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Join the fun!

Join WQPT Quad Cities PBS for our biggest PBS event of the year. This super-awesome event is free for the whole family!

How to get tickets

Registration for the FREE tickets opens Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Stay informed about Imagination Station and other events by signing up for our e-news. Sign up today

Or join the WQPT KIDS Club.

WQPT Kids Club members receive admission to the Imagination Station VIP Event held on Friday, March 16. Kids and their families will meet PBS friends, enjoy a kid-friendly dinner and have fun exploring all the exhibits at the Family Museum in Bettendorf. PLUS, WQPT Kids Club kids will be invited to participate in our Kids Club on-air spot that will run all year on WQPT, plus with other club goodies. Join today

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.


Meet our special guests

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

Mr. Scott

With super special guest Mr. Scott

Mr. Scott encourages children ask questions, try different ways of using materials, and offer them a wide range of new experiences. Mr. Scott shares inexpensive or free ways to interact with children and help them discover the wonders surrounding them. Whether it be a new way to look at trees or a fun new way to spell their names. Explore more

Mr. Scott's music sponsor is Prestige Productions.



Available for Sponsorship
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Cat in the Hat

Available for Sponsorship
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Sponsored by
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.


Curious George

Sponsored by


Daniel Tiger

Sponsored by
Modern Woodmen of America


Jet Propulsion

Sponsored by
Cobham Mission Systems


Katerina Kitty

Available for Sponsorship
Learn more


Nature Cat

Available for Sponsorship
Learn more


Super WHY!

Sponsored by
The Planning Center



Wonder Red

Sponsored by
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union





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.


Imagination Station Schedule

Because there will be so many super awesome things happening at Imagination Station, our team is finalizing the schedule.


We will post the schedule soon, so be sure to check back!

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.
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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.
Register to become an Imagination Station volunteer.

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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