• Children's Discovery Center Celebrates Chinese New Year

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    February 11, 2019
    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is loving  February and enjoying these activities and events. Make a delicious Valentine for the birds on WOW Wednesday. Then, help us get ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Funtime Friday. Don’t miss out on the amazing Family Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 16. Each of these programs are free with regular admission or museum membership. Also, Wendy’s Restaurant night fundraiser is Monday, February 18.

    WOW Wednesday
    Wednesday, February 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by US Bank Foundation. Make a tasty Valentine to hang outside for the birds.  Hang it near a window and watch how happy your feathered friends will be. WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is a great activity for a winter day with school early out.  WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required – it is a “class” with no extra class fee.

    Upcoming February topics for WOW Wednesday include: February 20 – Make Chinese Dragons & Learn About China, February 27 – What is a Tornado? Let’s Make One in a Jar!

    Every WOW Wednesday also brings Miss Jean, a retired teacher who shares chess, juggling and logic puzzles at the Discovery Center. She 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, Sweeney has on hand three large cases of logic puzzles, construction materials, and hands on brain teasers to fascinate any age.  Her new construction set is Joinks, so come check it out.
     
    Funtime Friday
    Friday, February 15, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. Join in as children will begin to learn about how Chinese boys and girls celebrate their very important holiday, the Lunar New Year. Participants will make a small dragon puppet just like the giant dragon of the traditions.  All will join together with their puppets to enjoy a Discovery Center version of the dragon dance.  A snack will be served and Chinese tea can be tasted. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime.
    Upcoming February topics for Funtime Friday include: February 22 – Making Music with Miss April

    Super Saturday:  Family Chinese New Year Celebration
    On Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., celebrate a traditional Chinese New Year at the Discovery Center with this special Super Saturday program. This cultural event is perfect for children and families. The Discovery Center is teaming up with friends from the Pangea International Academy to bring you an insightful and culture-rich experience. You’ll meet students from China who are attending Clinton High School as they share with us the customs and traditions of Chinese children and their families. This celebration will start off promptly at 11 a.m., with a traditional dragon dance utilizing a giant dragon puppet operated by eight dancers, accompanied by two drummers. This will lead into demonstrations of a Chinese tea ceremony, a traditional Chinese dance, and Tai Chi. Following the stage exhibitions, families will be invited to explore hands on activity stations, including: making a Chinese lantern, making a Fú good fortune plaque to hang on your home’s front door, sampling tea and a Chinese treat, photo opportunities with the giant dragon puppet, and adults can inscribe special messages on red packets for their children.

    Wendy’s Restaurant Night Fundraiser
    Monday, January 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. is Wendy’s Restaurant Fundraising Night. Wendy’s will donate 10% of all sales made during that time to the Discovery Center. Whether you’re dining in, carrying out, or going through the drive thru – you’ll be helping your local children’s museum.
     
    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. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 5 p.m. 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.
    Contact:
    Nikki McGinnis, Marketing Coordinator
    (563) 243-3600