Rock Island is the place to be for this free, family fun experience.

Whether you have kids or are a kid at-heart, downtown Rock Island is having Rock the Arts! showcases in multiple locations for art enthusiasts this weekend.

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The two-day public event, with no admission charge, will take place in a focused trio of downtown Rock Island venues: the Desoto Building, MidCoast Gallery West/The ARTery and Quad City Arts. Artists will be set up with areas showcasing a variety of media, from jewelry and ceramics to body painting.

There's always plenty to do when artists are around. They will have free, hands-on clay activities for the kiddos Saturday afternoon at the Desoto Building.

Some artists will have exhibits for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in memory of local artist, William Martin, Jr.

Family time is always time well spent. It's helpful when it free and enriching experiences your children will remember, and be inspired by, for a lifetime.