Issue #314 August 24, 2016

When Dinosaurs Walked the Earth

life-size prehistoric reptiles to take over Chippewa Falls fairgrounds

by Hailey Novak

If a considerable part of your childhood involved watching Land Before Time videos on your VCR and referring to leaves as “tree stars” just like Spike and Littlefoot, or even if you’re simply an avid Jurassic Park fan, get ready to experience ...

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Issue #313 August 10, 2016

Ready for 'Real' School

Children's Museum counts it down for kindergartners-to-be

by Tom Giffey

For those of us for whom kindergarten is a long-ago memory, it’s hard to appreciate what a huge transition it is for the 5-year-olds who will soon stream uncertainly through school doors armed with little more than ...

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Issue #308 June 15, 2016

Udderly Fantastic

Children's Museum marks Dairy Month with new calf

by Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Get ready to milk June Dairy Month for all it’s worth: The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire has a series of dairy good times planned, all centered around the anticipated arrival of ...

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Issue #305 May 4, 2016

Unfolding History

mobile lumber museum to debut in Chppewa Falls

by Mike Seitz

The Past Passed Here has become an annual event coordinated by the Chippewa County Historical Society where folks can learn about local history. For years, this event has included reenactments ...

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Issue #304 April 20, 2016

Stemming the Gap

EC kids get hands-on science experience

A partnership among the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, Xcel Energy, and UW-Eau Claire’s Blugold Beginnings has produced a high-energy, high-learning program at Roosevelt Elementary in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #302 March 23, 2016

Nano-Scale Marvels

NanoDays 2016 at the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire

One of the Chippewa Valley’s premiere places for small people is thinking big about the little stuff – the really, really little stuff. On Tuesday, March 29, from 6:30-8pm, the Children’s Museum of Eau Claire ...

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Issue #301 March 9, 2016

Come Out to Play, Everyone!

Children’s Museum initiative designed to open doors to all kids, no matter their background or income

by Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is a unique destination for the children of the Chippewa Valley to learn and be inspired by engaging all of their senses in hands-on exhibits and interactive programming. The museum’s recently launched Play for All Initiative is intended to open up the museum’s doors (and unlock its wonders) to all children in the community ...

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Issue #298 January 27, 2016

A Family's Best Friend

remembering her childhood dog, one page at a time

by Raquel Dorf, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire resident Mary Heimstead recently penned a tale about the beloved dog her family had when she was growing up. The book, A Prince of a Dog, was recently awarded the 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The national award came with a huge celebration ...

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Issue #296 December 23, 2015

Have a Happy Noon Year!

Children’s Museum open for mid-day year-end celebration

photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is making sure no little one gets left behind when it comes to ringing in the New Year. Their new event, Noon Year’s Eve, will run from 10am-Noon on December 31st. Get your photos taken in a New Year’s photo booth, work out some pent up energy with parachute playtime ...

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Issue #294 November 25, 2015

Hop on the Holiday Train

Chippewa Valley Museum to show off 384 square foot toy train display

by Nikki Lanzer

All aboard! All are invited to come check out the standard-gauge toy train set on display soon at the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire’s Carson Park. The three tinplate locomotives to be featured in the 384 square foot showcase will herald in the holiday spirit – and maybe Old Saint Nick as well ...

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Issue #288 September 2, 2015

Traveling Public Art

kids' art get displayed on Eau Claire city buses

by Mike Seitz

If you’ve ever tried to avoid awkward eye contact with a stranger on the bus by looking up, then you’ve probably noticed art that is on display instead of the regular old ads. “Art on the Bus” is a community public arts project that was started in 2000 by Paula Gorski ...

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Issue #286 August 5, 2015

Ready for the Road

big rig show’s got a parade, an ice road trucker, and ... Frozen

by Tom Giffey

While it was once the month that kids suffered from the back-to-school blues, in recent years August has become a time that Chippewa Valley youngsters look forward to: It’s when a rumbling, smoking, and honking armada of semi trucks rolls through town. The sixth annual Eau Claire Big Rig Truck & Tractor Show ...

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