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Davenport, Iowa: Big Mother Goose

A big goose with a bonnet is all that remains of Mother Goose Land. Now part of a warm-weather-only outdoor kiddie park.

Fejervary Park

1800 W. 12th St., Davenport, IA
Fejervary Park. West side of town. I-280 exit 4, then east on Locust St. for four miles. Turn right (south) onto Division St., then right again onto 12th St. to the Park.
Gates open May-Oct Tu-F 10-6, Sa-Su 12-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Big Mother Goose

Mother Goose sits elegantly inside the Fejervary Learning Center Park. The park is free to enter. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy the park a little longer!

[Veronique Fernandez, 10/11/2019]
Mother Goose Statue

Mother Goose Land, now called Fejervary (Fedge-er-vary) Learning Center, covers 75 acres. It is nestled into the heart of Davenport, with views overlooking the Mississippi River. The zoo-turned-nature-learning-center has a variety of natural play areas centered around the 20-foot-tall Mother Goose statue, which is on the national historic registry, and is the focal point of the park. The park uses storybook imagery from Mother Goose nursery rhymes for nature-based education, including play areas dedicated to: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jack be Nimble, Hickory Dickory Dock, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

[Ryan M, 08/11/2018]

Mother Goose.

Mother Goose: Fejervary Learning Center

Mother Goose is still here at Fejervary Learning Center, which is open seasonally (Earth Day - Halloween). The zoo has been closed for quite some time, but this area now has a natural playground and interactive features for children to learn about nature and play, including a sensory, pollinator garden, fossil dig, and music. Mother Goose is a joy to see and the learning center is a fun place to visit.

[Ariel, 09/20/2016]
Mother Goose Statue

The big Mother Goose statue looked lovely from the other side of the fence. She is now part of a park that is open only a few days of the year. We were so disappointed!

[Rosie, 07/20/2015]

The former Mother Goose Land was turned into a public park that's open year-round, but apparently the surviving big Mother Goose statue is in an area that's fenced-off.

MOther Goose

Mother Goose Land Remnants

Mother Goose Land (or at least what is left of it) from the 1950s to the early 1970s was a kiddie park with a field like a bowl. Circling the bowl were little town stores and ghost towns. You could take a donkey ride around the bowl and peek into the buildings. Sadly, the little town stores and the burros are long gone, but Mother Goose has been restored to her glory.

[Rich, 03/03/2000]

September 2005 - Tricia reports: "Mother Goose Land is part of Fejervary Park (pronounced Fedge-er-wary). They have renovated this and along with Mother Goose is a small but nice zoo."

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