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11 places to take your child in the Quad Cities before kindergarten

As parents, we are lucky to raise our kids in a wonderful spot with tons of great family-friendly events and activities. And the learning opportunities! We live in a community with museums, parks and natural wonders like the Mississippi River!

But if you are anything like me, you may miss some of the hidden gems in the area because you get in the habit of going to your favorite spots.

Research shows that much of your child’s brain development occurs before age 5. We can help that brain development in lots of ways, but I especially love taking my son to local spots to help him learn and grow before he enters kindergarten. As a bonus, I enjoy these spots, too.

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Weekend of Family Fun in the Quad Cities

If you have kids under 12, the Quad Cities is a great spot to spend a weekend away any time of the year. (And if you are from the Quad Cities, you can have a wonderful staycation.)

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy making memories – even in the middle of the winter. Check out our picks for a trip with your family! (You could stay busy for a weekend or a full week with our added ideas at the bottom of this post.)

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Local Quad Cities Coffeehouse Tour

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good cup of coffee. Or chai tea. Or hot chocolate. Really, I’ll take anything warm in a giant mug.

Pair this with a great atmosphere and friendly baristas, and I’m basically in heaven.

Luckily for me (and for you), there are loads of incredible coffee shops in the Quad Cities area. Whether meeting with a friend, working on your latest project, or just needing a boost of caffeine, there are plenty of options.

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Get your kids in the kitchen with Hy-Vee

If you’ve watched Top Chef Junior, you’ve probably thought about how to get your kids interested in cooking.

Luckily, there are great classes right in the Quad Cities that give your kids the chance to learn skills in the kitchen. Our friends at our local Hy-Vee stores have plenty of options for ways to kids comfortable making meals and finding their way around the kitchen.

Maybe this won’t lead to television fame, but it could be a great way to encourage your kids to make you breakfast one day. Plus, the classes are all focused on healthier recipes, which all parents will love.

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8 must-have QC gifts for kids (that aren’t toys)

As parents, we are in the home stretch!

That means, if you are anything like me, you are scrambling for last-minute gifts and stocking stuffers for your family members and friends.

Do you think that shopping local is only for adults? Not the case.

I love to find gifts for kids with a QC flair – and even better are the gifts that keep giving all year long. Most kids have plenty of toys under the tree, but these gifts give your kids the gift of experience.

So, if you are looking for a gift idea for QC kid, here are a few favorite picks.

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Holiday movie + Festival of Trees = perfect weekend

Festival of Trees is right around the corner – which is really the kickoff to the holiday season in the Quad Cities.

You probably already know about the trees, the shows, the parade and the special events. Maybe you think you know everything there is to know about Festival of Trees. (Read about some of my favorite parts of the annual event from last year.)

But this year, I’m also excited about a brand new partnership between Festival of Trees and the Putnam Museum. Because there’s a new event you won’t want to miss – and it’s fun for the entire family.

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Where in the QC to find Santa

Santa must love the Quad Cities.  If you are like my son, you may like to hedge your bets and see Santa more than once. (Because then he won’t forget what’s on your Christmas list this year.) Or maybe we just have lots of good girls and boys here. Now that holiday season is upon us, there are plenty of opportunities to see the jolly man in the flesh.

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