Family Adventures in the Quad Cities

We've picked out spots in the Quad Cities designed for children ages 3 to 12. Spend a weekend with the kids and enjoy a wonderful array of things to see and do. Follow this plan for a quick getaway or mix-and-match to customize your trip.

Please Note: Some attractions are only open spring through fall and some museums are closed Mondays. We recommend confirming all open hours while planning your trip.




Happy Joe's Jungle Bungle
Welcome to the Quad Cities! Enjoy lunch at Happy Joe's Jungle Bungle, located near Northpark Mall. Enjoy pizza, spaghetti, salads and ice cream from this locally-owned pizza parlor. This restaurant features a fun center for kids.


Putnam Museum & National Geographic Big Screen Theatre
After lunch, head to the Putnam to explore wonderful exhibits like "River, Prairie & People," "Black Earth," "Hall of Mammals," "Egyptian Gallery" and "The Discovery Room." After browsing the museum, step inside the National Geographic Theatre - featuring a screen six stories tall and seven stories wide, with digital surround sound. It is the most technologically-advanced projection system in the world, showing both 2D and 3D movies. Check their website for current visiting exhibits and movie showing.


Check in for a relaxed evening at your hotel in the Quad Cities. Check for family hotel packages on the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau website.




Family Museum
This award-winning museum is appealing for children ages 3 to 12 years old. Visit the Lil'Ssippi River Valley that includes a 28-foot indoor waterway table, resembling an actual stretch of the Mississippi River and allows children to add obstacles, raise and lower water levels and watch their boat make its journey down the river. Kids can also play on bridge structures and visit the Main Street with its various shops and businesses. The outdoor play area is fun too!


Channel Cat Water Taxi
Take a leisurely ride aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi. This open-air, pontoon-style boat operates Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can board from various landings in the Quad Cities and one admission allows you to ride as long as you want and get off and on as you like. A great way to see the mighty Mississippi up close and personal!


Follow your water taxi ride with one of these highly-recommended adventures or stretch your trip into three days with these attractions open all year long:


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