Singing Together

YMCA offers karaoke nights for families and kids

by 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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Park-tacular Playgrounds

five play-friendly starter spots in the Valley

by 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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Getting Artsy At the Y

Young Artists Studio provides an art ed alternative

by Hailey Melander, Luong Huynh

Realizing that they already had quite a plethora of sports programs, the Y decided to add more arts programs this year.

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Totally to Dye For

DIY tie-dye shop offers art and a good time

by 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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How Does Your Garden Grow?

for these Montessori students, it grows at school

by 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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Stay Safe Out There

Mayo-sponsored kids’ camp focused on safety

by 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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Look to the Sky

the stars are waiting at UWEC’s annual Astronomy Day

by 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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Voyageur Visions

CF living history event brings back fur trading days

by 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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Tiny Tots Playhouse Is Ready to Have Fun

by Tom Giffey

Chippewa Valley kiddos now have a new, fun, and educational place to play: Tiny Tots Playhouse in Fall Creek will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, May 1. Tiny Tots – which bills itself ...

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Brain Benders

three EC schools head to Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

by 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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The Cuddle Season

Govin’s Farm to host annual lamb and chick extravaganza

by 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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Tiny Tots, Big Dreams

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

by 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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Stay On Target

Daniel Langlois has seen the awe and wonder in the eyes of children who have just witnessed the “mystical, magical flight of the arrow.”

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6 Local Birthday Hot Spots

Looking to get out of the house for that next birthday party? The Valley doesn’t disappoint.

by V1 Staff

It used to be that all a kid needed for a successful birthday party was good friends for a sleepover, plenty of sugar, and a few presents. Oh, those were the days! But now there are many more options for that special occasion offered ...

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Eau Claire Gets Icy

from outdoor rinks to indoor lessons, ice skating opportunities abound

by Briana Bryant

With the Olympics starting in Sochi in just a few days, winter sports are on everyone’s minds. There is certainly no shortage of places to skate it up in the Chippewa Valley. As far as outdoor rinks, there are six well-known options ...

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Elephant Noises

chamber orchestra gig features Babar, instrument petting zoo

by 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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Building Their Brains

local team makes it to state Lego robotics competition

by 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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Bringing the Outdoors In

children’s museum unveils two new exhibits

by 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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