If you have any young (or older) train enthusiasts in your family you won’t want to miss Little Conductor’s Day at the Quad City Botanical Center.
A day of family fun focused on trains includes train-themed crafts and activities hosted inside the facility. The highlight, however, is the Heartland Central Garden Railway set up in the outside Railroad Garden. For this special event, conductors from the Heartland Model Railway Club will be on hand to answer questions and host a variety of trains on the garden tracks. The trains are 1:24th scale and up to four separate trains can operate at a time.
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The Quad City Botanical Center is one of our family’s favorite places to visit. We’ve recently discovered the KinderNature classes offered once a month and they are FANTASTIC!
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I love living in the Quad Cities, and in Rock Island specifically. One of the reasons is the murals that are literally almost around every corner. A few months ago, our family drove by the new mural on the corner of 14th Ave. and 30th Street every day to see the progress.
If you haven’t toured the murals of Rock Island lately, let me be the first to invite you to check out the artwork! It’s pretty rockin’. Here are some of my favorites.
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Our family loves living in Rock Island. We especially love it in the summer. Check out our favorite Rock Island summer hot spots.
5 places we love to visit in Rock Town:
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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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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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As the calendar flips over to October, the hunt for the perfect pumpkin (or pumpkins) is on. Other fall produce like apples, gourds, squash, and potatoes can all be found at local markets.
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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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The groundhog insists that spring is coming early, which has me in the mood for warmer temperatures!
But on days when outdoor play just isn’t possible, the Quad City Botanical Center is a great spot to get a taste of spring. Here are a few ideas to spend a day with your family enjoying this wonderful slice of paradise.
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If 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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