Attention chocolate lovers, and those who love them: The Quad City Botanical Center is hosting Chocolate Experience, a family-friendly event for all ages from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  March 15!

Local chocolatiers and sweet treat shops will be offering free samples of their tasty creations and have products for guests to purchase and take home to enjoy after Chocolate Experience or give as gifts for Easter or Mother’s Day. Non-edible chocolate items will also be for sale at the event.

During the Chocolate Experience guests can enjoy the indoor and outdoor gardens at no additional charge and activities will be available. Make s’mores outdoors and indulge at the free hot chocolate bar inside. A scavenger hunt will take you on an exploratory journey throughout the gardens.

A plant expert will be on hand in the tropical Sun Garden to introduce guests to the cacao tree and share the impact rainforest conservation has on protecting this fruit-bearing evergreen.

Three time slots are offered to allow vendors time to restock their booths with samples to make sure guests have a memorable experience.

All proceeds support the Quad City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, in its mission to connect people to plants in fun and meaningful ways.

Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. Tickets will be available at the door.

Purchase tickets at or by calling 309.794.0991

Tickets are $10 adults | $8 adult members; $4 youth | $2 youth members.



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