by Wade Ellett, Let’s Move QC Outside Blogger
We’ve been stuck in a weird winter, haven’t we? It warms up enough to rain, and then gets cold again.
There hasn’t been enough snow for any winter sports, but it hasn’t been nice enough to get much in the way of sun either. The cabin fever is palpable, even for me.
Well, there’s only one thing to do when cabin fever is driving you crazy; embrace the crazy and do something a little weird!
What do I mean by weird? Nothing too drastic, just stepping outside of our comfort zones and trying some new things with smiles on our faces.
Not sure what to do? I know, it can be hard to figure out how to break out of the box when the cabin fever sets in hard, and that’s why I’ve come up with this list of ideas to help get you moving.
Need to get active, but don’t want to go it alone? Head over to the Skybridge in Davenport, every Sunday morning from 10:00 to 10:30, for the Sunday Stair Climb.
The crew from Plan for Adventure packs the place, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of room for you!
No matter what your fitness level is, you can get a great workout here, and you’ll be surrounded by positive attitudes while you’re at it.
The price of admission is 2 hugs and 2 high fives, so even if you come by yourself, you’re guaranteed to make friend.
This is a great way to get your week started, and I hope to see you there!
This isn’t the first time I’ve sung the praises of Nahant Marsh, and I’m not the only one.
They’ve recently received an award for Outstanding Environmental Education Programming from the Iowa Conservation Education Coalition and the Iowa Association of Naturalists.
If you haven’t participated in one of their programs before, you’ll have an opportunity soon.
Various family events are scheduled throughout the year, with naturalists leading these kid-friendly activities and learning opportunities.
Explore the different areas of the marsh, and observe the many water-loving birds that either live at or visit the marsh.
Okay, so this one might actually be a little crazy, but it’s for a good cause.
On March 19th, participants will congregate at Jumer’s Rock Island, and then jump into the icy water of nearby Wick’s Lake for the Polar Plunge.
You can’t just join in on the reverie, though. First you’ve got to raise $100 in donations for the Special Olympics, and only then you’ll be able to make the plunge!
4. Star Party, Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, IL
Want to see Jupiter, Mars and other cool night sky objects?
The members of the Popular Astronomy Club are setting up their telescopes for an observation session at Niabi Zoo on the night of March 18th, from 7:00 to 11:00. You’ll also have a chance to see the Beehive Cluster, the Orion Nebula and other amazing objects in the night sky.
You can bring your own telescope if you’ve got one, but a mobile observatory and telescopes will be available for you to use.
If you’ve got children, consider taking them to Moline’s Riverside Park for the 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 8.
12,000 candy-filled eggs will be hidden around the park for children younger than 8 years old to find!
Are your children a little older? Kids between 9 and 12 can join in on the first ever Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, starting at 8:00 pm!
Both events are free and open to the public, so bring your kids to the park for some fun egg hunting.
How will you be defeating old man winter and ushering in spring? I hope you’ll share any great ideas that I’ve missed!
Until next time, I’ll see you out there!
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