Delightful Little Conductor’s Day at QC Botanical Center

If you have any young (or older) train enthusiasts in your family you won’t want to miss Little Conductor’s Day at the Quad City Botanical Center.

A day of family fun focused on trains includes train-themed crafts and activities hosted inside the facility. The highlight, however, is the Heartland Central Garden Railway set up in the outside Railroad Garden. For this special event, conductors from the Heartland Model Railway Club will be on hand to answer questions and host a variety of trains on the garden tracks. The trains are 1:24th scale and up to four separate trains can operate at a time.

The Railroad Garden is one of my three-year-old’s favorite places in the Quad Cities! Over 800 feet of track wide through some familiar-ish looking landmarks like bridges and buildings similar to those in the QC. We love watching the trains chug their way through the various tracks.

Little Conductor’s Day
Sunday, August 4, 2019

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Cost: Free with membership or general admission ($7 for adults, and $4 for children 2-15. Kids under 2 are free.)
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You don’t need to register and the programs are set up in an open house style, so you can come and go during the time frame.

Besides the Little Conductor’s Day activities, general admission provides access to the Children’s Play Garden including the water area, the obstacle course, and the woodland garden. You also can explore the Tropical Sun Garden and fish pond and all the rest the Quad City Botanical Center has to offer.

Cameron from Rapids City loves trains. He especially loves all the train activities at Little Conductor’s Day: the scavenger hunt in the Railroad Garden is serious business.

Chantel, a mom of five from Rapids City, Ill., loves this program: “The little conductor’s event is a must-do for any train lover. They have various craft stations inside and a scavenger hunt in the model train yard outside. They also have tons of wooden tracks and trains set out that kids are able to play with and build their own layouts. Don’t worry about entertaining siblings who may not be into trains…there is an amazing outside water area, tons of sand, an obstacle course and games made out of recycled material and much more.”

If you’re lucky while you’re at the Quad City Botanical Center for Little Conductor’s Day, a real train will chug and whistle along the tracks right outside the facility bringing true joy to all train enthusiasts.


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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