Containing Your Green Thumb

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Rachel Hart-Brinson

My daughter wants to plant snapdragons and shell peas again. Do you have to have space in your yard to garden with your kids? Absolutely not! If you have a place that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day where you can put a pot or two, you can garden and enjoy the literal fruits (or flowers) of your labors.

6 Ways to Stay Safe & Make a Splash!

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

As your family takes to the water – whether its boating, floating, swimming, or what have you – make sure to keep these five safety tips in mind.

How to Ensure Kid & Canine Cooperation

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Lauren Fisher

Just as the summer brings out families in search of fresh air, it brings out dog parents desperate to get the zoomies out of their pent-up pups.

A Plus for the Park

Fri. May. 3rd, 2019

Tom Giffey

Boyd Park revitalization begins with brush removal

A vision to revitalize Eau Claire’s Boyd Park is becoming clearer thanks to local volunteer and fundraising efforts. Workers from Xcel Energy and Zielie’s Tree Service spent a Friday in late April ...

Take a Peak: Hiking trails that offer Chippewa Valley high points

Mon. Apr. 22nd, 2019

Nealy Corcoran, photos by Taylor Smith

As we spring into summer, slip on those hiking boots and head to the trail. Chippewa Valley is home to an abundance of meandering hiking trails that travel through the scenic beauty of northwestern Wisconsin ...

Springfest 2019 Offers Entertainment for All Ages

Thu. Apr. 18th, 2019

Lea Kopke

The Chippewa Falls Rotary Foundation presents Springfest, a weekend filled with activities, music, and events for the whole family. Throughout the weekend local bands and musicians ...

5 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Spring Fests

Fri. Apr. 5th, 2019

Travel Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, spring festival season begins as soon as the ground thaws and the first bits of green begin peeking out of the ground. Whether you’re interested in rare mushrooms or maple syrup ...

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.

10 Signs of Spring in Wiscosnin

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 ...