While summer offers time for fun and relaxation, the time away from academics can make the first days of school more difficult than they need to be.
Thankfully, Eau Claire offers many opportunities for students to learn while having fun in a playful environment. Here are four places offering educational fun for students this summer.
Family Resource Center
The (FRC) is offering Summer Discovery Days at the Oakwood Mall location. Each week is a different theme including Dinosaurs, Camping, Christmas, Disney and Super Heroes. Activities are designed around each theme and include books, crafts, songs and games for you to do with your children. Sessions are on Wednesdays at both 9 am and 10:30 am. The FRC is open Monday - Thursday from 9am - 2pm and Fridays from 9am - 1pm in the Sears wing of the mall. There are Play N’ Learn groups in rural communities as well including Augusta, Fairchild, Fall Creek and Altoona. See their website or stop in during open hours for dates and times.
Locally owned and operated for four years, the Lily Pad Lab has a mission to “inspire, entertain, educate and exhaust!” The lab is a classroom, a playroom and a community for children of all ages to learn alongside their parents or guardians. Classes offered this summer include Summer Park Playdates for children ages 0-2, Family Spanish with Music for ages 2-10, Core Cooking Day Camp for ages 5-13 and the Legacy Program for Intergenerational Programming where seniors and young children come together to play and enjoy each other’s company. Lily Pad Lab is located on Ohm St on Eau Claire’s East Hill Neighborhood. Check out their website to register for classes: lilypadlab.com
Eau Claire Music School
Also on Ohm Ave in Eau Claire, the Eau Claire Music School offers weekly lesson times customized to meet the needs of your musician. In addition to these, the summer offerings include Ukulele Orchestra, Beginning Guitar and Musik Makers for children 2-5 years. Studies have shown students who learn an instrument have an increased ability to learn new vocabulary and retain new information for other areas of academics. Check their website to register and for class times: eauclairemusicschool.com
This is not your average community library. With a play area for the littles and a young readers/teen area upstairs, there are things for children of all ages to do in a cool and safe environment. New to the library is the Dabble Box, a creative space for all ages to try a new hobby. Supplies are provided and open lab times are listed on their website. Try using a 3D printer, sewing machine and other robotics! You may just find your new hobby! Enroll your young children in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in the children’s area and your child earns prizes as they read more and more books preparing for kindergarten. Educators recommend reading at least 20 minutes a day year-round. The Library is a great place to instill a love of reading and learning in your child.
This list is a great start but not all the Eau Claire has to offer. Add these to your summer plans and give your child a head start in the fall.