• Children's Discovery Center Hosts Free Dental Screenings & Lego Engineering Challenges

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    February 22, 2021
    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!”  will partner with state dental health initiative I-Smile to offer free children’s dental screenings, on Friday and Saturday mornings.  On Saturday afternoon, a monthly Lego build challenge will be offered.  And Tuesday evening brings a Pizza Hut fundraising night for the children’s museum.
    Pizza Hut Fundraising Night: Tuesday, February 23

    Pizza Hut on North Second Street, in Clinton, will hold a fundraising night to benefit the Discovery Center on Tuesday, February 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to eat good food for a good cause.

    Customers can order pizza for delivery or carry out.  Carry out service is particularly easy for customers as Pizza Hut employees bring the pizzas out to the customers’ cars for convenience.  The Discovery Center will receive 20% of everything sold during the two-hour fundraiser.

    Funtime Friday, February 26 & Funtime Saturday, February 27:  Dental Health Month
    with I-Smile

    This week at Funtime Friday, February 26, and Funtime Saturday, February 27, parents and caregivers can help safeguard children’s teeth by participating in the I-Smile presentation.  Shannon McManus, I-Smile coordinator for Clinton and Jackson counties, will give free dental screenings and free fluoride varnishes to all children participating.  She will also present proper tooth care in an entertaining and child-friendly way. 

    I-Smile promotes good dental practices to insure healthy teeth and overall physical health.

    The program begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.  No advanced registration is needed, and participation is free with regular museum admission. Families participating will be socially distanced and masks are required.

    Funtime programming is sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs of Clinton, Camanche and Fulton.

    Saturday Special -- Monthly Lego Challenge: Build Your Name
    Saturday Special is held every Saturday afternoon, from 3-4 p.m. On Saturday, January 23,
    Michelle Kelley, museum volunteer and engineer with LyondellBasell, will challenge participants to build their names with Lego blocks.  Challenges will include flat building, 3D building, and building with color requirements.  Lego challenges provide the opportunity for children to problem solve, engage in trial and error, overcome setbacks, and set and reach goals.  The Discovery Center’s extensive collection of Legos will be available.

    The program is geared for school-aged children and their grown-ups although all ages are always welcome.  This program requires no advance registration and participation is free with regular museum admission.  Families participating will be socially distanced and masks are required.

    33rd Annual Omelet Breakfast Fundraiser:  Sunday, March 21
    Save the date for the Discovery Center’s 33rd annual Omelet Breakfast scheduled for Sunday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event will be carry-out only with all orders placed in advance.

    The event is a traditional fundraiser for the non-profit organization, and was canceled last year due to the onset of the coronavirus.  Proceeds will support educational programs.

    The menu includes the time-honored favorite entrée of made-to-order omelets, sausage, pancakes, and pastries.  Volunteers will include local prominent citizens and elected officials.  Meals will be ready for pick-up in the large parking lot in front of the Discovery Center, and will be delivered to customers in their cars.

    Tickets must be ordered in advance:  $10 for adults and teens, $5 for children ages three to 12, and free for children two and younger.

    Contact the Discovery Center for tickets and more information.

    Birthday Party Room Rentals
    The Discovery Center has two private party rooms available for rent for birthdays and other occasions. Each is themed with murals, and each has a kitchenette for service and tables and chairs for seating. There are no restrictions on food served.  Rental of the room for two hours includes admission to the children’s museum for the host family and all party guests.  For complete information and scheduling availability, contact the Discovery Center.

    The New Way to Stay Safe and Play
    The Discovery Center is open adjusted hours and is following a procedure for “the new way to stay safe and play.”  Hours are Fridays and Saturdays, with a morning play period from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon play period from 2:30 to 5 p.m.  The mid-day closure is a time for museum staff to sanitize and disinfect all surfaces and to replace all toys and costumes. 

    On Sundays, the Discovery Center is open for an afternoon play period from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Toy rotation, sanitizing and disinfecting is done again at the end of each day.

    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.

    Properly worn face masks are required for everyone ages two and older.  Guests may wear their own masks or may get one from the Discovery Center.  Disposable masks are available for purchase for $1.  If cloth face masks are preferred, they are available to rent for $1. The cloth masks were hand-sewn for the Discovery Center by the Clinton County Mask Task Force volunteers and by Margo Hansen.

    Guests are asked not to bring in food or snacks to be eaten during general playtimes.  The only food allowed is for scheduled private parties held inside the closed party rooms. 

    Also, as a precaution, members of the public who are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, other coronavirus symptoms or who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, are asked not to enter the Discovery Center at this time. 

    The mission of the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center 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.  They turn no one away based on inability to pay.

    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.

    Contact them at (563) 243-3600, email at info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org or message them on Facebook at FelixAdlerChildrensDiscoveryCenter.


    Michelle Kelley, engineer with LyondellBasell, and museum volunteer, leads a recent Lego challenge at the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.  Kelley will present a Lego program this Saturday, February 27, from 3 to 4 p.m., challenging participants to build their names in a variety of ways, using the popular construction blocks.  The program is free with regular children’s museum admission.  For more information contact the Discovery Center on Facebook or by calling (563) 243-3600.

    Sarah Lind, Executive Director
    discoverycenter@qwestoffice.net, (563) 243-3600