• Mad Scientist Ball 2021

    Date: October 23, 2021

    Time: Dinner delivery at 6pm

    Location: Your home, your patio, your office, your choice!





    Let’s have a party! Though we hoped for an in-person annual Mad Scientist Ball, we’re keeping the safety of our community in mind and helping you host an epic at-home fundraiser!
     
    Here's how it works: You choose your party, invite your friends and/or co-workers, and leave the rest to our fabulous team of volunteers. We’ll deliver everything you need to enjoy an evening at home. Your good time (at home) will ultimately help Putnam Museum and Science Center…a beloved community institution.
     
    You’ll enjoy time with a small group of friends, special Putnam swag, and the chance learn to more about the museum AND bid on a silent and live auction through our online auction system.
     
    Join us for this special, at-home opportunity to celebrate the Putnam’s vast collection and ensure that the inspiring education that we offer our community will endure for years to come!

    Follow the fun with #PutnamMadScientist!
     

    Ticketing Packages

    All party packages include a lab kit of party supplies for the host, a Putnam gift for eight guests and delivery within QC Metro Area. Ticket packages must be purchased by October 11.

    ALBERT EINSTEIN PACKAGE - $600

    Option 1: Taste of Ethiopia
    Family style Ethiopian food (your choice of vegetarian or beef and chicken) with salad, dressing, injera, and sambusas
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)
     
    Option 2: Lunardi’s Italian Restaurant
    Entree served with salad & 2 dressings and 2 loaves of fresh-baked bread with butter
    Meat Lasagna
    Veggie Pomodor
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)
     

    Mary Jackson Package - $300

    Option 1: Zeke’s Island Cafe: Aloha Buffet
    Hawaiian Pulled Pork
    Huli Huli Chicken
    Island Rice & Kings Hawaiian Rolls
    Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
    Calypso Coleslaw
    Zesty Sriracha Sauce
    Regular & Spicy BBQ
    Scallions
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)
     
    Option 2: Bayside Bistro: Gumbo
    Gumbo and Cornbread
    Served over rice
    Gumbo has shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage
    Caribbean Heat (spicy dish)
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)

    ISAAC NEWTON PACKAGE - $150

    Option 1: Brew in the Village
    Charcuterie Board
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)
     
    Option 2: Lopiez Pizza
    Two 20 in pizzas + Garlic Knots (non-gluten crust option)
    Topping options: Pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, mushroom, onions, roma tomatoes, basil, pineapple, green olives, black olives, green peppers, spinach, jalapenos (fresh or pickled)
    Tres Leches Cake
    Two bottles of wine (red + white)
     

    Individual ticket - $20

    For the lone Mad Scientist, this ticket gives you access to our fabulous silent auction, live auction, and all other programming pushed out through our online platform. (Please note that this ticket does NOT include catering, a lab kit of party supplies, or Putnam swag.)
     

    more information

    Contact Nisha Ladlee 563-336-7290 or email nladlee@putnam.org.

     

    THANK YOU

    Thank you to our generous sponsors:

    Professor Chemist SPONSORs:






    Science and Space Exploration Sponsor:



    Dr. fiber optics SPONSORs:



    Dessert Sponsor


    Mimi’s Tres Leches Cakes

    Design Sponsor

    Brian Ladlee Art & Illustration

    Dazzle Sponsor

    Necker’s Jewelers

    Media Sponsor

    WVIK Quad Cities | Dubuque NPR

  • Explorers: Blood and Guts

    Date: October 02, 2021

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    We’re getting spooky and kooky in the lab as we explore the human body. From the acids of your stomach to the blood in your veins, it’s a gore galore exploration. Discover how boo-tiful you are from the inside out! 

    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up online for the morning session, sign up for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933.

    Check out the entire Explorers season schedule
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Detective Science

    Date: November 06, 2021

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    Want to learn what it takes to solve crimes? We’ll use real forensic science and chemistry to analyze impressions and identify unknown substances. So come search for evidence and gather clues, just like forensic detectives do!

    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up online for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Brainstorm and Build

    Date: December 04, 2021

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    Team up, test your skills, and use your imagination as you take part in design challenges. Get ready to tinker, create, invent, and innovate!
     
    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up online for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    Check out the entire Explorers season schedule
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Kaboom Lab

    Date: January 08, 2022

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    Bang, bam, boom! We’re starting this New Year off with a kaboom. We’ll conduct chemical experiments with explosions, eruptions and more. So grab your safety goggles and join us in the lab.

    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up online for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Brave Traveler

    Date: February 05, 2022

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    Grab your passport, and get ready to discover weird and wonderful treasures of the world! From creatures to cultures, you won’t want to miss this adventure finding artifacts and specimens from all over the world!
     
    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    Check out the entire Explorers season schedule
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Engineer It!

    Date: March 05, 2022

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    It takes teamwork to make the dream work. Discover the forces that make bridges and other structures strong and we’ll work together to construct a bridge big enough to cross! Let’s get building!

    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • Explorers: Buzzin' Buds

    Date: April 02, 2022

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

    Location: PUTNAM MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER





    Insects don’t just bug us, they keep our earth buzzin’ with life. Explore the world of insects- how they survive, work together, and discover what makes insects interesting!
    This workshop is $15 for Putnam Members and $20 for nonmembers.

    Advanced registration is required. Sign up for the afternoon session, or register over the phone by calling 563-324-1933. The morning session is sold out.

    Check out the entire Explorers season schedule
     

    ABOUT EXPLORERS

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators. 

    We are committed to your child’s safety and have a few things to share with you about how we will address Explorers Workshops.

    • Workshop capacity is set at 15 youth.
    • Explorers will maintain a social distance from one another.
    • Explorers will not share equipment or materials.
    • Face coverings will be worn by staff, and are required of explorers as well as, of parents when dropping off and picking up.
    • Disinfectant will be used on surfaces and explorers will be washing hands frequently.

    CDC Guidelines Update: The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on COVID-19 best practices, including social distancing and face covering recommendations. We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of COVID 19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

    Participating children must be able to follow all of the guidelines above.



  • FunBundle Friday

    Date: November 05, 2021

    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Putnam & QC Botanical Center





    Enter for a chance to win a FREE FunBundle, which gives your family memberships to the Quad City Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam, only on November 5!
     
    For one day only, visit the Putnam or Quad City Botanical Center to fill out an entry for a chance to win on FunBundle Friday! The winner will be selected and contacted the following week.

    Can’t make it in person? You can still join the fun. When you purchase a FunBundle on November 5 using the code NOVEMBERFUN you’ll get 25% off your FunBundle. That’s savings ON TOP of savings. 
     
    What’s a FunBundle, you ask? It’s your all-in-one membership to three Quad City favorites: the Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam Museum. It comes with tons of perks: 

         • One year FREE admission to all three locations. 
         • Access to member-only events. 
         • 10%+ discount to gift shops, concessions, education programs, and more. 
         • Free and discounted admission to zoos, museums and gardens nationwide. 

    Learn more and see the full list of perks at funbundleqc.com!
     

  • FunBundle Friday

    Date: December 03, 2021

    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center





    Enter for a chance to win a FREE FunBundle, which gives your family memberships to the Quad City Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam, only on December 3!
     
    For one day only, visit the Putnam to fill out an entry for a chance to win on FunBundle Friday! The winner will be selected and contacted the following week.

    Can’t make it in person? You can still join the fun. When you purchase a FunBundle on December 3 using the code DECEMBERFUN you’ll get 25% off your FunBundle. That’s savings ON TOP of savings. 
     
    What’s a FunBundle, you ask? It’s your all-in-one membership to three Quad City favorites: the Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam Museum. It comes with tons of perks: 

         • One year FREE admission to all three locations. 
         • Access to member-only events. 
         • 10%+ discount to gift shops, concessions, education programs, and more. 
         • Free and discounted admission to zoos, museums and gardens nationwide. 

    Learn more and see the full list of perks at funbundleqc.com!
     

  • FunBundle Friday

    Date: October 01, 2021

    Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Location: Putnam, Niabi Zoo, & QC Botanical Center





    Enter for a chance to win a FREE FunBundle, which gives your family memberships to the Quad City Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam, only on October 1!
     
    For one day only, visit the Putnam, Niabi Zoo or Quad City Botanical Center to fill out an entry for a chance to win on FunBundle Friday! The winner will be selected and contacted the following week.

    Can’t make it in person? You can still join the fun. When you purchase a FunBundle on October 1 using the code OCTOBERFUN you’ll get 25% off your FunBundle. That’s savings ON TOP of savings. 
     
    What’s a FunBundle, you ask? It’s your all-in-one membership to three Quad City favorites: the Botanical Center, Niabi Zoo and the Putnam Museum. It comes with tons of perks: 

         • One year FREE admission to all three locations. 
         • Access to member-only events. 
         • 10%+ discount to gift shops, concessions, education programs, and more. 
         • Free and discounted admission to zoos, museums and gardens nationwide. 

    Learn more and see the full list of perks at funbundleqc.com!
     

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