Comedy Sportz will be among the performers offering fun times at the Family Museum over spring break.

As the weather becomes brighter and the days become longer, the blooms break through the ground, a familiar sound of school bells grows silent as children across the area get revved up for spring break — and parents are suddenly hit with the thought of what they’re going to do with those kiddies during that time off.

However, parents need not get too worried, as the Bettendorf Family Museum is ready with a full slate of activities to keep the kiddies happy, thinking and burning off some of that excess energy.

All events and performances are included with admission or membership! Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Here’s what’s going on! Mark your calendars!


Thursday, March 16

Blast Off! Outer Space Day!



Step into a planetarium and learn about our galaxy! When you arrive at the Museum, sign up for one of these times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, or 3:00 pm.


Stomp Rockets

9:00 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Make a paper rocket and launch it as high as you can in our Great Hall!


Friday, March 17

Quad City Symphony Orchestra Day!

Performances: 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

Workshops: 11:30 am and 1:00 pm

The Quad City Symphony woodwind quintet, comprised of the principal wind players of the Quad City Symphony, will present a kid friendly program that includes Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the members of the Quad City Symphony up close and personal as they present this timeless classic. After the performance, everyone will have an opportunity to meet the musicians and hear their instruments individually in break-out sessions throughout the Family Museum.


Saturday, March 18

Jim Gill – National Campaign for Play!

11:00 am

Don’t miss singing, dancing, and interacting with children’s entertainer Jim Gill.  He has a new CD out “Vote for Jim Gill” with 14 new and original recordings.  Families will enjoy his games and songs and can get in the groove together!


Monday, March 20

Opera Iowa “Jack and the Beanstalk”

Interactive Workshop: 9:45 am

Performance: 11:00 am

This 45-minute, audience-interactive production utilizes great music from the operettas of Sir Arthur Sullivan.  This familiar tale teaches us that consideration for others requires people, large and small, to treat others as they would want to be treated!


Tuesday, March 21

Disney Dance Party

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Myers Brothers Band will be here singing and playing all of your Disney Favorites! From Frozen to The Little Mermaid, kids can boogie in the Great Hall under the Disco Ball.  Be on the lookout for some special appearances from some of your favorite Disney characters, too!


Wednesday, March 22

Bubble Wonders

11:00 am

Bubble Wonders is fun, inspiring, educational, and captivating to both young and old. See amazing bubble tricks including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, bubbles inside of bubbles, kid inside a bubble, and more!


Thursday, March 23

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Use packing tape, cardboard, and other recycled materials to make whatever you can imagine!  Forts, robots, tunnels… what will you make? Tape donated by 3M


Friday, March 24

Doc McStuffins Day

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

EVENT CHANGE, PLEASE NOTE: Doc McStuffins will not be appearing at this event. Bring your favorite stuffed friend in for a check-up. Fix their boo-boos, listen to their heart, brush them, and learn how to take good care of your furry friends. A visit from the Scott County Humane Society noon – 2:00 pm!


Saturday, March 25

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Presents BAM!

10:30 am

Audiences will be delighted by technical and improvised tap performances while even getting a chance to participate in expressing their own inner rhythm. Through the touring program “We All Got Rhythm!”, CHRP creates a universe of rhythmic possibilities that will ignite imaginations and leave audience members wanting more!

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