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Thu. Jul. 26

Eau Claire County Fair

A youth and family-centered fair with animal judging, 4-H exhibits, low cost games and activities for children, educational exhibits and moderately-priced concessions including homemade pies. Check out antique tractors, cowboy mounted…

Eau Claire County Expo Center
5530 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE Admission, FREE Parking

Age: All Ages

Thu. Jul. 26

Dunn County Fair

The Dunn County Fair provides entertainment, rides, live music, tractor pull, races, demo derby, and 4-H events for all visitors.

Dunn County Fair Grounds
620 17th St.
Menomonie

Cost: $1/person; $2 after 4pm on Fri & Sat; $10 for season pass; free parking

Age: All Ages

9am-6pm Thu. Jul. 26

All Church Thrift Sale

Household, linens, garden, sports, toys/games, books (and more books) plants and more.

First Congregational United Church of Christ (Menomonie)
420 Wilson Ave.
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9am-2pm Thu. Jul. 26

Thursday Kids' Day at the EC County Fair

Includes the Petting Zoo, barnyard crafts and activities, and the moon walk. You can play with the animals, enjoy the fun crafts and activities and eat a hot dog meal in the food stand for $5.

Eau Claire County Expo Center
5530 Fairview Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: Parking is FREE; Petting Zoo is 50 cents; Moon Walk is 50 cents; Food Available for purchase

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Thu. Jul. 26

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. 26

Ukulele for Beginners

Summer is the time for recharging and fun. Sign up your student for something interesting like learning the basics of the ukulele. This class will provide a great foundation for playing this interesting instrument.

UW Eau Claire Campus
105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $189

Age: Students in grades 6-9

9am-noon Thu. Jul. 26

ACT Prep Summer 2018

A full program that walks you through each exam section. Full subject reviews Refresh your memory in reading, writing, math, English and scientific reasoning with a full class on each ACT subject area taught by expert instructors. You’ll…

UW-Eau Claire Campus: HHS
239 Water Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $199

Age: Youth

9am-noon Thu. Jul. 26

Vacation Bible School

There's a place saved for you at the table. Bring your appetite and join us this summer for a feast in God's Word. Kick Off Event: Sunday, July 22, at the 9:45 a.m. worship service.

Trinity Lutheran Church
1314 E. Lexington Blvd.
Eau Claire

Cost: $25

Age: Ages 3-12

9:30am-12:30pm Thu. Jul. 26

Kids in the Kitchen Camp

This exciting cooking camp will inspire all young chefs. Spend time getting to know cooking tools, practice kitchen safety and learn about where food comes from. Each young chef will learn to create snacks and meals for the whole family.

Forage
930 Galloway St., Building 13, Suite 212
Eau Claire

Cost: $200

Age: Grades K-8

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 26

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

10-11:30am Thu. Jul. 26

Camp Healthy Habits

Take a tour through the human body, work to get those summer wiggles out and learn fun tips and tricks to keep your mind, body and soul in tip-top shape. ECASD and CFAUSD students eligible for free tuition.

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

Cost: $70 Members/$80 Non

10-11am Thu. Jul. 26

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. 26

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. 26

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "The Emoji Movie"

Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could…

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10am-noon Thu. Jul. 26

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

10:15-10:35am Thu. Jul. 26

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. 26

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. 26

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. 26

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. 26

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. 26

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. 26

Dollar Swim Day: Rubber Ducky Day

Anyone who brings a rubber duck pays $1 admission. Rubber Ducky Derby begins at 1:30pm ($1 per duck).

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1/person or Season Pass; Children 2 & under are free

Age: All Ages

12:30-3:30pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

1-4pm Thu. Jul. 26

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 Thu. Jul. 26

Thursday Demonstration Series: Life of Mozart Interactive Play

Life of Mozart Interactive Play presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. Interactive play designed to introduce children to the vibrancy of history, the joy of music, and the true story of this special composer’s life. Free tickets…

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

Cost: FREE, Registration required

1:30-3pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

3-5pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

3:15pm Thu. Jul. 26

School Age Book Club

Kids ages 9-11 are invited to come to the library and vote on a book to read for the summer. They will then meet again on 7/26 to discuss the book. Participate in a rock painting craft and game.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 9-11

4-7pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

4-8pm Thu. Jul. 26

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. 26

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. 26

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

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 26

One Day Wonders- Monstrous Monsters

During this parent/child class you will enjoy a themed book, craft and snack! Eeeek! Monster! Monsters don't have to be scary. These monstrous crafts will show the fun side of monsters! Pre-registration is required.

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

Cost: $10 Resident of Altoona; $12 Non-Resident of Altoona

Age: 2-5 years old

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 26

Tabletop Games

Drop in for Game Night at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s Dabble Box makerspace.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6pm Thu. Jul. 26

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Liscio + Eduardo Rafael + Ariana Madson

Liscio performs everything from straight-ahead jazz & funk to classic delta-style blues & dixie. Current local and native Brazilian Eduardo Rafael sings bluesy-pop songs with a touch of classic bossa nova influence. Eau Claire native Ariana…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 26

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. 26

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

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 26

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 Thu. Jul. 26

Eau Claire Express vs La Crosse Loggers

The Eau Claire Express plays against the La Crosse Loggers. Express t-shirts will be given away to fans. 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

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 26

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

7-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 26

Music Over Menomin: Chasing Mabel

Chasing Mabel Rocks! This 5-piece, Menomonie, Wisconsin based band plays your favorite mix of tunes—from 90’s Alt Rock to the hottest hits of today. Live music on the Library lawn, overlooking Lake Menomin. Bring a picnic and a favorite…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

8-11pm Thu. Jul. 26

Late Night Lock-In at the Library

You’re invited to the library after hours. They’ll have pizza, games, movies, and library hide and seek.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Age: Grades 6-12

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