Family Activities Happening in the Quad Cities this Week

It is hard to believe that we are already well into July; before we know it summer will be over and the school year will be starting back up. In order to make the most of the rest of summer, I have compiled a list of some of the most exciting things happening in the Quad Cities in the coming weeks.


Circa ’21 presents Lyle the Crocodile

Circa ‘21’s Children’s Summer Musical has its final showings on July 15, 16, 19, 21, and 23. The musical is the story of Lyle, a friendly crocodile that turns up in a bathtub in a New York City apartment, and helps those around him learn that they should not judge others by how different they may appear to be from themselves. Tickets can be purchased online at


Countryside Community Theatre presents The Marvelous Wonderettes

This musical takes place around the 1958 Springfield High School prom and features over 30 classic ‘50s and ‘60s hits, including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” The Marvelous Wonderettes is a trip into the past that the whole family will enjoy. It will be performed July 15 and 16 at 7:30pm and July 17 at 2pm at the Village Theatre in the Village of East Davenport. To reserve tickets call 563-285-6228 or complete the form found on Countryside Community Theatre’s website:


Ballet Quad Cities—Dance Me a Story: Exploring Literature through Ballet

Ballet Quad Cities is hosting a fun, interactive program for people of all ages that encourages reading through the vehicle of dance. Participants will learn choreography, the story, and try on costumes from the ballet Rodeo. The event takes place at the Sherrard Public Library from 10am-11am on July 15.


Niabi Zoo—Breakfast with the Animals

Enjoy a breakfast buffet with family and discover new, amazing things about animals.

Each breakfast is different and may include a visit behind the scenes, an up-close animal encounter, or a chance to speak with the keepers. Breakfasts begin at 8:30 AM and end around 9:30am, after which guests will have the opportunity to explore the zoo before it opens for the day. The breakfast on July 16 will focus on monkeys and the breakfast on August 6 will focus on reptiles. Registration must be received by the Wednesday prior to the event in order to attend the breakfast. Call 309-799-3482 ext. 222 or email with questions or to register.


Night Sky Observing with Popular Astronomy Club

The Popular Astronomy Club will be hosting an after dark event in the Niabi Zoo Parking Lot on July 16 from 8:30pm to 11:30pm. Weather permitting, the Moon, Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn should be visible, in addition to many beautiful stars and space objects. Club telescopes will be available to look through and there will be a raffle for an Orion FunScope 4.5 Altazimuth Reflector courtesy of Orion Telescopes. The event is free and family friendly.


Insane Inflatables 5K Run

On July 16, the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds will be hosting a 5K run with a course that includes the world’s largest and most extreme inflatable obstacles. Price is $65 before July 15 at 11:59pm and $75 on the day of the run. For more information and to register visit



On July 16 from 10am to 6pm, the QC Co-Lab will be hosting their second annual QC MakeFest at the River Center in Davenport. The event is family-friendly and will showcase invention, learning, and making. Exhibits will include 3D printers, robots, a quadcopter racecourse, and other maker projects. This event is free and is great for parents and kids who love STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics).


John Deere Pavilion Learn & Play Day

Kids of all ages are invited to come play and learn about a day in the life of John Deere customers at this free event on July 16 from 10am to 4pm at the John Deere Pavilion. Children will learn about life on a farm, see what it’s like to work on a construction site, explore the world of forestry, and more. There will be plenty of hands-on fun, including the opportunity for kids to try out their skills in a battery-powered Gator™ obstacle course and a pedal-powered tractor pull. The event will also include a petting zoo, a construction zone to test toy equipment in sand, blacksmith demonstrations, and a variety of informational booths from ag-related organizations including the Rock Island Farm Bureau, Rock Island 4H & Extension, Midwest Dairy Association and Country Corner.


Celebration Belle River Cruises

The Celebration Belle offers a variety of cruises throughout the week to allow people to travel along the Mississippi River and sightsee. These cruises include: a Narrated Lunch Cruise, a Captain’s Dinner and Dance Cruise, a Big Band Cruise, and All Day Cruises. With the variety of options available, you are sure to find a cruise that appeals to you.


Bike Rentals

Bike rentals are available through the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau at their Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline locations by the hour or for the day. Rentals also include a helmet, bottle of water, and bike pouch on the bike. Free bike locks are available upon request.


Quad City River Bandits

There are plenty of home games left in the River Bandits season. In addition to the baseball game, families will also enjoy the amusements available at Modern Woodmen Park, including a Giant Wheel, River Rocker, Mediacom Drop’N Twist, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, KGCW Space Walk, and K&K Hardware Kids Zone. Be sure to check out the game on July 24, which features a Post Game Kids Run the Bases event!


Author: Miranda Hale

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