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Free Activity Booklet

As you know, learning to read is a big step for any child, and it’s even more fun when you do it together. With you by their side, children can learn to read step by step, practicing important skills and finding the magic of stories.

PBS KIDS Raising Readers has created an activity book to partner with you, your child, and your child’s doctor to make reading a fun and simple part of everyday life. Whether you’re singing, telling stories, searching for letters, or discovering new words together, PBS KIDS Raising Readers is committed to raising healthy readers.

Learn more and download the activity booklet…

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Saturday Science…

A student and her father attend “Saturday Science” at the Rock Island Center for Math and Science

For the past 3 months, first and second grade students from the Rock Island Center for Math & Science have had the opportunity to attend “Saturday Science” and do some hands-on science with their family members as part of an “Engineering Tomorrow’s Workforce” grant from the Alcoa Foundation to WQPT.

“Our goal with Saturday Science is to get kids interested in learning more about science and have them consider the career options available in the science, technology, engineering and math related  fields, ” said Teacher Michael Carton.

Some of the recent activities, which focused on “magic tricks,” included holding a balloon over a flame without popping it, creating a one-sided sheet of paper, and making an egg bounce more than 10 in the air.

“We love Saturday Science!” said one parent.

“It’s great doing something with my daughter that held her attention!” said another parent.

The monthly Saturday Science classes will continue through the end of the school year.

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Engineering Kids Day Camp

From the Putnam Museum (and IMAX Theatre) in Davenport:

2nd Annual Engineering Kids Day Camp
For kids entering 4th-6th grades
Thursday, July 22 or Friday, July 23
9:00am – 3:00pm

Guest instructors from Iowa State Engineering Kids program lead this one-day camp at the Putnam for Quad City kids! Campers work alongside local engineering professionals as they complete hands-on challenges in science and engineering.
Cool challenges using LEGO robotics! Explore flight! See Legends of Flight 3D!

To secure your spot, call Alice at 563/324-1054, ext. 266 or loff@putnam.org. Scholarships are available based on need! No walk-in registrations accepted. Space is limited. $30 includes activities, lunch and a t-shirt.

Learn more about the Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatre.

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Music, Parades and Families

From the Figge Art Museum in Davenport:

Families are invited to attend The Art of Percussion, 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturday, August 14 ($8 per family)

A day for music and fun! Families will make percussion instruments from recycled materials in the Figge studios then march in a musical parade to River Music Experience to hear live music and participate in a drum circle.

Learn more about the Figge Art Museum.

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School may be out, but reading is always in!

Hey Kids… are you looking for books to read this summer? If the answer is yes, tell  your parents about the PBS KIDS Summer Reading Challenge! Hosted by PBS Parents partner iVillage, this free four-week challenge encourages parents and kids to read together this summer.

Starting on Monday, July 5, you’ll get daily reading tips, advice from Super Why creator and producer Angela Santomero, book recommendations and other literacy-building ideas. You’ll also receive 40% off one item at Barnes & Noble.com, just for signing up. Learn more.

Get Quick Literacy Tips from PBS Parents: Literacy can happen anywhere, from the playground to the doctor’s office to the grocery store. Checkout everyday ways to build your child’s literacy skills. Find out more.

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Something Big is Happening…

…tune in weekdays at 3:00pm. for Clifford, The Big Red Dog – the lovable oversized canine (dog) with his head in the clouds but four paws planted firmly on the ground. Clifford is joined by his his loving human, Emily Elizabeth, and dog pals, Cleo and T-Bone. Clifford inhabits a colorful island community, inviting viewers on a fun-filled journey through the dips and curves of childhood.

Learn more, play games and explore at Clifford’s website.

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Ice Cream… Get It While It’s Hot!


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

When you visit the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island, you can enjoy some strawberry ice cream while learning more about flamingos and their friends. You can also take part in creating your very own flamingo mask, all while enjoying some festive Luau music. You’ll also get to explore why and how plants are so important to lives and the planet.

Take part in a scavenger hunt and you could win some cool tropical prizes.

Admission fees to the Quad City Botanical Center are very reasonable. (QC Botanical Center) members and children under 2 are always FREE and all activities are FREE with admission to the gardens.

For more information, call 309794-0991 or visit www.qcgardens.com.

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SuperWhy is coming to the Quad Cities!!!

WQPT is hosting a week of educational and entertaining activities, June 15–19, 2010, based on the hit PBS series that helps kids learn to read. Whyatt, the super-powered star of Super Why, is flying in from Storybook Village to meet his local fans. You and your kids can join in the fun and learning…

On Tuesday, June 15, Super Why will meet and greet families at the Moline Library at 2:00 p.m. WQPT will be hosting a short workshop and several literacy
activities based on the Super Readers and their amazing adventures.

On Wednesday, June 16, Super Why will be visiting the Modern Woodman Park in Davenport to throw out the first pitch of the evening. Kids can meet
Super Why and receive a tattoo and activity sheet.

On Saturday, June 19, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., our Super Why star will be welcoming the crowds at the Healthy Living Fair at the downtown Farmer’s Market in Davenport. Bring your kids for activities focused on health and fitness.

If you’re anxious to meet Super Why and avoid the large crowds, sign up for a WQPT Kid’s Club Membership ($75). Families will be invited to a more intimate gathering on Thursday evening, June 17, with special activities just for them.

SuperWhy airs weekdays at 9:00am.

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Theatre for Kids, by Kids

Ready, Set, Action! Get ready to have a summer like never before! The Davenport Junior Theatre has all kinds of great summer camps and workshops like acting, theatre, scene design, and puppetry for kids of all ages. But it’s important to know that classes fill up quickly.

Classes develop each child’s ability to speak well in any situation, express imaginatively, have fun, and dream big. They put the imagination to work, challenging creativity and causing it to rise to new heights. For more information or to register your child, visit Davenport Junior Theatre’s website or call 563/326-7812.

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Local Writer’s Contest Winners Announced

Earlier this month WQPT announced the regional winners of the 2010 Writers Contest. More than 350 entries were received from kids in our region.

Check out the winners!

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