Quad City Area ‘Experience’ Gift Ideas

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Some of the best gifts can’t be wrapped or held – but they are gifts that we can ‘experience’ and that turn into memories!

Below we have highlighted some of the best local ‘experience’ gift ideas in the Quad Cities! From annual memberships (the gift that keeps on giving all year round…) to tickets, passes, or spa experiences (for the adults on your list!).

Let us know what you would add. 

QCA Museums

  • The Family Museum – Give the gift of admission tickets or the giftee can pre-register for a multitude of classes consisting of STEAM Clubs, Inventor’s Clubs, various art classes, and more!
  • The Putnam Museum & Science Center  – Give the gift of admission tickets or the giftee can register for educational programs such as the explorers’ jr program and more!
  • Figge Art Museum – Give the gift of admission tickets or the giftee can pre-register for a multitude of classes consisting of holiday workshops, art academy, wellness classes and so much more!
  • The Sawmill MuseumLocated along the Mississippi River at the crossroads of the Great River Road and the Lincoln Highway, ​come discover when Clinton was at the crossroads of log rafts, sawmills, and railroads
  • Zooseum Pass – Use this pass to explore the Family Museum and the Niabi Zoo throughout the summer. This 6-month pass allows your group of up to 6 people general admission.

Entertainment

  • Elevate Trampoline Park: Davenport – From gravity-defying flips to epic bounce contests, Elevate has a whole park of activities for unlimited fun. Our indoor trampoline parks are perfect for you to get your high-energy, adrenaline fix! Come in, have fun, repeat.
  • Elevate Trampoline Park: Milan – From gravity-defying flips to epic bounce contests, Elevate has a whole park of activities for unlimited fun. Our indoor trampoline parks are perfect for you to get your high-energy, adrenaline fix! Come in, have fun, repeat.
  • The Fun Station – Kids going wild at home? Check out everything The Fun Station Quad Cities has to offer including Jump Station Trampoline Attractions such as Main Court, Basket Ball Court, Warrior Course, Wipe Out, Trapeze, Foam Pit, Air Bags, Jump Tower, Play Maze, Climbing Walls, Ropes Course
  • TBK Bank Sports Complex and Entertainment Center – Roam more than 60,000 square feet of attractions spanning over 2 levels.  We’ve got 32 lanes of bowling, the QC’s largest arcade, a two-story laser tag arena, two fully themed escape rooms, a virtual reality arena, and a multi-sport simulator. Not only do we cater to all ages and interests with a multitude of options for fun but are eager and ready to serve you from our full-service restaurant and bar.
  • QC Family Entertainment Center – Specializes in FOOD, FUN, and GAMES for all age groups! Our facility brings family and friends together in the name of bowling, laser tag, video games, and Frankie’s-our sports bar and grill! We have 32 bowling lanes — 24 of which are laid out in the conventional bowling style PLUS 8 additional lanes in a boutique style equipped with leather couches in a private area perfect for open and league play, corporate outings, family gatherings, and children’s birthdays.
  • Live Action Games – Are you ready for a fun-filled challenge? Test your skill against your closest friends at Live Action Games. Located in NorthPark Mall, our huge facility houses axe throwing lanes, escape rooms, and a close-quarter battle airsoft arena. Open every weekend, we’re the perfect place to bring your friends and family for one-of-a-kind entertainment and experiences.
  • QC Toddler Zone – We want to create a space for children to explore freely and parents to recharge, interact with other adults, or simply get some work done. We offer a safe and engaging environment for children to learn through purposeful play. We believe that children learn best by doing what they love – playing!
  • Cinemark Gift Cards – One for them, one for you. Get a $5 bonus card with a Cinemark gift card purchase of $35 or more in theatres or online. Cinemark gift cards can be used for tickets and snacks and never expire. Offer ends 12/31/22.

QC Sports Teams | Tickets

Annual Memberships


For the Thinker

  • Code Ninjas – At Code Ninjas Davenport (QUAD CITIES), kids learn to code by building their very own video games. Our flexible coding programs for kids make it easy on parents with convenient drop-in hours on weeknights and weekends.
  • STEAM on Wheels – We at STEAM on Wheels are dedicated to introducing children to engaging subject matter that will one day encourage them to become inventors, scientists, innovators, and future leaders. At STEAM on Wheels, we hope to change the thinking of young people to open up greater possibilities and let them know how much power and influence they can cultivate through education and the application of knowledge.

For the Gymnast

  • Jump Start Gymnastics – Our classes are offered year-round for all skill and age levels. You are welcome to join at any time and we will prorate your fees from your start! We offer a no-obligation trial class, where your child can see how they like it, and the coach can evaluate their fit. All classes are separated by age and level.
  • KiDnetics Gymnastics – Parent / Tot classes will promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years. These classes are designed for littles to learn body awareness and class structure. Kindergym will help your preschoolers channel their boundless energy and reach developmental milestones in a structured, FUN environment while learning fundamental gymnastics skills.

For the Performer

  • Improv Classes @ Davenport Junior Theatre – Theatre Improv will have you thinking on the spot in no time! Create a story with others from your own imagination and work as a team. Countless professionals, performers, and public speakers credit their success to improv training. Through games and exercises, students develop the ability to think quickly and imaginatively.

For the Gamer

Virtual Ventures – Immerse yourself into completely virtual worlds with your friends. Team up in head-to-head competitive play or work together in various defense shooters or escape rooms! 100% immersive virtual reality experience. When you move in real life you move in the virtual worlds you are exploring!

For the Artist

  • The Mad Potter, PYOP – We are a walk-in kiln-fired art studio.  We offer Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Glass fusing.  Come in and pick out a project, spend time creating a unique piece of art, and in one week you can come to pick up your finished project. We have hundreds of options to choose from and we offer many samples you can copy or you can bring in your own designs.
  • Create! Quad Cities – A team of artists determined to share their love of laughter and creativity with the greater QCA! By Pairing with local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, Create! Quad Cities encourages guests to embrace their inner artists while also exploring and investing in their community. Good food, good company, and a damn good time!

  • For the Adult

  • Salon Aria + Spa – Strives to create a customized experience for our guests with every visit. Our team culture is centered around family, growth, education, and customer service.
  • FIT4MOM Membership – The nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit. Enjoy your first class free!
  • Bends & Brews – The perfect gift for you, your friend, your Secret Santa, or anyone! Gift cards are available in multiples of $10. And if you purchase $100 worth, you get a free class to keep for yourself or to give away! Contact Sarah for yours today!
  • Board & Brush – Are you looking for a night out with friends? Is your inner DIY itching for a fun new project without having to buy all your own supplies and make a mess at your house? Then BOOK A WORKSHOP at Board & Brush Creative Studio in Quad Cities.
  • Armored Gardens – Beer garden located in Downtown Davenport with over 100
    locally sourced beer, handcrafted burgers, and the largest patio featuring giant lawn games and more.


    If you’re looking for a gift to buy as well, check out some of these awesome local businesses!

  • Buttercup Candles – There’s always something new at our local candle shop, including a scent of the month. Visit Buttercupp Candles in Moline, IL, or Le Claire, IA this week to see (or rather smell) what we’re all about.
  • Status Sew Co. – Creating good hair days, every single day with handmade headbands and bows.
  • Fig & Willow – Custom charcuterie boards and elevated grazing tables & spreads.
  • Wander Collective – Locally handmade unique polymer clay and macrame jewelry.
  • Coffee Apothecary – QCA craft coffee shop with a unique vibe. concoctions | culture | connection. Grab a gift card for your favorite coffee lover!

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