In just a few weeks, schools will be ending for the year and transitioning into summer break. During this time, many parents scurry to find ideas to keep their child engaged, interactive, excited, and avoiding excessive screen time during the summer. It’s important that anything their child does provides learning experiences and/or some sort of physical activity. We are fortunate in the Quad Cities to have multiple opportunities for individuals of all ages in every season — especially, with our local Putnam Museum and Science Center.
ROAM recently opened up in Downtown Davenport at 210 East River Drive and it is unlike any other place around. It labels itself a Brasserie, a French term meaning an informal restaurant with small bites and a mature cocktail list. The drink selection and execution there does not disappoint!
392 Caffe has opened up its second brick and mortar location in downtown Davenport at 502 W. 3rd Street. The original coffee shop is in Clinton, Iowa, and currently they also have a “pop-up location” inside of Baked Beer & Bread Co. in the Village of East Davenport. Though the Davenport location is new, the coffee shop already has a cult-like following.
Being a bartender for over a decade now, it has become not just a profession of mine but also a passion. I enjoy the art and act of mixology. I also enjoy experiencing what my peers are doing in the community and learning from them. They have inspired me to share what I believe to be the top ten places to have a drink in the Quad Cities.
Visitors and residents alike will tell you that the Quad Cities puts on one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the Midwest with thousands lining the parade route, and we host Iowa’s largest St. Patrick’s party.
“Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design” is now open at the German American Heritage Center & Museum, located at 710 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibit is open now until May 26, 2019. The installation introduces viewers to Walter Gropius, the man behind the philosophy and, eventually, a school that defines and teaches the art and ideas behind Bauhaus. Bauhaus has not only influenced modern design, but has became a category of style all on its own.
Enter a world of comfortable fashion and decor by visiting Peaceful Style Boutique in Bettendorf, Iowa. My friend and I shopped there and we were immediately engaged by the attractive displays of clothing and accessories that fill the shop. From fashionable and moderately priced clothing to home decor and accessories, Peaceful Style Boutique is a breath of fresh air to the Quad Cities lifestyle/clothing scene.
The Tangled Wood is now open in Bettendorf, Iowa, at 3636 Tangle Wood Road. The restaurant is the rebranded former Governor’s Pub and Grill, a 43-year old establishment that was beloved to many in the area.
Hot Glass Inc. in downtown Davenport renovated their space now with an expanded area for glass production, private classes, couple classes, and corporate team building events. The industrial feel of the exterior seems dark and mysterious, but the interior is warm and alive. With the excitement of the artisans demonstrating glass blowing, it was like entering another world of blazing fire and vibrant art glass.
I will admit, I set the bar low as our two little guys and I headed to the Putnam Museum to see “The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig” for Story Time on the GIANT Screen. My kids might not behave in the big theater…the book might not be that good as a movie..the “fun activity” might be too advanced or not advanced enough.
Well, let me tell you: the experience FAR exceeded my expectations!! What a fun visit! We can’t wait to attend more. Story Time on the GIANT Screen at the Putnam needs to go on your must do with toddlers and preschoolers list this year! Did I mention: It’s FREE?!