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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Mar. 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

Thu. Mar. 21

Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists Celebrate 25 Years

The Chippewa Valley Watercolor Artists will be celebrating their 25th Annual Show at Beaver Creek Reserve. The exhibit will feature the work of more than 25 local artists.

Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 County Road K
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

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

FREE Kids Make Music Class

RSVP required. A free preview of the upcoming Kids Make Music Spring Course. Sing, dance, and play instruments in this. Concepts such as high and low, soft and loud, up and down are developed through engaging games. Puppets, instruments, and…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Age 2-4

9:30-11am Thu. Mar. 21

Weekly Bird Banding

Beaver Creek Reserve Bird Banders have been banding birds for 20+ years. Visit with the Bird Banders during their weekly banding sessions. Watch and learn how and why they band birds. Learn about bird identification, how birds are caught and…

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: FREE

9:30-11:30am Thu. Mar. 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

9:45-10:30am Thu. Mar. 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

10am-noon Thu. Mar. 21

Mini Maker: Open Lab

Once a week, let your fingers do the talking. 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; then take your masterpiece home with…

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. Mar. 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

11am-5pm Thu. Mar. 21

Thrift Sale & Bake Sale Fundraiser

All thrift sale proceeds go to RARAS (Readily Available to Provide Employee Recognition, Appreciation & Support). Bake sale proceeds go to Dove Health Care's "Dove's Nest" memory care program. Pulled pork lunch available for purchase starting…

Dove Healthcare West - Community Room
1405 Truax Blvd
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

11am-noon Thu. Mar. 21

Who Was? Game Show

Find out how many of the famous folks from the popular chapter book series you know while playing a goofy game show.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School age

noon-3pm Thu. Mar. 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

3-5pm Thu. Mar. 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

3:30-4:30pm Thu. Mar. 21

Planetarium Show: Great Planet Adventures

An exciting journey through space colonies on planets, moons and asteroids! Visitors will explore the many constellations in our night sky. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up sheets will be posted…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

4-4:30pm Thu. Mar. 21

New Twinkle Baby's learn to dance

Young dancers develop (get up get moving be active) song and dance and more. Structured lessons following - direction - team work - confidence - body muscles plus the introduction to the world of dance.

Jean Marie's School of Dance
31 West Spring Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $36/month

Age: 3-4 years and up

4-7pm Thu. Mar. 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

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

Planetarium Show: Great Planet Adventures

An exciting journey through space colonies on planets, moons and asteroids! Visitors will explore the many constellations in our night sky. Shows start promptly at listed times, with room for only 25 guests. Sign-up sheets will be posted…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5:30-6pm Thu. Mar. 21

Pop Up Science: Memory Metal

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 experimenting with memory metal.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Mar. 21

Special Kids Nights

For children with special needs, visiting the Museum can prove difficult on a typical day. This event offers families a safe and soothing environment where the Museum is closed to the public, giving kids with special needs a special night.…

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

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Mar. 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+

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Mar. 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

6:30-7:30pm Thu. Mar. 21

Teen Dabble Mug Mania

Transfer your photos, drawings, or other images onto a mug to create your new favorite hot beverage container. Bring your own digital photos or select from provided images. All materials provided, while supplies last. Space is limited, so…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 6-12

7:30pm Thu. Mar. 21

University Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Nobu Yasuda, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad." Symphony No. 7 is an hour and a half and is widely regarded as an orchestral masterpiece.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
120 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $3.50 students; $7 GA

Age: All Ages