Free.  F-R-E E. FREE!!

What an amazing, beautiful word, especially to a mama of children about to be set loose and ready for summer activities! So bookmark this list, jot it all down in your calendar and get ready for some free summer fun in our lovely Quad Cities. 


Bettendorf Movie in the Park 

Harvest Family Movie Nights



June 8th, 9th, 10th, 2018
On the Don Wooten Stage at Lincoln Park in Rock Island
Performances start at 8:00pm/admission is FREE!!!!!!!
There will be a short intermission. Concessions available for purchase​. 

Also at Lincoln Park: 

June 16, 17, 23, 24
Shakespeare: As You Like It

June 30, July 1, 7, 8
Aeschylus: Prometheus Bound

July 14, 15, 21, 22
Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

July 28, 29, August 4, 5
Aristophanes: Thesmophoriazusae

CONCERTS at Moline Township Activity Center

620 18th St, Moline, Illinois 61265

Fejervary Family Fun Days (Free)
Come rediscover Davenport Parks and Recreation’s Mother Goose Land at Fejervary Learning Center. Enjoy nature-based play areas including a Harmony Park and the American Water Itsy Bitsy Spider station. Please join us for free family fun days at Fejervary Learning Center. We will be hosting family activities, a petting zoo, bounce houses, nature crafts, and more!

Ages: All
Dates: 5/19/18 | 6/16/18 | 7/21/18 | 8/18/18 | 10/20/18
Day/Times: Sat, 12 PM-5 PM
Location: Fejervary Learning Center


 For the 2nd summer, join Moline Parks and Recreation and the Moline Public Library, Moline, IL for four different weeks at four different parks for Themed Parks! Participants will enjoy story time and a fun activity during each program, relating to that day’s theme. Themed Parks will take place from 10:30-11:30am. This program is free and open to grades PreK-2nd grade, no registration required.

June 13 – I Spy: We will start the morning off with story time and the play fun games to see what we can “spy” throughout the park!


Join in on the fun at Fejervary Learning Center! Come explore the natural play features and enjoy music, food, bounce houses, a petting zoo and over 30+ vendors promoting fun-filled summer activities! YouthFest is a yearly celebration sponsored by Davenport Parks & Recreation and Davenport Community Schools to encourage youth involvement in constructive summer activities. Participants will enjoy hands-on games, activities, and interactive displays at Fejervary Park (1800 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA).
Ages: All
Dates: 7/11/18
Day & Time: Wed, 8:30 AM-2 PM
Location: Fejervary Learning Center


Where: Rolling Hills Shelter – GATE #1
WEST LAKE PARK ~ 14910 110TH Ave., Davenport, IA 52804

When:The Clinic is from 9:00am – 12:00 noon, with registration beginning at 8:00am. All poles and tackle are provided.

What: The Clinic is a part of the FISH IOWA Angler Education Program. Open to ALL Scott County residents, grades K – 6. Children under 9 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All participants will receive a FREE gift and a Certificate upon completion of the clinic. Parents are encouraged to attend.


Amateur Sports Team · Rock Island, Illinois
The Backwater Gamblers Water Ski Show Team performs FREE water ski shows every Wednesday and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at 44th Street and the Rock River, Rock Island, IL, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Soccer Camp K-6th grade July 17-20 Register at


Cornbelt running club hosts track at North for ages 6-14



Rock Island


Tuesday, June 12th
2-3:30pm at Fairmount, 3000 N. Fairmount st.

Vibrant Credit Union will be bringing their ice cream truck to the library this summer to give away FREE ice cream! Stop by on the following days and times for a cool treat!

Tuesday, June 12th- 2:00-3:30pm at Fairmount Branch
Tuesday, June 19th- 1:00-2:00pm at Eastern Branch
Tuesday, June 26th- 1:30-3:30pm at Eastern Branch
Wednesday, July 18th- 2:30-4:00pm at Fairmount Branch
Tuesday, July 24th- 2:00-3:30pm at Eastern Branch
Thursday, August 2nd- 11:00am-1:00pm at Main Library


SYNC: This is actually a really cool audio book program with free downloads, centered towards teenagers. There are new titles added weekly and this program has already begun-so get in on it!

SCHOLASTIC: You need your child’s teacher to sign them up for this one, so make sure to ask before school lets out. 

BARNES AND NOBLE: Head into your local store and grab a reading journal. Here you’ll enter the books you read and write what you liked most about the book. In the end you’ll receive a free book!



Begins end of May and runs until the end of July


Theme for 2018 is Read Wild 

Kick off party:June 2nd 

Rock Island

Theme  for 2018 is Libraries Rock

Kick off party May 31st

Bonus:  you can visit the Figge for free from June 18 to 24, just by showing your Rock Island Library card.

Make sure to check each of the library calendars-they are FULL of free events the entire summer for the whole family!


Figge: June 4th-8th Davenport Library card holders get free admission by showing your card

QC Museum Week (June 9th-17th)has around 17 museums participating and many are FREE!! 



Did you know you are a VIP? Well you are! Pick up a free wristband to receive discounts and free items from local business in the QC! 

What other FREE things will you be doing this summer? Share below any that I missed!





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  1. Amber June 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    Thank you so much. This is super helpful!!!

  2. John June 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

    8 more FREE, family friendly concerts in Galva this summer!

  3. Dena June 5, 2018 at 9:43 pm #

    Ice cream socials every Tuesday night beginning around 6:00pm in the city park in Geneseo, IL. We are only about 22-25 miles from the quad cities. Great community, and great fun.

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