Family Night Benefits HMHI: Family Museum night counters homelessness

Family Night 2015
Bring your family and enjoy a fun evening!

Buy tickets HERE: Family Night at the Family Museum!

HMHI’s Family Night at the Family Museum engages the entire family in an evening of fun and treats that will help Quad City families experiencing homelessness. The newly renovated Family Museum in Bettendorf will open its doors for a special Friday evening session on June 12 from 5:30-7:30 PM. The evening offers participants many special opportunities. Admission is $5 for individuals and $20 for families. Members of the Family Museum attend free. Proceeds benefit Humility of Mary Housing’s housing program that serves homeless families.

Each admission includes access to the Family Museum’s newly renovated exhibits. In addition, the evening of June 12 will offer the first opportunity for the Quad City public to enjoy the Rainforest Adventure, a new traveling summer exhibit [download pdf] or visit the museum’s webpage to learn more about it. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its opening. Complementary hot dogs, chips, beverage and cookie is included in each admission, so families can enjoy an informal meal during their evening out.

In addition to the interactive exhibits at the museum, the Family Museum will provide special children’s activity tables that evening. In addition, participants will enjoy the balloon art personally created for them by Karen Habernicht. And attendees will also enjoy complementary access to the services of Cari Cooney of QC Painted Faces. It promises the public an evening full of fun, activity and enjoyment.

Museum attendance is limited, so purchase your advance tickets online and avoid disappointment. If available, tickets may be purchased at the door.

HMHI’s Family Night at the Family Museum delivered a great time

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Children, learning and activities all added up to fun at HMHI’s benefit evening at the Family Museum in Bettendorf.

Colorful images, positive energy and good feeling abounded at HMHI’s benefit evening at the Family Museum in Betterdorf on Saturday. Children begged for “just five more minutes” as the clock struck closing time. But, after three hours of nonstop activity, at least some parents were ready to call it an evening.

Many sponsors and benefactors contributed to make the event a low-cost, high-interest entertainment option for Quad Cities families. Royal Neighbors of America was our principle event sponsor. Food and beverage was contributed by J H Lass Co. and McDonald’s. Balloon artist Karen Habenicht charmed young and old. The HMHI Development Committee planned, prepared and carried out the evening, supported by helpful volunteers.

Enjoy the myriad sights and feel the joy of the evening as you view this short collection of images from our Family Night at the Family Museum!

Family night at Family Museum promises fun…and funds for HMHI

Building Brainstorm event invitation

We hope you’ll bring your family to our “Building Brainstorm” night at the Family Museum in Bettendorf this weekend. The special activities there will involve everyone, offering creative and challenging projects to promote thinking and cooperative learning. This event also helps raise funding so that we at HMHI can help families struggling to establish secure housing.

The event is this Saturday, June 9, from 5-8 PM. “Building Brainstorm” features a traveling design exhibit, a presentation composed of seven stations that are entirely hands-on. [Click here for a MAP to the Family Museum in Bettendorf.]

Volunteers will serve a child-appealing meal to all: hotdogs, chips, cookies, and drink. It’s included with your admission. You can also expect special entertainment: Karen Habenicht, the popular balloon artist from our 2011 night, will again create individual balloon sculptures and “hats,” all made-to-order to reflect each child’s interests.

All the museum’s regular exhibits are also open. Because the Family Museum is planning to completely refurbish the exhibits this fall, Saturday offers a great opportunity to see your favorites while they are still available.

Best of all, the admission charge is only $5, offering a nice discount from the regular museum price. So our event offers fun, learning, and food–all for an affordable price! To top that off, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you and your family are helping less fortunate families while enjoying this interactive event.

We want to thank our event sponsor, Royal Neighbors of America who are helping us make this opportunity possible. Let your friends and relatives in the Quad Cities know about this event.

And we hope to see you there.

HMHI’s Family fundraiser “a hit” with old & new friends of Clifford the Big Red Dog

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Clifford and fans connect at the HMHI Night at the Family Museum

HMHI’s first-ever Night at the Family Museum was a fund-raiser that pleased on June 11! We had the Family Museum in Bettendorf to our own special evening of family interaction and fun from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and not a second of that time was wasted.

The museum exhibits promoted family interactive activities.

The museum itself is filled with active and interactive fun for all that kept our guests busy and entertained.

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The museum exhibits awed all ages!

The personal appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, who wowed the little ones, was a special treat, highlighting the evening.

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Families enjoyed supper together amidst the activities.

But our volunteer balloon artist Karen Habenicht was just as popular. She prepared balloon souvenirs for each child, created to match each one’s interests, favorites and preferences. And she sang and entertained the children as she blew and bent the balloons into amazingly intricate shapes and creatures.

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Volunteers Connie Cervantes and  Amy Crist arranged and served food, included in the admission price.

Our staff and volunteers had prepared the Family Museum with special decorations, gift books of Clifford, and information about our program at HMHI.

Karen Habenicht, volunteer balloon artist, entranced the children and sent each one home with a personally-crafted creation.

All the proceeds from this $5 all-inclusive admission event will go to help HMHI help families who need homes, so the evening’s fun benefited a great cause. We gratefully acknowledge the event sponsors: Royal Neighbors, J. H. Laas Company and Celeste Dolan.

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HMHI’s helium balloons decorated that beautiful museum entrance.

The Development Committee of the HMHI Board took the lead in arranging our Family Night at the Museum event.  Members of the planning committee for this event are Connie Cervantes, Amy Crist, Michelle Kronfeld, Mike Laas, Kay Sigardson Poor and Janice Vrablec.

They’re already musing about repeating this wonderful evening next year. Clifford must travel to another town, but we know the Family Museum will have something just as wonderful to see in his place. If you attended Friday, we hope we’ll see you again.

So if you missed this enchanting evening, you may have another opportunity to thrill the special children in your life while helping less fortunate children.

Quad Cities and Clifford help HMHI help homeless families

Family night flier
HMHI and Clifford invite you to fun at the Family Museum

Clifford and the whole family will have fun at the Family Museum in Bettendorf on June 11 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. This special evening at the museum will include access to the exciting exhibits and activities there. But, even more exciting–we’ll entertain special guests, such as balloon artists. And, we’ll provide hot dogs and treats for all! All this for the special value admission price of only $5.

The proceeds will go to support the work of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc–a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing to single-parent homeless families. Your entertainment value will also help families less fortunate.

We’d love to see you and your family at the Family Museum in Betterdorf on Saturday evening! Come, join us!

Call in your reservation to attend at 563 326-1330.