QUAD CITIES – Combining travel with holiday festivities just requires a journey south to the Quad Cities.
With the kids in mind, visit the Family Museum of Arts and Science in Bettendorf, Iowa, which offers drop-in programs the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.
An art studio from 9:30 a.m. to noon will involve families making projects together. And those with early cabin fever can enjoy a winter break boredom buster from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This activity-filled break will have hula hoops and catapults, as well as other ice-breakers. The schedule is followed Dec. 26-28.
Those who don't like to stay up late can celebrate the new year early Dec. 31.Noon Year's Eve will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is suitable for the entire family. Nothing will be left out as the midday celebration features a noon countdown with plenty of noisemakers, hats and confetti.
Adults looking to get away for a bit will find a number of choices. The Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center will be the place to find Dr. Zhivegas, a party band from St. Louis, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dec. 31. Among the luring offerings there are dancing, a coupon book, a photo booth, giveaways and a balloon drop. Admission is $35.
The River Music Experience in Davenport, Iowa, is another way to spend New Year's Eve. The Candymakers and the Greatest Story Ever Told will be at the Redstone Room. These entertainers deal in blues and honoring the Grateful Dead. Doors open at 8 p.m., with the show starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. Don't worry, the new year won't go unnoticed. There'll be a countdown.
The Putnam Museum will have a little quieter celebration with drop-in programs between Dec. 26 and 31, during which the museum promises fun for all in its exhibit halls.
Winter Wonderland Wednesday is an opportunity to get to know cold while inside the museum. Participants will check out ice and dry ice, as well as how animals keep warm. Think Tank Thursday centers on games and Flight Friday takes things up, up and away. Save a Life Saturday focuses on learning about emergency responders, followed by Build a Structure Sunday when those attending can make a card house. Topping the season off, Mad Science Monday settles into chemistry with goo and slime.
With holiday treats in store, a trip to the Quad Cities can be both fun and educational.