Plan Your Visit

Come play with US!

Whether you visit us for the day, purchase an annual membership, drop-in during a daily program, attend a birthday party, join a field trip group, snag tickets for a special event and or take the experience home with fun AND educational products from our Museum Shop, you're sure to have a blast at the Children's Museum. (You'll probably even learn some cool stuff, too!)

To help you plan the best, most convenient visit, you'll find information about hours, admission prices, parking and more. If you don't find the answer to your question here, please contact us!


Monday 9:00a - 5:00p
Tuesday 9:00a - 5:00p
Wednesday 9:00a - 5:00p
Thursday 9:00a - 5:00p
Friday 9:00a - 5:00p
Saturday 9:00a - 5:00p
Sunday 12:00p - 5:00p (Closed: Memorial Day - Labor Day)


While we love to play at CMEC, you don’t have to play hide-and-seek to find us! We're located in the heart of downtown Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Our address is:

220 S. Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 832 5437


In downtown Eau Claire, there are plenty of free or inexpensive parking lots and ramps available to you. Here are our top recommendations:

  • If you're planning to visit for less than 2 hours, there is FREE, 2-hour parking available on surrounding downtown streets. Please note that the 2-hour parking rule is in effect from 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week. If you are parked in one of these spots longer than 2 hours, there is a good chance you will be ticketed, so remember to move your car if you extend your visit.
  • If you're planning to visit for more than 2 hours, you can park in the downtown municipal parking ramp near our location, right next to U.S. Bank. Current rates are 50 cents per hour, all-day-every-day, with a maximum charge of $8.00. You can also park on the streets just across the Grand Avenue walking bridge. These streets offer free, unmetered parking all day.
  • If you visit on a Saturday or Sunday, the lot directly across from the Children's Museum entrance (corner of Barstow and Grand) and the lot directly behind City Hall both offer FREE, unmetered parking. You can also park in the downtown municipal parking ramp for just 50 cents an hour.
  • If the weather is nice and you don't mind a quick walk, the streets just across the Grand Avenue walking bridge offer FREE, unmetered parking.

And remember, your Admission Pass is good for all day! If you leave for lunch or naptime, simply hold on to your receipt and stop back in to get unlimited play, all-day.

Trouble finding parking? Check the map below for details, prices or alternative lots and locations. Map provided by the City of Eau Claire.

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