9 Family Friendly Things to Do in the QC this Summer

Summer is almost halfway over, and you may find yourself asking "Now What"? If you’re scrambling for things to keep your kids busy and their imaginations engaged, we’ve got you covered! We have compiled a list of some fail-proof QC area experiences and places to visit-- some of which are completely free!


Visit Vanderveer Botanical Park

Located in Davenport, this beautiful park is home to gorgeous gardens, and is perfect for an afternoon. Visit the children’s playground for some play time, and let your kids feed the ducks (no bread please!) at the lagoon. You can also check out the Enabling Garden for an interactive garden experience!

Drive in Movie Theater

With just a bit of a drive outside of the Quad Cities (Blue Grass or Maquoketa), you and your family can enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car! Pack some blankets, folding chairs, and snacks and enjoy a movie night under the stars!


Stargazing (at Niabi Zoo)

Speaking of under the stars, the Niabi Zoo holds public astronomy viewing nights where anyone can use telescopes to get a better view of the night’s sky. The viewings are completely free--just be sure to check the weather and the Niabi Zoo Facebook for updates on the day you’re planning on going.


Go to a Farmers’ Market

There are several Farmers’ Markets in the QC area, including the Freight House in Davenport and Mercado on Fifth in Moline. Let your kids help you pick out some fresh vegetables for dinner, and visit the many different vendors.


Visit the Putnam Museum or Family Museum

Keep your kids’ growing brains working this summer by visiting one of these two great museums in the QC! Both the Putnam and the Family Museum have interesting exhibits and interactive spaces to keep the whole family entertained and use up some of that summer energy!


Hike at Black Hawk State Park

There’s nothing like getting outside and moving-- take your family on a hike at Black Hawk State Park and trek through the beautiful forest. Your kid’s will feel like they are explorers-- and hopefully will burn through some of that energy! Be sure to bring water and bug spray - and maybe a list of items to find on your treasure hunt!


Bike along the Mississippi River

With older kids, going for a bike ride along the Mississippi River is another great way to get moving as a family. There are great paths on both sides of the river, so take your pick--and don’t forget helmets!



Catch a game at Modern Woodmen Park

What better way to bond with your family than watching a baseball game from the stands? Purchase some berm or bleacher tickets and watch the River Bandits play against the beautiful background of the Centennial Bridge. And of course, popcorn and hot dogs will make everything even better!


Visit the TBK Bank Sports Complex

Best known as the "Bett Plex", this incredible sports complex has it all-- bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and escape rooms. You can rent a basketball court, play kickball on the turf, and even eat dinner at one of the restaurants. Your family will be in entertainment heaven for an afternoon or evening.