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The Figge’s Dia de los Muertos event returns Oct. 28th

The beautiful blend of cultures is a quality that makes our great Quad Cities a wonderful place to live. The music, art, and heritage is high quality in our community, as we celebrate, honor, and delve into cultural appreciation. Local events are no exception, and the Figge Art Museum hosts a free Dia de los Muertos fiesta on Sunday, October 28 from 12-5 p.m. 

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All Senses Festival – 2018

All Senses Festival returns for its second year in the Quad Cities, September 25-30.  All Senses is a multi-art experience, held over several days, with collaborative efforts from many different artists and businesses.  There will be many mediums of art available to enjoy during the week; audio art and film, live music and spoken word, food, drink and antiques. Throughout the festival there will be many opportunities to feed all of your senses on both sides of the river.

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Wildly Engaging! Maurice Sendak Exhibit At The Figge

The new Maurice Sendak traveling exhibition at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa, was a destination for our family when visitors were in town for the week. I have enjoyed Sendak’s work for years and found the exhibit Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak : The Memorial Exhibition…50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons to be interactive and thought provoking.

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Look into history through Edouard Duval-Carrie’s ‘Endless Flight’

The best part about art is the enormous level of expression that comes along with it. Within art, you can be anyone, do anything and, most importantly, create anything.  In the Quad Cities, the Figge Art Museum has brought in spectacular works of art for citizens to see.  The best part of any portion of the arts community around here is the dedication it has to families, children, and local universities.

Personally, I am not one that would have thought of visiting the Figge on a regular basis, but after a trip with my Elementary Art Methods class, I began to see the importance of such art in our everyday lives.

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Get the Message in a Bottle at the Figge

You need to make plans to stop by the Figge Art Museum in Davenport by September 17 to see the Message in a Bottle Collection.

Living Lands & Waters founder Chad Pregracke provided the materials for this unique exhibit featuring bottles he and his teams have found over the years as they work to clean up the country’s waterways.

What a fun exhibit! From tell-me-you’ve-found-me to life stories and drawings, the Message in a Bottle Collection showcases a variety of the adventures and notes that have traveled along our famous rivers.

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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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Cinema at the FIGGE

Local photographer, Joshua Ford, is doing some super cool stuff at the FIGGE Art Museum in downtown Davenport. He is bringing art house films to the Quad Cities and screening them in the theater, but the events are developing into being so much more than showing a movie on a big screen. I had been hearing about his plans for an event at the museum and decided to check it out on a Wednesday evening in October.

The films Ford chooses are ones the other local cinemas aren’t going to show. They are more cerebral, less mainstream, and thought provoking. There is more than one film showing; the presentation begins with a series of shorts, a brief intermission, then followed by a feature length film.

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