The Play’s the Thing

Tue. Nov. 19th, 2019

by Reid Sollberger

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

Thu. Nov. 7th, 2019

Lauren Fisher

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 ...

Quick Tips for the Holiday Season: Less Stuff, More Memories

Tue. Nov. 5th, 2019

author & photographer by Ashley Peggs

Christmastime is approaching and with it comes the search for the “perfect Christmas gift.” Often at the holidays, children get inundated with trinkets and toys that pile up and ...

Diamond Dreams Fulfilled

Tue. Aug. 6th, 2019

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

Thu. Jul. 25th, 2019

Caitlin Boyle, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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 ...

Painting Outside: 5 Easy, Unique Ways to Paint With Kids

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

author & photographer by Ashley Peggs

In the summertime, outside painting with kids makes a parent’s life so much easier! It also can add so many unique elements to the painting process. Ever painted using your swing or slide? What about painting ...

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

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

Marie Anthony, photos by Branden Nall

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

Wed. Jul. 3rd, 2019

V1 Staff, photos by Rachel Worthing

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

Tue. Jun. 25th, 2019

Rebecca Mennecke

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

Wed. Jun. 5th, 2019

Haley Wright

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

Fri. May. 31st, 2019

Breana Good, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

Thu. May. 30th, 2019

Marie Anthony, photos by Andrea Paulseth

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

Thu. May. 30th, 2019

Katie Larson, photos by Mike O'Brien

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

Tue. May. 21st, 2019

Katie Larson, photos by Mike O'Brien

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 ...

Kids Concert Series Back for Another Spin Around the Park

Thu. May. 9th, 2019

V1 Staff

For three Saturday mornings this summer – during the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market and the Artist Market of Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Family will again host FREE live music on the Phoenix Park labyrinth in downtown Eau Claire.

Chippewa Falls poet & artist, Jeannie Roberts, creates book of fun verses for kids

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

While Roberts, of Chippewa Falls, is perhaps best known for her four volumes of poetry for adults, Rhyme the Roost! isn’t exactly a departure: She previously penned a children’s book, Let’s Make Faces! (2009), and some of the poems in the new volume date back nearly two decades.

Craft Time: Volcano Egg Painting

Thu. Mar. 7th, 2019

V1 Staff

There’s just something about the reaction between baking soda and vinegar that can keep kids entertained for hours.

Chippewa Falls Poet, Artist Creates Book of Fun Verses for Kids

Thu. Jan. 24th, 2019

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Those rollicking words serve as the opening stanza of Jeannie Roberts’ latest book of poetry, Rhyme the Roost!, a collection of 26 poems for children, each accompanied by an illustration created by the author herself ...

Holiday Triple Play

Thu. Nov. 29th, 2018

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

December offers three chances for Christmas spirit on stage

Get the holiday hype up by attending some community theater productions of Christmas classics and new holiday favorites. The Menomonie Theater Guild, Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, and Eau Claire Children’s Theatre are each producing wintry plays for families and children to enjoy ...

You do WHAT for Christmas?

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

V1 Staff

Whichever holidays families celebrate this time of year, they inevitably develop traditions: Religious or secular, serious of silly, maintained for generations or created just for today’s generation ...

Holiday triple play

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Lauren Fisher

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is bringing A Little House Christmas to the Oxford Theatre. Running Dec. 7 and 15 at 7:30pm and Dec. 8, 15, and 16 at 1:30pm

Favorite Kids Books for Grown-ups

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

V1 Staff

We asked some local parents what books they loved when they were kids, and what they are sharing with their own children today!

Lifting up Young Voices

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

Lauren Fisher

Last year, Eau Claire Male Chorus member Marty Pederson assembled a team of youngsters in order to revive the Chippewa Valley Boys Choir. Nearly 10 years after the group disbanded, a few members of the Male Chorus were reminiscing and wondering aloud whether such a project would have success today

5 Uses for Apples (other Than Food)

Thu. Sep. 6th, 2018

If your family is anything like OURS, autumn is time for apples – lots of apples – and sometimes you end up with more than you know what to do with. If you’re tired of making applesauce and apple pie, here are some ways to use apples that don’t involve putting them on your plate.

Show Off Your Talents at New Show Choir Camp

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

Julia van Allen

Something musical this way comes! The Chippewa Valley will welcome its first ever show choir camp June 25-29. Campers in grades 6-12 will ...

The Cure for Boredom Is at Your Local Library

Tue. Jul. 17th, 2018

James Johonnott

The fight against summer boredom has never been easier to win. There’s a lot for families to do in the Chippewa Valley during these warmer months. There’s no better summer hangout than your local library, and Chippewa Valley libraries have got you completely covered for learning, fun, and A/C.

Take a Ride with Student Artwork

Fri. Jul. 6th, 2018

Tom Giffey

This wasn’t the beginning of a field trip; instead, the students filed on and off the buses to check out the art inside – art they had created themselves that was displayed as part of the Art on the Bus program ...

Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready for the Hullabaloo!

Tue. May. 8th, 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Mike O'Brien

Chippewa Valley Family & Prevea offer music series

For three Saturday mornings this summer – during the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market and the Artist Market of Eau Claire – Chippewa Valley Family will host FREE live music on the Phoenix Park labyrinth ...

Mabel Tainter Comes to Life on the Page

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Haley Wright

Mystery at the Mabel Tainter, a new children’s book written by local author Mary Heimstead and illustrated by UW-Eau Claire student Taylor Nicole Kysely, explores the history of the landmark Menomonie ...

Get the Family Jazzed up for the Eau Claire Jazz Fest

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

by Lauren Fisher, photos by Kelsey Smith

For more than half a century, Eau Claire has welcomed spring with big band standards and wandering improv riffs. This year, families will be able to enjoy the rhythm of 52nd Street as they wander South ...

Color Between the Lines, Then Let It Rip

Tue. Mar. 20th, 2018

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Objectives/Outcomes: Allows participants to make their own creative decisions (there are no right or wrong solutions) ...

Party Time With Peter and the Wolf

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Barbara Arnold

The Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra will perform Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Two” at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual free concert for family and friends. Music director ...

For These Old Abes, It's Always Showtime

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

If you ask people connected to the Old Abe Show Choir to describe the ensemble, the most often-used synonym is “family.” And, like most families, amid all the affection and good times is a lot of hard work ...

Craft Time: Miro and Lines

Fri. Jan. 26th, 2018

V1 Staff

If you’d like, start with inspiration from one of these books (both available via the public library): Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman or When a Line Bends ... a Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene ...

She Has Talent in Store

Thu. Jan. 25th, 2018

Cassandra Kyser

9-year-old brings her unique artwork to market

At 9 years old, Presleigh Olson-Buehler is already an accomplished artist and entrepreneur. She recently started selling her artwork at Tangled Up in Hue in downtown Eau Claire, and so far, she is the youngest artist to do so ...

Craft Time: Olympic Medals

Fri. Jan. 19th, 2018

Eau Claire Regional Arts Council

Kids can draw their favorite Olympic sport or something to celebrate a country on their medal with crayon. They can then use metallic paint or glitter glue to decorate and tape on a ribbon ...

Forming a Friendship

Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth

former Eau Claire resident pens second faith-based children’s book

No matter who you are, Ava Gustafson wants you to feel welcome under the willow tree. Gustafson, formerly of Eau Claire, recently authored her second illustrated children’s book, Willow’s New Friend ...