Beat boredom, go local

With winter rolling in and bringing with it the much anticipated holiday break, students will have plenty of free time on their hands. But while this break offers time to relax and prepare for the second half of the school year, it unfortunately may also bring boredom and restlessness.

Luckily, there are many events to attend and places to visit in the Quad Cities to overcome these side-effects.

Outdoor Activities If you are looking to ward off cabin fever, there are many outdoor activities that will allow you to enjoy the winter landscape and stretch your joints after countless winter naps. One place you can practice your figure skating moves and figure out if you have got what it takes for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, is the city of Bettendorf’s new ice skating rink at the intersection of Spruce Hills and Middle Road in the Splash Landing parking lot. Snowshoeing also offers some great exercise and a chance to leave the house. A local attraction, Snowstar gives you a chance to hit the slopes either skiing or snowboarding, but tubing is also an option if that’s more your speed. Snowstar is not the only good sledding place, though. If you are looking for a good time but do not have the funds: Palmer Hills Golf Course, Duck Creek Park, and the Bandshell all are great places to sled with friends. Finally, bald eagle watching at Lock & Dam 14 is a great chance to observe our national bird and the mighty Mississippi.


There are also great entertainment options this time of year, whether they are movies or live shows. Many new movies are released in December, and the animated movie “Sing” comes out Dec. 21. The Putnam will be screening some classics with “Blue Hawaii” Dec. 06, “Singing in the Rain” Dec. 13, and “White Christmas” Dec. 20. If you are looking for live shows, there will also be many of those. Circa ‘21 is presenting “Holly Jolly Christmas” from Nov. 9- Dec. 26. The Nutcracker will be shown at the Adler on Dec. 10. Your very own Bettendorf High School will also be presenting Christmas shows with the musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on the weekend of Dec. 16-18 and the Christmas Star Program in the planetarium Dec.10-16. Lastly, Rozz Tox in Moline will have live music all month, but not forgetting the holidays, they will offer a night of Christmas horror movies with XMAS HORROR NIGHT on Saturday, Dec. 10, for ages 17 and up.


The German American Heritage Center will display “The Untold Story of Santa” on Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-8. But do not forget about the Putnam which is currently displaying Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure from Oct. 15- Jan. 15. The Figge is also a constant that is always sure to have some good art.


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