Prepare Your Child (and Yourself) for Camp

Thu. Mar. 14th, 2019

American Camp Association

For parents, the most heart-racing, adrenalin pumping moments happen when you let go and watch your child try something on his or her own. The moment the training wheels come off ...

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Camp

Thu. Mar. 14th, 2019

American Camp Association

Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth, and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys, and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp ...

Is Your Kid Ready for Camp? Find Out.

Thu. Mar. 14th, 2019

Meghan Hosely

It’s getting to be that time of year again: Gone are the days of negative degree weather, and slowly but surely, the temperature is creeping higher and higher. Warmer temperatures, combined ...

Make Some Time to Climb

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Lauren Fisher

With three options in the Chippewa Valley for climbing and bouldering, there’s are opportunities for every skill level.

When Life Springs Forth

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Lauren Fisher

Start a scavenger hunt for these plants and animals to help the kids learn how to be aware of their natural environment.

Planting a Seed to Grow a Green Thumb

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Hope Greene

Starting seeds with kids can be anything from a simple day’s project of getting beans to sprout little green threads to creating an attractive splash of flowers in a porch pot to carefully laying a foundation for a vegetable plot designed to feed the world.

Make the Most of Summer with Prime Times

Wed. Mar. 6th, 2019

Want to know the schedule for swimming lessons at Fairfax Pool? Is your kid interested in making Art in the Park, shooting a bow and arrow, or trying a hand at kubb or karate?

Night time is the right time for Winter After Hours

Thu. Jan. 10th, 2019

photos by Andrea Paulseth

Pinehurst offers 60 acres of cheap, chilly winter fun where you can sled, ice skate, cross-country ski and snowshoe on groomed and lit trails, and much more. No snowshoes or skates? No problem! Ice skate and snowshoe rentals will be available, and safety equipment will be free to use.

Giving Young Athletes the Gift of Independence

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Scott Berseth

One of the greatest – and most difficult – gifts a parent can give a child will be independence. Woven within that gift will be the element of trust...

6 Tips for Safe Pumpkin Carving

Sat. Sep. 1st, 2018

According to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), Halloween is one of the top three holidays for causing emergency room visits.

A Prairie Playground: River Prairie Park is a great draw for kids

Tue. Jul. 24th, 2018

Yia Lor

This summer, kids of all ages are heading over to Altoona’s River Prairie Park where they can enjoy the fairy garden, soak their feet in the winding stream, and play in the splash pad to their heart’s content. The park has become the Valley’s newest hot spot, and it promises ...

Recreation Revamped at the New Carson Park Playground

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Catey Leonardson

The $480,000 project from Playworld Systems features areas designed for different age groups and ability levels so that those in the 2- to 5-year-old age bracket can enjoy themselves as well as 5- to 12-year-olds ...

VIDEO! Saturday Morning Hullabaloo: Kids Concert Series

Tue. Jun. 19th, 2018

V1 Staff

Presented by Chippewa Valley Family and Prevea Health, the Saturday Morning Hullabaloo is a kids concert series held monthly through the summer in downtown Eau Claire's Phoenix Park. Learn more and see the schedule at

Carson Park’s New Playground Offers More Inclusive Fun for All Kids

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Catey Leonardson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Carson Park’s playground recently received a beautiful, lime-green upgrade as the past play structure reached the end of its 30-year life expectancy. The $480,000 project from Playworld Systems features areas designed for ...

Water safety with a message

Tue. May. 8th, 2018

Kristan Motszko

May is National Water Safety Month and National Safe Boating Week is celebrated May 19-25. Until a couple years ago, these were two campaigns that I was hardly aware of, but all that changed after my brother, Kyle Keith, was involved in a tragic boating accident.

10 Springtime Events In or Near the Chippewa Valley

Mon. Apr. 2nd, 2018

Rachel Witthoft

Ready to celebrate winter’s end? Peruse these upcoming festivals and events in the Chippewa Valley ... Sure, there's still plenty of snow on the ground, but that doesn't mean you can't pretend there isn't! Right? Right??

V-Ball Is Your Chance to Dance All Night

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Luong Huynh

If you’re in need of an idea for date night, look no further: The 44th Annual Viennese Ball is coming April 13 and 14, and you don’t want to miss it! The Viennese Ball, or V-Ball, is a fundraiser for service, international, and ...

It’s a Shoe-In: Stroll on Over to Red Wing

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

by Lauren Fisher

Sometimes, you just want to give your family the boot. And you can do just that in Red Wing, Minnesota, home of Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum, which is home to the largest boot in the world ...

Eggs-Actly What You Need to Welcome Easter

Mon. Mar. 19th, 2018

V1 Staff

The leftover Valentine’s candy may still be on the store shelves, but it’s never too early to plot your strategy for searching out Easter eggs. The Ninth Annual Chippewa Valley Easter Egg Hunt will be ...

11 Wintery Wisconsin Festivals (Perfect for a Day Trip)

Thu. Feb. 1st, 2018

Rachel Witthoft

If you’re looking for ways to get out of the house in the coming weeks, take a peek at some upcoming winter celebrations listed below. Most of these festivals are a reasonable distance from Eau Claire ...

Warm up Your Green Thumb: Plan a Community Garden Plot Now

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

James Johonnott, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Looking to dig in the dirt and grow your own food this year? Do you yearn for more yard space than you have? Community gardens are a convenient answer for the green thumb with A square footage limitation. It’s never ...

Don't Let the Wintertime Blues Win

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Megan Hosely, photos by Andrea Paulseth

With 2017 giving way to 2018, many of us resolve to spend more time in the gym. However, more often than not, those resolutions quickly fade. Some give up because of lack of time to actually work out, and others ...

6 Tips for Staying Safe on Wintry Roads

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

Weather conditions in Wisconsin change often. Each year the Eau Claire Police Department responds to dozens of crashes as a result of drivers not preparing themselves for driving in snowy or icy conditions ...

The Valley's Favorite Sledding Slopes

Thu. Jan. 25th, 2018

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

3 hills where you can make priceless winter memories

Picture this: The sun is shining, there’s a crisp blanket of snow on the ground, and you’ve got the day off with the kids. What, are you just going to sit indoors, eyes glued to the TV, twiddling your thumbs ...

Check Out Family Fest at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center

Tue. Jan. 16th, 2018

Rachel Witthoft

Hey parents! Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this weekend? Consider going to Family Fest at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center! This Saturday, January 20, from 11am until 3pm the ...

3 Summery Games With a Wintery Spin

Fri. Jan. 12th, 2018

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

It’s easy to find oneself battling cabin fever after solstice, when the days grow longer but somehow also colder. But frigid air is not a prison sentence, nor should it be seen that way. A good pair of wool socks and a ...

How to Keep Your Family Active When Winter Weather Drives You Indoors

Fri. Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Lauren Fisher

One of the biggest hurdles for families with busy schedules is finding the time to make sure everyone is getting enough exercise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, children and adolescents should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day to ensure the development of healthy bodies and motor skills.

Break a Sweat, Make a Difference

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

V1 Staff

Looking to pump those legs and raise some money for a good cause? Autumn is charity run/walk season in Chippewa Valley, with tons of different events happening over the next two months.

What's the Buzz?

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Katie Reidt

Year after year, Govin’s Meats & Berries continues to surprise us through the transformation of its 11-acre cornfield. In the spirit of connecting families to agriculture with education and entertainment, each fall the Govin family unveils a brittle, golden-brown-colored corn maze for families and friends to wander through.

Party & Learn with the United Way

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Barbara Arnold

Brainstorm Board, Fill Up Your Toolbox, and the Pick-a-Pop Game are just three of the dozens of activities for kids and adults alike at the fourth annual Community Block Party on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11am to 5pm in the main pavilion of Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.

Give it a Try: Attitude is the Key to Youth Sports

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Meghan Hosely, photos by Conrad Leighton

Kids should get about an hour of physical activity each day on average. While there are many different forms of physical activity, one of the most common ways to get hearts pumping is through organized sports.

10 Hiking Trails to Try With Your Family

Wed. Sep. 20th, 2017

Rob Reid

Step by step, Rob has compiled information on each trail, including its description, difficulty level, fees, and location. Here are some of the easier trails in the Chippewa Valley you may want to check out this fall with your family.

Roll Into These Local Skateparks

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

James Johonnott

Looking for a new place to shred? With skate parks in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie, there are plenty of great, safe places to hang out, practice your moves, and meet some fellow skaters.

7 Top Tips for Family Camping

Tue. Jul. 18th, 2017

Elisabeth Brown

In the last issue of Chippewa Valley Family, we provided a basic camping guide – from gear to planning. Getting the entire family organized and prepared for the great outdoors can be a daunting task ...