online

7:30am-1pm Wed. Jul. 11

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

8-9am Wed. Jul. 11

Body/Mind/Spirit Class

Experience your full wellness potential through tapping into your spiritual practice, embodiment practices, creative movement expressions, and understanding basic mental health.

Anandaworks Wellness Education Center
320 Putnam st.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8am-3pm Wed. Jul. 11

Summer Institute: Eau Claire

Summer Institute has a 40-year tradition of teaching and delighting children across the Chippewa Valley. Your kids will love the variety of activities, and you will appreciate the small classes that promise high quality learning.

Sam Davey Elementary
3000 Starr Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $15 per class for Eau Claire district students and those who live in the district; $85 per class for all other students.

9am-noon Wed. Jul. 11

Love Eau Claire Day Camp

Send your kids for mornings packed with sports, team building games, crafts, Bible stories, singing, snacks and even a li'l time for reading.

Cameron Park
1601 11th St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Families pay based on annual income

Age: Entering 2nd-5th grade

9am-noon Wed. Jul. 11

Camp Discovery

Children will be challenged to discover the wonder and beauty of God's creation by investigating science and nature through daily field trips.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1314 E. Lexington Blvd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $60

Age: Age 3 - 5th grade

9:30am Wed. Jul. 11

Musik Makers: Summer Water Music Series

Will introduce preschoolers and their families to musical skills in a fun and active setting. Explore the world of water with songs, dances, and instruments. Class will be held partially outdoors (weather permitting) and feature water play.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $24; FREE for ECMS families

Age: Ages 2-5

9:30am-12:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Girls Empowerment Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga

This one-day camp for girls ages 7-11 (9:30am) & 12-15 (1pm) includes 3 hours of activity on land and water at beautiful Coon Fork Lake County Park in Augusta. Experience a new freedom learning water safety, paddling techniques, and…

Coon Fork Lake County Park
E 25501 County Road CF
Augusta

Cost: $60

10-11am Wed. Jul. 11

Summer Storytime

Summer storytime and activities for children birth-5 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

10am-5pm Wed. Jul. 11

Chippewa Valley Photographers Exhibit - Curated by Lloyd Fleig and Claude Schilling

Curated by Lloyd Fleig and Claude Schilling, this exhibit features the artwork of seven local photographers Lowell Stevens, Beverly Wickstrom, Lloyd Fleig, Claude Schilling, Adam Schilling, Ashley Gasser, and Jeff Gutsch. No cost for…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am Wed. Jul. 11

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "My Little Pony"

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. They meet new friends and face exciting challenges as they travel beyond Equestria to defeat the evil…

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10:15-10:35am Wed. Jul. 11

Bouncing Babies Storytime

For pre-walkers, starting at birth. All storytimes features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute play, bubbles, and play group.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Babies

11am-6pm Wed. Jul. 11

Menomonie Farmers Market

Features local produce, meats, breads, berries, herbs, desserts and baked goods, spices, handcrafted items, arts & crafts. Kids activities, hot lunches, and music performances.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Wed. Jul. 11

Summer Lunch Break Open Skate

Cool off this summer at Hobbs Ice Arena's Summer Lunch Break Open Skate.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch). Fee includes skate rental

Age: All Ages

11am-noon Wed. Jul. 11

Sky Stories: Planetarium Show

An outta this world show. Lie down under the stars and learn all about the incredible constellations in tonight's sky. Stick around for a fun space-related activity after the show.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

noon-1pm Wed. Jul. 11

Sky Stories: Planetarium Show

An outta this world show. Lie down under the stars and learn all about the incredible constellations in tonight's sky. Stick around for a fun space-related activity after the show.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Wed. Jul. 11

Sense of Place: HERE Art Exhibit

View how 42 local and international artists explored their Sense of Place: HERE using realism, abstractions, sculptural expressionism, botanicals, surrealism, wildlife and architectural photography, contemporary, artist books and other ways…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-4pm Wed. Jul. 11

Girls Empowerment Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga

This one-day camp for girls ages 7-11 (9:30am) & 12-15 (1pm) includes 3 hours of activity on land and water at beautiful Coon Fork Lake County Park in Augusta. Experience a new freedom learning water safety, paddling techniques, and…

Coon Fork Lake County Park
E 25501 County Road CF
Augusta

Cost: $60

1-4pm Wed. Jul. 11

10th Street Recreation Center Open Play

This drop in program has supervised activities for children kindergarten through eighth grade; children are allowed to come and go. While at the Recreation Center they will be encouraged to participate in ongoing activities. Should not be…

Altoona City Park Pavillion
10th Street West
Altoona

Cost: $50 for entire summer

Age: Grades K-8

1:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Wednesday Performances: Mixed Nuts

Mixed Nuts includes physical comedy, silly antics, and uproarious audience participation! Tickets are required for entrance. Free tickets are available one week in advance of each program.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30-2:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

YouTube University

School-age kids will learn and explore new worlds through curated YouTube clips and a related activity or experiment.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FRE

Age: School age

1:30-4:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

St. Paul's Lutheran Vacation Bible School

Exciting afternoons full of Bible lessons, crafts, science experiments, games, snacks, songs and fun. Preregister at website to attend or help volunteer.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School
1100 9th Street
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: Preschool-rising 6th graders

4-6pm Wed. Jul. 11

Co+op Explorers: Menomonie Rocks Art Class

Menomonie has a lot of folks who paint and hide rocks all over town to beautify the community and add a little fun to everyday places. Kids will get to choose and paint their own rock and then hide it on the Co+op’s block for a stranger to…

Menomonie Market Food Co-op
814 Main St. East
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: 12 & Under

5:30-6:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Belly Dance Classes

Learn the foundation of belly dance in Level 1. Everyone is welcome to drop-in and add a bit of dance energy to your day. Each class consists of detailed instruction of two foundational belly dance moves, plus time to test out all the…

Dragonfly Dance & Wellness
308 N Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: Drop-in $15; call for monthly rates

Age: 16+

5:30-6:15pm Wed. Jul. 11

Fitness Fusion - Session 2

If you enjoy getting active and being being outdoors, this class is for you. We will combine fitness and exploring the beauty of River Prairie Park. This class will focus on cardio and strength. Pre-Register online or at the Altoona Parks and…

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $25/session

Age: 16+

6-6:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Adult Grounding Group

30 minutes of bare feet connecting with the earth, or “earthing” can reduce inflammation in the body. Come ground with others in the community for a relaxing, social approach to wellness.

Boyd Park
1202 Fairway St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages(under 18 with adult)

6-8pm Wed. Jul. 11

Kubb Night at Irvine Park

Kubb every Wednesday (except for July 4th). They have 3 pitches ready for play at 6pm each week. All skill levels are welcome. Whether you're learning or an expert, all are welcome. Bring beverages to enjoy.

Flag Hill Pavillion, Irvine Park
Bridgewater Ave
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-6:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Everybody Dance Now

Come join this fun dance class where you will learn a combination of dance techniques all while making new friends and creating memories. All are welcome and no previous dance experience is required. Dance 1, for ages 4-6, is from 6-6:30pm.…

10th Street Recreation Center
10th Street
Altoona

Cost: $30-40 for resident; $35-45 for non-resident

Age: Age 4-13

6-8pm Wed. Jul. 11

Knit Club

Bring your fiber or beading project, sip Soul Brewed Coffee Roaster's coffee, share tips and tricks, and meet good people.

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages, under 16 supervised

6:15-8:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Summer Rink Rat Hockey

Ever Wednesday April - August. Mite/Squirt (ages 7-10) from 6:15-7:15pm. Peewee/Bantam (ages 11-14) from 7:30-8:30pm.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4 or City Pass (1 Punch)

Age: Ages 7-10 only

6:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Ski Sprites Water Ski Show

A Wisconsin tradition, everyone should spend at least one night at the beach, watching the Ski Sprites perform on the water. Concessions available.

Lake Altoona County Beach
604 Beach Rd.
Altoona

Cost: FREE event admission, but a $5/car Eau Claire county parking permit is required

Age: All ages

6:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Rock'N On the River Summer Concert Series

Every Wednesday night at the River Prairie park in Altoona you can enjoy live music. Shows start at 6:30pm and food trucks will be onsite.

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-7:15pm Wed. Jul. 11

Everybody Dance Now

Come join this fun dance class where you will learn a combination of dance techniques all while making new friends and creating memories. All are welcome and no previous dance experience is required. Dance 1, for ages 4-6, is from 6-6:30pm.…

10th Street Recreation Center
10th Street
Altoona

Cost: $30-40 for resident; $35-45 for non-resident

Age: Age 4-13

6:35pm Wed. Jul. 11

Eau Claire Express 2018 Season

Experience the excitement of live baseball as your hometown Eau Claire Express slug it out in historic Carson Park.

Carson Park
100 Carson Park Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 general admission tickets, $11 reserved grand stand tickets, $14 reserved box tickets, $28 fan deck tickets | multi-game packages and group discounts available

Age: All Ages

6:35pm Wed. Jul. 11

Eau Claire Express vs Mankato Moondogs

The Eau Claire Express plays against the mankato Moondogs. Buck night includes $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas, $1 domestic beer for the first three innings, and $4 wine for the first three innings. Gates at 5:30pm

Eau Claire Express Stadium - Carson Park
702 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Wed. Jul. 11

Valley Gospel Choir Summer Concerts

Enjoy old and new gospel songs by the Valley Gospel Choir and Band. An evening of inspirational music with a message of love and faith for all ages. Advance tickets at Festival Foods Eau Claire and Gordy's downtown Chippewa Falls or from…

Grace Lutheran Church
202 W. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $12 Advance, $13 at the Door

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Wed. Jul. 11

Eau Claire Municipal Band Summer Concert Season

Listen to high quality, free entertainment by the oldest musical organization in Eau Claire. From traditional Sousa marches, patriotic melodies, pop, jazz, rock, and soundtracks, there is something for everyone's listening pleasure. July 4th…

Owen Park Bandshell
1st Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8pm Wed. Jul. 11

UWEC Summer Cinema: "That Thing You Do"

Pennsylvania band the "Oneders" become a sensation after their drummer breaks his arm, and is replaced by jazz enthusiast, Guy Patterson, who injects something a bit different into their music. Activities begin at 8pm, movie begins at dusk.

Haas Fine Arts Center (west lawn)
121 Water Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Rated PG

9pm Wed. Jul. 11

UWEC Summer Cinema Series

Each week will have a special theme in conjunction with the film. Enjoy giant lawn games, free popcorn & beverages, and food vendors. BYO blankets and chairs. Learn about summer events on campus and programs at the public library. Activities…

Haas Fine Arts Center (west lawn)
121 Water Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE