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FALL FAMILY EVENTS IN THE QUAD CITIES 2019

Quad Cities things to do with kids fall autumn

FUN FALL FAMILY EVENTS

As much as we all love summer, it’s safe to assume you’ve been counting down the days until the first day of autumn. While it’s ok if you’re not a fall fan, I definitely am getting excited about all the events our Quad Cities brings to moms and our families.

There’s something wonderful about the atmosphere of fall, besides the plaid and hot drinks, in addition to the cozy food and snuggling penchant, attending a local fall family festival or event with your children just makes the most of autumn.

Because there is so much fall fun and only  limited time and resources (not to mention, we definitely need to make the kids find their shoes as the temperature cools, and who knows how long that will take!), we’ve rounded up the best family fun the Quad Cities has to offer.

While we make every effort to provide accurate and complete information, some information may change, or we didn’t get it right in the first place, or we thought we got it changed, but then someone was pouring chocolate milk on the dog, and we got distracted. The Quad Cities Moms Blog is written by local moms for local moms, just like you!  

Double check the event at the event itself. I’d hate for you to miss something fabulous on the chance we erred.

FALL COLOR DISPLAY

DATE: Saturday, September 2 through Friday, October 20
FEATURES: Stunning autumn-hue foliage and flowers to welcome in the new season.

215 West Central Park Ave.
Davenport, IA 52803

(563) 326-7818

DEWITT AUTUMN FESTIVAL

DeWitt Autumn Festival 

WHERE: DeWitt, IA

DATE: Saturday, September 20

HOURS: 5-9 pm

FEATURES: This annual event is a “thank you” for supporting local businesses! The majority of the night’s activities are free, thanks to sponsors and volunteers.  Autumn Fest activities include a variety of children’s activities and performances, antique and new car show, food vendors and live music, live performances, and so much more between 5-9 PM.

September 21, 7-9 pm

Join us for a movie in Lincoln Park as part of our Autumn Fest celebration. Please bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Snack food will be available for purchase from Schwendingers or feel free to bring your own food and/or beverages! Children 12 or under will need to be with an adult.

VIVA QUAD CITIES!

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 VIVA QUAD CITIES!

DATE: Saturday Sept. 7th, 2019
12pm-10:30pm
HOURS: LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA
COST: $10 Adults
Children 12 & under: FREE

FEATURES: Music, Food, Games, Contests, Exhibitors and more!

JOHN DEERE HERITAGE TRACTOR PARADE AND SHOW

WHERE: Parade begins in front of the John Deere Pavilion in Moline

DATE: Saturday, October 7

HOURS: Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Tractors will be on display until 5 pm

FEATURES: Owners of heritage tractors take a ride through the streets of Moline. Their machines will be displayed outside the Pavilion, and they’ll be sharing unique collecting and restoration stories with guests. This year’s event includes one-day-only exhibit of rare company archives.

FALL DOGGIE FEST

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FALL DOGGIE FEST

DATE: September 8

HOURS: 1-3 pm

WHERE: Eleanor Wallace Dog Park

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Join us for a fun afternoon at Eleanor Wallace Dog Park!

Visit the Dog Market and Basket Raffles, get a smooch at the Doggie Kissing Booth, do an art project with your best friend, and play in the dog park!

All proceeds benefit improvements to Eleanor Wallace Dog Park.

MONARCH FESTIVAL

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MONARCH FESTIVAL

 COST: FREE

WHERE: Wapsi Educational Center

HOURS: 9 am- 3 pm

FEATURES: Join the Wapsi River Center staff as we celebrate Monarch Butterflies during this day long festival from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

During the day, we will have kid’s activities such as butterfly crafts, face painting, a story corner, a photo booth, and education stations.

Ms. MariPosa’s Monarch Butterfly Bus will also be onsite for the entire festival.

The friends of the Wapsi Center will provide a taco bar for lunch from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

There will be a monarch presentation at 10:00 A.M., a prairie hike and butterfly catching at 11:00 A.M., monarch tagging and testing at 1:00 P.M., and make your own seed balls at 2:00 P.M.

This event is FREE and fun for the entire family, but registration is REQUIRED. Please call 563-328-3286 to register your family today!

MONARCH RELEASE PARTY

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Join us at Nahant Marsh for our 4th Annual Monarch Release Party. This is a FREE event, with fun for the whole family! We will be tagging and feeding monarchs for the Monarch Watch Citizen Science Program throughout the morning. At noon, we will release over 200 Monarchs!

NEW this year: Adopt a Caterpillar! Stop by Nahant Marsh August 31st from 9am-3pm to pick up a caterpillar. Participants will receive info on how to raise the caterpillar and a rearing kit. Then, bring your monarch butterfly to the release! Around 100 caterpillars will be available so first come, first serve.

Children’s activities will be going on throughout the day as well as scheduled hikes and storytelling. The Friends of Nahant Marsh will be hosting a goodwill bake sale. Local honey from Crandall Farms will also be available for purchase.

Scheduled Activities
10:15-10:45 Nature Hike to Bird Blind
10:45-11:15 Storytelling with the Davenport Public Library
11:15-11:45 Nature Hike to East Dock

UNICORN AND DRAGON ADVENTURE QUEST

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WHERE: Quad City Botanical Center

DATE: Sunday Sept 22

HOURS: ​1 PM – 3 PM​

FEATURES: Bring your fairy tale to life at this enchanting event! Dress up as your favorite fairy, mythical troll or magical creature and you’ll seek and find in the gardens and make a magical craft. Commemorate your fun in the photo booth. Co-ed event for all ages. Register by September 21.
 

COST: $10 children and adults

$15 at the door
$8 Botanical Center members

FALL CRAFT: BOOK PUMPKIN

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WHERE:

WHO: ADULTS and TEENS, possibly OLDER KIDS

DATE: October 1

HOURS: 6-7:30 PM

FEATURES: Join us for a free and fun evening of crafting. Participants will  make a book pumpkin out of recycled books, paint, glue, and pipe cleaners. These cute crafts are perfect for getting into that autumn state of mind. Participants must register.

APPLE FEST ON THE RIVER

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APPLE FEST ON THE RIVER

DATE: Sunday, October 13

HOURS:  11- 4
FEATURES: Savor a variety of apples, cider, pumpkins, gourds, family fun, entertainment, apple pies, fall flowers,  baked goods & food of all kinds. Kids activities for a small fee. Apple Fest on the River is a family friendly community put on by the River Valley Optimist Club. It is a day to enjoy all things fall! 

FT OBIE RENDEZVOUS AND ENCAMPMENT

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2019 Fort Obie Rendezvous & Living History Encampment

 

WHERE:Bob Davis Farm
817 Cleveland Road
Colona, IL 61241

WHEN:October 11-12, 2019

HOURS: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Kid’s Education Day
Saturday Public 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Public 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

COST: $2

More Information: Call Bob Davis @ 309-781-767

FEATURES:

Come out to the Fort Obie Rendezvous & Living History Encampment on October 11-12, 2019 at the Bob Davis Farm in Colona, Illinois.
* Pre-1840 Trade Goods
* Pre-1840 Demonstrations
* Tomahawk and Knife Throwing
* Black Powder Shoots
* Bow Shoots
* Candle Dipping
* Blacksmith & More
* Concesions Available
 
The rendezvous & living history encampment has it all. Experience black powder shoots, pre-1840 demonstrations, bow shoots, tomahawk and knife throwing, kids games, candy cannon, and good old fashioned fun. 

BREAKFAST WITH THE BATS
BAT AWARENESS DAY

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WHERE: Niabi Zoo

DATE: October 19

HOURS: 10a – 4p

FEATURES: Come learn the truth about bats and dispel their spooky reputation! Local bats help us with insect control while tropical bats pollinate plants that produce foods we love, like nuts, fruit, and even cacao that is turned into chocolate. Most local bat populations are in decline and over half in Illinois are threatened and endangered. Learn how you and Niabi can work together to protect bats.

QUAD CITIES HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL

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Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Festival

WHERE: Rock Island County Fairgrounds 4200 Archer Drive East Moline, IL 61244

WHEN: Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28, 2019

HOURS: 4p – past dusk

COST: FREE-please bring a donation to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center

FEATURES:

  • Food Vendors
  • Fun Kids Area – $10 wristbands per child for all day play
  • Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides- $15 per person(Friday/Saturday evening, lines may be long)
  • Balloon Launch
  • Balloon Glow at night

CHRYSANTHEMUM DISPLAY

DATE: Friday, October 20 through Sunday, November 12
FEATURES: Exhibition-grade mums in all shapes and sizes! Do not miss this Vander Veer tradition!

FEJERVARY FAMILY FUN DAYS - HARVEST FESTIVAL

DATE: Saturday, October 19
COST: FREE
HOURS:  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
FEATURES: 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!

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS OPEN HOUSE AND MAKER SESSION

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Open House and Maker Session

DATE: Saturday, October 10

HOURS:   5:30 pm
FEATURES: Stop in to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Day of the Dead. See a short film and learn how to make sugar skulls.

DRACULA UNLEASHED BALLET QUAD CITIES

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DRACULA UNLEASHED! Ballet Quad Cities

DATE: October 25, 2019 • 7:30
October 26, 2019 • 7:30

WHERE: Bartlett Performing Arts Center • Moline, IL New state-of-the-art performing art center on the campus of Moline High School

FEATURES:
Blood, fangs and death! In this blood thirsty tale of terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London so that he can rest between victims.  The city seems helpless against his frightful powers, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage.  In order to do this he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake.
 
“Halloween IV: The Prom” is a crowd pleaser that will get spines tingling and skeleton toes tapping as we high-kick off the evening with a spooky music and dance medley! 

GHOSTLY NIGHT!

Ghostly Night!

WHERE: Moline Library

DATE: Tuesday, October 22
COST: Free!
HOURS: 6-7 pm
FEATURES: Ghosts, goblins & ghouls! Halloween fun and spooky activities for school kids. Costumes encouraged. 

STRANGER THINGS ESCAPE ROOM

Stranger Things Escape Room

WHERE: Scott County Library Princeton Branch

DATE:  Saturday, September 28, 2019
COST: free
HOURS:  10:00am – 3:00pm
FEATURES: Uncover the mysteries behind the Hawkins National Laboratory and prepare to escape the Upside Down before the demogorgon gets you.

Registration required—sign up for a 45 minute time slot at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm. Groups are limited to 7 people. Get in on this fall family event by registering as soon as you can!

Location Details
Princeton
328 River Drive
Princeton IA 52768
Location Phone: (563) 285-4794 ext. 4

 

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY

Preschool Halloween Party!

WHERE: Moline Library

DATE: Wednesday, October 23
COST: FREE
HOURS: 6-7 p
FEATURES:

Halloween stories, games, activities, and treats for children ages 3-5 and their adult. Fall family fun for everyone as siblings and costumes are welcome!

PRESCHOOL HALLOWEEN PARTY

Preschool Halloween Party!

WHERE: Moline Library

DATE: Thursday, October 24
COST: FREE
HOURS:10-11 a
FEATURES:

Halloween stories, games, activities, and treats for children ages 3-5 and their adult.

Siblings and costumes welcome!

FRIGHT NIGHT IN THE PARK

Fright Night in the Park-Presented by Goodwill of the Heartland!

DATE: Thursday, October 24
COST: FREE
HOURS:  5:00pm – 7:30 pm
FEATURES: 

Join the Rock Island Parks and Recreation & Goodwill of the Heartland – along with DJ Jeff James and Monsters of Mayhem in Schwiebert Park for one special Halloween night.

Goodie Bags • Trick-or-Treating • Live DJ & Entertainment • Kids Games • Costume Contest

**Costume judging between 6:00-7:30pm; winners will be picked out of event crowd at random for prizes…you’ll never know who is watching you!**

LAGOMARCINO'S HALLOWEEN HOT CHOCOLATE RACE

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DATE: Saturday, October 26
COST: $44 for adults (for registrations before Sept 30), $10 for kids run
HOURS:  9:00am
FEATURES: Delicious hot chocolate, chocolate treats, and incomparable embroidered jackets to all who register.

BOO AT THE ZOO

DATE: Saturday, October 26- Sunday, October 27
COST: $8.25 Adults, $7.25 Senior Citizens (62+ years), $6.25 Kids (3 – 12 years old), Kids 2 years old and under are Free, FREE Admission to Niabi Zoological Society Members
HOURS:  10:00am -4:00pm
FEATURES: Trick-or-treat around the zoo! BOO!  It is Niabi Zoo’s annual celebration of Merry not Scary Halloween Festivities.  Our many generous, local businesses will be providing free treats to our zoo guests.  Wear your costumes, bring a smile and enjoy the many annual Boo at the Zoo activities.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FAMILY FIESTA

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WHERE: Figge Art Museum

DATE: Sunday, October 27
COST: FREE
HOURS:  Noon – 5:00pm
FEATURES: Experience performances by Ballet Folklorico and the Glenview Mariachi Band, authentic food, Catrinas in the galleries, a traditional altar, painted faces and a wealth of hands-on art activities. Check out this unique fall family fun.

THANKSGIVING PLANTS

Thanksgiving Plants at QC Botanical Center

DATE: Saturday, November 3
COST: Included with paid admission
HOURS:  1-3 pm

FEATURES: Learn how easy the Thanksgiving cactus and other fall favorites are to grow and discover how many colors and shapes ornamental gourds come in. You can draw and color your own cornucopia to take home at this Sunday Funday fall family event.

No RSVP needed.

HAUNTED ESCAPE ROOM

Celebrate Halloween by braving our Haunted Escape Room! Take on the role of a ghost hunter and see if you can unlock the mystery of the haunted library in just thirty minutes. But beware: not all ghosts are friendly…

HARRY POTTER LIVE IN CONCERT!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban LIVE in concert!

WHERE: The Adler Theatre

DATE: November 23

HOURS: 2p or 7:30p

COST: $20-65

FEATURES: From the moment Harry uses the Marauder’s Map to when the Patronus Charm burst from his wand, you’ll be transported back into the world you love. First a bestseller, then a major movie, now a magical concert event: CineConcerts presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Experience the adventures of your favorite wizard all over again set to the music of a live symphony orchestra.

 

This list is not by any means exhaustive. Be sure to take a look at our September event calendar, or our pumpkin patch guide and our apple picking orchard locations for even more fall family fun!

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