Children's Programs

Due to health and safety concerns for museum visitors, volunteers, and staff, the Chippewa Valley Museum has modified its school-age summer class series this year to an At-Home Learning program. Five of the six Time Travelers classes will be offered in a virtual format. All Museum Explorers --Preschool classes -- have been cancelled. This was a difficult decision to make, and we know this will disappoint many.

Please contact our Museum Educator, Karen Jacobson, with any questions regarding changes to children's programs. | Contact Us

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

    All Museum Explorer class registrations will be refunded. Refunds for materials and class registration will be automatically issued within two weeks 

    Upon request, you can elect to still receive the project materials and not receive a materials refund. You must let us know by June 1st if you select this option. You can also elect to donate material and/or registration fees to the Chippewa Valley Museum to help us through this very difficult time. To transfer your registration to a donation, please contact Karen Jacobson.

  • Time Travelers 2020: Summer Programs for 6-12 Year Olds Now Offered Online
    The Time Travelers programs listed below will be offered online:

    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. 

    Please note: There is only one afternoon class for each day. All classes will now be at 2:00 pm

    JULY 8 - Orientation 

    Check in with museum instructors and practice using Microsoft Teams features we'll be using during workshops. This session is open to all students registered in any of our Time Travelers programs and will run from 2:00 pm - 3:30pm

    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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    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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    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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    August 5 - Sounds of Home | $3 for Materials

    Celebrate local music - past and present. Build and decorate your own spin drum, and join in an “All Star Jam”.

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    August 12 - 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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    We are excited to now offer these classes in an alternative format that we believe will spark excitement and engage children in a creative and safe way. 

    The new format may be a combination of live presentation and prerecorded video. We will interact with students using Microsoft Team Chat and provide video links to projects that students can complete either during or after the class. Project materials will be available for pickup at the Chippewa Valley Museum prior to class time.

    Free Admission Passes for Participating Students:
    We strongly feel that part of the Time Travelers experience is an experience in the Chippewa Valley Museum. For this reason, every student who attends a Time Travelers class will receive a free child’s admission plus one adult admission pass to the Chippewa Valley Museum to use at any time. These passes will be available when you pick up your class materials from Chippewa Valley Museum

    Current Enrollment will be maintained:
    Students already enrolled in classes with material fees paid will remain enrolled, except for the Architect Adventures class. This includes morning and afternoon classes for each session. These two sessions have been combined into one session at 2:00.

    To Cancel Enrollment:
    Contact Karen Jacobson to indicate that you wish to cancel your child’s class enrollment. Please provide the following information:

    1. Your child's name
    2. Name on card used for materials fees
    3. Last 4 digits of that card
    4. Each class you would like to unregister from

    Refunds for materials and class registration will be issued within two weeks if you choose to cancel. 

    Upon request, you can cancel the class but still elect to receive the project materials. If you choose to get the project you will not receive a materials refund. You must let us know by June 1st if you wish to cancel the class but still receive the project. You can also elect to donate material and/or registration fees to the Chippewa Valley Museum to help us through this very difficult time. To transfer your registration to a donation, please contact Karen Jacobson.

    Requirement: Electronic Devices
    All classes will require use of an electronic device – tablet, smart phone, laptop, or desktop – and access to the internet. If your student is an ECASD student and does not have a device, please let us know. We will figure out a way for your child to participate.

     Additional details for individual classes will be sent out closer to the class dates.

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