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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9-11:30am Thu. Jan. 17

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…

YMCA Sports Center
3456 Craig Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $3 member; $5 community

Age: Ages 0-6

9:15-10am Thu. Jan. 17

Little Language Lab

A class 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 activities. This class is a mix of structured circle…

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf Road S2D
Eau Claire

Cost: $50

Age: Ages 1-2 years

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jan. 17

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

9:30-10:15am Thu. Jan. 17

Kids Make Music - Winter Course

In this 10-week class, kids and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are developed…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $150

Age: Ages 2-4

10am-noon Thu. Jan. 17

Mini Makers: Open Lab

Build and create using real tools of the trade. They'll also 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. Feel free to drop in…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Jan. 17

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

10:30-11am Thu. Jan. 17

Preschool Story Time

This morning session of Preschool Story Time is for children ages 3-5 who are able to independently sit for a 30 minute session. Please register for story time at the library.

Altoona Public Library
1303 Lynn Ave.
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-5

10:30-11:30am Thu. Jan. 17

ABC's for 2's and 3's

ABC’s for 2s and 3s is a fun step into exploring letters, numbers, and shapes. 2 and 3 year old children and their parents will enjoy open exploration time, songs, stories, sensory play and art.

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf Road S2D
Eau Claire

Cost: $50

Age: Age 2-3 years

noon-3pm Thu. Jan. 17

Paint and Draw with Schaefer-Miles

Paint and Draw with Schaefer/Miles. Beginners to Advanced. With or without your own supplies. Learn techniques and mediums while creating in your own style. Take one class or many.

Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

Age: Student and Adult

noon-8pm Thu. Jan. 17

Choix Fleurs Art Exhibit

Continuing the exploration of choice flowers is the art show Choix Fleurs following the wonder of last year’s roses into the gardens of many different types of flowers.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Jan. 17

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

3:30-4:30pm Thu. Jan. 17

Crafternoon at the Augusta Library

Anyone ages 8 years and up is invited to join us at this free workshop to learn the art of needlefelting. Wool roving, felt and a needle will be provided for use during the class.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 8+

4-7pm Thu. Jan. 17

Paint and Draw with Schaefer-Miles

Paint and Draw with Schaefer/Miles. Beginners to Advanced. With or without your own supplies. Learn techniques and mediums while creating in your own style. Take one class or many.

Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

Age: Student and Adult

4:30-5:30pm Thu. Jan. 17

Painting & Popcorn

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

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

Cost: $5 per child with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Jan. 17

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

A Zumba dance party class hosted by Z. Vida Fitness. Bring some flat-soled shoes, a water bottle, and a sweat towel if needed and plan to have a great time moving and grooving to hit music from all around the world.

The Center
3701 E. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 drop-in, $25 for 5-class card, $35 unlimited month

Age: 7+

6-6:45pm Thu. Jan. 17

Beginner Ukulele for Children

5, weekly 45-min classes. Covers proper technique, playing melody and chords, and basic music theory. If students don’t have an instrument, one may be rented for the duration of the course for just $15.

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59

Age: 3rd through 7th grade

6-8pm Thu. Jan. 17

Pinehurst Winter Safety Day

This event emphasizes winter sports safety including proper headgear and equipment, rescue demonstrations, and other safety information. Features winter festivities like organized skating games, winter sports equipment showcase, free snacks…

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Jan. 17

Treatment Foster Parent Informational Session

Become a Treatment Foster Parent. Attend this informational session at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's Community Services office. You are under no obligation to become licensed as a foster parent by attending this event.

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Eau Claire Community Services
2004 Highland Avenue, Suite M
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Jan. 17

Winter After Hours 2019

There will be ice skating, snow shoeing, winter kubb, a firepit, music, and hot drinks. Snowshoe and skate rentals will be available during the special event only. The warming house and restrooms will be open and supervised. Hundreds of…

Pinehurst Park
3523 Delbert Road
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

6:30-8pm Thu. Jan. 17

Bad Art Night

Talented artists need not apply. They provide the supplies, you create something ghastly. Terrible paintings, awful sculptures, or tacky drawings – it’s up to you. The event will wrap up with a Bad Art Show where you can vote on the worst…

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

6:30-7:30pm Thu. Jan. 17

Cool, Calm & Connected

Uninterrupted playtime with your child. Learn what helps you and your child regulate. This class is designed to assist parents to form cool and calming connections with their children, while learning and practicing strategies to take home.

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf Road S2D
Eau Claire

Cost: $75

Age: Ages 4-7 years