Squeezing in some memorable family time is important this time of year, and you don't have to create all this Christmas magic yourself. There are some great local events to help spread the cheer.
Our friends at Macaroni Kids have rounded up a list of local events for you to choose from.
Polar Express Pajama Party - Putnam Museum
Date: Dec 16, 17, 18
1717 W 12th St Davenport, IA
Families of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party. Along with the showing of The Polar Express 3D on the GIANT Screen in your PJs, there will be the following holiday activities: face painting, a hot chocolate station, a make-n-take sleigh bell station, holiday tic-tac-toe, a souvenir pajama party mug and a lights-out scavenger hunt through the museum exhibits.
This event has proven to be tons of fun for the entire family –don’t forget to bring your flashlight! The movie will show at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets also available for purchase by calling 563-324-1933 or click here.
Gingerbread House Building Party- Bix Bistro
Date: Dec 11th 5:00pm
200 East 3rd St Davenport, Iowa
Gingerbread House Building Party. Kids admission includes dinner & gingerbread house and Adults receive Hors D'Oeuvres. Call for reservations at 563-484-5900.
Santa's Sleigh Is on it's Way- Barnes and Noble
Date: Dec. 17 11:00am
North Park Mall 320 W Kimberly Rd Davenport IA 52806
It's a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Bring the family for Story time and activities featuring Santa's Sleigh Is on Its Way!
Enjoying Winter at Home
Don't want to leave the house? We understand! It’s no secret that the long winter and short days can cause some of us to be a little blue or antsy.
Combat it early this year by being proactive.
Throw a beach party with your children
Turn up the heat a bit, put on your summer clothes and party the day away! Make slushy drinks, play in the bathtub “ocean,” make hot dogs or hamburgers and eat them on the floor for a special picnic, listen to fun music and pretend you are in the Caribbean! Put lotion on like you are sunbathing and talk about all the different people, clouds and birds you see at your special beach.
Build a Fort
Use your furniture and blankets, sheets, towels, whatever you can find to build a fort in your living room. Spend the day in the fort eating a picnic or with flashlights reading your favorite stories.
Candy Cane Hunt
Take that box of candy canes and hide them throughout the house. Set a timer and see how many the kids can find before the buzzer goes off.
Remember all those board games the kids received last year. Pull them out. Make some hot chocolate and laugh together. Games like Pie Face, Old Maid, and Go Fish never get old!
Bad Manners Dinner
Sometimes we can best learn lessons by knowing what not to do. Enjoy a night of letting loose ... no napkins ... no please and thank you's ... no silverware. And then the next night, you can practice the opposite and talk about the difference.
Whether at home or out in our community, when you connect with your family you are building strong connections together that will last a lifetime.
May you and your family make many bright memories this year!
(To find a complete list of family fun activities throughout the year visit www.moline.macaronikid.com.)