The activities we will have include the following: raffle (for purchase) and door prizes (included in admission), guess the number of candy corn in the jar, photo opp board with face cutouts. Kids activities will include: story time - Bedtime stories for our gourdchildren by Liz Drake, a local author; candy hidden in straw pile; gourd ring toss; gourd decorating and making gourd instruments; and making gourd paper.

We are trying to get a petting zoo. We will have speakers at 1 and 2pm, but I am having a hard time scheduling the speakers, so I don’t have topics yet. I can email you updates as I have them.

October is Pumpkin Extravaganza month at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, with something special planned every Sunday and many other days as well, from pumpkin painting to a walk through the Sun Garden at night.

All activities are free with paid admission to the center, except where noted. Admission is $6 for adults (16 years or older); $5 for seniors (60 years and older) and military; $4 for youth (6-15 years); $2 for children (ages 2-5) and free for toddlers younger than 2.

Here's what's planned:

Spooky pollinators, from 1-3 p.m. today, Oct. 8. Crafts, activities and games will help bring pollinators to life, and there will be pollinator hikes through the gardens.

 • KinderNature, beautiful bats, 10:30-11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. Hands-on learning aimed at children ages 3 to 5. The cost is $6 ($4 for members). One free adult with each paid child; additional adults are $3 each.

• Not-So-Scary Halloween Walk No. 1, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Take a walk through the Sun Garden at night, following the glowing eyes in the trees to find your way along the path. Families are encouraged to dress in costume and bring a flashlight.

• Pumpkin painting, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct 15. All families will receive of pumpkin; paint supplies provided. You can take the pumpkins home or leave them to be displayed in the gardens.

• Not-So-Scary Halloween Walk No. 1, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. Take a walk through the Sun Garden at night, following the glowing eyes in the trees to find your way along the path. Families are encouraged to dress in costume and bring a flashlight.

Gourd-geous Day in the Garden, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. This event sponsored by the Quad-Cities Gourd Patch Club was held for many years out in the country near Orion, Illinois, and last year in Atkinson, Illinois.

This year it is moving to the botanical center, with all the same attractions as formerly — games, crafts, speakers, food, gourd vendors, raffles and door prizes.

For more information, call 309-794-0991 or email to vs@qcgardens.com.

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