Family Museum Announces 2015 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 15 - March 21, the Family Museum offers seven days of just that: programs ranging from live music, special events, science, and performance art. Events and performances are included with paid admission or Family Museum membership.

The Junkman

Sunday, March 15

1:00 pm performance followed by “Junk Jams”

Inspired by the sounds his mechanic father made while working in the garage, Donald Knaack, The Junkman™, uses the sounds of found objects and recycled materials to make music. Don’t miss this unique performance! www.junkmusic.org

Comedy Sportz “Rated E for Everyone!”

Monday March 16

10:30 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. www.comedysportzqc.com

West Music’s Instrument Petting Zoo

Monday March 16

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! www.westmusic.com

“Frozen” Day

Tuesday, March 17

Ice Sculpting Demonstration

10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come see an ice sculptor in action! See what creations can be made from a huge block of ice!

Meet Elsa, Anna, and Olaf

10:00 - 11:00 am and 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Meet, greet, and take pictures with your favorite friends from Frozen!

*Please note, meet and greet will end at the times stated. Lines may need to be cut short.

Dry Ice! With Mr. Glenn

1:00 - 1:30 pm

What is dry ice? How cold is it? Don’t miss this “cool” science show with Mr. Glenn.

Play Fake Snow

1:30 - 2:30 pm

It may look like the real thing, but it’s not! Come check out our fake snow!

Frozen Sing Along and Dance Party

3:00 - 3:30 pm

Sing and dance to your favorite songs from the movie!

Snowball Fight!

3:30 - 4:30 pm

How about a snowball fight without the cold, wet snow? Make your own “snowballs” and have a good old fashioned snowball fight right here in our Great Hall! Fun for grown-ups too!

Balloon Magic

Wednesday, March 18

10:30 am

Billed as the “Funniest Magic Show Ever!” Bring the kids for a comedy, magical, balloon adventure!

Balloon Twisting

Wednesday, March 18

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Get in line and get a cool balloon creation! Animals, hats, flowers, and more!

Magic Classes

Wednesday, March 18

3:30 - 4:30 and 4:30 - 5:30 pm

How would you like to learn some magic? TJ Regul will hold classes for kids and parents to learn some “tricks” of the trade! Children age 6 and up (with an adult) only, please. Classes limited to 20 participants. Sign-ups will begin at 11:30 am. First come, first served.

Planetarium Fun!

Thursday, March 19

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Join us in the inflatable planetarium for a 20 minute tour of the night sky! Find the bright stars and constellations of spring. Shows begin every half hour and are limited to 20 people. Sign in at the front desk for an available time.

Members of the Quad Cities Astronomical Society will also be here to display their telescopes. There will be an opportunity to gaze at the night sky through a telescope, if the night is clear, between 7 and 8 pm (or as soon as it gets dark).

Pajamas with Pete the Cat

Thursday, March 19

6:30 - 7:30 pm

If you love Pete the Cat stories, put on your pajamas and come to the Museum for a fun night! We’ll have a PJ story time…. And Pete the Cat himself will be there too!

Dan Wardell from IPTV

Friday, March 20

10:30 am

Story time and adventure with IPTV Kids Clubhouse host, Dan Wardell! There’s sure to be lots of fun when Dan’s in the house!

Over the Ledge with Pete the Cat

Friday, March 20

1:00 pm

Join Pete the Cat for a special Over The Ledge! See what comes tumbling down when Pete goes on one of his silly adventures! “It’s all good!”

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

Saturday, March 21

11:00 am

Grammy nominated Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. With numerous national awards and recognition and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. You won’t want to miss this family friendly concert! www.justinroberts.org

All events sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.