Winter fun … in the gardens

The groundhog insists that spring is coming early, which has me in the mood for warmer temperatures!

But on days when outdoor play just isn’t possible, the Quad City Botanical Center is a great spot to get a taste of spring. Here are a few ideas to spend a day with your family enjoying this wonderful slice of paradise.


Play in the sand.

During the winter, kids love the “sand island” in the tropical pavilion. Complete with a beach umbrella and beach toys, prepare to be here for a while! It’s such a great way to get a taste of the beach without leaving the Midwest.

Feed the fish.

Buy some fish food and enjoy feeding the Koi fish in the atrium pond. You may spot some turtles, too!

Have fun with mushrooms.

On March 5 and 6, stop by the Botanical Center for the fun Alice in Wonderland activities. Learn about mushrooms and make a spore print, play flamingo croquet and learn about conservation. This is great for all ages and includes lots of crafts and games.

Learn in the garden.

Stop by the garden every Monday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for Literacy in the Garden. Stop by for new activities and stories every week.

2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island



About the author

Kim Woodward Kim Woodward is a wife, mom, and freelance writer living with her husband and son in a barn in rural Geneseo, Illinois. A notorious dabbler and DIYer, she shares her projects and adventures at, and contributes to A native of the Quad Cities, she loves setting out on local adventures and discovering hidden gems in the area. She’s always on the lookout for the best live music, family-friendly activities, and cup of coffee.

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