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Thu. Aug. 9

Just Between Friends Community Kids Sale

Everything for kids & more: furniture, strollers, high chars, carseats, ride-em toys, bikes, toddler beds, exersaucers, infant items, bedding, kids, teen & maternity clothing, costumes, shoes, DVDs, electronics, books, and toys. Learn more…

Altoona Hobbs Sports Center
2300 Spooner Ave.
Altoona

Age: All Ages

Thu. Aug. 9

Ashley For the Arts

Ashley for the Arts was established by Ashley Furniture to entertain and inspire the entire family, promote the works of artists from across the globe, and raise funds to support humanity. Lots of live music, hot air balloon launch, car show,…

Memorial Park
Arcadia

Cost: $10 for 3 Days

8am Thu. Aug. 9

Camp Wabi

This partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System incorporates healthy living into the traditional camp experience and supports youth with obesity. Although some campers are nervous coming in, they often report it as the highlight of their…

Camp Manitou
27960 137th Street
New Auburn

9-10:30am Thu. Aug. 9

Musical Playground

Musical Playground is a week of fun, free activities, games and instrument making for children K-5th grades. Led by UWEC music educators. Priority registration by Aug 3rd.

Owen Park Bandshell
1st Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Children grades K-5

9:30am Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Mini Makers - Open Lab

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 masterpiece home with you. Drop in anytime during the two-hour window.

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "Sherlock Gnomes"

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10:45-11:45am Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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

11:30am-7pm Thu. Aug. 9

Book Lovers Day at the Pool

Reading is for everyone! In celebration of National Book Lover's Day on August 9, join Fairfax Maxx for book themed activities.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: Admission: $4.25/day or season pass

noon-8pm Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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-4pm Thu. Aug. 9

Mini Monets Art Lessons

Come in and express your inner artist with our friendly staff who will guide you through the process of creating a finished painting. Mini Monets. Kid friendly instructions. Kids will paint on a 12x12 themed canvas. All supplies included.…

Craving Canvas and Ceramic Studio
2807 East Hamilton Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $25; Call ahead to reserve your spot. Advance payment not necessary.

Age: Kids Age 6+

12:30-3:30pm Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Camp Construction

When everyone works together, the outcome can be bigger and better than you ever dreamed. Be a part of this collaborative construction camp and you'll be surprised at what you learn and what you create. ECASD and CFAUSD students eligible for…

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

Cost: $80 Members/$90 Non

Age: Grades K-1st

1-4pm Thu. Aug. 9

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

3-5pm Thu. Aug. 9

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

4-7pm Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

One Day Wonders - Thomas the Train

During this parent/child class you will enjoy a themed book, craft and snack! Toot! Toot! All aboard! Let's create art inspired by the famous blue steam engine. Pre-registration is required. Registration can be done online or by stopping at…

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.
Altoona

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

Age: 2-5 years old

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 9

Burger King Classic Car Show - Pony Car Passion

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family. This week’s theme is Pony Car Passion.

Burger King - Downtown Chippewa Falls
228 W. River St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Aug. 9

Succulent Planter Workshop

Create your very own succulent garden. Learn how to arrange and care for your cute little succulents and you'll walk away with a garden you can call your own. All materials included. Space is limited.

Tangled Up in Hue
505 S. Barstow St., Suite B
Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: All Ages

6-8:10pm Thu. Aug. 9

Family Faith Mission

A VBS-like experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss. Each of the three nights will include video adventures, music, mystery, games, Bible exploration, snacks, and fun. Families will learn and play together as they rotate…

Cedarcreek Community Church
3520 Eastwind Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Aug. 9

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

6pm Thu. Aug. 9

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Jim Pullman Band + Snifter + Graham Barnes

The Jim Pullman Band has been a staple of Eau Claire’s indie rock scene for a full decade. Snifter creates music that can drift from catchy melodic pop tunes into improvisational noise, rhythmic loops, basement-rock and back again. Local…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Silver Spring Mustard Night

Get to the Eau Claire Express for Silver Spring's new event, Mustard Night! Loaded tickets, mustard exchange, games & prizes, colonel mustard, and so much more.

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

Cost: Price of admission to Eau Claire Express game

Age: All Ages

6:35pm Thu. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Eau Claire Express vs Mankato Moondogs

The Eau Claire Express play against the Mankato Moondogs. It's National Mustard Night. Express t-shirts will be given away to fans. Gates open 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. Aug. 9

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. Aug. 9

Music Over Menomonie: Yata, Sinz, and Orfield

Yata, Sue Orfield and Randy Sinz. Three veteran musicians bringing you a collection of artful, soulful songs. While their inventive music fits nicely into the folk/americana genre, it reaches beyond this into jazz and blues and more. Live…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. Aug. 9

The Swampers: The Farmer Feeds Them All

The musical lumberjack aggregation known as “The Swampers” features Amanda Tanzer Schafer, Kathy Danielson, Judy Brist, Jerry Way, Tim Danielson, and Rob Kuchta telling local stories, singing “swampgrass” harmonies and playing a wide…

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

Cost: Adults $13, Seniors $12, Youth $6, Family of Four $32

Age: All Ages

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