News Releases   June 27, 2016

John Deere Pavilion Hosts 9th Annual Learn & Play Day on Saturday, July 16

MOLINE, Illinois (June 27, 2016) – Kids of all ages are invited to come play and learn about a day in the life of John Deere customers at the John Deere Pavilion's annual Learn & Play Day on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this free event, children will learn about life on a farm, see what it's like to work on a construction site, explore the world of forestry and more.

As the John Deere Pavilion's biggest event of the year, Learn & Play Day typically attracts guests from across the Midwest. "We love offering this fun learning opportunity to families because it's a great way to show kids how we are all linked to the land in many different ways," said Brigitte Tapscott, manager of the John Deere Pavilion. "Our event is designed to keep kids entertained while they learn about life on a farm, or how a road is built. We have activities both inside and outside our facility that will provide plenty of learning and fun for the whole family."

For hands-on fun, kids can test their driving skills in a battery-powered Gator™ obstacle course or put their muscles to work in a pedal-powered tractor pull. Other special exhibits include a petting zoo and a construction zone to test toy equipment in sand. Kids who complete all the "chores" in Little Johnny's Farm area, including milking a cow (not a real one), will receive a special treat. Blacksmith demonstrations will also be conducted on site throughout the day.

Also featured throughout the day will be a variety of informational booths from ag-related organizations including the Rock Island Farm Bureau, Rock Island 4H & Extension, Midwest Dairy Association and Country Corner.

The John Deere Pavilion Learn & Play Day is open to the public and is free of charge. The John Deere Pavilion is located at 1400 River Road in Moline. For more information, please call 309-765-1000 or visit us online at

About the John Deere Pavilion

Located along the shores of the Mississippi River near the company's original Moline plow factory, the John Deere Pavilion has attracted more than three million guests from around the world since it opened in 1997. The 14,000-square-foot, glass- and steel-enclosed structure features a wide variety of fun and informative hands-on exhibits about Deere & Company's global businesses and products, its rich history and heritage, and how it's helping meet the challenges of a growing global population. The John Deere Pavilion is a free attraction and is open to the public year-round. For more information call 309- 765-1000 or visit us online at

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