The Family Museum will continue its tradition of seasonal, family-friendly activities with WinterFest on Sunday, December 2, from 12:00-5:00 pm. For the first time ever, guests will meet a real reindeer and visit with both Santa and Mrs. Claus! Visitors are invited to make a variety of holiday crafts and enjoy performances by the Family Museum Dance Company and other local musical groups. Admission to this event and the Family Museum’s hands-on gallery is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or monetary donation to a local food pantry.
 
Activities
Live Reindeer (1:00-4:00) One of Santa’s reindeer is making a visit to the Family Museum for the first time – don’t miss seeing this furry friend.
Photos with Santa (12:00-5:00) Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus then pose for a free photo taken by Walgreen’s.
Ice Follies Science Experiments Shows at 12:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:30, and 4:00
Reindeer Races (12:00-5:00) Grab a friend to see whose reindeer slides to the finish line first.
 
Crafts
Puzzle Piece Reindeer: Piece together your own Rudolph with puzzle pieces. Add a shiny red nose and googly eyes for a crafty, cute fridge magnet.
Jingling Sleigh Bells: Craft your own jingle bell and decorate it with festive colors and bows.
Reindeer Picture Frames: Is there any better way to show off your picture with Santa than with a reindeer frame? Make one to take home.
Sparkling Ornaments: Use some sparkly paints to deck out a special ornament to deck your halls.
 
Performances
Quad City Ukulele Club (12:30-1:30)
Family Museum Dance Company performing Rudolph (1:30 and 3:00)
Rock Island High School Orchestra (2:00-3:00)
Bettendorf High School Choir (3:30-4:30)
 
Displays
A huge, 300 square foot train set will be set up again this year, and the Great Hall will be decorated with lights, stars, trees, and animal displays. The centerpiece window dressing is the last set of animated figurines from the Petersen Harden Von Maur store in Davenport. Created by the (George) Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company, this Santa’s House scene includes a Living Room with a decorated tree and fireplace, a Kitchen with a very busy stove, a Workshop where elves are busy making toy trains, and a snowball battle in the woods among the elves who are gathering firewood. The display was built in Chicago during October of 1966, and was donated to the Family Museum in 1990 when the store was sold.  
The Family Museum is located at 2900 Learning Campus Drive. For more information, please call (563) 344-4106 or visit www.familymuseum.org.
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