Sunday, December 3, 2017
Noon - 5:00 pm
Admission is free with a donation to the food pantry  (food, money, personal hygiene item, etc.)
Family Museum members are also asked to make a donation.

Lots of wintry and fun activities for all ages!

  • Make a sparkling ornament
  • Watch Ice Follies experiments
  • Make a glowing snowman in ThinkShop
  • Make a kindness catcher
  • Get a free photo taken with Santa from Walgreens
  • Watch the Family Museum Dance Company perform dances inspired by The Polar Express at 1:30 and 3:00
  • Participate in a Snowball Fight Dance Party at 1:45 pm
  • Enjoy music by area schools: Pleasant Valley High School Band: 12:30, Bettendorf High School Choir: 2:00, Rock Island High School Orchestra: 4:00

Bettendorf, 3388 Middle Rd. (563) 332-5500

Bettendorf, 3425 Middle Rd. (563) 332-6049


A huge, 300 square foot train set will be set up, and each passenger on the mini Polar Express will be enjoying hot chocolate in their seats with all of the lights burning bright and the smokestacks going full blast as the train winds its way on its journey to the North Pole.  

The centerpiece window dressing is the last set of animated figurines from the Petersen Harden Von Maur store in Davenport. Created by the (George) Silvestri Art Manufacturing Company, this Santa’s House scene includes a Living Room with a decorated tree and fireplace, a Kitchen with a very busy stove, a Workshop where elves are busy making toy trains, and a snowball battle in the woods among the elves who are gathering firewood.  The display was built in Chicago during October of 1966, and was donated to the Family Museum in 1990 when the store was sold.

We had the greatest time today! We are a Brownie troop from Burlington. We spent nearly five hours here and we still weren't ready to leave.
— Shawna