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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.

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SCARY Movies in the Park (18+)

Adults' Night Out for FREE Movies in the Park! Grab your lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic to enjoy a family-friendly evening under the stars. Food sales and free activities will begin at 6:00 p.m.; movie begins at sunset. No registration required. 

MOVIE: Friday, the 13th

In the event of rain, the event will be canceled. Cancellations will be made by 3:00 p.m., the day of the movie. Please continue to check our website and Facebook for updates.

Friday, 10/13 | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Credit Island Nature Preserve & Park
Fees: Free

Junior Theatre: The Skokie Detective Charter School

At the Skokie Detective Charter School, all the students are detectives-in-training, learning firsthand how to follow the facts and find a logical solution. But these future super sleuths are about to encounter their biggest case yet when students start acting strangely, monsters are spotted in the hallway, and their teacher goes missing! These Tiny Private Eyes reconstruct the day’s events through four classic storytelling perspectives (film noir, young adult mystery, Edwardian romance, and Spaghetti Western) to solve the mystery in this clever and fast-paced comedy.
Saturdays, 10/14 & 10/21 Ι 1PM & 4PM
Sundays, 10/15 & 10/22 Ι 3PM

Admission is Free!

Halloween Hike

Want to spend some spooky time out in nature? Learn where some of our autumnal stories and traditions began as you wander the restored prairies of Sunderbruch park, celebrating the harvest time and the change of seasons. Meet at the giant sunflowers. Enjoy the wooded trails and FitCore Extreme Outdoor Fitness course afterwards.
Closed toed shoes are highly recommended.

Friday, 10/27 | 4-6PM
Ages: All ages (Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult)
Location: Sunderbruch Park (Meet at Sunflowers)
Fees: 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. Download the 2023 Event Information & Map

Location: Fejervary Learning Center | 1800 West 12th Street

Dates: 11/25/23 - 01/07/24

Time: 5:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m. (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 is January 13-14, 2024! 

Beginning Saturday, 11/25 through Sunday, 01/14 (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, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9 and 12/16 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Early Closures: Sundays, 12/24 and 12/31 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closures: Monday-Friday, 11/13-11/2  |  Monday-Tuesday, 12/25-12/26 | Monday-Tuesday, 1/1-1/2 | Monday-Monday, 1/15-2/12

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.



Letters to the North Pole

'Tis the Season! Your favorite Parks and Recreation department is working with the Big Guy (AKA Santa) and his helpers this season! Santa's helpers are hard at work helping him get ready for Christmas Eve night, but they want to hear from YOU! Kids of all ages can drop off Letters to the North Pole at 3 Davenport Parks and Recreation locations. In the week leading up to Christmas, keep an eye on your mailbox for a response from one of Santa's helpers!

Saturday, November 25-Friday, December 15

  • Inside The River's Edge │ 700 W River Drive
  •  Fejervary Learning Center (outside the Holiday Lights Display) │ 1800 W 12th Street
  •  Inside Vander Veer Conservatory │ 215 W Central Park Ave
Junior Theatre: Finding Nemo Jr.

Mainstage Production of FINDING NEMO JR
Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.
Saturdays, 2/17 & 2/24 Ι 1PM & 4PM
Sundays, 2/18 & 2/25 Ι 3PM

Admission is Free!

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Mini Makers: Fizzy Fun

Saturday, October 14th | Main | Eastern | Fairmount
Stop into the Main, Eastern, or Fairmount Library and pick-up a fun craft you can do at home! Each week we’ll offer a different craft available for pick-up (while supplies last.) A free book, provided by the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, will be offered with each kit.

Best for ages 3-7.

Pumpkin Party

Saturday, October 21st | Fairmount 1pm

Bring the family for an afternoon of fall fun! Pumpkins, scarecrows, and crafts to celebrate the season. Try for a chance to win a pumpkin from our patch as you participate in an exciting Pumpkin Walk! Enjoy spiced apple cider, make a leaf crown, and take plenty of pictures at our fall photo station. Registration is required. All ages welcome.
This program will be held outdoors. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. Please check our Facebook page or our website for updates.

Monster Party

Monday, October 23rd | Fairmount 10am
Get ready to shake a leg…and a tail…and a horn at our Monster Party! We’ll make fun monster crafts, read some monster books, and dance to a monster song or two. This fun rumpus is sure to be more merry than scary.

This program is best for 3-5.

Mini Makers: Disappearing Monsters

Saturday, October 28th | Main | Eastern | Fairmount 
Stop into the Main, Eastern, or Fairmount Library and pick-up a fun craft you can do at home! Each week we’ll offer a different craft available for pick-up (while supplies last). A free book, provided by the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, will be offered with each kit.

Best for ages 3-7.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts! Storytime & Craft

Monday, October 30th | Eastern 2pm
Join us for a not so scary monster story time focusing on Matthew McElligott’s Even Monsters Need Haircuts. After story time, help a few monsters get a new haircut of their own!

This program is best for ages 4-7.