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Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9am-3pm Thu. Aug. 15

Camp in the Community

Play games, create crafts, learn songs, make new friends, learn about God and the community. Camp Leaders are trained, high-energy, young adult staff from Wisconsin United Methodist Camps and are assisted by members of Trinity United…

Trinity United Methodist Church
201 W. Central Street
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $10 per Camper ($25 family maximum)

Age: Entering Grades 1-6

9am-noon Thu. Aug. 15

Science of Slime Camp

Maximize your curiosity. Spend time inside and out and will watch things grow, move, change and even explode. Play with science through chemical experiments, field studies, hikes, gardening, cooking, research, and making lots of slime.

Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf ROad
Eau Claire

Cost: $150

Age: Finished grades K-6

9:30-11:30am Thu. Aug. 15

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. Aug. 15

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

10am-5pm Thu. Aug. 15

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

10:30-11:15am Thu. Aug. 15

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-8pm Thu. Aug. 15

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. Aug. 15

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. Aug. 15

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

3-6pm Thu. Aug. 15

Hub's Hoedown

Featuring live entertainment/a DJ, a pig roast, brats, hot dogs, drinks, a dunk tank and a photo booth. Plus, kids can enjoy a bouncy house, games, petting zoo and caricature station.

Heritage at Oakwood Hills
3706 Damon St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

3-5pm Thu. Aug. 15

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. Aug. 15

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social served by the youth of Shepherd Hill Lutheran Church. Annual fundraiser to support our Youth Ministry. Serving: BBQ, Hotdogs, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Pie, Ice Cream and Beverages. All are welcome.

Shepherd of the Hill Lutheran Church
207 University Street
Elk Mound

Cost: Food priced Ala Carte

Age: All Ages

4-7pm Thu. Aug. 15

Featured Artists Reception

Kris Crowe, painter and gourd carver along with Kathy Cernohous, stained glass artist invite you to view their work and visit while enjoying refreshments.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 15

Burger King Classic Car Show

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

Burger King - Lake Hallie
2752 120th St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Aug. 15

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. Aug. 15

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Wolves at the Door + Elvessa + Greg Gilbertson

Wolves at the Door is a rock-n-roll and blues band gigging steadily around the Midwest. Elvessa is introspective ghost rock laced with mystery, lost in ether. Listeners of Greg Gilbertson who are only vaguely expecting to be entertained will…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-7pm Thu. Aug. 15

Pigskin Pals

Bring your little ones to learn the basics of flag football. We will go over throwing, catching, kicking, punting, hand-offs, positions and much more in a fun and laid back atmosphere.

Cinder City Park- Hagen Field
2300 Spooner Ave.
Altoona

Cost: Resident $30; Non-Resident $35

Age: Ages 3-5

6:30-8:40pm Thu. Aug. 15

Cornerstone Roar! VBS

Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Wild Bible Adventures, and create fun crafts that they'll play with all year

Cornerstone Christian Church
310 W. Polk Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 3-11

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Aug. 15

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

7-8pm Thu. Aug. 15

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

7-8pm Thu. Aug. 15

Self Defense - Session 3

Learn how to subdue your opponent and gain compliance in a self defense situation. Classes will cover situations including: front attacks, rear attacks, and striking defenses, as well as kicks, punches, open hand strikes and more.

River Prairie Park
1419 Front Porch Place
Altoona

Cost: $20

Age: Ages 8-15