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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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Artists Study the Sanctuary of Nahant Marsh

Nahant Marsh Acrylic  by Deborah Doehler
Nahant Marsh
Acrylic
by Deborah Doehler

I first discovered the nature preserve of Nahant Marsh in west Davenport, Iowa, while taking a landscape painting class from artist, Kristin Quinn, in the fall of 2008. It was here that I rekindled my love of landscape painting while being intrigued with the natural habitat of the marsh. Inspiration through natural form is abundant in this mystical space.photo(31) copy 13

So, it was interesting to me to discover that artists Audrey Brown of Rock Island, IL, and Randy Richmond of Muscatine, IA, were also drawn into the Nahant Marsh experience.

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