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See you next year!

Thanks to everyone who celebrated Imagination Station with us. It was a super-awesome event and we heard how much fun everyone had. We are especially grateful to all of our event sponsors, including presenting sponsors: Jaycees of the Quad Cities, Scott County Regional Authority and John Deere. Thank you!


Imagination Station 2018

Mark your calendar for March 17, 2018. Sign up for our eNews and stay informed about future WQPT KIDS and family events. Contact us online or call 309/764-2400 to learn more how you can become a sponsor or volunteer.

WQPT's Imagination Station builds on the learning success created by PBS KIDS programs. Enjoy educational activities, demonstrations and skill building in literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and resiliency.

Interact with PBS KIDS Characters

Meet Clifford, Arthur, Curious George, Peg+Cat, Super Why and many other PBS KIDS favorites.

Awesome Activity Stations

Interactive skill stations with your favorite PBS Kids characters. Explore awesome learning topics like reading, science, technology and more.

Stay Informed

Sign up for our e-newsletter to be alerted with a message for Imagination Station and other WQPT family-oriented events.

Read our Imagination Station FAQ's.

Learn about Imagination Station sponsorship opportunities.


2017 Special Guests

While you are at Imagination Station be sure to meet all of our special guests.

Mr. Steve

With super special guest
Mr. Steve from PBS KIDS!

Mr. Steve is co-host of the PBS KIDS preschool destination on television. Mr. Steve (Roslonek) has been writing and performing his award-winning music for kids and families for the past fifteen years. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies to create what the Boston Globe called "not just a musical journey but an entertaining, interactive and educational one."

Mr. Steve's appearance is sponsored by Tyson Foods and Steve Songs.



Clifford is available for sponsorship
Learn more


Peg+Cat (Peg)

Peg is available for sponsorship
Learn more

Daniel Tiger

Daniel Tiger

Sponsored by

Ready Jet Go

Jet Propulsion

Jet Propulsion is available for sponsorship
Learn more

Curious George

Curious George

Sponsored by
Country Style Ice Cream


Peg+Cat (Cat)

Sponsored by
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union



Arthur is available for sponsorship
Learn more

Nature Cat

Nature Cat

Nature Cat is available for sponsorship
Learn more


Super WHY!

Sponsored by
The Planning Center


Princess Pesto

Princess Presto

Princess Presto is available
for sponsorship
Learn more





The WQPT Kids Club reinforces the fun, yet outstanding educational programming we air and events that encourage learning like Imagination Station.

WQPT Kids Club members receive awesome benefits including an invitation-only 2018 Imagination Station VIP event .

Don't miss this special opportunity to join the WQPT Kids Club.

2017 Schedule

There is so much to see and do
at WQPT's Imagination Station!

The following schedule is from the 2017 event, changes will occur for Imagination Station 2018.


Meet Arthur, learn about dental hygiene and play pin the glasses on Arthur.
Appearance times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm


Meet Clifford, make Clifford ears, build a LEGO tower bigger than Clifford and play the emotions game.
Appearance times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 12:15pm, & 1:15pm

Curious George

Meet Curious George, make a monkey picture frame, play bean bag toss and count ice cream.
Appearance times: 9:00am, 9:40am, 10:20am, 12:00pm,
12:40pm & 1:20pm

Daniel Tiger

Meet Daniel Tiger, make a police and fire fighter hat and play a game.
Appearance times: 9:00am, 9:40am, 10:20am, 12:00pm,
12:40pm & 1:20pm

Martha Speaks

Read aloud to therapy dogs from the QC Canine Assistance Network and receive a dog sticker. Sponsored by Oak Knoll Animal Hospital

Mr. Steve

Meet PBS KIDS Mr. Steve. Be ready to laugh, dance and sing-along with Steve while he performs interactive kid’s songs.
Performance times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 12:15pm, & 1:15pm
QCC-1430 Atrium

Nature Cat

Meet Nature Cat, make a spider, guess the scent and build a nest with WQPT’s Mr. Scott.
Appearance times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm

Peg + Cat (Cat)

Meet Cat, get a cat stamp, play Pom Pom sorting and see what items roll down a ramp.
Appearance times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 12:15pm, & 1:15pm

Peg + Cat (Peg)

Meet Peg, make Peg’s pizza pie, count eggs and play PEG + CAT hopscotch.
Appearance times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm

Ready Jet Go! (Jet Propulsion)

Meet Jet Propulsion, make Jet’s solar system and play the meteor maze.
Appearance times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 12:15pm, & 1:15pm

Sid the Science Kid

Have fun doing science activities and experiments with Dr. Logan and his students from WIU-QC.
QCC-2204 & 2206

Splash and Bubbles

Make stained glass fish and get a fun fish kids tattoo.
QCC West Bridge

Super WHY (Princess Presto)

Meet Princess Presto, make a prince/princess crown, build words with Duplos and play the alphabet walk.
Appearance times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 12:15pm, & 1:15pm

Super WHY (Wyatt)

Meet Wyatt, make a super hero mask, play word toss and spell with magnetic letters.
Appearance times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, & 1:30pm

United Way QC and
Quad Cities Libraries

Come hear a story from a librarian and receive a FREE book from United Way QC.

Wild Kratts

Mr. Dave from the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center will showcase a turtle, owl, native snake and an American Kestrel. Plus, make a snake of your own.
Presentation times: 9:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm

WQPT Studio

YOU be the talent in the WQPT studio and see yourself on camera behind a news desk.


Let us help plan your awesome visit

Your timed admission (9:00am. or 12:00pm.) provides you access to two hours of educational fun! To accommodate everyone, choose one or two stations that are a "must see" for your family and go there first.

With 17 awesome stations of fun, it's unlikely that you will see all that is offered so plan accordingly. Upon arrival you will receive an Imagination Station map. Volunteers can assist you in finding locations throughout the campus.

Event Map View/download event map.

Children of all ages will find fun and friends at every station. Be sure to visit your favorite stations FIRST.

What to expect
at each station:

Each station is themed around a PBS KIDS® character or program, and includes:

Meet and greet time with a character (Candid photos and hugs are encouraged)

An activity


A game


A make-and-take craft



Good to know

Imagination can be a child's best friend, or his own worst enemy...

...that is why it is important to be sensitive to what children see on TV.
One child might find a show's character funny, while another might find the same character scary. PBS KIDS programming is special—it's always a safe haven for young viewers. There are no scary monsters, no evil witches hiding in the shadows. Instead, there are furry friends, inquisitive monkeys, dogs who talk and dinosaurs that giggle. Characters who truly are friends to your child. Friends who help them not only learn about letters, numbers, and science, but also friendship.

No other media brand meets the readiness needs of children like WQPT–Quad Cities PBS and PBS KIDS. The majority of parents surveyed (86%) rank PBS KIDS as the kids' media brand most likely to offer activities and products that support each individual skill (social, emotional, reading, etc.), as opposed to commercial stations.

We provide families with tools and resources to continue learning in their homes long after the program has ended. This includes free books, free app downloads, and make and take activities.


Parking & Event Location


What is Imagination Station?

WQPT–Quad Cities PBS is hosting this family event aimed at having fun with entertaining and educational activities for everyone. Super special guests (like Clifford & WordGirl) have their own station with fun activities, great stories and a career exploration track—all reinforcing the learning concepts related to their specific program.


Where is the event?
Imagination Station is held on the campus of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities located on the Moline riverfront at 3300 River Drive.
View map


What ages can attend?
Activities are targeted for children ages 1–7, however all ages are welcome.


Are tickets really free?
Yes! Although the event is free, an admission ticket is required.
Because of the generous support from our regional sponsors, the event is completely free to the public. You simply need to register, download, print and bring your ticket to the event.


What are the AM & PM times?
To ensure that everyone can have a quality experience, we are staggering admission times to AM and PM.
The AM/Morning admission session is 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
The PM/Afternoon admission session is 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.


Where do I park? Will there be a
Shuttle Service?

Parking is noted above. Or take advantage of the FREE Shuttle Service, which will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. approximately every 20 minutes between the Western Illinois University campus and the iWireless Center in Moline.


Will there be a coat check?
No. Guests are responsible for their own coats and personal belongings. Please plan accordingly. WQPT, event sponsors and Western Illinois University-QC are not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Will there be food?
Details will be posted as it beomes available.

Please note: Food and drinks are not allowed in classrooms or Computer Labs. Bottled water is allowed in rooms except for computer labs. Please help us keep our campus clean. Thank you.


What to do if I lose a child
in my group?

If a child becomes separated from your group, please report it immediately to the Information Booth at the entrance of Riverfront Hall on the 1st floor.


Can I bring my stroller?
Yes! We recommend you bring a collapsible or umbrella stroller and park them in the designated stroller parking areas. You may also want to use a sling or backpack. WQPT, event sponsors and Western Illinois University–QC are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged strollers.


Can I be a volunteer at the event?

Yes! More than 200 volunteers will be needed over the two-day period to assist with set-up, parking, activities, characters, entertainment and tear down. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and lunch during their shift. Volunteers will be sent additional information after sign up and are encouraged to attend a volunteer orientation the week prior to the big day.

Volunteers are encouraged to be 18 or older. Youth volunteers 14–18 are encouraged to participate with a parent/guardian.


Are outside vendors allowed
to participate?

Only official Imagination Station sponsors and WQPT approved activities are allowed to participate. Outside vendors or sales consultants are not allowed.

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Imagination Station 2017 Presenting Sponsors


Imagination Station 2017 is sponsored by:


With additional support from:

A.D. Huesing

Taylor-DeBord Catering

Quad City Area
Hy-Vee Stores


Quad Cities Waterfront
Convention Center

Juarez Enterprises Inc.
Prestige Music

Quad Cities Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau

USO Illinois

Western Illinois University-QC Communication Student Society


Sponsorship Opportunities

We are pleased to offer a variety of sponsorship levels for Imagination Station. Read more

WQPT-Quad Cities PBS

WQPT prepares children for success in school life. Research demonstrates that PBS KIDS content enhances the
early literacy skills of kids such as naming letters, letter sounds and understanding stories and print.

For more about our Educational Outreach.

Imagination Station

Held at Western Illinois University–QC campus located at 3300 River Drive in Moline, Illinois.

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