Posted Online: March 20, 2013, 10:31 am

Spring break and Easter fun in the Quad Cities

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Press release submitted by Jessica Waytenick

Quad Cities – Spring Break turns into a great adventure in the Quad Cities with these activities planned for Spring Break and Easter throughout the Quad Cities for the end of March 2013.

Spend your Spring Break at Grossology Week at the Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa. On March 18-22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., every day there are FREE family-friendly activities to drop-in and take part in with Exhibit Hall admission. Explore things stinky, sticky, and oozy. Learn about the human body systems and the (sometimes) gross ways it works. Their featured exhibit is Bodies Revealed, providing an up-close look inside the systems of the human body.

The Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue in Rock Island, Ill., hosts a Spring Break Escape Camp on Thursday, March 21 or Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to 5th grade to middle-school aged students, they will be exploring the climate, resources, and everyday life in the rainforest. They will learn about the ecosystems of Madagascar, how foods are grown, plant a plant to take home and investigate other exciting botanical topics. Cost is $20.00 per student. Must register in advance by calling 309-794-0991, ext. 25.

The Family Museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa, is offering seven days on March 24-30, 2013, of drop-in programming with topics ranging from live music, live animals, dancing, comedy, crafting, and science. There are activities starting at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. All events and performances are included with paid admission or Family Museum membership. The full schedule is available at

Look for spring crafts at the German American Heritage Center on Saturday, March 23, 2013, during their Eiermarkt (Egg Market) and Spring Craft Fair. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local and regional vendors will sell their springtime wares including decorated eggs, carvings, baked goods, and more! The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 West Second Street in Davenport, Iowa.

What better way to spend Palm Sunday than by enjoying an informative presentation and tour that highlights plants and their role and significance in early Christian times? The Plants of the Bible program at the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Avenue in Rock Island, Ill., on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. includes a visual presentation and followed by a tour of the relevant plants in their tropical Sun Garden. Tour included with regular admission.

Come celebrate with the first Easter Egg Scramble 5K Run on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The 9:00 a.m. start/finish will be in the Historic Village of East Davenport, 2119 E. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa, where you will run through scenic parks that overlook the mighty Mississippi River.

Those who choose to run or walk the event will receive a swag bag including official race t-shirt, stocking cap, and other goodies. The post-race party features an egg scramble. Brunch-style breakfast items will be available along with your typical refreshments. A live band rocks the 11th Street Precinct, and don't forget photos with the Easter Bunny. There is also an Easter Egg Hunt for children 8 years of age and younger. Cash prizes in every registered age group are also a part of the race. Registration through Mar. 28 is $36, or $45 afterwards. Register online at

The afternoon is going to the dogs for the Humane Society of Scott County's Doggie Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Lindsay Park in the Fejervary Park, 1800 W. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa. On-site registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m., Bobbing for hot dogs, and a Dog Easter Bonnet Contest. There is an Entry fee for the hunt.

The 25th annual Ranch Riders Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, 2013, features 30,000 eggs, face painting, bunny pictures, bounce houses, and more. There are different egg fields divided by age, and the eggs are all picked up in minutes! Gates open at 12 noon, the hunt begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St. in Davenport, Iowa. 563-326-5338

The Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave. in Rock Island, Ill., hosts an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Doors open Easter Sunday at 12 noon with an Egg Hunt for Children 2-5 years at 12:30 p.m. and the Egg Hunt for Children 6-10 years at 1:00 p.m. Children will be able find plastic eggs containing candy, toys or seeds! Children will be able to plant the seeds in take-home containers. Please make sure you arrive early for the Egg hunts; they are over in flash! Planting and other fun family activities will go on until 2:00 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt is included in the price of admission.

The Easter Bunny is hopping his way over to Younkers Court at SouthPark Mall, 4500 16th Street in Moline, Ill., and Von Maur Court at NorthPark Mall, 320 W. Kimberly Road in Davenport, Iowa, and will continue to be on site from Friday, March 8 through Saturday, March 30th. Families can take home this memory by purchasing a special photo of their child with the Easter Bunny. While supplies last, children also will receive a complimentary activity book, courtesy of NorthPark and SouthPark Malls when they visit. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00am – 8:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm.

Are you done with your eggs? The Family Museum is not! Their popular Egg Drop Kerplop! event is Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the museum, 2900 Learning Campus Drive in Bettendorf, Iowa. Create a safe and fun Egg Landing Vehicle and it goes Over the Ledge. Will your egg survive or will it go splat? Work on your invention from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. using the materials provided. Dropping will begin at noon!

Along with these events, the Quad Cities area has over 100 parks to play at, mini-golf courses to try, Niabi Zoo, John Deere Pavilion, museums, ice-skating, and miles of bike trails to ride on. Take in a performing arts event or watch a hockey game. Throughout the area, families can find plenty to do.

For information on the Quad Cities area, call the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at
800-747-7800 or visit their website at and look at the Kid's Stuff section.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.