The cold weather is here! The kids are cooped up and the winter blues are setting in! Get out of the house and enjoy some family fun.

Below, I’m sharing the Macaroni Kids Quad Cities Top Picks for January – and if you want to make sure you don’t miss a single awesome event, sign up for our free weekly newsletter, jam-packed with local events every single week. You’ll never hear “I’m bored” again.

Related post: QCMB Fall Family Fun Guide

Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Wild Ocean

Jan 6th

Find out how you connect to the ocean’s wild, sometimes curious inhabitants and how humans shape their underwater ecosystem at the Putnam Museum. Explorers (Grades 2-5) and Explorers Jr. (Pre-K through first grade) will meet the Putnam’s resident hermit crab, learn about light and pressure in the ocean and find out how they can protect creatures throughout the seas.


Magician’s Academy

Jan 9th – Feb 6th

The academy will focus on the performance of the tricks, and the acting skills required. Practice makes perfect, so those who have taken this class in the past are encouraged take it again.Magician’s Academy teaches the basics of magic for ages 10 – 16.


 Jan 12th

The Family Museum will open its doors after hours for an exclusive event for families with children who have special needs. To keep crowds to a minimum, tickets will be limited to the first 100 participants. Tickets are available at the Family Museum. Tickets are free, but you must have a ticket to enter.


Spy Training Bettendorf Library




Jan 17th- Mar 24th

Coming to Circa 21 Playhouse. When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just 24 hours before Mom’s big wedding to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of the classic story, in which a mother and daughter see what it means to be a family while experiencing each other’s lives firsthand, if only for a day.


Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Jan 23rd & 24th

It’s a great day at Adventure Bay! Paw Patrol Live! Comes to the Adler Theatre


World’s Toughest Rodeo

Jan 26th & 27th

Kick up your boots with the World’s Toughest Rodeo at the TaxSlayer Center.



Mother Daughter Tea

Jan 27th

You are invited to an elegant afternoon of tea! Ladies may dress up, sip an array of teas, taste fancy desserts and play lovely parlor games at the Butterworth Center! Two times are available and all participants (adults and children) must register.




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