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Quad Cities Offers Several Fun Fall Family Activities

photo credit: Stephany Wiestling
photo credit: Stephany Wiestling

Comprised of 5 cities along the Mississippi River, (Davenport, IA;  Moline, IL; Rock Island, IL; Bettendorf, IA; East Moline, IL) the Quad Cities is full of action this weekend and into the fall months.  The Quad Cities is a 2 ½ hour drive west from Chicago, or flight in to the Quad City International Airport. 

The first annual Quad Cities Family Fun & Kite Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20 in Centennial Park, west of the Centennial Bridge in Davenport, Iowa.   This free, public event organized by the Quad Cities Kite Club and Davenport Parks and Recreation features kite displays, demonstrations, kite making, and other family fun from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.  For more information, visit www.QCKites.com or call (563) 650-4143.

Take on an adventure with the Taming of the Slough Adventure Race on Saturday, September 19 in downtown Moline, Illinois, at the Quad City Rowing Club, 1701 1st Avenue with canoes and kayaks launching at 7:30 am.  Individuals and teams can register online at www.riveraction.org, or simply watch the fun from shore.

Blue Man Group – Making Waves traveling exhibit is at The Family Museum located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa until Jan 3, 2010.  We did this at the Children’s Museum of Denver and LOVED it!!!  (see photo)

Spend time browsing the artist’s booths at Riverssance Festival of Fine Art on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20 at Lindsay Park in the historic Village of East Davenport in Davenport, Iowa.  Beyond the wonderful selection of artists, the festival also features a unique variety of gourmet food, live musical entertainment, a wine tasting, and a children’s art activity tent—all on a scenic hill overlooking the Mississippi River. Admission is $3.00 for adults.

Country Corner Farm Market has different fall events every weekend from Sept. 19-Nov. 1. Country Corner is fall headquarters with more than just special events each fall weekend.  They also have over 20 acres of pumpkins to choose from, a corn maze, barnyard zoo, haunted corn maze, bee barn, and timber park playground.

Sept. 19-20 – Old Time Harvest Festival
Vote for your favorite scarecrow on Sept. 26-27.
Oct. 3-4 – The pumpkin cannon is there and it shoots pumpkins 2,000+ feet! 
The Giant Pumpkin weekend on Oct. 10-11 has pumpkins weighing in at 1,000 pounds. 
Oct. 17-18 – Farm Fresh Fun
Oct. 24-25 – The pumpkin cannon is there and it shoots pumpkins 2,000+ feet! 

At the Quad City Botanical Center each Sunday afternoon in October, they are holding a pumpkin extravaganza with fall-related activities each Sunday afternoon.  While at the Botanical Center, see the beautiful mums in the outdoor garden.  Activities included with regular admission.

Oct 4 – Scarecrow making & displaying / Hay-bale maze/ & fall craft show   
Oct 11 – Ice Scream Social! Face painting/ creepy crawly petting zoo.  Pumpkin pie/ ice-cream for sale/ fall craft show   
Oct 18 – A Taste of Autumn Pumpkin Cook Off!  Pumpkin bread/ pumpkin fudge/ and all things pumpkin.  Fall craft show.      
Oct 25 – Pumpkin Carving!  Pumpkin carving (for older kids) Pumpkin painting (for younger) Award ceremony for scarecrows and best carved and painted pumpkin!  Fall craft fair. 

For more ideas for family fun check out www.visitquadcities.com

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