Children's Programs

Whether it's history, math, science, or football, the best way to learn is to do. Chippewa Valley Museum offers fun, engaging programs for kids to get them involved in playing, learning, and knowing more about the world around them. Check out the calendar for upcoming programs, classes, and events for kids.

  • Museum Explorers: Summer Programs for 3-5 Year Olds
    Explorers programs are offered at $8 per session (ask about discounts for museum members). Contact Karen Jacobson to register for any of these programs. 

     
    Museum Explorers Brochure

    All Programs Run from 10 am to 11:30 am on the Date Specified:

    Let's go fishing | tuesday, june 26

    Explore fishing equipment and traditions from earlier times, visit our exhibit fishing holes to make a big catch, paint a colorful folk art fish on a real wooden cut-out and stand, and make your own edible fishing poles for a snack.

    Teddy Bear Picnic | Tuesday, July 10

    Bring your favorite teddy bear, or other stuffed animal, to the Schlegelmilch House today. Tour this historic family home with your teddy, decorate a working paper fan to use at our picnic, and enjoy finger sandwiches and lemonade on the wrap-around porch.

    little scholars | Tuesday, july 17

    Find a desk and get ready for class inside our   one-room schoolhouse, write and draw with chalk and slates, practice counting on your own replica abacus, and play old-fashioned recess games with your classmates.

    toy time | Tuesday, august 7

    Step inside our exhibit spaces for a peek at playthings from the past, try out games and toys from our hands-on collection, attend a puppet show and improvise on our mini stage, and design your own stick puppets to take home!


  • Time Travelers: Summer Programs for 6-12 Year Olds

    Time Travelers programs are offered at $8 per session (ask about discounts for museum members). Contact Karen Jacobson to register for any of these programs. 

     Time Travelers Brochure

    All Programs Run from 10 am to 11:30 am on the Date Specified:

    Cycle City | Wednesday, June 27

    Find out about the bicycling craze of the 1890s and cycling’s continued popularity today, see how our ancestors enjoyed this form of recreation, make your own set of customized handle bar streamers, and take a virtual trail ride with experienced local guides.

    Farm City | Wednesday, July 11

    Tour our Farm Life exhibit to learn about generations of farm families and their neighbors, try a series of child-sized farm chores before modernization, meet local farmers to hear stories of their farming adventures, and sample a farm fresh snack.

    Tree City | Wednesday, July 18

    Examine the history of our region’s forests from the lumbering and logging era to now, join representatives of the City of Eau Claire’s Green Team for a special presentation, view a charming collection of antique and modern woodcarvings on display, and make a sheet of colorful homemade paper.

    Playful City | Wednesday, July 25

    Discover how kids played in earlier times, play with a wide assortment of historic toys and games from our hands-on collection, build a replica toy from found objects and recycled materials, and entertain yourself with old-fashioned amusements, both inside and outdoors.

    Bird City | Wednesday, August 8

    Investigate the important role of birds in our region past and present, learn about the legend of Old Abe the Civil War Eagle, go on a bird watching quest in Carson Park, and design your own decorative bird house to take home.

    Music City | wednesday, August 15

    Explore a variety of folk music traditions, enjoy a mini-concert with talented local musicians, meet a Chippewa Valley instrument builder and hear an impromptu tune, and construct a small working folk instrument just for fun.

  • ECASD Special Time Travelers: Summer Programs for 6-12 Year Olds

    Time Travelers programs are offered at $8 per session (ask about discounts for museum members). Contact Karen Jacobson to register for any of these programs. 

     Time Travelers Brochure

    All Programs Run from 10 am to 11:30 am on the Date Specified:

    CYCLE CITY | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

    Find out about the bicycling craze of the 1890s and cycling’s continued popularity today, see how our ancestors enjoyed this form of recreation, make your own set of customized handle bar streamers, and take a virtual trail ride with experienced local guides.

    FARM CITY | WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

    Tour our Farm Life exhibit to learn about generations of farm families and their neighbors, try a series of child-sized farm chores before modernization, meet local farmers to hear stories of their farming adventures, and sample a farm fresh snack.

    TREE CITY | WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

    Examine the history of our region’s forests from the lumbering and logging era to now, join representatives of the City of Eau Claire’s Green Team for a special presentation, view a charming collection of antique and modern woodcarvings on display, and make a sheet of colorful homemade paper.

    PLAYFUL CITY | WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

    Discover how kids played in earlier times, play with a wide assortment of historic toys and games from our hands-on collection, build a replica toy from found objects and recycled materials, and entertain yourself with old-fashioned amusements, both inside and outdoors.

    BIRD CITY | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8

    Investigate the important role of birds in our region past and present, learn about the legend of Old Abe the Civil War Eagle, go on a bird watching quest in Carson Park, and design your own decorative bird house to take home.

    MUSIC CITY | WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15

    Explore a variety of folk music traditions, enjoy a mini-concert with talented local musicians, meet a Chippewa Valley instrument builder and hear an impromptu tune, and construct a small working folk instrument just for fun.

    A good old fashioned sack race