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Dare to Dream Big at the Family Museum’s Exhibit

Dr. Seuss once said, “Why fit in when you can stand out?”

It’s a quote we all hope our children can aspire to. To do their best, and live their dreams in the happiest and healthiest manner they can.

We want them to aspire to be great things, but what inspires them? Of course we can, but in an ever social media and technology infested world — children are following what is on the television screens.

So, we want them to watch something that will inspire them. And as a preschool teacher, I can’t imagine a better character to do this then Disney Jr.’s Doc McStuffins.

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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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The Family Museum’s new outdoor exhibit is full of imagination for kids

As a mom, there’s a lot to love about the Quad Cities.

And near the top of the list is the Family Museum in Bettendorf. Great for locals and visitors alike, this is one of my own family’s favorite spots to spend a morning (or an entire day). While it made my top list of cabin-busters, it’s also worth a visit in warmer weather.

And this is even more true now – the Family Museum recently opened their new aviation-themed outdoor play structure. And this is way more than a simple outdoor play structure.

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U.S. Navy Lands in the Quad Cities this Week

16753814233_27121d7a47_z Your U.S. Navy is in the Quad Cities this week for Navy Week.  This visit coincides with the 29th Quad City Air Show this weekend.  (Yes, the Air Show is really early this year–the earliest ever!)

Quad Cities Navy Week (May 4-10) is designed to provide area residents an opportunity to learn about the U.S. Navy, its people, and its importance to national security and prosperity. Included in the schedule in the Quad Cities for the public are Navy Band performances, Explosive Ordnance Disposal robot demonstrations, Sailors from the USS Constitution (the world’s oldest commissioned warship afloat), Sailors from USS The Sullivans, and Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron “Blue Angels” at the Quad City Air Show.

Here are some great ways you can see concerts and kids can meet sailors as part of STEM exhibits at the Putnam Museum and Family Museum.

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