Day 5: The Day in Pictures

A day full of activities in the Quad Cities!

John Deere Pavilion- A free place to see lots of John Deere equipment, learn about the company and farming.  The kids were able to climb on things, play in a kid's area and enjoy simulation games.  They also offer factory tours, but you must be at least 13 years old. 

John Deere's headquarters are located in Moline, IL
Lots of farm/lawn equipment to see and climb inside

Several simulation games to play.  This one showed how farmers can use GPS to steer their equipment, which was much better than our attempts.  We just looked like drunk farmers who shouldn't operate heavy equipment.

Putnam Museum- We have visited there a few times, but hadn't been back in 3 or 4 years.  They have made some changes, but there were also several things that were worn or broken.  Now that we have visited a lot of museums this one has dropped on my list.  Our kids would have had fun in some of the areas, but I would not have paid $34 for our family to go there.  Thankfully it is part of the ASTC passport program, so Malachi and I were able to go through for free.  If you have a reciprocal membership or go on Mondays when it is free then it's worth it, but otherwise I think they need to do some work.  Some of their exhibits could use more descriptions and they need more instructions in their hands-on areas.  I will say they are the only museum I have been to that has an unwrapped mummy in their Ancient Egypt exhibit. 

This was a nice children's area in their history section.

They found that this lady was not the woman who was supposed to be in the tomb.

This is a Pangolin.  It looks like a scaly anteater and lives in Africa and Asia.

Family Museum- This is the children's museum in Bettendorf, IA and we chose to take all the kids there after supper Thursday.  They have done some updating since we were there a few years ago.  It is a great place for kids, but the adults had fun as well.  They have a variety of activities and have a temporary exhibit with lots of different building materials.  This is a very nice museum and can be fun for all ages.  It is also on the ASTC passport program, so it was FREE. 

The entrance into FUN!


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