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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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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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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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Niabi Zoo set to open April 14th

Going through winter and the back/forth in temperatures before spring finally decides to stay, it’s important to remember the beauty on the other side of winter when we’re feeling that the snowfall and cold temperatures will never end. Think of the sunshine and outdoor adventures. Think of taking the ones you love, your favorite kiddos, or just yourself on an adventure to the local zoo.

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Dr. Seuss comes alive at the German-American Heritage Center!

There are few things more hilarious than the beloved comedic writing of the late Dr. Seuss. From our first exposure to stories as an infant to laughing hysterically at the charm that the stories provide in our first early reading steps to a smile of reminiscence at the silly-yet-poetic rhymes of Dr. Seuss fill all of us with a sense of child-like splendor.

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Hot Hot Chocolate! Polar Express Pajama Party returns to the Putnam

As you look out the frost covered windows during this month, many of us dwell on what the holiday season means to us. Every person you meet will answer that question differently — but most will note the importance of family, giving, holiday decor, and cheer.

During this busy time, most families are constantly on the go with little time to spend together until the holidays arrive. However, in those open pockets of time, the Putnam Museum has their 4-day annual Polar Express Pajama Party, giving an opportunity to spend quality family time together.

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Hope’s Bridal National Indoor Sidewalk Sale: Nov. 17th-26th

Designer Carolina Herrera, once said, “A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride.” Along with the love, care, and passion that is reflected in your relationship, a wedding dress also needs to reflect the nature of the bride as an individual. As a bride, you have a dream of what that dress will be, and the realistic budget that must come with it. Now as a bride-to-be myself, I can attest to how true this is — a dream dress and a budget aren’t always the easiest pair to find…. Or are they?

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Come explore at Bettendorf Public Library!

Imagination, creativity and expression are key elements in letting a child grow and prosper in life. Literacy is an essential building block in life that can easily incorporate those expressive components important to childhood. We’ve incorporated these important ideas into early childhood classrooms,  playgrounds and activities — which often transfers into the homes – but beyond those two places, exploration for young children can be limited.

Bettendorf Public Library (BPL) has made it their mission to ensure that even in the world outside the classroom–the home or the playground–a child can continue to explore, create, dream, grow and prosper through their Child’s Play: Create, Explore and Experience program.

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Cocoa Beano Race: Running for Chocolate and giving back to children

I’m a woman who thrives for days on chocolate, a little bit of coffee, de-stressing, and running. It is the perfect balance to creating a healthy lifestyle balanced with some moderation. Personally, I know a lot of people feel the same. How would we get along in our crazy lifestyles without taking a break to embrace our active java and chocolate junkie lifestyles?

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