Hundreds of cyclists race through the Village of East Davenport on Memorial Day (Monday) with live music and entertainment. Racing begins at 9 a.m.
Have out-of-town visitors this Memorial Day weekend? Looking for a way to entertain them? Staying in the Quad-Cities and bored stiff? Here's a few suggestions from those that care at the Quad-City Times.
Watch the Q-C Bike Criterium
Take them out to the ball game
No view in baseball is like the view shared by generations of Quad-Cities families, watching minor-league players chasing big-league dreams on a summer night on the banks of the Mississippi.
Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport is an iconic structure, its entry arches welcoming more than 200,000 fans each year and its stairway leading to a vista which led the facility to being selected as the “best minor-league ballpark in America’’ in 2013 by 10Best.com.
The Quad-City River Bandits are in town against Peoria this weekend with games starting at 7 p.m. on Friday; 6 p.m., Saturday; 1:15 p.m., Sunday; and 5:15 p.m., Monday. There will be a special fireworks show on Friday night after the game. Click here for ticket information.
Step back in time at the Walnut Grove Pioneer Village
Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear at the Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, Long Grove (Scott County Park). The past will come to life at the Village as interpreters and actors recreate pioneer life. There will be pioneer craft demonstrations, folk music and performances by the Wapsi Wranglers and Kickapoo Indian Dancers. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday and Monday.
Check out the Mississippi River on the Channel Cat
Give your guests an up close look of the Mississippi River. Three Channel Cat water taxis, run recreational users between the Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline, the Village of East Davenport Landing, Isle of Capri in Bettendorf and the John Deere Commons Landing behind the iWireless Center in Moline. Call 309-788-3360 for times.
Enjoy the sunshine at a Scott County park
Enjoy the weekend relaxing by taking in the many activities one can do at one of Scott County's parks.
West Lake Park: According to the Scott County website, West Lake Park on 14910 110th Ave., is a beautiful 620-acre facility offering four lakes for fishing and a swimming area.
There's a boat dock, parking lot, handicap fishing dock, beach area, and paddle boat rentals available for the water enthusiast.
For the landlubbers the park offers picnic facilities, playground areas, modern restrooms and two campground areas with electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups. Both camping areas have handicap accessible comfort stations.
But please note, none of the lakes are named West Lake. The four lakes in the park are: Lake of the Hills, Railroad Lake, Lambach Lake and Blue Grass Lake.
Scott County Park: With 1,280 acres, it is the largest in the county. Use exit 129 from U.S. 61 to get there.
The park has picnic areas, shelter with tables, grills and/or fireplaces accessible. There's also a baseball field, playground equipment, a radio-controlled airplane site, nature trails, an equestrian area and five unique camping areas at the park. Modern restrooms and showers are located throughout the park. An Olympic size heated swimming pool has lifeguards.
See King Tut come 'alive' at the Putnam Museum
If you haven't seen it already you'll want to see the King Tut exhibit at Davenport's Putnam Museum & Science Center.
“The Discovery of King Tut,” features the many treasures found in Tut’s tomb back in the 1920s — well, kind of.
The exhibit includes recreated objects and replicas of the tomb handcrafted by Egyptian artists, made out of stone, paint, wood and gold leaf.
Mark Lach has stood inside the tomb of King Tut, located in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, but he had a few flashbacks while walking around the Putnam.
Lach, creative director of Premier Exhibitions, has overseen presentation of the touring exhibit at the Putnam and other museums. What you'll see is as close to the originals — which are displayed at a museum in Cairo — as possible, he said.
A film and audio tour guides museum-goers through the history of King Tutankhamun's short life — he mysteriously died when he was 18 or 19 — Egyptian culture and how archaeologist Howard Carter unearthed the tomb.
Where: Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport
How much: $19 for adults, $17 for senior citizens (60 years and older), students and the military; $16 for youth 3-12 years old; prices for Putnam members are $10 for adults, seniors, students and the military, and $7 for youth; tickets are purchased for timed entry.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays
Information: 563-324-1933 or Putnam.org
Also on the web: tutnam.org
Reward the family with a trip to the zoo
Need to keep the kids occupied for a few hours? Why not go to the zoo?
The Quad-City's Niabi Zoo, located at 13010 Niabi Zoo Road in Coal Valley, Ill., features many different animals, activities, carousel and pony rides, plus train rides through the facility.
Hours are Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission rates are $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for children age 3–12. Children 2 and under are free.
Hero Street in Silvis honors those who served their country
It is Memorial Day, afterall. Why not salute our veterans with a visit to Hero Street USA in Silvis (202 1st Ave.).
This block-and-a-half-long street in Silvis sent more than 100 of its residents into the U.S. armed forces, including eight who were killed in action during World War II and the Korean War. They are Claro Soliz, Frank Sandoval, Joseph Gomez, Johnny Munos, Joe Sandoval, Peter Masias, Tony Pompa and William Sandoval.
This year's Memorial Service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Jack Carey will be the guest singer. If it rains, the indoor backup location is George O Barr gym, 1305 5th Ave., Silvis.