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The Eau Claire Children’s Museum is planning pop-ups …


New playgrounds courtesy of the Eau Claire Children’s Museum will bring fun to neighboring towns next year. Photo by Andrea Paulseth.

The Eau Claire Children’s Museum may be busy building a new home in downtown Eau Claire, but it’s not the only project on the horizon for the family institution.

The museum announced in December that it was opening two new temporary play spaces – one in Chippewa Falls and one in Menomonie – allowing children in these communities to have fun and education closer to home. Each new play space will be open for at least a year, museum officials said.

Play spaces will open in February at 312 N. Bridge St. in Chippewa Falls (a former fitness center) and 503 Broadway in Menomonie (inside a commercial building and multi-unit apartments) . According to a press release, “Children and their adults will have a space that will have open rooms and free parts in tthree exhibition galleries. The new locations will be made possible by a $ 50,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The play spaces will offer daily STEAM-related activities and will be available for private rentals for birthdays and other gatherings. Admission will be $ 5 per person for all children 1 year and over.

Meanwhile, work continues on the new two-story, 26,000-square-foot museum in downtown Eau Claire. The new $ 12.5 million facility will feature the types of hands-on educational exhibits the museum was known for in its original location, at 220 S. Barstow St.

Learn more about the museum and find out how to visit the play spaces at childrensmuseumec.com.