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Spend time with the family enjoying free events and activities throughout Davenport! 

Activity and event details are listed below!
Check back often as we are always updating the page as new events or activities are added.

YouthFest 2024

DAVENPORT PARKS AND RECREATION

NEW! Picnic in the Park

Consider this your monthly invitation to the city’s largest picnic!  This picnic is a meeting ground for people to get together and break bread in the community.  You provide the food and blanket.  We’ll provide the time and place.  There will even be a few surprises.

First Friday | May—September 5/3, 6/7, 7/5, 8/2, 9/6 
Vander Veer Botanical Park Lawn
11 AM—1 PM
All Ages
Free

NEW! Try it Tuesdays

Try it out, before you sign up! Apply to work where you play. There is something for everyone in the family.  Come to this monthly event to learn what Davenport Parks and Recreation has to offer. There will be activities, games, and information tables. On-site registration. And much, more!

First Tuesday | May—September
June 4 | Annie Wittenmyer and Fejervary Family Aquatic Centers
July 2 | Red Hawk Golf Course
August 6 | Fairmont Library
September 3 | Davenport Junior Theatre and The River’s Edge
5:30—7:30 PM
All Ages
Free

Fejervary Family Fun Days

Every third Saturday Fejervary Learning Center will host free family activities. Each day will have a special theme to make each one different and unique. We will be hosting family activities, local vendors, nature crafts, and more!

Saturday, 5/18 – Kids to Parks Day
Saturday, 6/15 – Kick Off to Summer
Saturday, 8/17 – Back 2 School Bash
Saturday, 9/21 – Harvest Fest
12PM-3PM
Fejervary Learning Center
All Ages
Free

NEW! Lego Building Days

There is no exact way to build with Lego bricks; it’s all about the imagination. Construct the best structure you can or participate in the activities provided if you are stuck and do not know what to do. Open to all ages!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/25-7/11
9-1130am
Roosevelt Community Center

YouthFest 2024

Explore the natural play features while enjoying music and visiting with multiple vendors promoting fun-filled summer activities! YouthFest is a yearly celebration sponsored by Davenport Parks and Recreation and Davenport Community Schools to encourage youth involvement in constructive summer activities. Participants will enjoy hands-on games, activities, and interactive displays. End the day cooling off at Fejervary Pool - general admission prices apply for the pool.

Wednesday, 7/10
8:30AM-1PM
Fejervary Learning Center and Park

NEW! DPR Power Wheels Nationals

The first annual Power Wheels Nationals is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2024. This is a completely free event for youth ages 3 – 8 years old. Bring your own Power Wheels! However, if you don’t have one, we will have Power Wheels on hand for your child to use. We have three classes this year: Limited Pro Stock (3-4 yrs.), Pro Stock (5-6 yrs.) and Outlaw Class (7-8 yrs.).

This event is presented to the Davenport and surrounding communities by Davenport Parks and Recreation Department and presented by Davenport Speedway and the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. We will again give away 25 Power Wheels on the day of the race. Every child registered also receives a free T-shirt.

Saturday, 9/14 (Rain Date: Sunday, 9/15)

  • 9—10 AM Check-in
  • 10 AM Pro Stock Hot Lap (3-4 yrs.)
  • 10:15 AM Limited Pro Stock Hot Lap (5-6yrs.)
  • 10:30 AM Outlaw Hot Lap (7-8 yrs.)
  • 10:45 AM Driver’s Meeting
  • 11 AM Races Begin

Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
Ages 3-8 to races, All ages to watch!!
Free

Get Out And Trail (GOAT)

Bike, hike, walk, or roll; it doesn't matter how, just Get Out And Trail!

Explore QC trails with family and friends! Travel the trails on both sides of the Mississippi and drop by hosted GOAT Stops for refreshments and activities. This is a pet-friendly event, so we encourage you to bring your pets (leashed) out on the trails too! No registration required.

Saturday,9/21
9AM-1 PM
Quad City Area Recreational Trails
All Ages
Free

 

Fejervary Holiday Lights Show

Join us for seasonal holiday lights display at Fejervary Learning Center! This year's show will be BIGGER and BRIGHTER than ever before! Shows last approximately 15 minutes with a new show starting every 30 minutes beginning at 5:00 p.m.; the last show starts at 9:30 p.m. This is a park and watch event, not a drive or walk-through event.

Fejervary Learning Center | 1800 West 12th Street
 
Mondays-Sundays, 11/30 - 01/05
5PM-9:30PM
 (last show begins at 9:30 p.m.)

Directions: Enter on West 12th Street and follow the directional signs. Attendees may park at the listed locations. Accessible parking is labeled and located directly across from the learning center. Exit by following the loop around the west side of the learning center.

Radio broadcast: Tune-in to  FM 107.5 to sync with the holiday lights music broadcast.

Warning: This show may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.


 

 

Vander Veer Poinsettia & Lights

The annual holiday spectacular featuring countless poinsettias (and Paintsettias!), a multitude of lights, and extended Saturday evening hours. The Great Poinsettia Give-Away will be back in 2025! 

Beginning Saturday, 11/30 through Sunday, 01/12 (closed Mondays) | Self-guided tour through park and Conservatory.

Holiday Conservatory Hours:
Normal Operating Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
Special Extended Evening Hours: Saturdays, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14 and 12/21 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Early Closures: Tuesdays, 12/24 and 12/31 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closures: Monday-Friday, 11/25-11/29  |  Wednesdays-Thursdays, 12/25-12/26 and 1/1-1/2

Admission:
Admission is free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Vander Veer Botanical Park itself, is open daily from sunrise until one half-hour after sunset. Vehicle entrances are off Central Park Avenue.

 

 

 

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