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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.
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.)
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.
For those who love architecture, art or building – the newest exhibit at the Figge Art Museum is definitely worth a visit.
We recently spent a morning checking out the newest exhibition – The Art of Architecture. The exhibit includes large scale models made from LEGO® bricks by Architect Adam Reed Tucker. One of only 14 LEGO® Certified Professionals in the world, Tucker creates architectural models that become the basis for new LEGO kits and other products.
When my family was in town for the holidays, I asked what they wanted to do. Since I come from an artistic family, my brother and his family wanted to see the Figge Art Museum. We had visited them in Cincinnati last month and had gone to the Cincinnati Art Museum. So seven of my family members met at the Figge for the afternoon before going to see Star Wars. I was excited to share the Quad Cities stellar art museum. It is a show place!
Designed by internationally known architect, Sir David Chipperfield, with a Sol LeWitt sculpture in the front plaza area, the Figge is a place I am proud to share with visitors.
The artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, “100 Years, 100 Cellos” promises to be a fabulous fundraiser next week. 100 area artists and teams of artists have painted unique designs on 100 cellos which are on display across the Quad Cities through the end of May.