Imagination Station – Gathering of Favorite PBS Cartoon Characters

We LOVE PBS shows in our house of 4 boys ages 1-9 yrs. from old favorites like Cat in the Hat to new friends like Jet Propulsion. There’s no better way to have fun with our favorite KIDS show characters than Imagination Station presented by WQPT Quad Cities PBS.

Imagination Station takes place every March in Moline at Western Illinois University’s Quad Cities campus on River Drive. Dozens of PBS characters are on hand in different rooms to welcome and hug your kids! They are all very patient and you’re allowed to take lot of photos.

Many of the rooms have crafts or games for kids to play while waiting. Other rooms offer free books and learning activities from boat races to make-and-take crafts to technology demonstrations. Usually there are prize wheels and dance parties in some of the common areas.

As a parent, I appreciate this event because it is very well organized. They send lots of great information about signing up for free tickets, parking, and clear times for when which characters will be where. On the day of the event there are dozens and dozens of helpful volunteers and easy to follow maps to find the characters our kids most want to see.

The event does “sell out” even though it’s free as there are a limited number of tickets. Attendees are split into morning and afternoon shifts which help keep the crowd to a minimum. Again, this great event is nice because the lines are manageable and keep moving so there is limited youngster meltdown opportunity.

We always come home full of excitement about who we got to see. We have new books and fun craft projects. This amazing event is sponsored by some fabulous Quad Cities organizations. See the website for a full list.

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About the author

Meghan Cooley Meghan Cooley moved to the Quad Cities from St. Charles, IL, as an Augustana College student over 20 years ago. She left briefly after graduation and then returned to work in admissions and then marketing at Augustana College for 18 years. She now works as a consultant for admissions marketing and social media. She also does copy editing and writes for the Quad City Moms Blog. Now a true Quad Cities transplant, Meghan lives in Rock Island with her husband, Luke (R.O.W.V.A. and Augustana grad and Modern Woodmen employee) and four boys. She loves living in the Quad Cities and finds it the perfect place to raise a family, plan a date night, and go on adventures.

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