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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9am-9:59pm Thu. Jul. 18

Spacesuit and Saturn V Lego Rocket Display

Designed and built by UW-Stout Professor Dr. Alan Scott. The Public is welcome to take a closer look or take a selfie on the "Moon". This display is part of a month-long series of programs celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

9:30-10:15am Thu. Jul. 18

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. 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 explored.…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 18

Lily Pad Lab's Little Summer Camp

Spend time doing activities from all your favorite Lily Pad Lab Classes: Tiny Scientists, Test Kitchen, Meaning Messes and Music and Motor! Sensory fun, art, science, gardening, snacking, and more. Group activities, stations, story times,…

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $25 for 1 day

Age: Ages 2-6

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 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-1pm Thu. Jul. 18

Book Bug

Program includes time for games, reading, computer use, and much more. Stay for a short time or the whole thing, attendance will earn each child a free book to keep.

Augusta Memorial Public Library
113 North Stone St
Augusta

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 11 and under

10am-noon Thu. Jul. 18

Mini Makers: Open Lab

They 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 two-hour window.

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. Jul. 18

Ebb and Flow – Water

The 16 artists artists are a mix of some of the most recognized local artists and some new to the area.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10:15am Thu. Jul. 18

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

10:30-11:15am Thu. Jul. 18

Little Kids Make Music - Class

Children and caregivers will sing, dance, and play instruments in this class. 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: $120 10-week course

Age: Ages 2 to 4

noon-7pm Thu. Jul. 18

Lion King Week

A week of Lion King themed activities as we celebrate the release of Disney/Pixar's film "The Lion King".

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $4.50 or Season Pass

Age: All Ages

noon-8pm Thu. Jul. 18

Sense of Place: THERE - Song of Myself

Galaudet Gallery takes you THERE, where you can experience local and global artists exploring questions about politics, rule breaking and self. Paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and more in realism, figuration, abstraction,…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Jul. 18

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

1-3pm Thu. Jul. 18

Kid Kraft Day

A variety of classes will be taught by local artists on Thursdays this summer. Drop ins welcome. Limit of 12 participants.

Valley Art Gallery & Gifts
304 N. Bridge St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: 6 and up

1:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Illustration Demonstration

Watch as professional illustrator Jeremy Provost recreates his published illustrations live before your eyes. Tickets are required for entrance. Free tickets are available one week in advance of the program.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

1:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

In the Dark

Discover what the darkest (or nearly darkest) places hold with experiments and activities.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School age

2:30-3pm Thu. Jul. 18

Pop Up Science: Draw a Circuit

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 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

4-8pm Thu. Jul. 18

Irvine Park Zoo Fundraiser

An evening of giving back and celebrating the opening of The Lion King. Enjoy a hot dog or brat with chips and a soda for just $5 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls. The Lion King will open…

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - Menomonie
544 Main St
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

5:30-6:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Quick Start Tennis 3- Session 2

This program will continue to develop the skills learned in QS2 while spending more time learning to play and apply rules of individual or doubles play. We will also continue to use and develop sportsmanship skills.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $35; Non-Resident $40

Age: 7-13 or proper skill level

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 18

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 2

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 18

Quick Start Tennis 2- Session 1

This program is designed to continue the on form and fundamentals taught in QS1. Players will also begin to learn basic rules, to keep score and develop sportsmanship. There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: 6-7

5:30-6pm Thu. Jul. 18

Quick Start Tennis 1 - Session 2

This program is designed to teach 4-5 year olds the very basic fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging atmosphere! There will be racquets available for use.

Altoona City Park - Tennis Courts
2303 Garfield Ave
Altoona

Cost: Resident $25; Non-Resident $30

Age: Ages 4-5

5:30-6:15pm Thu. Jul. 18

Tball For Tots

Tball for Tots will focus on the basic skills of running bases, hitting and throwing as well as many fun games. This is a great chance for 4 year olds to have fun learning in a non-competitive environment.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $30; Non-Resident $35

Age: Age 4yo

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Jul. 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

6pm Thu. Jul. 18

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: D. Janakey + Hemma + Pit Wagon

D. Janakey's transfixing sounds call to mind past lives weaved into stark yet powerful story-songs imbued with rich poetics. Hemma paints narrative landscapes of longing, lust, mistrust and deep intrigue for the art of the con. Just like…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

T-ball 2

This program is designed to teach 6-8 year olds the fundamentals of the game, increase hitting and fielding skills, and get in to some game play. Everyone will receive a schedule for his/her team on the first night of practice.

Devney Park
Devney Dr.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $55; Non-Resident $65

Age: Ages 6-8

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Sounds like Summer Concert Series

The Sounds Like Summer Concert Series is Volume One's Thursday night gig in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Local bands play to crowds each night on the banks of the Chippewa River in June, July, and August. Enjoy a pre-show set from area…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 18

Eau Claire Express 2019 Season

Catch a local baseball match featuring the Eau Claire express. Full of activities for kids, food, beverages, and more. Check out their website for details about nightly promotions.

Eau Claire Express Stadium - Carson Park
702 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

6:35pm Thu. Jul. 18

Eau Claire Express vs La Crosse Loggers

The Eau Claire Express play against the La Crosse Loggers.

Eau Claire Express Stadium - Carson Park
702 Carson Park Drive
Eau Claire

Cost: $9 GA, $11 Reserved Grandstand, $14 Reserved Box, $28 Fan Deck; Season Tickets Available

Age: All Ages

7-8pm Thu. Jul. 18

Colfax Music in the Park

Rain location is the Colfax Fairgrounds building on Railroad Avenue. Bring your lawn chair. Popcorn and root beer floats will be sold at the concerts. Annual pie sale by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group on August 15.

Tower Park
Main Street and Highway 40
Colfax

Cost: FREE

7-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Music Over Menomin: Weapons of Brass Destruction

The Weapons’ “musical roots are definitely from the Crescent City, but don’t look for run-of-the-mill dixieland here; funky R&B, afro, and mambo grooves feature prominently in our repertoire. Think Dirty Dozen, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth,…

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

7:30pm Thu. Jul. 18

Oliver!

Lionel Bart's classic musical based on the Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. A delightful community theater musical production directed by Nancy Scobie with musical direction by Jerry Way and featuring a local cast, crew and musical…

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

Cost: $15 adults, $14 seniors, $8 youth

Age: All Ages