Investigate Nahant Marsh with Toddlers

Learning, understanding, inquiring and exploring begin the minute a child is born. From the first day of their life, they’re looking at everything, wondering about the world and the people around them. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, they are into everything — literally. Pulling out the brooms, towels, make-up bags and hair-bands, and piling up everything on the floor they for someone to notice as they count out the objects. Soaked in mud, children run back into the house, beaming in pride at their family members because they found an insect.

The exploration never stops, and the learning does not either. It’s the perfect combination that Nahant Marsh Education Center wants to continue to foster during childhood development through their early childhood programs.

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The Hauberg Civic Center

The Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th Street in Rock Island, Illinois, is also known as Hauberg Estate, a beautiful place tucked on top of the hill. This seven-acre establishment has been known by many names over the years since it’s completion in 1911, now serving as a host to many different events, supported by the members of our community.

The Tulip Fountain at the Hauberg Civic Center

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Chinese Food Freshly Made: Ming Wah

Ming Wah Chinese Restaurant, a family owned business, has been a staple restaurant for me for over 15 years. I remember going to their first restaurant, The Golden Wok, in East Moline. From there Poi and her husband moved to the present location in Moline. The restaurant is in close proximity to many businesses and residential neighborhoods. The thing that keeps me returning to Ming Wah is the use of less oil and fresh and healthy ingredients in their dishes.

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Jump into fun at Helium Trampoline Park

Helium Trampoline Park in Eldridge, Iowa, definitely lives up to its tagline of Iowa’s FUN park. We went with a dozen 7-year-olds for a birthday party and it was definitely tons of FUN!

What’s there:

  • Dozens and dozens of rectangular trampolines.
  • Trampolines with basketball hoops (my husband was very proud of his 5’10” dunking abilities)
  • 2 dodgeball areas that were trampoline courts
  • A 2 height ledge-fall onto a giant cushy pillow area
  • Jousting over trampolines

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Pop Into “Popcorn Charlie” & Company!

As a lover of popcorn, “Popcorn Charlie” & Company is one of my favorite destinations in the Quad Cities. Popcorn, cheese corn and caramel corn are the reason that I visit. Located on the north west side of Davenport, Iowa, this store is packed to the ceiling with various popcorn treats and candy in all colors and flavors. The moment that I enter the building I am greeted by the enticing aroma of freshly popped popcorn.

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Spring Beaux Arts Celebration

The Quad Cities is a fine arts community. Whether a musical event or an art show, the design, attention to detail and promotional success has been grand. The bi-annual Beaux Arts Fair is no different as the crowds grow in the streets to discover the newest artist displays that the area has to offer.

Celebrating 65 years of the Beaux Arts Fundraising Committee and 51 years of the downtown festival, the Beaux Arts Fair is one of the longest-running art fairs in the Midwest.

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6 favorite ways to get on the water in the Quad Cities

The Quad Cities straddles the 4th largest river in the world and are we lucky! There are so many fun water adventures here, where the Mississippi River travels east to west and meets the Rock River. We also have lakes, ponds, dams, and more. Getting on the water is a must whether you are visiting or living in the QC.

Here are my 6 favorite ways to get on the water in the Quad Cities:

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Furry reading companions at Bettendorf and Davenport Libraries

One core experience of childhood is learning how to read. Those literacy skills are the basis of life-long learning and the more adults give their child a print-rich environment with literature, the greater their knowledge and skills will grow. However, when it comes to reading out loud, most children shy away from doing it. The Bettendorf Library and Davenport Libraries have set out to fix that mindset by helping children with a furry friend.

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