5 Fantastic Outdoor Art Projects!

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

It’s a fact: Art, especially with kids, is messy. But the warmth of summer gives us the opportunity to get outside, get a little dirty, and still get in a ton of creative, art-fueled play without all the stress of trying to get paint out of the carpet. So grab the kids, head outside, and let them go crazy with making art in the sunshine ...

8 Ways to Play Without Using a Smartphone

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Jacqueline Van Hemert

From toddlers with touchscreens to tweens and texting, one of the hottest topics among parents and educators today is the proper role of digital media in children’s lives. Although their recommendations are slated for revision this year, the American Academic of Pediatrics (AAP) currently recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day for children and teens, and none at all for infants under age two ...

Come Out and Play, Everyone! Children’s Museum initiative opens doors to all kids

Tue. May. 3rd, 2016

Haley Wright, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The Children’s Museum of Eau Claire is a unique destination for the children of the Chippewa Valley to learn and be inspired by engaging all of their senses in hands-on exhibits and interactive programming. The museum’s recently launched Play for All Initiative is intended to open up the museum’s doors (and unlock its wonders) to all children ...

Finding the Right Activity Balance

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

design by Serena Wagner

According to a report by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, effective after-school programs can improve classroom behavior, school attendance, and academic aspirations ...

3 Ways to Encourage Independent Play

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

April Becker, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Do you ever get tired of playing? You know, like with your kids? Their Legos, their dolls, their marble run, their latest and greatest toys are all spectacular, but playing with them is not the vision most parents have of how to spend their time at home. Playing with our little munchkins ...

Take It on the Road! Local parents spark summer fun with playground tours

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Mike Paulus, photos by Andrea Paulseth

One summer, a group of turkeys meandered up next to the North River Fronts Neighborhood Park and a little boy took off running to see/pet/snuggle the big birds. He was too young to go galavanting on his own, but his worried mom was too pregnant to run down a sprinting, turkey-obsessed toddler. And that’s when everyone else came to the rescue.