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Best Place To Take Your Kids

1st Place: Irvine Park Zoo
2nd Place: Action City
3rd Place: Eau Claire Children’s Museum

Savvy parents know they need to get their offspring out of the house now and then, both to bask in the Sun’s golden rays and to regain a measure of sanity. For the fourth straight year, Chippewa Valley moms and dads (not to mention grandmas and grandpas) agree that Chippewa Falls’ Irvine Park Zoo is the best place for good old-fashioned (and free!) fun: they’ve got a zoo, a splash pad, trees, trails, a dam, and a cave, plus the Valley’s grandest Christmas light display. If you’re willing to plunk down some money to entertain the kiddies (and the adults), head over to Action City where they can burn off excess energy racing go-karts and whacking moles. For a less frenzied – but no less fun – setting, check out the Eau Claire Children’s Museum, which features three stories of interactive and educational exhibits. –Tom Giffey