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9-11:30am Thu. May. 16

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. May. 16

Kids Make Music - Spring Course

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 preview class for any new…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 (10 weeks)

Age: Ages 2-4

9:30-11am Thu. May. 16

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. May. 16

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-8pm Thu. May. 16

Just Between Friends Community Kids Sale

Everything for kids & more: furniture, strollers, high chars, carseats, ride-em toys, bikes, toddler beds, exersaucers, infant items, bedding, kids, teen & maternity clothing, costumes, shoes, DVDs, electronics, books, and toys. Learn more…

Altoona Hobbs Sports Center
2300 Spooner Ave.

Age: All Ages

10am-noon Thu. May. 16

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

10:30-11:30am Thu. May. 16

Preschool Kids in the Kitchen

Let’s cook together! You and your little one can participate together in fun, age appropriate classes bursting with hands-on activities, healthy concept learning through games, and of course, empowering your little one to create their own…

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $60 for 5 weeks; $15 for drop-in

Age: 2-6 years

11am-1pm Thu. May. 16

When the Ferries Still Ran

A presentation about the ferries that operated on the Chippewa River at Caryville and Meridean from the time of the pioneers until 1964. Hosted by Local Author Jim Alf.

Arts, Etc
930 Galloway St, Building #13 Suite 3
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All ages

noon-8pm Thu. May. 16

Naked Flowers: Poetry Revealed

See inside X-Rayed Flowers; read a Poem Flower; enjoy abstracted and Americana flowers along with other floral inspired sights during their spring show.

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30pm Thu. May. 16

LEGO Spaceship Building Challenge

Join Curtis Mork, The Lego Guy and take the spaceship building challenge with his extensive collection of building bricks.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: Family

2:30-3pm Thu. May. 16

Pop Up Science: Draw a Circuit

Museum Playologists have several different fun and interactive science kits to break out with the kids and explore all things STEAM-related. This week's activity is drawing a circuit.

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. May. 16

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

4-9pm Thu. May. 16

Shining a Light on Suicide

An evening of sharing and love to remember loved ones lost to the darkness of suicide. Suicide awareness resources, a memory table of photos, Journey on Janna 5k sign up and packet pick up, River Bridge Lighting Ceremony and blessing from…

RCU Eau Claire River Room/ Phoenix Park
200 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

4-5pm Thu. May. 16

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

4-4:30pm Thu. May. 16

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

5-9:30pm Thu. May. 16

Lifeguard Training

Provide participants with 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 over.

Eau Claire YMCA
700 Graham Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Member $185, Community $225

Age: 15+

5:30-8:30pm Thu. May. 16

Burger King Classic Car Show

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family.

Burger King - West Side
2833 North Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

5:30-7:30pm Thu. May. 16

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. May. 16

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+

6-9pm Thu. May. 16

MHS Fine Arts Night: Power

Tthe culmination of collaborations among various content teachers and students. Examine POWER through the lens of art, music, theatre, creative writing, film, dance, social sciences and natural sciences. Open house format allows visitors to…

Memorial High School
2225 Keith St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7-9pm Thu. May. 16

The John and Rose Band

Lively bluegrass/honky tonk roots band to perform a free community concert at the new River Prairie Center in Altoona, WI as part of filming for PBS Wisconsin Life.

River Prairie Center
1445 Front Porch Place

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. May. 16

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

The low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for earldom in the D’Ysquith family. Can he knock off his relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhust? A murderous romp filled with clever music,…

The Oxford
1814 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: Ticket information available online