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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Celebrate Bald Eagles, Support Conservation, Great Events

The QCCA (Quad City Conservation Alliance) Expo Center is a finely constructed vintage building made of huge timbers from the mills that once were on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. I always take the time to look up into the rafters to admire the size and workmanship of the support beams in the Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. The center features a 60,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall and a 4,600 sq. ft. Auditorium with a seating capacity of 500.

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Spring Plant Sales Abound in the Quad Cities

I started planting the large empty spaces of my property in town when I first purchased my house which has a large extra lot. The extra lot which was once a lawn is now wooded and full of flowers and ground cover along with deer, rabbits, squirrels, many species of birds, opossums, raccoons, chip monks, ground hogs, and an occasional fox. I have also heard the howling of coyotes in the ravines.

All the spring bulbs and early spring plants have begun to pop up all over my garden spaces…daffodils, hyacinths, bluebells, snow on the mountain, grape hyacinth, tulips, and blood root. With the first flowers I become anxious for the many opportunities in the Quad Cities to go shopping at spring plant sales that are scattered through out the spring months, as well as a few in the fall.

Being an avid gardener with several Master Gardner friends and being from three known generations of gardening addicts, my car should have a bumper sticker that states, “Stops for Plant Sales”! My trunk is always ready with boxes, plastic sheeting and a small shovel just in case a plant alert catches my eye.

There are many plant sales through out the surrounding area. Here are some of my favorite plant sale events in the Quad Cities. I hope that they entice you to start your gardening plans for this year:

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Chocolate Celebration & Gardens of Eye Candy

Botanical Center entranceIf you are a chocoholic like myself, you must attend the Quad City Botanical Center ‘s 9th Annual Chocolate Celebration! The moment you walk into the event area on Sunday, May 3rd you will smell the chocolate! Surrounded by local vendors and chocolate makers, you will be able to indulge your cravings by sampling and buying their delicious products. I have attended this event many times and each year is better than the last!

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