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    January 25, 2021
    It’s time to warm up your winter with an art project at the Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!” This week brings programs on painting with snow crystals as well as a pizza restaurant fundraiser.

    Pizza Hut Fundraising Night: Tuesday, January 26
    The fundraisers at Pizza Hut on North Second Street, in Clinton, continue this Tuesday, January 26.  The Discovery Center will receive 20 percent of all sales between 5 and 7 p.m.  Customers may order for carry-out or delivery.   Carry out service is particularly convenient as Pizza Hut employees bring the pizzas out to  customers’ cars for convenience. 

    Funtime Friday, January 29 & Funtime Saturday, January 30:  Snow Painting
    This week at Funtime Friday, January 29, and Funtime Saturday, January 30, art will take center stage with snow painting.  Children and their grown ups can experiment with a crayon relief technique. The special paint will be made with “snow crystals” to yield icy, sparkling results. No art experience is necessary and unbridled creativity is encouraged.

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

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

    Funtime is the Discovery Center’s long-running morning program for young children and their caregivers.  It is literacy-based and designed to support the developmental needs and school success skills of young children, although all ages are always welcome.  Each week brings a different theme which is explored through reading a story book and engaging in related activities. Weekly activities are varied and include music, dance and movement, science experiments or demonstrations, holiday and cultural fun, arts and craft creations, guest presenters, biology and nature, guided exploration throughout the children’s museum, or others.

    Saturday Special -- Snow Painting Continues into the Afternoon
    Saturday Special is held every Saturday afternoon, from 3-4 p.m. and is geared for school-aged kids.  On Saturday, January 30, snow painting will continue.  Children and their families will also learn about the scientific technique at work with the paint resist method. 

    This program requires no advance registration and participation is free with regular museum admission.  Families participating will be socially distanced and masks are required.

    Pizza Ranch Fundraiser Night Monday, February 1
    Pizza Ranch in Clinton, will host a Community Impact night to support the Discovery Center on Monday, February 1, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Orders must be carry-out only to qualify for the fundraiser.  Customers may call ahead to order or order on the Pizza Ranch website.  The restaurant will donate ten percent of everything sold during the fundraiser to the non-profit children’s museum.

    Birthday Party Room Rentals
    The Discovery Center is a great place to host a party.  All attendees are required to wear face masks while in the children’s museum. There are 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.

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