The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is beginning the love month of February with these activities and events. Enjoy decorating cookies as presidents on WOW Wednesday. Then, meet Miss Cindy and get active with tennis and pickleball at Funtime Friday. And get ready for two Super Saturday events this month, Family Valentine Party on Saturday, February 9, and the Family Chinese New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 16. Each of these programs are free with regular admission or museum membership
Wednesday, February 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by US Bank Foundation. Discover the art of cookie decorating by making presidents out of cookies. WOW Wednesday is geared for school-aged kids and their families and is a perfect activity for a winter day with school early out. WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required.
Upcoming February topics for WOW Wednesday include: February 13 – Make Valentines for the Birds, 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.
Friday, February 8, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. Join Miss Cindy of River Cities Tennis and Pickleball Complex as she helps you get active with pickleball and tennis. It’s not too early to introduce your young child to racquet sports and the fun and coordination skills they bring. A snack will be served. 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 15 – Celebrate Chinese New Year, February 22 – Making Music with Miss April
Family Valentine’s Day Party
On Saturday, February 9, join in the fun at the Discovery Center for their annual Family Valentine’s Day Party, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop by to enjoy many holiday themed activities. Try your hand at cookie decorating – and eating -- with yummy homemade cookies. Play valentine games and get your face painted. There will also be a cool Valentine card creation station to make a special message for someone you love. This special event is free with regular museum admission or membership.
Sundays with Miss Jean
Every second and fourth Sunday of the month is Sundays with Miss Jean, and that means she will be here this Sunday, February 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. And you know what Miss Jean does; she brings chess, juggling, and logic puzzles for families to enjoy. It’s just like WOW Wednesday, only you get to see her another day.
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. This new, great 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 with a roaring traditional dragon dance with 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 activity stations, including: making a Chinese lantern, making a Fú good fortune plaque, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, or message them on Facebook at Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.