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Thu. Oct. 11

Harvest Moon Fall Tour

A self-guided tour, exploring the countryside and communities in Clark County. Follow the signs and explore any time. Pumpkin farms, corn mazes, greenhouses, specialty shops, cheese & meat shops, art studios, and honey & maple syrup shops.

Clark County

8am-5pm Thu. Oct. 11

Child Development Day - School District of Altoona

This program replaces the traditional kindergarten screening that has been done in the past and includes a developmental screening for younger children. Please call Kathy Roen - Early Childhood Teacher (715) 838-7300 for a one hour…

Altoona Middle School - Lower Gym
1903 Barlett Ave

Cost: FREE

Age: Children 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years

9-11:30am Thu. Oct. 11

Family Fun Zone

Children and parents enjoy open play on the large turf field filled with numerous toys, games, sports equipment, inflatables, and dress up clothes. Organized activities are also offered at different times each morning which children may…

L.E. Phillips YMCA Indoor Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $3 member; $5 community

Age: Ages 0-6

9:15-10am Thu. Oct. 11

Little Language Lab

Is your toddler ready to get talking? This class is aimed at exposing children to a language rich environment, where they will listen to stories, sing songs, learn finger-plays, move/dance, and do age-appropriate crafts and sensory…

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $50

Age: 1-2 yrs

9:30am Thu. Oct. 11

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

10:15am Thu. Oct. 11

Little Movers Storytime

For babies that love to move. All storytimes feature 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

10:30-11:30am Thu. Oct. 11

ABC's for 2s and 3s

ABC’s for 2s and 3s is a fun step into exploring letters, numbers, and shapes. The Lily Pad Lab will be filled with “invitations to play” with our ABCs and 123s. 2-3 year old children and their parents will enjoy open exploration time,…

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $50

Age: 2-3yrs

noon-5pm Thu. Oct. 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

3-5pm Thu. Oct. 11

Dabble Box Makerspace 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. Self-guided exploration with staff on hand to answer questions.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-4:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Introductory Dance Tap + Ballet + Jazz + More

Introducing children who are interested in dance, to tap ballet song and dance and more. Gain strong muscles while learning dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance
31 W Spring St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36 monthly

Age: 3-4 years +

4:30-5:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Painting & Popcorn

Your child will be able to create their own one-of-a-kind painting to hang on the wall at home or to give to a special person in their life. Plus, snacks and juice boxes provided to fuel the creative energy. Register online.

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

Cost: $5 per child

Age: All Ages

5-9pm Thu. Oct. 11

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

Cost: FREE to attend, consult menu for prices

Age: All Ages

6-9pm Thu. Oct. 11

Paint a Pumpkin for Fall

Paint a contemporary Pumpkin in White or Orange (16 x 20) turquoise barnboard canvas with Tammy of Flamingo Road Painting Parties. Step by step instructions led by an art teacher to all levels of art knowledge. All materials are provided,…

Art on the Ridge
525 Park Ridge Court
Eau Claire

Cost: $35

6-8pm Thu. Oct. 11

Tabletop Game Night

Do you love tabletop games? Frustrated that you can’t organize enough people to make things interesting? Drop in for Tabletop Game Night at the library’s Dabble Box makerspace. Not convinced? Research suggests board games develop brain…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-9:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Night Science at Beaver Creek Reserve

This event includes storytelling in the indoor planetarium, an open observatory, and owl-banding observation. Outdoor activities weather permitting, planetarium show rain or shine. Part of the Wisconsin Science Festival.

Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 County Road K
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Oct. 11

Quick Start Tennis 3

Children will continue to develop their skills they learned in Quick Start 2 while spending more time learning to play and apply rules of individual or doubles play, encourage and support others and continue their development of being a good…

Altoona City Park Recreation Center
2303 Garfield Ave.

Cost: $40 Resident/ $45 Non-Resident

Age: 7-12 years olds

6-6:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Quick Start Tennis 2

Children will continue to improve on their form, tennis skills and fundamentals from Quick Start 1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, keeping score and develop sportsmanship.

Altoona City Park
2303 Garfield Ave.

Cost: $30 Resident; $35 Non-Resident

Age: 6-7 years old

6-6:30pm Thu. Oct. 11

Quick Start Tennis 1

This program is designed to teach the fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Altoona City Park
2303 Garfield Ave.

Cost: $30 Resident; $35 Non-Resident

Age: 4-5 years old

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Oct. 11

Junior Chefs

In this program, students will get a hands-on fundamental kitchen experience, learning skills such as reading and referencing recipes, ingredient identification, proper measuring technique and more.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $42, Community $52

Age: Ages 7-10

6:15-10pm Thu. Oct. 11

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.

Cost: Varies

Age: All, under 18 must have Guardian

6:30-7pm Thu. Oct. 11

PJ Story Night

Thirty minutes of great stories, songs and fingerplays. Children are encouraged to come in their PJs with a favorite stuffy in tow. Recommended for families with children ages 2-7. No sign-up required.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.

Age: Ages 2-7

7-7:45pm Thu. Oct. 11

Lyra All Levels Class

Learn lyra (aerial hoop) poses, entrances, transitions and dismounts; and condition in this fun, supportive class. All experience levels & total beginners welcome.

Moonrise Aerials Studio
800 Wisconsin Street; Banbury Place Building 13, Room 112
Eau Claire

Cost: $15