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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5 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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Controlled Carnage

no flame throwers allowed at after school bot battle

by 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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Passing Down the Past

Menomonie authors’ new book encourages passing down family stories

by 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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Flexing Creative Muscles

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

by 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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Banbury Kids Project Unleashes Creativity

by Emily Albrent

Art is all around the Chippewa Valley, whether it’s the work of UW-Eau Claire students in the Foster Art Gallery or creations by acclaimed artists via Sculpture Tour Eau Claire. The Banbury Kids Project has added to that mix. The brainchild of artist ...

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Young Artists Sought for Pollock-style Project

by Tom Giffey

Legendary abstract painter Jackson Pollock may belong to the art history books, but his spirit lives in Eau Claire. Artist and storyteller Paula Gorski is in the process of creating a large-scale art installation in Eau Claire that will be inspired by Pollock’s ...

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Summertime Seuss

another movie themed family night comes to Phoenix

by 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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Block Party

EC children’s museum exhibit spurs creative, constructive play

by 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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Pet-sitting Empire

the nation’s second-biggest network for pet-sitters is based here in Eau Claire

by Briana Bryant, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Jake and Kelly VandenBush have a pretty neat niche in the pet care industry, and they might just be on the way to making Eau Claire even more famous. They began their business, Pet Sitters Associates in 1998, without the foreknowledge ...

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Oh, The Places You'll Go!

CVTG production brings classic Dr. Seuss characters to life

by Tom Giffey

The fantastical stories of Dr. Seuss – filled as they are with hat-wearing cats, Christmas-stealing Grinches, green egg-gobbling Sam-I-Ams, not to mention assorted Drum-tummied Snumms, Fiffer-feffer-feffs, and ...

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Send Your Kids on a Trip Through Time

by Barbara Arnold

Future History Detectives can hone their craft this summer by taking part in one of two six-week classes for kids at the Chippewa Valley Museum. “Time Travelers,” a program for children ages 6 to 12 ...

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That's A Story-able

children’s boutique features topical summer storytimes

by 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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Children's Theatre Stages Wacky Irish Wake

by Tom Giffey

The beloved Patrick James Finnegan has dropped dead – after winning a casino jackpot, no less – and now its time for his quarrelsome Irish-American family to celebrate with a traditional Irish wake, complete with singing ...

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