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. 

 2020 Summer Program Registration begins 2/24/20 @ 5:00 pm


  • Museum Explorers 2020: Summer Programs for 3-5 Year Olds

    Museum Explorers programs are offered at $8 per session + material fees per child and their grown-up. Chippewa Valley Museum members can participate for the cost of materials. Contact Karen Jacobson to register for any of these programs. 

     Explorers Brochure

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

    Tailor Made | tuesday, July 7

    Discover how people dressed long ago, make believe with vintage, try-on clothes, paint a fabric sun hat to take home, and dine at our bow-tie pasta bar with all the fixings

    Register

    Garden Party* | Tuesday, July 14

    Go on a home and garden tour of an historic house, decorate a kid-sized pair of butterfly wings to wear, build an edible snail or caterpillar for snack, and enjoy old-fashioned lawn games. 

    * At the Schlegelmilch House, 517 S. Barstow St, Eau Claire

    Register

    Fun on the Farm | Tuesday, july 21

    Learn about growing crops, then and now, visit the dairy barn to say hello to the cows, color a wooden farm animal puzzle as a keepsake, and pick your toppings for an ice cream sundae in our parlor.

    Register

    Rhythm & Rhyme | Tuesday, july 28

    Join in a live music show with special guest performer The Woz, see the museum’s new exhibit, Sounds Like Home, make a mando-harp to strum along to your favorite songs, and win a sweet treat during our musical mini cupcake walk.

    Register
  • Time Travelers 2020: Summer Programs for 6-12 Year Olds

    Time Travelers programs are offered at $8 per session + material fees. Students living within Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) boundaries, and Chippewa Valley Museum members can participate at the cost of materials. Session fees for ECASD students are provided by ECASD. Contact Karen Jacobson to register for any of these programs. 

     Time Travelers Brochure

    All Programs Run from 10:30am- 12 pm OR 2pm- 3:30 pm on the Date Specified:

    June 24 - Architect Adventures | materials provided by Patricia Hawkenson

    at the historic Schlegelmilch House | 517 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire
    Study secret spaces of a local landmark, and meet local artist Patricia Hawkenson who will help you create an urban sketch and stained glass inspired design to take home.

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    Morning Afternoon


    July 8 - History Foodies | $3 for Materials

    Research vintage recipes to figure out what your ancestors ate, and design a menu for 19th, 20th, and 21st century tastes. You’ll learn about food preservation, the art of canning, and take home a mason jar full of refrigerator pickles.

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    Morning Afternoon


    July 15 - Inventor’s Workshop | $4 for Materials

    Test out vintage toys to unlock how they work, go on an exclusive tour of the mysterious “Building D”, see if you can Guess the Gizmo to win a prize, and build a Cinch Puzzle to entertain your friends and family.

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    Morning Afternoon


    July 22 - Digging Up the Past | $4 for Materials

    Examine a real mammoth tooth and other early artifacts, then explore experimental archeology to see how people made rope from cordage, use your own fossil kit to mold a replica from clay, and mix up a dirt pudding snack.

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    Morning Afternoon


    July 29 - Homesteaders | $4 for Materials

    Go “off-grid” with a visit to an 1860’s log home where you’ll find out how to card and spin wool to make clothes, and test out an antique wringer machine for washing them. You’ll make a sample sized bar of soap and take your soap making kit home with you.

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    Morning Afternoon


    August 5 - Sounds of Home | $3 for Materials

    Check out the museum’s newest, music-themed exhibit to celebrate local music - past and present. Build and decorate your own spin drum, and join in an “All Star Jam”.

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    Morning Afternoon

    A good old fashioned sack race