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Fri. Aug. 17

9th Annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck Show

Truck Show features over-the-road semi-trucks from across the United States and Canada. Light show Friday night & Saturday evening after a Monster Truck Show. Military and law enforcement vehicles. Antique trucks. Free rides. Truck parade.…

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds
225 Edward St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE admission for the Truck Show | $18-25 for monster truck showdown

10-11:30am Fri. Aug. 17

Camp Painting & Popcorn

Paints, snacks and a blank canvas. Budding artists will complete a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to take home, while munching on treats to fuel the creative energy.

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

Cost: $25 Members/$35 Non

Age: 1st-2nd

10-11:30am Fri. Aug. 17

Family Hike

Get outside with your little ones and enjoy the outdoors with a beautiful summer hike. Before and after the hike, gather for tot-friendly outdoor education activities. Great for families with little ones of all ages.

Big Falls County Park
11998 N 110th Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE; registration required

10:30-11am Fri. Aug. 17

Get Up & Go: Kiddo Yoga

Designed to keep your kiddos moving, these fun and physical games teach teamwork and skills that can carry home to your own backyard.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:30-11:15am Fri. Aug. 17

Story Time - Cops & Kids

Guest reader will Kyle Roder from the Eau Claire Police Department.

That's Adorable, Kids Consignment Boutique
129 N. Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-1pm Fri. Aug. 17

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-noon Fri. Aug. 17

Super Small Science: Monster Masks

Introduce your preschool scientist to exciting hands-on and age-appropriate experiments.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Fri. Aug. 17

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 Fri. Aug. 17

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

Cost: $50 for entire summer

Age: Grades K-8

2-3pm Fri. Aug. 17

Teen Summer Book Club

Come to the June meeting having already read "A Study in Charlotte" by Brittany Cavallaro. Discuss the book and choose the books for the rest of the summer.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.

Cost: FREE

Age: Teens going into grades 6-12

3pm Fri. Aug. 17

Movie Friday for Teens

Every Friday in August come to the library at 3:00 for a free movie. Movie titles are TBA. For those going into grades 6-12.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

4-8pm Fri. Aug. 17

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

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

Age: All Ages

4:30-9pm Fri. Aug. 17

Family Fun Friday at the Farm

Open yard for play, bean bag toss, horse shoes, 9 hole Frisbee golf, walking trails along the buffalo river and more. Bring your furry family members too, dogs are welcome here. Kitchen/bar will be open, wood-fired pizza & a great selection…

Farm to Fork Retreat at Dancing Yarrow
S193 County Road BB

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-7:30pm Fri. Aug. 17

Live Music: Jerry Brewer

Country Artist Jerry Brewer's southern style voice and lyrics will help you nail the authenticity you need in a variety of moods and Country-themed genres. Join us for live music, local art, food, wine, coffee, and dessert.

Vino Cappuccino
N5734 Hwy 12
Elk Mound

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5-7pm Fri. Aug. 17

Blackbeard the Pirate

Missoula Children's Theater and local children collaborate to bring you this classic tale. Perfect for the entire family

Colfax Municipal Building
613 Main St.

Cost: Adults $10; Children under 12; $5 at the door

6-7:30pm Fri. Aug. 17

Draw Your Own Henna Workshop

Practice the designs and application of the henna paste. By the end of the class, you will walk away with a beautiful design on your hand. Bring and friend and draw on each other or draw on yourself. Pre-Registration is required. Coffee and…

Blue Boxer Arts
416 S Barstow Street
Eau Claire

Cost: $20

Age: Ages 10+

6-8pm Fri. Aug. 17

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

7-11pm Fri. Aug. 17

80s Night at Action City

Head to Action City in your most righteous neon clothes, side ponytail, and leggings. They'll be playing 80s music all night and will be giving out prizes for the best themed outfits. Throwback DQ treat specials available.

Action City
2402 Lorch Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: 2 hour combo for $15

Age: All Ages

7-10pm Fri. Aug. 17

The Shilelagh Lads Live

The Shillelagh Lads are an Eau Claire, Wisconsin based band that focuses on providing audience members with a dynamic, spectacular traditional Irish show, all in a community centered, pub-like arena. Voted "Best Folk Performers of 2012" by…

The Potter's Shed
260 Industrial Blvd
Shell Lake

Cost: $5, kids 14 and under FREE

Age: All Ages

8:30pm Fri. Aug. 17

Family Movie Night

Bring your lawn chair and watch Paddington 2 under the stars. Popcorn and beverage provided. Lawn games begin at 8:30pmwith the movie starting when it is dark enough. All are welcome to this FREE family event. In the case of rain, event will…

West Ridge Church
3906 Kane Rd.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages