Kids & Family - Fall 2014

Singing Together

YMCA offers karaoke nights for families and kids

Tom Giffey

Pretty much everybody loves to sing, but how we demonstrate that love changes with age. When we’re kids, we’re liable to belt out our favorite tunes any old time – appropriate or not. As adults, we generally get more reticent, reserving ...

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Kids & Family - Fall 2014

5 Park-tacular Chippewa Valley Playgrounds

play-friendly starter spots in the area to get your kids moving

Hope Greene, photos by Hope Greene, Leah Dunbar, Andrea Paulseth

Just as monkeys need bananas and something to climb on, human children need, well, bananas and something to climb on. Here are just five of the many great playground spots in and around Eau Claire. Use this guide as a treasure map that you can foll

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Issue #256 June 12, 2014

Totally to Dye For

DIY tie-dye shop offers art and a good time

Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s time to get creative in a whole new, colorful way. Started last October, Fun Dye Factory is bringing an accessible way to tie dye to downtown Eau Claire, and according to the staff, they’re doing so well that they’re ...

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Issue #255 May 29, 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

for these Montessori students, it grows at school

Dustin Hahn, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is inside an old building (the former Lincoln Elementary on Cameron Street), with few areas of interest for students on school grounds. As a result of this, parent and teacher volunteers came together ...

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Issue #255 May 29, 2014

Stay Safe Out There

Mayo-sponsored kids’ camp focused on safety

Barbara Arnold

Health care providers and other local experts will teach kids entering the fourth and fifth grades about safety topics at a free Safety Camp sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Health System. Topics include first aid (more than just a Band-Aid) ...

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Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Look to the Sky

the stars are waiting at UWEC’s annual Astronomy Day

Allison Puestow

Space…the final frontier. These are the voyages of the L.E. Phillips Planetarium and the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society. Their mission: to teach people about outer space, to seek out new demonstrations to show the public, to boldly go ...

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Issue #253 May 1, 2014

Voyageur Visions

CF living history event brings back fur trading days

Barbara Arnold

Imagine traveling back in time to the 1700s and 1800s during the fur trade and lumber era in the Chippewa Valley. What you’re imagining probably looks a lot like The Past Passed Here, a living history event that will delight and educate both ...

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Issue #252 April 17, 2014

Brain Benders

three EC schools head to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Allison Puestow

What do you get when you set up odd problems in need of creative solutions from students of all ages? The answer is Odyssey of the Mind, and international education program designed to help students learn how to creatively solve problems ...

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Issue #250 March 20, 2014

The Cuddle Season

Govin’s Farm to host annual lamb and chick extravaganza

Barbara Arnold, photos by Nick Meyer

th snow still on the ground, thinking spring right now is a challenge. Enter John and Julie Govin’s ninth annual Lambing Time at the Farm. Located just east of Menomonie on Interstate 94, you can see Govin’s from the highway. This year’s events ...

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Kids & Family - Spring 2014

Tiny Tots, Big Dreams

mother wants to transform former Fall Creek church into playhouse/museum

Tom Giffey

Parents of young children know all too well that it can be hard to find kid-friendly activities outside the home that are fun, accessible, and inexpensive. This is especially true for those who live in small towns and rural areas and don’t ...

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Issue #245 Jan. 9, 2014

Elephant Noises

chamber orchestra gig features Babar, instrument petting zoo

Barbara Arnold

Looking for a cure for cabin fever? The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual free one-hour family concert followed by an “instrument petting zoo” on Saturday, Jan. 25, will be just the ticket. Now in its 16th year ...

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Issue #243 Dec. 5, 2013

Building Their Brains

local team makes it to state Lego robotics competition

Ross Lindquist, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While it is frightfully cold outside, the house is warmed with a wood fire and the pent-up energy of eight kids who are excited to help their team ...

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Issue #242 Nov. 21, 2013

Bringing the Outdoors In

children’s museum unveils two new exhibits

Ross Lindquist, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Kids love new. Whether it is new toys, new adventures, or (gasp!), new things to learn. To a kid whatever “it” is, it always has that “just unwrapped Christmas present” feel. The Water Works, Body Smarts, and Bitty City exhibits have been ...

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