Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Quad Cities: Trains, 'Pan' at the Botanical Center

From the Quad City Times: Trains, 'Pan' at the Botanical Center
Imagine life on the rails or being taken away to Neverland.

Both dreams will come closer to true this weekend at the Quad-City Botanical Center, 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Neverland takes its place on center stage at 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. and

5 p.m. Saturday. The Center for Living Arts in Rock Island, will present a “traveling theater” version of “Peter Pan” during which audience members follow along through the gardens as the young cast acts out the story, complete with the “walking the plank” scene by the koi pond. It’s free with museum admission.

Little Conductors Day returns from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Children can participate in train games and activities, meet interesting railroad characters, hear locomotive stories, view the Botanical Center’s garden-size railroad run by the Heartland Central Model Railroad Club, enjoy dining car snacks and Dinosaur Train activities from WQPT-TV, and view the Tri-County “N” Scale Club’s model train display. Each child 2-12 years old will receive a train whistle and a bandanna to remember the day. The cost is $10 for those 8 years and older.

The Heartland club will run model trains from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through the end of October.

It’s all free with paid admission: $5 for adults, $4 for children 5-12 years old, $3 for children 2-4 years old and free for children younger than 2 years.

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