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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Feb. 21

The Pen Project Multi-Media Exhibit

Paintings, drawings, poetry and testimonies submitted to The Pen Project magazine will be on display during this month-long exhibit, showcasing the talent that lives inside America's correctional system.

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

Cost: FREE

8:30-9:30am Thu. Feb. 21

Open Freestyle Skate

Open figure skating time for all ages. All skaters must pay admission, including coaches.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8/session or $16 for both sessions OR City Pass (2 punches/session)

9-11:30am Thu. Feb. 21

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

9:30-10:15am Thu. Feb. 21

Kids Make Music - Winter (Saturdays)

Kids and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Classes include a variety of instruments, puppets, and props to enrich the experience. FREE…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

9:30-11:30am Thu. Feb. 21

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. Feb. 21

Kids Make Music - Winter Course

Kids and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments. Solo singing is encouraged to develop listening, pitch-matching, and language skills. Includes a variety of instruments, puppets, and props to enrich the experience. FREE preview…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2-4

9:30-10:30am Thu. Feb. 21

Open Freestyle Skate

Open figure skating time for all ages. All skaters must pay admission, including coaches.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $8/session or $16 for both sessions OR City Pass (2 punches/session)

9:45-10:30am Thu. Feb. 21

The Hillcrest Hike

An easy and scenic hike along Otter Creek where you will follow the gravel trail of the old Hillcrest Golf Course. Dogs are welcome.

Fairway Park Parking Lot
Whistling Straits Drive
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10-11am Thu. Feb. 21

Hillcrest Run with the Pups

Bring your pup along for some exercise while enjoying a bit of Altoona’s nature. Run, walk or snowshoe on the public trails of the old Hillcrest Country Club depending on what the weather throws at us. Please RSVP via phone or email.

Fairway Park
Whistling Straits Drive
Altoona

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am-noon Thu. Feb. 21

Mini Makers: Open Lab

Build and create using real tools of the trade! 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. Feel free to drop in anytime…

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. Feb. 21

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. Feb. 21

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

11am-1pm Thu. Feb. 21

School's Out Open Skating

Head to the Hobbs Ice Center for skating when school's out.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/session or $8 for both sessions OR City Pass (1 punch/session)

noon-3pm Thu. Feb. 21

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. Feb. 21

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

1:15-3:15pm Thu. Feb. 21

School's Out Open Skating

Head to the Hobbs Ice Center for skating when school's out.

Hobbs Ice Arena
915 Menomonie St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4/session or $8 for both sessions OR City Pass (1 punch/session)

2-3pm Thu. Feb. 21

Happy Brain - Healthy Living

Learn about integrative healthcare strategies to enhance brain health, positive mood and successful aging. Seating is Limited. Light refreshments will be served after seminar.

St. Francis Apartments
851 University Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

2:30-3pm Thu. Feb. 21

Pop Up Play

Museum Playologists could pop up anywhere with a fun new challenge for you and your family to enjoy.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Feb. 21

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

4-7pm Thu. Feb. 21

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

4:30-9:30pm Thu. Feb. 21

Lifeguard Review

Current Lifeguards can review knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take…

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $70, Community $95

Age: 17+

4:30-5:30pm Thu. Feb. 21

Painting & Popcorn

Your child will be able to create their own one-of-a-kind painting. 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 with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5:30-6pm Thu. Feb. 21

Pop Up Science: Ready Set Fizz

Museum Playologists have several different fun and interactive science kits to break out with kids and explore all things STEAM-related. This week's activity is called Ready Set Fizz.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5:30-9pm Thu. Feb. 21

Menomonie Alliance Wild Game Feed

Wild Game Dinner featuring guest Speaker Tracy Breen (outdoor writer and author). Venison dinner for 2019, over 25 Door prize Packages each values at over $200. Only 300 tickets sold, buy individually or get a whole table for your family or…

Menomonie Alliance Church
502 21st St. N
Menomonie

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Feb. 21

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+

6-7:30pm Thu. Feb. 21

Stories from the Heart

Sample heart-healthy recipes, enjoy music and enter to win prizes from 6-6:30 p.m. Patients will share personal stories about their challenges and triumphs dealing with heart disease. Bring your questions for a Q&A session with heart care…

Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital Auditorium
1221 Whipple Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE; RSVP by 2/14

Age: Ages 18+

6-8pm Thu. Feb. 21

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

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Feb. 21

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 $56, Community $68

Age: Ages 7-10