• Children's Discovery Center Celebrates the Summer Olympics

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    July 21, 2021
    Celebrate the Summer Olympics this week at the Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!”  Saturday afternoon brings a Lego challenge with engineer Michelle. Also, Tuesday is the night to eat Pizza Hut pizza and support the children’s museum.

    Funtime Friday, July 23, and Funtime Saturday, July 24: 
    Celebrate The Summer Olympics
    The Summer Olympics kick off on Friday, July 23, and the Discovery Center’s Funtime Program will celebrate.  Children will learn about the various sports competing in the international competition.  They they can try their hand at an obstacle course to challenge their balance, strength, and coordination.  The winners will be those who have the most fun.

    The Funtime programs begin promptly at 10:30 each morning.  Activities include a book and themed hands-on exploration.  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. 
    Upcoming Funtime programming:  July 30 and 31, Celebrate Friendship Day.
    Saturday Special Afternoon Program, July 24:  Engineer Michelle’s Lego Challenge
    On Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 4 p.m. the Saturday Special program will bring a Lego challenge.  Michelle Kelley, environmental engineer with LyondellBasell will host an hour of creative building, problem solving, and innovation using the Discovery Center’s collection of Lego bricks.  Come take the challenge and chat with a real engineer about what she does in her profession.

    This weekly program is designed to teach and entertain school-aged children and their grown-ups and 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.

    Upcoming Saturday Special programming:  July 31, Friendship Bracelets for Friendship Day.

    The Discovery Center is a Blue Star Museum, now through Labor Day, September 6, 2021
    For the twelfth consecutive year, the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center is participating in the Blue Star Museum Program, and will offer free admission for active duty military and their families, through Labor Day.

    The program is coordinated by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.  Active duty military must show their active duty card to receive free museum admission for up to five family members.  Military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve Members.

    More information on the Blue Star Museum program can be found at bluestarfam.org.

    Additionally, the Discovery Center offers free admission year-round for veterans. Veteran ID must be shown.

    Hold Your Next Party or Special Occasion at the Discovery Center
    Hosting a birthday party or other special event is easy at the Discovery Center.  The museum has two private party rooms available for rent.  Each is decorated with hand-painted murals, and each room has:
    kitchenette amenities with a sink, refrigerator/freezer and serving space; seating for both adults and children with highchairs & booster seats available, and doors to close for privacy when needed.

    There is no restriction on food served at a party, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

    An arm painting artist can also be on hand for party guests and is available with an additional cost.

    A deposit is required to reserve a room and date, and reservations are taken on a first come first served basis.  Four party times are available on Saturdays, and two are available on Sundays.  Other times may be arranged upon inquiry.

    Properly worn face masks are required for all party hosts and guests.  Party attendees may remove masks when eating inside the private rooms.

    Museum Hours and Safety
    The Discovery Center is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., and Sundays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

    Properly worn face masks are required for everyone ages two and older.  Guests may wear their own masks or may purchase one from the Discovery Center.  Toy rotation, sanitizing and disinfecting is done 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.

    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