Editor’s note: Fall and winter can bring cool weather challenges to getting out and active with your kids. You may already be feeling cabin fever. 

But there are loads of wonderful programs and events in the Quad Cities that you won’t want to miss. We are excited to be turning to our friends at Davenport Parks and Recreation for some of these ideas you’ll want to add to your calendar this winter. 

Davenport Parks and Recreation is thrilled to partner with the Quad City Mom’s Blog on the upcoming Mom’s Night Out in November! We’re also excited to showcase the recently renovated lodge at Credit Island, which is one of our many elegant, yet affordable rental facilities!

While you may be familiar with some of the programs, events and venues that Davenport has to offer, others are some of the best kept secrets in the Quad Cities.  

Here are a few of our favorites that you won’t want to miss. 

1. Fall/Winter Display at Vander Veer Conservatory 

Our ‘Poinsettias and Lights’ display will begin Nov. 26, lasting through Jan. 6. This FREE annual holiday display features countless poinsettias, beautiful decorative lights, and extended Saturday evening hours in December for crafts and activities featuring our Polar Express theme.

Location: 215 W Central Park Ave., Davenport

2. Fejervary Learning Center New Play Features 

Fejervary Learning Center received a park-makeover in 2017, with new interactive stations like the American Water Itsy Bitsy Spider play area and a Harmony Park that caters to all young music enthusiasts.

In the spring, we will continue hosting our free Family Fun Days on every third Saturday, May through October. There is no charge for these events and we will have family activities, bounce houses, a petting zoo, nature crafts and more.

Location: 1800 W. 12th, Davenport

3. Nature Education Classes

Our nature education class offerings have been growing and we want to keep getting the word out!

Whether it’s our FREE programs like My Little Wheelbarrow or Enviro Early-Outs, or our drop-in Little Sprouts program, there is something for all ages!

  • The Little Sprouts program continues through the winter at Vander Veer Conservatory on the third Thursday of each month and participants can look forward to nature-based, hands-on seasonal activities!
  • Enviro Early-Outs fall on the second Wednesday of each month, and kids ages 7-12 will enjoy fun, nature and horticulture-based activities at the Conservatory. 

Location: 215 W Central Park Ave., Davenport

4. Public Skating and Learn to Skate Classes

The River’s Edge in downtown Davenport offers more than just indoor soccer. There’s also public ice skating and skilled instructors to teach the basics through our Learn to Skate USA program.

Find the public skating schedule online . The River’s Edge offers the perfect venue to ice skate with a climate controlled rink and fully stocked concession stand – there’s no reason to freeze outdoors when you can chill inside!

5. Junior Theatre School of Dance

Davenport Junior Theatre is well known for their diverse array of performing arts programs and camps, but did you know that they also have an amazing dance program with a newly renovated studio space?

Their motto is ‘Engage! Empower! Express!’ and DJT Dance offers students the opportunity to learn from professional instructors that focus on the joy and fun of learning dance. Their goal is to help create a lifetime of poise and confidence for all students at every level. Learn more about DJT Dance.

Though they may not be widely known, all of these programs and events are helping to enact our mission of enriching the community through rewarding experiences, appealing destinations and responsible stewardship.

For more information on classes, events and program offerings please check out our online activity guide.

To register today, please visit our online registration site.


Disclosure: Thanks to Davenport Parks and Recreation  for sponsoring today’s post. We at QCMB love working with local organizations to share positive information and make our community a better place to live, work and play.

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