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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Jul. 19

American Barnstormers Tour

Join the Barnstormers of the American Barnstormers Tour for three days of open cockpit biplane rides, vintage biplane static displays, and daily aerobatic demonstrations. Featuring some of the rarest and most beautiful biplanes in the USA.

EAA Chapter 509 Clubhouse, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
3800 Starr Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: Free admission, Biplane Rides $80/passenger

Age: All Ages

8am-3pm Thu. Jul. 19

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 Thu. Jul. 19

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 Thu. Jul. 19

Summer Writing Camp

Tap into your writing talents with this exploratory camp for students. Learn creative techniques, interactive storytelling, technology tips, and tricks from experts as you uncover your writing potential.

UW Eau Claire Campus
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $189

Age: Students entering grades 6-10

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 19

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. Jul. 19

Mini Makers: Open Lab

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking. Build and create using real tools of the trade. You get to take your masterpiece home with you.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10-11am Thu. Jul. 19

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 Thu. Jul. 19

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 Thu. Jul. 19

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature"

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park.

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10:15-10:35am Thu. Jul. 19

Little Movers Storytime

For babies who love to move. All storytimes features stories, songs, rhymes, fingerplays, music, and movement. All are welcome and no registration is required. Also includes parachute games.

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

Cost: Free

Age: Babies & their caregiver

10:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 19

Spanish Woodland Adventure Camp

An 80% Immersion Spanish class using Miss Anita's learning songs, props, visual arts, stories, and lots of outdoor games. Walk in the bosque like Goldilocks, learn words for camping, sea life, places in the community, drink limonada and eat…

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Cost: $55 for the session or $15 per day

Age: Ages 5-10

10:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 19

Boomwhacker Orchestra

Join a collective orchestra and learn to play the world's easiest instrument - if you know your colors, you can play it.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School - age

10:45-11:45am Thu. Jul. 19

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

11am-1pm Thu. Jul. 19

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

noon-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

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

noon-5pm Thu. Jul. 19

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

noon-7pm Thu. Jul. 19

Dollar Swim Day: Feed Our Community

Anyone who brings in one non-perishable item gets in for $1.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1/person or season pass, 2 & under are free

Age: All Ages

12:30-3:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

Book Bug

Each of these sessions will include games, reading, activities, and more. Stay for a short time or the whole thing, attendance will earn each child a free book to keep. If a child attends 3 weekly programs they will earn a free ticket for a…

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

1-3pm Thu. Jul. 19

Camp Good to Grow

Follow food from the farm to the fork, as you plant your own produce and harvest healthy ingredients. ECASD and CFAUSD students are eligible for free tuition.

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

Cost: $80 Members/$90 Non

Age: Grades K-1st

1-4pm Thu. Jul. 19

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

1:30-3pm Thu. Jul. 19

Children's Movie

The library will show a children's movie on Thursdays in June and July. Check in with the library closer to the date to find out more details.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

1:30-2:15pm Thu. Jul. 19

Thursday Demonstration Series: Ask a Scientist

Ask a Scientist with Dr. Erick Hendrickson. Demonstrations of some cool science experiments. Free tickets are available one week in advance of each program.

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

Cost: FREE, Registration required

2:30-3:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

En La Playa / At the Beach Spanish Class

Learn lots of Spanish with music, stories, games, snack time, and visual arts. Act out Goldilocks, play Rojo light/Verde light, ask for snacks in Spanish.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $60 for the session or $20 per day

Age: Ages 6-10

3-5pm Thu. Jul. 19

All Ages Open Lab

Whether you're interested in 3D printing and coding or you'd rather craft, make music, create art or play games, the Dabble Box makerspace has something for you. All ages open labs offer time for self-guided exploration with staff on hand to…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

3:30-4:15pm Thu. Jul. 19

Canta y Mueva / Sing and Move Spanish Class

Sing, move, play instruments, hear stories and learn lots of Spanish together with your children in this engaging class. Class includes Miss Anita's Spanish CD. Children play with the animals they learn about, ask for the snack using Spanish,…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $45 - or pay $13 per session

Age: Ages 2-6

4-7pm Thu. Jul. 19

Family Game Night

Our collection has something for everyone with more than 80 games to choose from.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-5pm Thu. Jul. 19

Uke It Up: Intro to Ukulele

Perform-o-Rama: Uke It Up encourages you to release your inner rock star. Get started playing the world's friendliest instrument, the ukulele. Registration is required.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

4-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

Together Farms Burger Night

Burger Nights are a unique, casual night at Together Farms. Burgers are made right on the farm using their 100% grass-fed beef. Also serving slaw, fries, beer, wine, and more. Relax by the bonfire, check-out the farm animals, and live music…

Together Farms
W93 Norden Rd
Mondovi

Cost: FREE to attend; Burgers are $11-13

Age: All Ages

4:30-5:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

4th-8th Grade Summer Painting Lessons

Classes are divided by age groups and include weekly curriculum designed for each student’s artistic development. Color Wheel, Color Mixing, Techniques, Beginner Painting, Intermediate Painting, Art, Acrylic, WaterColor, Tempera, Modeling…

The Painted Lotus
930 Galloway St Building 13 Suite 209
Eau Claire

Cost: $25

Age: 4th-8th Grade (9-14)

5-9pm Thu. Jul. 19

Open Mic Night at Farm to Fork Retreat

Farm to Fork hosts an open mic on Thursday during its Wood-Fired Pizza Nights. Pizza nights offer wood-fired pizza with locally sourced ingredients and veggies straight from their garden.

Farm to Fork Retreat at Dancing Yarrow
S193 County Road BB
Mondovi

Cost: FREE to attend, consult menu for prices

Age: All Ages

5-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

Sports Camp

Bible lessons and songs are paralleled with spiritual lessons that are reinforced in sports. Sport Options: Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball, Dance, Team 45 (sports skills for 4-5 year olds), and Outdoor Recreation – Fishing. Includes a…

Menomonie Alliance Church
502 21st St. N
Menomonie

Cost: $15

Age: 4-12

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

Burger King Classic Car Show - Beach Party

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family. This week’s theme is Beach Party. Bring your sunny clothes and your lawn chairs because we are partying like it’s a retro beach night.

Burger King - Menomonie
544 Main St
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

Ordinary Magic Art Classes For Kids of All Ages

Drawing, weaving, crochet, painting, architecture design & Having Fun. Your child will discover, explore, imagine & create works of art.

Ordinary Magic
1812 Brackett Ave. Suite 6
Eau Claire

Cost: $25 per student

Age: K-15

6-9pm Thu. Jul. 19

HATCH Pitch Competition

Help decide which local entrepreneurs will be able to compete for the $5,000 cash prize. HATCH Pitch competitions are social events where local entrepreneurs pitch their idea to a panel of judges to see who will move onto the regional finals…

The State Theatre
316 Eau Claire St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6pm Thu. Jul. 19

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: picard + Stare Across + DeKam & Johnson

picard emerged from Eau Claire’s hardcore scene as a space without boundaries for lead singer Jason Ulwelling to try something new. Stare Across take the audience on an epic journey of melodic sounds and ear crushing riffs. Dekam & Johnson…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

Sounds like Summer Concert Series

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One's Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa River in June, July, and August. Enjoy a pre-show set from area…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:15-10pm Thu. Jul. 19

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

6:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

T-Ball

This program is designed to teach children the basic fundamentals of the game and increase hitting and fielding skills. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team those nights.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: $55 Resident; $70 Non-Resident

Age: Ages 6-8

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

Colfax Music in the Park

Rain location is the Colfax Fairgrounds building on Railroad Avenue. Bring your lawn chair. Popcorn and root beer floats will be sold at the concerts. Annual pie sale by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group on August 16.

Tower Park
Main Street and Highway 40
Colfax

Cost: FREE

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 19

Music Over Menomin: Jim Herrick and Friends

Jim Herrick and Friends is a band from Colfax, WI. Their specialty is the Blues, and they cover a wide range of musical styles. Includes Jim Herrick, Scott Housenga, Tom “Fred” Wittek, Mike Mullen, Josh Entzminger, and George Entzminger.…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30-9pm Thu. Jul. 19

The Faces of Lake Wisconsin: A Documentary of Women in Southern Wisconsin

An atypical and poetic documentary that seeks to learn more about southern Wisconsin through the voices and faces of the women who live there. The film brings together 17 women from 18 to 87 years old. Born in France, Valérie Lanciaux is a…

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

Cost: Free will donations encouraged

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. Jul. 19

T-Ball

This program is designed to teach children the basic fundamentals of the game and increase hitting and fielding skills. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team those nights.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: $55 Resident; $70 Non-Resident

Age: Ages 6-8