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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Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Controlled Carnage

no flame throwers allowed at after school bot battle

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Rev your engines and sharpen those blades, kiddos: It’s time for robot mayhem. A group of sixth-through-eighth graders from the Voyagers after-school program have been pouring ...

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Issue #240 Oct. 24, 2013

Passing Down the Past

Menomonie authors’ new book encourages passing down family stories

Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Tim Mather

At 9pm on a Sunday, Dick Edwards received a call from his grandson in Iowa. He had a report due the next morning and one request for his grandpa: “Tell me about your life.” ...

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Issue #238 Sept. 26, 2013

Flexing Creative Muscles

Eau Claire YMCA to host seven day arts-a-palooza

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Y in downtown Eau Claire is dedicating a whole week to the arts. Running Oct. 7-13, children, teens, and their families are invited to explore a wide range of artistic activities – free of charge – covering seven different mediums ...

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Issue #233 July 18, 2013

Summertime Seuss

another movie themed family night comes to Phoenix

Emily Albrent

While the Barstow Street construction will impede a true, daylong Summer Fest this year, you can rest assured that there will be another great family night. In fact, it is going to be Dr. Seuss-themed-great. This is not just for kids; we have all had a ...

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Issue #232 July 4, 2013

Block Party

EC children’s museum exhibit spurs creative, constructive play

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

What can you do with a roomful of giant blue blocks? Pretty much anything you can dream up ...

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Issue #231 June 20, 2013

That's A Story-able

children’s boutique features topical summer storytimes

Tom Giffey

Well, story time just got even cooler. Beginning this summer, That’s Adorable! Children’s Boutique in downtown Eau Claire is bringing in special guests (including some local celebs!) to read to kids and their grown-ups each week ...

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Issue #230 June 6, 2013

Speaking Volumes

programs’ goal is reading 1,000 books to your child

Tom Giffey

Doing anything 1,000 times sounds like an achievement. It also sounds like a daunting task, until you break it down into smaller increments. That’s the rationale behind the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten movement, an early literacy initiative that’s ...

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Issue #225 Mar. 28, 2013

A Lively Library

from Peeps to an anti-prom, Fall Creek library programs aim to engage

Zach Schultz, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Libraries pretty much rock, and I remember falling in love with them at a young age. Growing up in Elk Mound, we had to come all the way to Eau Claire for a library trip, so we made each library visit last as long as we could. Even now, the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library sticks with me every time I open a book and experience its rich...

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Kids & Families - Spring 2013

Logs Will Roll

YMCA offers families awesome logrolling class

Sarah Bodeau

Paul Bunyan, sawmills, and rivers are as much a part of the Chippewa Valley as cheddar is a part of cheese curds. Now, thanks to the Chippewa Valley Family YMCA in Chippewa Falls, area families can reconnect with their inner lumberjacks and...

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