Eau Claire Family Friendly Events Calendar

Your guide to family events, stories and news in Western Wisconsin.

Events

activites • classes • festivals • storytimes • workshops

Thu. Jul. 20

Blugold Beginnings Exploring Art, Language and Culture

Students will receive academic instruction in liberal arts (theatre, photography, creative writing, journalism, arts, language) related areas, team building activities, and participate in other fun activities around campus and in the…

Overnight in UWEC Residence Halls

Cost: $325 per student

Age: Grades 6-12

Thu. Jul. 20

MakerSpace Summer Camp

Tinker, build, and play in this dynamic MakerSpace blending art, technology, engineering and science. Explore creativity and innovation in a collaborative space showcasing projects and ideas. Use critical thinking to step outside your comfort…

UWEC Campus

Cost: $169 Early Registration; $189 Standard Fee

Age: Students entering grades 6-9

8am-3pm Thu. Jul. 20

Summer Institute: Eau Claire

Summer Institute has a 40-year tradition of teaching and delighting children across the Chippewa Valley. Your kids will love the variety of activities, and you will appreciate the small classes that promise high quality learning. From art to…

Sam Davey Elementary
3000 Starr Ave.
Eau Claire

Cost: $25 per class

Age: 5-10

8am-5pm Thu. Jul. 20

WiFAB Retreat

A retreat for educators, innovators and makers. Understand how a fab lab can be used for multi-disciplinary learning, experience the engineering design process in solving real-life problems, Inspire your students with modeling and simulation,…

University of Wisconsin-Stout Applied Arts Building 132
415 13th Ave. E
Menomonie

Cost: Cost information online

Age: 21+

9am-noon Thu. Jul. 20

Tiny Tots Playhouse - Open Play

An interactive playhouse where children can bring their parents, grandparents or caregivers for a day of creative, memory-making fun.

Tiny Tots Playhouse
320 S. Wisconsin St.
Fall Creek

Cost: $4/child

Age: All Ages

9am-noon Thu. Jul. 20

Love Eau Claire - Day Camp

Each day kids will play sports, make a cool craft, hear a story from the Bible, have snack, sing fun songs and even have a li'l time for reading.


Eau Claire

Cost: Registration fee information available online

Age: Entering 3rd-5th Grade

9:30-11:30am Thu. Jul. 20

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: Ages Birth to age 5

10-11am Thu. Jul. 20

Summer Storytime

Summer storytime and activities for all ages.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

10am Thu. Jul. 20

"Building Bridges" Group Summer Art Show

Selected artists were invited to create art that relates to their personal concept of building bridges. The work displayed in this show will reflect each of the artist’s interpretation of that theme. The group summer show may be viewed…

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

10am Thu. Jul. 20

Micon Summer Kids Shows: "Ice Age: Collision Course"

In the fifth installment of the Ice Age franchise, Manny, Diego, and Sid join up with Buck to fend off a meteor strike that would destroy the world.

Micon Cinemas Chippewa Falls
475 Chippewa Mall Dr.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: $0.25

Age: Rated PG

10-10:30am Thu. Jul. 20

Planetarium: Sky Stories

It's a starry, starry night (or day) at the Museum. Check out the new Planetarium for an outta this world show. Visitors will lie down under the stars and hear all kinds of stories about the constellations in the sky. Shows start promptly at…

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. 20

Small Wonders by Marcella Edmund

The art exhibit features sculptural containers of architectural form that reflect their function, to hold specific collections of tiny treasures mined from history.

Chippewa Valley Museum
1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE to members / $7 entry to museum

Age: All Ages

10:15-10:35am Thu. Jul. 20

Little Movers Storytime

For babies who love to move. Interactive rhymes, parachute games, songs, stories, bubbles, and social time for parents and children.

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library Youth Services Program Room
400 Eau Claire Street
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: 6-18 months

11-11:30am Thu. Jul. 20

Dr. Labcoat's Exploratorium

A science show for ALL ages. Join Dr. Labcoat for demonstrations and experiments that are sure to entertain and amaze you.

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

Cost: FREE with Museum membership or admission

Age: All Ages

11am-3pm Thu. Jul. 20

Beaver Creek Reserve's Butterfly House

Come out of your chrysalis and spread your wings. The Butterfly House provides an opportunity to see a variety of native Wisconsin butterflies in their natural environment.

Wise Nature Center, Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 Cty Rd. K
Fall Creek

Cost: Free for BCR members, Nonmembers: Adults $3, Kids (ages 2 - 15) $1

Age: All Ages

11:30am-7pm Thu. Jul. 20

Dollar Swim Day: Feed Our Community

Anyone who brings in one non-perishable item gets in for $1.

Fairfax Pool
4200 Fairfax St.
Eau Claire

Cost: $1/person or season pass, 2 & under are free

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Jul. 20

200 Main Gallery Showing 'Four Accomplished Gents'

200 Main Gallery will host 'Four Accomplishe dGents', featuring works of Bob Gehrke, Mel Sundby, John Lawler and Andy Shafer. Their work - sculpture, painting and ceramic - can be seen nation and world-wide. We are very fortunate to have…

200 Main - Gallery & Studios
200 Main St.
Eau Claire

noon-8pm Thu. Jul. 20

East Meets West Art Exhibit

Enjoy paintings, drawings, watercolors, crystals, jewelry, prints, photography, sculptures and music from 50 juried artists influenced by Eastern and Western healing modalities inspiring fun and health by seeing beyond what exists and into…

Galaudet Gallery LLC
618 South Farwell
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

noon-5pm Thu. Jul. 20

Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market

Seasonal, locally grown vegetables and fruits, plus baked goods, dairy products, meat, honey, maple syrup, flowers, and more. An art market featuring local artists appears most Saturdays throughout the season.

Phoenix Park Pavilions
Riverfront Terr.
Eau Claire

Age: All ages

1-3pm Thu. Jul. 20

The Paint Shack

Painting made easy and fun as a trained instructor walks the class through the process. Also paint on wood, bags, glasses and more. Check the website for more information on scheduled events and classes.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Ranges from $10-45 depending on class

1:30-3pm Thu. Jul. 20

YouTube University

Expand your horizons. School- age kids will discover what is awesome, wild or downright weird about our world from curated YouTube clips, then explore a related activity or experiment.

Chippewa Falls Public Library
105 W Central St.
Chippewa Falls

Cost: FREE

Age: School-age

1:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

"Dress a Butterfly" with Beaver Creek Reserve

Join the Reading Road Trip Summer Library Program for Thursday Demonstrations. Tickets are required for entrance. Free tickets are available one week in advance of each program.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: Youth

4-5:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

Water Games

We’ll be outside with water balloons and water guns to play with. Come rain or shine.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Age: Kids Ages 12-18

5-7pm Thu. Jul. 20

The Paint Shack

Painting made easy and fun as a trained instructor walks the class through the process. Also paint on wood, bags, glasses and more. Check the website for more information on scheduled events and classes.

The Paint Shack
2524 Golf Road Suite 2c
Eau Claire

Cost: Ranges from $10-45 depending on class

5-6pm Thu. Jul. 20

High 5 Free Yoga

Enjoy free yoga all summer long. No experience necessary. A gentle, all-levels accessible practice, so makes for a great place start your yoga journey. Meet at the area around the Great Dane statue in front of the RCU building.

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

Burger King Classic Car Show - Beach Party

Classic cars, vintage, antique, muscle cars and more. Fun for the entire family. This week’s theme is Beach Party. Bring your sunny clothes and your lawn chairs because we are partying like it’s a retro beach night.

Burger King - Menomonie
544 Main St
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

5:30-7:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

The Chippewa: Biography of a Wisconsin Waterway, Author Event

Rich Cornell will talk about his book that includes tales of historical figures and of ordinary people, showcasing the heart of the Chippewa and the river itself. Cornell will be at the bookstore during Ladies Night Out.

Bookends on Main
214 E. Main St.
Menomonie

6-7pm Thu. Jul. 20

Habla en la Cabra

Practice your Spanish with other area Spanish speakers and help others practice their English. All levels welcome, no registration necessary. Brought to you by El Centro de Conexion de Chippewa Valley.

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-7pm Thu. Jul. 20

Habla en la Cabra Language Exchange

Practice Spanish with the help of native speakers and return the favor! All levels welcome. Shortened summer hours. Provided by El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley.

The Goat Coffee House
336 Water St.
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6-8pm Thu. Jul. 20

Dabble Box Open Lab

Join the Summer Library Program at the Dabble Box Open Lab. Explore the library's new Makerspace with your family. Check out the cool tools and materials we have to offer, and make something neat to take home.

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

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series: Them Coulee Boys + Byways w/ Nick Anderson

Them Coulee Boys are sure to kick down an equal dose of punk-folk calamity and Americana balladry, 4-part harmonies learned in dive bars and church basements, and a banjo stomp. Byways' music is a product of the members' personal experiences…

Phoenix Park
330 Riverfront Terrace
Eau Claire

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

6:30-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

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

6:30-9pm Thu. Jul. 20

Paint at Cheers Pablo

Head to Cheers Pablo for one of many painting events, or a DIY sign class. No painting experience necessary, just come ready to have fun. More information about available classes online.

Cheers Pablo
2839 Mall Drive, Suite 3A
Eau Claire

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for Kids Under 12

Age: All Ages

7-8:30pm Thu. Jul. 20

Music Over Menomin: Take2Day Quartet

Take2Day includes Patrick Pesek-Herriges on piano, Barbara Lyon on vocals, Dale Freberg on guitar(s) and David Kile on drums. Enjoy unique arrangements of originals, jazz, standards and crossovers.

Menomonie Public Library
600 Wolske Bay Rd
Menomonie

Cost: FREE

Age: All Ages

The Chippewa Valley Family calendar is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System of Eau Claire