Wrong Turn at the Rite of Passage

an indelible camp memory that begins with a disposable product

We set the alarm, but there’s no need for it. All eight of us are so amped up on adrenaline that we can hardly confine ourselves to our bunks. We’d been turning in our sleeping bags since ...

You Could Be One of the Kids From Wisconsin!

How many Chippewa Valley performers will represent the region on this year’s Kids From Wisconsin cast? Time (and auditions) will tell. The touring troupe is ...

Student to Star With Chippewa Valley Symphony

Every year, some of the most talented teenage musicians in the state compete in the Kristo Orthodontics Young Artist Competition, with the winner taking the stage with ...

The Play’s the Thing

discovering a new world of fun with the family by stepping onto the stage

I admit, I was playing the long game. In the summer of 2015, I took my family to see the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It was always a ...

Paper Snowflakes: It’s a Fun, Easy Holiday Craft

Cutting paper snowflakes is actual holiday magic. Anyone with a pair of scissors and the courage to experiment can turn a sheet of humble printer paper into a work of winter art. It’s a quick and simple craft for kids and ...

Diamond Dreams Fulfilled

Diamond School of Dance begins 20th year with new, expanded facility

Alicia Knopps had a big dream when she was 14 years old. She had a love for dance and she wanted to share her passion with others by opening her own dance studio in her parents’ basement. Nineteen years later ...

Ten Years of Play

Red Cedar Youth Stage celebrates with original musical

“For these kids, it’s NOT just a stage!” That is the motto for the Red Cedar Youth Stage company in Menomonie. For the past 10 years, the company has offered area young people a chance to tap into their artistic ...

Eau Claire Teen Thrilled to Be Part of Kids From Wisconsin for a Second Summer

It’s not Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes” that draws attention. It’s the performers who glide and spin so effortlessly across the stage that it’s easy to forget that many of them are still in high school or just starting college. Since mid-May, these young adults have ...

Two Dates Remain to Jam With Kids Music at Phoenix Park

Are you and your family ready to wiggle, laugh, and sing in one of the Valley’s most beautiful spots? For two more Saturday mornings this summer – during the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market and the Artist Market of Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Family is again hosting ...

One Giant Leap at the Library

moon landing celebrated with Lego rocket, space suit

It has been 50 years since Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon. The Menomonie Public Library and the department of chemistry and physics at UW-Stout ...

'Ready, Set, Read!' at the Library This Summer

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is ready to kick off its summer library program, which runs from June 1 through Aug. 15 and allows children aged birth-18 to enjoy reading and being read to for prizes ...

On Stage for the Summer

theater groups offer summer programs to engage kids’ creativity

Summer is quickly approaching, and with it comes kids needing an outlet for their creative energy! A handful of summer theater programs in the Chippewa Valley might be just the ticket for them.

The Magic of Childhood Captured on the Page

best friends tag-team on their first kids’ book: Magic in the Leaves

Magic happens in small ways, and best friends of 40 years Jayne Fleming and Betsy Gerdes partnered together to bring a little bit of that magic into children’s lives with their new book, Magic in the Leaves.

Family-Friendly Fest-Going in 6 Steps

summer and music are synonymous — here’s how to make bringing the kids easier

From the age of 7, I spent a better part of two weeks at the Milwaukee lakefront enjoying the big bands, enduring the blistering sun, surviving the afternoon thunderstorms, and outsmarting the traffic on the way home.

Family-Friendly Fest-Going in 6 Steps

When I was growing up, summertime always meant one thing: music – lots and lots of live music. From a young age, my parents brought me to festivals, big and small. I sang with the bands in a sea of people, surfed picnic tables, hopped bleachers, and loved to stand ...