Toddler-Friendly Activities in the Quad Cities

Looking for fun, child-friendly activities in the Quad Cities? With summer just around the corner I decided to check out several of the QCA’s finest parks, venues and attractions! Here’s my review… There’s no need to hear “I’m bored!” this summer.

Family Museum (2900 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA)

Our family loves this museum so much we bought yearly passes. If you have younger children I highly recommend this venue! It’s basically a large, indoor playground for children that’s both fun and educational.

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The museum features a child-size grocery store, shoe store, post office, veterinary clinic, farm, a water area and a special gated section for young children. There are endless things to do here and they are always adding new exhibits to keep things fresh.

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*Helpful Tip: The staff here are unbelievably friendly and helpful. If you’re worried about the museum being crowded, call ahead and ask what days and times have less traffic. In our experience, Mondays are a great day to go!

*Helpful Tip: Check the Museum’s homepage frequently for free days and additional discounted admission days.


Modern Woodmen Park (209 S Gaines St, Davenport, IA)

Modern Woodmen is a great summer option for children because they offer way more than baseball (although baseball is always enough for us!). There is a children’s play area with bouncy houses and carnival-like games, a great view of the Mississippi River (our son loves watching barges and boats float by), and a berm seating area which allows little ones an open area to run around in.

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The River Bandits have great promotions and always offer fun entertainment before, during and after the game. Check their website for more information.

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*Helpful Tip: If you decide to sit in the berm area, be sure to bring a blanket to sit on. And no matter where you sit, bring along the sunscreen and bug spray!


Niabi Zoo (Coal Valley, IL)

You can see elephants, giraffes, and bears, oh my! The zoo is full of animals and attractions that are sure to capture any child’s interest.

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We especially love the petting zoo and bird area (you can actually feed the birds), and our son’s favorite is the zoo train which takes visitors around the entire property.

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*Helpful Tip:  Discounted zoo admission is offered every Tuesday. Call ahead or check out the zoo website for other promotions.


McManus Park (1200 Mississippi Blvd, Bettendorf, IA)

McManus Park is, by far, my son’s favorite park (and we go to A LOT of parks)! Recently updated, this park includes a large playground for younger children (handicap accessible), a seperate play area for older children, tennis courts, swings, and a basketball court. It also has three shelters (one is reservable) which is great if you’re looking for a fun place to host a birthday party or family event.

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*Tips:  This park can get very busy on the weekend. If you have a small child, I recommend going on a weekday in the morning or early afternoon. Be sure to pack a lunch and make a fun day trip to this beautiful park!

What are your favorite child-friendly activities in the Quad Cities?


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