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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Kids & Families - Spring 2013

Fitting Together

local LEGO clubs help build problem solving skills

Thom Fountain, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Few toys have survived through decades and generations like LEGOs. These resilient little plastic blocks have made it over a hundred years through world wars and various economic revolutions (and probably millions of angry outbursts after finding...

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Kids & Families - Spring 2013

Music, Movement, & Español

local educator uses the building blocks of music and dance to teach Spanish

Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Anita Wahl – or as she is called by her fans, Miss Anita – teaches music and movement alongside the Spanish language to kids ages 1 through 12. A native of Waunakee and a graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in international relations, Wahl has ...

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Issue #221 Jan. 31, 2013

See What Grows

new Lily Pad Lab aimed at littlest learners

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Vanessa Moessner left her job as a high school biology teacher a few years ago when she and her husband started a family. Eventually, however, the mother of three young children (who range in age from seven months to five years) got the itch to ...

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Kids & Families - Winter 2012

Bring in the Clowns!

we sat down to chat with a couple area children’s entertainers

V1 Staff

"Not too long ago I had to stop in a small town to ask for directions to an event. The only public place open was a bar, so I walked in wearing my full clown getup to seek out some help ..."

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