Quad Cities – The Quad Cities offers agreat weekend of family-friendly events for September 24-26, 2010.The second annual Quad Cities Family Fun & Kite Festival is Saturday and Sunday,September 25-26 in Centennial Park, west of the CentennialBridge in Davenport, Iowa.This free event organized by the QuadCities Kite Club and Davenport Parks and Recreation features kite displays,demonstrations, kite making, and other family fun from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.Watch competitions with traditional Rokkakukite battles, in which flyers attempt to bring down their opponents’ kites, andbol racing where participants run against the wind pulling a parachute stylekite. Experience the beauty of massascensions where large numbers of kites launch simultaneously and the fun of acandy drop when kites fly over an open expanse dropping candy in their wake.Other featured activities include free kitebuilding for youth, stunt kite performances by 180Go!, giant 80-foot showkites, fun games with prizes, and appearances by the Quad Cities JugglingClub. Children and adults are welcome to fly non-competition or powerkites throughout the day. Bring your ownkites or kites will be available for sale from MidWest Kites. For more information, visit QCKites.com or call (563) 650-4143.The free Quad Cities Hot Air Balloon Festival isfull of family fun and entertainment on September 24-26 with kid’s activities,food vendors, and, of course, many balloons to photograph and enjoy! Ittakes place at Kennedy Squareon the Avenue of the Cities in East Moline, Illinois. The event begins Friday night at 4:00 pm with a craftshow, car show, and a balloon launch at 5:00 pm. Watch the balloonsinflate and fly. Then enjoy a Night Glow when the tethered balloons’ colorslight up in the night. You can come up close to these gentle giants, takepictures and talk to the pilots during the Glow. Come out Saturday morning to enjoy anotherflight. Saturday evening, the balloons again compete in a single targetcompetition flight and then return to the field for a Night Glow. Seeinga Night Glow is truly a unique experience! On Sunday morning, theballoons will be tethered at various locations along the Quad Cities Marathoncourse. For more information, visit qcballoonfestival.com. Join the spectatorsalong the route and watch as over 4,000 runners compete in the 26.2-mile courseacross twostates, four cities, four bridges, and existing running and biking trails alongthe Mississippi River. The QuadCities Marathon course is “runner friendly” and labeled flat and fast. TheJohn Deere Commons area in Moline, Illinois, is the Start/FinishLine for all the events. The Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 26. Besides the USATF certified 26.2-milemarathon, there is a variety of other races including the Happy Joe’s KidsMicro-Marathon. For more information onthe Quad Cities Marathon or to register, call 309-751-9800 or visit qcmarathon.org.Listen to spooky stories at Ghost Tales on the lawn of the historicColonel Davenport House on Arsenal Island on Saturday,September 25, 2010, at 7 pm. Come beforethe main event to get a guided tour of the Colonel Davenport House starting at5:30 p.m. Admission is $3 adult, $2youth, $10 family. Concessionsavailable. Don’t forget a blanket orlawn chair. Attendees ages 16 and oldermust show U.S. photo I.D.since the Island is a working militaryfacility. For more information, visit davenporthouse.org. Along with these special events, take timeto visit Niabi Zoo, 13010Niabi Zoo Road in Coal Valley, Illinois. This zoo is the third-largest in Illinois and it is hometo more than 900 animals representing 160 different species. niabizoo.org For complete, hands-on fun, stop by the Family Museum,2900 Learning Campus Drivein Bettendorf, Iowa. familymuseum.org At the Putnam Museum & IMAX Theatre, 1717 W. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa,take the ultimate road trip on the Fossil Freeway to discover real-lifefossils. putnam.orgFor information on the Quad Cities, contactthe Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit theirwebsite at visitquadcities.com. The Quad Cities is located on the MississippiRiver and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenportand Bettendorf in Iowa,and Moline, East Molineand Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines,Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.# # #Kite Festival Media Contact: James Patten, Event Organizer,563-650-4143 or Hot Air Balloon Festival Media Contact: Stan Pasley, (309) 792-3000 (home) or (309) 737-3154(cell)Marathon Media Contact: Joe Moreno, Race Director, 309-751-9800 or Ghost Tales Media Contact: Jessica Waytenick, 309-737-4280 or Photos & Media Trips: For High-res photos or forinformation about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at the QuadCities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 Ext. 103 or .