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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Apr. 18

Easter Bunny at Oakwood Mall

There's an egg-ceptionally wonderful Easter Bunny headed to Oakwood Mall. Take the eggs-press lane and reserve your place in line online. Bring your pets to meet the Easter Bunny for Pet Night on 4/15. Hours are 12-8pm, and 11am-6pm on…

Oakwood Mall
4800 Golf Rd
Eau Claire

Cost: Package details information online

9-11:30am Thu. Apr. 18

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

9:30-11am Thu. Apr. 18

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. Apr. 18

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

10am-noon Thu. Apr. 18

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. Drop in anytime during the…

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

10am-5pm Thu. Apr. 18

55th Annual Spring Art Show

Co-sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association and the Chippewa Herald, the 55th Annual Spring Art Show exhibits two and three-dimensional art pieces by local artists – young and old, novice to experienced. Includes original…

Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, Inc., Heyde Center for the Arts
3 South High Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1-5pm Thu. Apr. 18

Hoarding: Journey to Understanding, Compassion and Hope

How to identify and support those with hoarding issues. Hoarding is a multi-dimensional condition that can be difficult to identify and address. This professional training is for anyone who may serve or interact with someone who is struggling…

Mayo Clinic Health Systems
1221 Whipple St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $89

2:30-3pm Thu. Apr. 18

Pop Up Science: Colorful Chemistry

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 colorful chemistry.

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. Apr. 18

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. Apr. 18

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

4-5pm Thu. Apr. 18

Painting & Popcorn

Calling all pint-sized Picassos. Your child will be able to create a 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 with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

5-10pm Thu. Apr. 18

Run with the Cops for Special Olympics 2019

Join officers from local law enforcement agencies at UW-Eau Claire for Run With The Cops in April. Hit the lights and sirens all along the course for this fun-filled, community night glow run! Enjoy law enforcement display, to raffles, donut…

Haas Fine Arts Parking Lot (and Water St. Lot)
121 Water Street
Eau Claire

Cost: 5K/1 mile $25, kids dash $15

Age: All Ages

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Apr. 18

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. Apr. 18

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+