• Children's Discovery Center Celebrates Local Author

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    April 19, 2019
    The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is growing into May with these fun activities and events. Make your own mini greenhouse on WOW Wednesday. Then, meet local author Alexis Boeh-Petersen on Funtime Friday. Each of these programs is free with regular museum admission or membership. And mark your calendars for May activities including Great Give Day on May 9, and a Mother’s Day Event and Discovery Center Rummage Sale, both on May 11.
    WOW Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 24, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by US Bank Foundation. At the Please Touch Table you can make your own mini greenhouse; plant the seed, take it home, tape to it the window, and watch it grow!

    WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is a great activity for a school break, early out and homeschoolers. WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required – it is an enrichment program with no extra class fee.

    Miss Jean is also here every WOW Wednesday, with her chess, juggling and logic puzzles. She will also be at the Discovery Center on Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. for some weekend fun.  Miss Jean teaches beginning chess to all, from preschoolers through adult, or she will play a strategic game with an opponent to match their skill level. Additionally, she loves to juggle and can teach anyone of any age to become a successful juggler. Also, she has on hand three large cases of logic puzzles, construction materials, and hands on brain teasers to fascinate any age.  She can teach anyone; all ages and abilities are welcome. 

    Funtime Friday
    Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. This week is a special treat. Local author Alexis Boeh-Petersen will be at the Discovery Center to read her book, Buster Goes to the Doctor. As always there will be a fun craft and a snack to go along. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime, especially during school breaks.

    Chinese Language & Culture Class
    Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. is the second day of a two part class on Chinese Language and Culture at the Discovery Center, taught by the students of Pangaea International Academy. These students from China are living in Clinton for the school year and are attending Clinton High School. Participants will learn basic Chinese (Mandarin) including how to say and write their names, numbers, and everyday object words.  Chinese handicrafts and Chinese games will also be taught and enjoyed.  Each session will also include free time in the children’s museum. For those that did not participate in the first class, call or visit the Discovery Center to register.  This class is open to children in third through twelfth grades and pre-registration and a class fee is required. The “second class only” registration fee is $7 for non-members and $6 for members.

    Great Give Day
    Thursday, May 9 is Great Give Day, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.  This online giving event ( www.greatgiveday.org) shines the spotlight on local non-profits as they work to grow their endowment funds housed at Clinton’s River Bluff Community Foundation.  The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center Endowment Fund is with River Bluff, and the Discovery Center is participating.

    Those wishing to make a charitable donation to the Discovery Center’s endowment fund may do so now, with early-bird online scheduling. In fact, your gift to the Felix Alder Children’s Discovery Center Endowment Fund can grow – it will be matched dollar-to-dollar and doubled. This is thanks to $10,000, given by a local anonymous donor, who wants their money used to match donations to local endowment funds. These matching funds are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please make your donation early before matching funds are gone.

    An endowment fund is important because it is a resource for the future that will support the Discovery Center’s mission that Clinton area families have a place to learn together through play for many years to come.

    Please go to the Great Give Day website and pledge your support of “Clinton, Iowa’s Children’s Museum.”

    Rummage Sale
    On Saturday, May 11, the Discovery Center is holding a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop by and have a look at the great deals in the Discovery Center parking lot. You'll receive a FREE admission pass with your purchase. All proceeds will benefit Clinton's non-profit children's museum and support our many programs and special events. The Discovery Center is also looking for items to add to the rummage sale. If you would like to donate any item, please contact Andy at 563-468-7108.

    Celebrate Moms
    On Saturday May 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. plan to come make a beautiful Mother’s Day card for your wonderful mom. A creative, colorful creation station will be available for you.

    The Discovery Center is located at 332 8th Avenue South in downtown Clinton, Iowa, at the foot of the U.S. 30 Bridge over the mighty Mississippi – where the Lincoln Highway meets the Great River Road. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $4 per person ages two to 64, $3 per person ages 65 and older, free for children one and younger, and free for members of the children's museum.

    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center is a non-profit children's museum whose mission is to provide a safe and positive environment for families to discover the world by exploring arts, culture, literacy and science through educational programs and interactive exhibits.

    For more information on the children's museum and its many programs, contact them at (563) 243-3600, email info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org, or message them on Facebook at Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.
    Nikki McGinnis, Marketing Coordinator
    (563) 243-3600