Indoor Activity Directory for Families in the Quad Cities this Winter


The Fun Station

The Fun Station (formerly known as the ‘The Play Station’) is located in Eldridge, IA. It’s an absolute favorite when it comes to indoor fun in the QCA! My kids and I arrived right when they opened and we were there well into the afternoon. There is SO much to do and something for kids of ALL ages.


There are 18+ attractions – all under one roof!

  • Trampolines
  • Warrior Course
  • Wipe Out
  • Joust Battle Beam
  • Jump Tower
  • Trapeze
  • Air Bag
  • Warp Wall
  • Basketball
  • Spin Zone Bumper Cars
  • Play Maze
  • Climbing Walls
  • Rope Course

The following have an additional cost: 

  • Mini Bowling
  • Lazer Frenzy
  • Axe Throwing
  • Arcade
  • Virtual Reality

In addition to the activities – they also have a full service menu at the Boxcar Cafe, from sweet snacks to savory meals. You can see the menu here.

Location + Hours

400 South 14th Avenue – Eldridge, IA
Phone #: 563-559-7200

Hours vary – but they are open *most* days of the week. You can see their full schedule here

Birthday Parties

The Fun Station is the perfect place to host a birthday party – they make it so easy for you and have several options/party packages.

  • Each child receives admission to Jump Station Trampoline Attractions
  • Grip Socks for every child
  • Printable Invitations and Thank You Cards online
  • Once your reserved party time is over you can stay and play as long as you would like. You just have to move out of reserved party area.

Check out our reel from our recent visit to The Fun Station!

Putnam Museum

History, Science,  Natural Earth all under one roof, right here at the Putnam Museum! Travel to faraway lands, discover your roots, and immerse yourself in Iowa’s changing landscape.

Figge Art Museum

Take in some culture at the The Figge Art Museum. Check out their calendar for fun, family-friendly events and classes.

Bettendorf Family Museum

A family favorite is the Bettendorf Family Museum. Open Monday – Saturday – admission is $9 for kids/adults ages 1+ (free for under 1 and $5 for 60+). With an emphasis on role play and interactive learning, the Family Museum invites families to Play and Learn Together!

Buffalo Bill Museum

Find out about the Wild West through the eyes of Buffalo Bill Cody at the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire. Adults are $5 but children are just a dollar. There is a pilot wheel, a musical wall, dress up area, a place to plant a garden, and much more fun.

Walcott Truck Museum

Who doesn’t love trucks? Be sure to check out the Walcott Truck Museum. If you can handle the “buy this for me”, the World’s Largest Truckstop is definitely worth a visit as well!

Happy Joe’s Jungle Bungle

Get a little wild at Happy Joe’s Jungle Bungle. This Happy Joe’s location offers an enormous play place and jungle gym as well as arcade games.

Elevate – Davenport | Milan

Elevate Trampoline Park is outfitted with wall-to-wall trampolines and boasts a variety of family-fun activities! A great way to burn tons of energy. There are locations in Davenport, IA and Milan, IL.

John Deere Pavilion

Get behind the wheel of innovation at the John Deere Pavilion!  A Quad Cities favorite, and one of our biggest tourist attractions.  You (and your kids) can climb into the cab, sit in the driver’s seat, and test your skills in state-of-the-art simulators. Explore some of the biggest John Deere machines — from combines and dozers, to excavators and swing machines — and learn how they change lives around the world.

VanderVeer Conservatory

Explore all the green plants and feel the warmth of Vander Veer Conservatory in the middle of the winter. The Conservatory is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed on Mondays). There is no admission fee. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

QC Botanical Gardens (Tropical Sun Garden)

Get your nature fix at the Quad City Botanical Gardens. Ditch the mittens and hats and enjoy the tropical sun garden and temperate oasis in the heart of downtown Rock Island.

QC Area Libraries

All of the libraries in the Quad Cities offer tons of wonderful programming. From story hours, to teen classes, to STEAM activities to book clubs, be sure to check your local libraries’s websites as well as our community calendar. Many have winter reading programs you’ll be sure to enter for their great prizes. Get out of the metro area, and explore some of the smaller libraries like LeClaire or East Moline. You’ll be amazed at what wonderful changes you notice when you’re not in the big libraries.

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