Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ideas for the whole family when it’s too cold to be outdoors. Fortunately, Eau Claire is filled with places for the entire family to enjoy on a cold winter day. Here are my top 5 finds!

The Eau Claire Children’s Museum

Located in downtown Eau Claire, the Children’s Museum is a great place for the whole family to enjoy! The museum just celebrated its 10th birthday and is filled with three levels of interactive fun. Kids and their families can explore everything from Water Works, the museum’s newest permanent exhibit to Body Smarts, an adventure through the human body, and the Wisconsin family farm where they can go fishing and milk a cow. Admission is $5 and doors are open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Action City

Action City is non-stop fun for everyone! Featuring the largest indoor go-kart track in the Midwest, laser tag, arcade games, bumper cars, mini bowling, and much more, no one will want to leave. When the family gets hungry, grab some Monkey in the Middle Pizza and frozen treats from Dairy Queen and Orange Julius.

Chaos Water Park

Located inside the Metropolis Resort and a neighbor to Action City, Chaos Water Park brings superheroes and villains to life. Enjoy the thrill of multiple water slides and a lily pad course. Relax in the lazy river and the double hot tub as you enjoy the hand-painted murals decorating every wall.

The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre

Ready to sit back and enjoy the show? The Eau Claire Children’s Theatre is volunteer-driven and an entertaining and educational experience for all ages. Upcoming shows include Walk Two Moons and Murder At The Family Reunion.

Fun Dye Factory

It’s time to get colorful! The Fun Dye Factory is an exciting way for the whole family to get creative. Choose a design, create it right in the factory and then take it home to enjoy. The Fun Dye Factory also throws fabulous birthday parties and is a terrific bonding activity for couples, groups, clubs and even wedding parties.

Fun Dye Factory - Photo by: Hanna Johnson

These are just some of the many attractions Eau Claire has to offer. Now you’ll never be able to use cold weather as an excuse to not go out and have some fun!