Family Museum Announces 2014 Spring Break Spectacular Lineup

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Bettendorf — With a week off from school, area parents and kids are looking for fun and exciting activities during spring break. From March 14 - March 22, the Family Museum is offering nine days of just that: programs ranging from live music, live animals, science, and performance art. Events and performances are included with paid admission or Family Museum membership.

The Kinetic King Is Back!

Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15

Daily Detonations at 4:00 pm

Whoo-Hoo! Your favorite science geek from America’s Got Talent will be back building more of his super cool kinetic structures! Come check out what he has up his sleeve this year! Fresh off an appearance on Russia’s One Minute of Fame, The Kinetic King will have brand new chain reaction collapses each day at 4:00 PM! You Bethcha! Check out his videos at

Jim Gill’s Contagious Tunes Tour

Saturday, March 16

2:00 pm

Jim Gill, an award-winning musician and author, offers more than a show to watch. Each concert is an opportunity for family play! Twenty years ago Jim released The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes...on LP record! In order to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of this recording he decided to put together a concert set list featuring some favorites from that recording! Come and join in the fun!

Comedy Sportz “Rated E for Everyone!”

Monday, March 17

10:00 AM

Get ready for some laughs! The Comedy Sportz team from right here in the Quad Cities will take the stage at the Family Museum! The “act-letes” hilarious improvisation skits will have kids giggling! The audience involved show is appropriate for the entire family.

West Music’s Instrument Petting Zoo

Monday, March 17

2:00- 4:00 PM

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and pet some...instruments! Our friends from West Music are bringing along a sampling of instruments kids can try for themselves. It’s a great way to pique a musical interest in young children. Prizes too!

Down By The Creek

Tuesday March 18

10:00 AM Furred Animals; 2:00 PM Feathered Animals

Debbie Wallace is a certified ABC Dog Trainer and Animal Behaviorist. As a passionate pet owner, she will share her love for rescuing animals through her presentation with creatures great and small.

Pete the Cat

Producer/Performer Michael Levine!

Wednesday March 19

11:00 AM

Families will sing, dance, shake, laugh, wiggle and learn together as Mr. Michael gets silly with his guitar! Mr. Michael is the music producer of the Pete the Cat stories and songs and the co-founder of The Learning Groove with author Eric Litwin. On stage he shares his music and storytelling inspiration with children as they sing interactive songs and Pete the Cat stories! If you love Pete the Cat books, you will love Michael Levine!

Earth Balloon!

Thursday March 20

10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00

Step inside the planet Earth! Get ready to take off your shoes and experience Earth in a whole new way… from the inside! Earth Balloon is a 20' diameter model of the Earth. The Inflatable globe is made up of a high resolution satellite image with true to life colors. Programs will run approximately 20 minutes on the hour from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. *Please be aware no more than 30 people will be allowed in Earth Balloon at a time.

Bubble Wonders!

Friday March 21


Don’t miss this fun, inspiring, sticky, educational show! Bubble Wonders is full of amazing tricks, including the bubble caterpillar, bubble volcano, the dancing bubble, a bubble merry-go-round, and much more! The amazing bubble-ologist Geoff Akins will even put a child inside a bubble! Fun for the entire family! Show lasts approximately one hour.

The Zinghoppers!

Saturday March 22

11:00 AM

You are invited to The Zinghoppers Preschool Party! The show is based off the Emmy Award winning PBS television series seen by over 2 million people daily in over 175 counties. The show is hosted by the friendly rapper J-Star with Coconuts The Kangaroo on drums and Funky Possum rocking beats on the turntables! Get ready to party rock with three members of what KidzBop On Demand hails as the "hottest new kids band in town.”

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs