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Events

activities • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

9-10:15am Thu. Oct. 17

Weekday Morning Playgroups

A free, fun, interactive experience that children and parents or other caregivers can enjoy together.

Family Resource Center for Eau Claire County
4800 Golf Rd., Suite 450
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: Ages 0-5

9-11:30am Thu. Oct. 17

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: Member $3 | Community $5 | Parents FREE

Age: Ages 0-6

9:30-10:30am Thu. Oct. 17

Terrific Two’s

A class for two year olds. Story time, dancing, free choice and crafts. Parents attend. Siblings may attend for $1.

B’utiful Kids Learning Center
502 Bay St
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $5

Age: Ages: 2

9:30-11:30am Thu. Oct. 17

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

10:15-10:35am Thu. Oct. 17

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. Oct. 17

Kids Make Music

Classes are filled with songs, musical activities, and instruments to stimulate your child's natural response to music. Families learn rhymes, songs, games, and dances to build developmentally appropriate skills in a fun and engaging…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $59 per month

Age: Ages 2 to 4

noon-8pm Thu. Oct. 17

Ukiyo-e: Floating Fleeting Worlds

Discover the similarities and connections between three floating fleeting worlds: Japanese Edo Art, Art of and inspired by our night skies, Rockwell Kent's drawings for Walt Whitman’s poetry

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Oct. 17

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

1-4pm Thu. Oct. 17

Art Class Painting Schaefer/Miles

Adults and teens welcome. Follow along as you paint your own idea from start to finish. Beginner to Advanced. Tips and Techniques. Creative Camaraderie. Tips and techniques -Acrylic, Oil Painting- Pastel, Charcoal, Pencil Drawing.

Schaefer Miles Studio at Artisan Forge Studios
1106 Mondovi Road
Eau Claire

Cost: $40

Age: Teen and Adult

1-6pm Thu. Oct. 17

Tarot & Spiritual Counselling

Kim offers tarot card readings and spiritual counseling through mediumship, automatic writing and other metaphysical gifts. Appointments are welcome, otherwise walk-ins are first come first serve. Appointments can be made by calling the shop,…

The Broom & Crow
106 E. Grand Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $15+

Age: All Ages

2:30-3pm Thu. Oct. 17

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 we'll learn how to draw a circuit.

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

Cost: Free with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

3:30-5pm Thu. Oct. 17

Tween Scene

Come, create, and hang out with other tweens (grades 3-6). Tween Scene is a weekly drop-in series featuring a different activity each week, from art to technology and beyond.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades 3-6

4-5pm Thu. Oct. 17

Beyblade Club

Join your friends for an after-school Beyblade Club. Kids are encouraged to bring their own Beyblades and stadiums; the library will have a limited number of Beyblades to share.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library - Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire St.
Eau CLaire

Cost: FREE

Age: Grades K-5

5-6pm Thu. Oct. 17

Zumba with Z.Vida Fitness

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program that has been wildly popular since the '90s. Join the awesome and energetic crew of instructors from Z. Vida Fitness in bringing the fun back into fitness. Bring some flat-soled shoes, a water…

The Center
3701 E. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $6 drop-in, $25 for 5-class card, $35 unlimited month

Age: 7+

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Oct. 17

Little Kids Big Emotions

Learn to develop an empathetic and supportive response to children’s overwhelming emotions, without becoming overwhelmed yourself. Free meal at 5:30pm, followed by a presentation at 6pm on helping your little kids manage big emotions.…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Adults

5:30-6:15pm Thu. Oct. 17

Kids Rock Band

Students learn specially composed songs while receiving instruction on playing guitar, keyboard, and drums, as well as singing. All materials provided. Amazing concerts, t-shirts, posters, and more. New students are invited to set up a free…

Eau Claire Music School
1620 Ohm Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $99 per month

Age: 4 to 6

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Oct. 17

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

6-7pm Thu. Oct. 17

The Science of Art: Turkey Carving and Calling

Join Dave Constantine, a well-respected wildlife artist, as he explains how science and art is found all around you, even in turkeys.

Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic
2715 Damon Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:15-7:15pm Thu. Oct. 17

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 $40, Community $56

Age: Ages 7-10

6:30pm Thu. Oct. 17

Little Dancing Stars - Fitness Dance Classes

Get up and get moving building strong muscles and bones, enjoying music song and dance. While following direction taking turns yet building their confidence. The classes are structured for the dancers to gain many uses threw their years of…

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

Cost: $36 each month

Age: Starting age 3 years and older

6:30pm Thu. Oct. 17

Eating For Your Hormones with Dr. Beth Westie

At this workshop, ladies can learn to avoid life-consuming diets by adapting meals to the monthly hormonal cycle.

Carlson Chiropractic Clinic
3119 Golf Road, Ste 103
Eau Claire

Cost: $25

Age: All Ages

7-11pm Thu. Oct. 17

Ski Sprites Haunted House

The Ski Sprites are hosting their annual Haunted House. A scary walk-thru with interactive haunts, changing scares and a thrill around every corner. Not for the timid.

Ski Sprites Haunted House
415 S. Dewey St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $10 at the door, $9 with a non-perishable food donation, $8 in advance

Age: All ages, 12+ recommended

7:30-9pm Thu. Oct. 17

UWEC Wind Symphony and Symphony Band Concert

Dr. John R. Stewart, conductor and the Symphony Band, Dr. Phillip Ostrander, conductor, in concert. The program will feature works by Percy Grainger, John Mackey, Joan Tower, Julie Girous, Rosanne Etezady, Jocelyn Hagen, and more.

Pablo Center at the Confluence
120 Graham Avenue
Eau Claire

Cost: $7 gen admission, $0.50 youth 17 and under, and UWEC/CVTC students, plus ticket and facility fees

Age: All Ages