Note from QCMB: We love sharing stories and ideas that may help you as a parent. And today, we’re thrilled to share some thoughts from a local mom!

Thanks to Leslee Cook, community impact manager at United Way of the Quad Cities (and local mom),  for sharing this post about getting active and learning with your kids! 

As a mom of two, I am always looking for ways to entertain my kids outside this time of the year, especially now that the weather is finally starting to get nice!

We know that learning happens everywhere in everything that we do. Born Learning Trails are
just one way you can engage in a fun activity with your preschool age child(ren) that is not only
educational but also a physical activity and gets them moving!

A Born Learning Trail is an outdoor learning path that includes fun games or activities posted on aluminum signs. Along the trail, you will find hopscotch, shapes, colors, letters, and various images painted on the ground.

My kids make most anything a competition these days so at the trail, they like to challenge one
another to see who can do the hopscotch the fastest or who can find all of the shapes first.

Born Learning Trails located in the Quad Cities:

  • Buffalo Park – 1115 Chestnut St., Buffalo
  • Camden Park – Highway 67 & Milan Beltway, Milan
  • Fairmount Pines Housing Complex – 4205 N Fairmount St., Davenport
  • Fejervary Park – 1800 W. 12th St., Davenport
  • Marquette Park – 3200 N. Marquette St., Davenport 
  • Nahant Marsh – 4220 Wapello Ave., Davenport
  • Skip-A- Long Child Development Services – 1609 4th St., Rock Island
  • Family Museum- Bettendorf COMING JUNE 2018

Together with your child(ren), you can turn everyday moments into teaching moments and
visiting a Born Learning Trail is just one way to do just that. Visit the QC Trails website for
detailed information about each Born Learning Trail location in the Quad Cities.

To learn more about the Born Learning Initiative, visit

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