There are some fabulous Vacation Bible School options in the Quad Cities this summer. I asked local moms for ones they recommend and here’s what I gathered:

7 photos from VBS

Participants enjoy the wide variety of activities at St. John’s Lutheran Church VBS


June 4-8, 6pm-8pm at Bettendorf Christian Church in Bettendorf, IA
Preschool-5th grade, Cost: Free

June 5-9, 8:45am-11:30am at Cornerstone Baptist in Eldridge, IL
entering Kindergarten-7th grade, Cost: Free

June 5-9, 9am-noon at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Bettendorf, IA
3 years-5th grade; 6th-12th grade needed as leaders, Cost: $25/child or $50/family

June 5-9, 5:30pm-8pm at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, IL 
Preschool-6th grade, Cost: Free

June 5-9, 9am-noon at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bettendorf, IA
All ages?, Cost: Free

June 12-16, 9am-noon at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, IL
3 years-6th grade, Cost: Free

June 12-16, 6pm-8pm at Bethany Baptist Church* in Moline IL, VBS at Stephens Park in Moline, IL
Entering 1st-6th grade, Cost: Free

June 12-16, 9am-11:30am at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL
Ages 3-14, Cost: Free

June 12-16, 9am-11:30am at First Evangelical Free Church in Moline, IL 
Preschool-5th grade, Cost: Free, optional CD Cost: $5

June 17-21, 6pm-8:30pm at Bettendorf Presbyterian Church in Bettendorf, IL
Preschool-5th grade, Cost: Free

June 19-23, 8:30am-3:30pm Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport,IA
1st-5th grade, Cost: $100

June 26-30, 9am-11:30am at First Evangelical Free Church in Moline, IL 
3rd-5th grade, Cost: $10

June 26-30, 9am-noon at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bettendorf, IA
3 years-5th grade, Cost: Free


July 9-15, 5pm-8pm at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL
Cost: $10, family max: $30

July 10-14, 9am-noon at Salem Lutheran in Moline, IL
All ages, Cost: Free

July 17-21, 9am-1pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Island, IL
Preschool-7th grade, Cost – Free

July 24-27, 9am – 11:30am Two Rivers United Methodist Church* in Rock Island, IL
Preschool-6th grade, Cost – Free


*Many of these VBS experiences are similar – faith, fun and fellowship – through crafts, singing, and lessons offering our kids a chance to grow closer to God, focus on Christian themes, and have fun. However, two that I know are unique and exceptional and don’t necessarily follow a traditional VBS mold are Bethany Baptist and Two Rivers UMC.

Bethany Baptist lives up to its promise for a “high-energy outdoor adventure” and is a fun option for an evening experience. Hosted outside at Stephens Park, rather than at the church, Bethany’s VBS offers a lot of hands-on action. For the past 4 years, our kids have played T-ball while this VBS is happening so we’ve seen how much fun everyone is having! The water games and music are definitely ones you want to be experiencing. In it’s ninth year at Stephens Park, Bethany Baptist VBS concludes on Friday, July 16 at “Family Night” including a free meal and music CD for every family.

Four photos of water games and fun at vbs

Games, water, and fun at Bethany Baptist VBS in Stephens Park, Moline, IL

Two Rivers United Methodist also offers a different kind of VBS experience: “Instead of the traditional crafts, songs, and Bible stories, Two Rivers is putting together their second annual STEAM [Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Music] Creators’ Camp.” Campers will rotate through their choice of two of five workshop options with hands-on fun such as ukelele lessons, science experiments and demonstrations, computer programming Sphero robots and art workshops. Each day closes with a group mission project. 

three vbs photos: egg drop, art, robotics

In 2016, one of the Science days at Two Rivers UMC VBS included an egg drop where kids built structures to protect an egg that was dropped from a low roof of the church, the science/technology workshop included a Sphero robot, and the art lessons were unique and creative techniques.

I love that God is present in all elements of life and this is a creative way to show our kids how He’s involved in all aspects. I can’t wait to have our boys attend the Two Rivers VBS this year!

Did I miss any of your favorite Vacation Bible School experiences in the Quad Cities? Please comment if you know of other great VBS programs in the Quad Cities or surrounding area.

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  1. Carol Hollis June 2, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    I would like to have our VBS added to your list.

    June 12-16, 9a.-Noon at First Baptist Church, 1101 10th Avenue, Silvis, IL
    4 years old – completed 6th grade
    Cost: Free

    Registration and more details available at http://www.fbcsilvis.com

  2. Paula O'Brien June 2, 2017 at 7:48 pm #

    Christ’s Family in Bettendorf has a great program! visit: .christsfamilychurch.org

    Springhill brings a daycamp to Heritage Church in both Rock Island and Bettendorf. It is an awesome experience for kids of all ages! Find out more by visiting: https://www.springhillcamps.com/experiences/day-camps/locations

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