• Children's Discovery Center Celebrates Felix Adler Day & Baby Shark!

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    June 10, 2019
    The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is celebrating their 30th annual Felix Adler Day on Saturday, June 15. Come – rain or shine – from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to join the Discovery Center’s celebration of their biggest event of the year. This festival is held in honor of Frank B. “Felix” Adler, who was a famous clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, from Clinton, Iowa, and the inspiration for the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.

    Felix Adler Day gives everyone free admission to the Discovery Center and the festival grounds. There will be plenty of family fun to be had and things to explore both on the festival grounds and in the museum.  This includes: pony rides, petting zoo, trackless train rides, live stage shows, inflatable bouncy houses, game tent with prizes every time, face painting, balloon artists, professional clowns, and a food booth by the Futon Kiwanis Club with all proceeds going to the Discovery Center.

    Entertainment on the Showcase Stage, outside under the big tent, includes:
                10 a.m. – Festival Opening Ceremony with the National Anthem,
                10:15 a.m. – Clinton Community Children’s Choir brings you “It’s Showtime!” with some Broadway hits including: Wizard of Oz and 76 Trombones.
                11:30 a.m. – River City Municipal Band with patriotic music and show tunes,
                12:15 p.m. – Dance 4 Joy Dancers,
                1:30 p.m. – Mr. Taylor Sings,
                2:00 p.m. – Showboat Deckhands with a taste of this summer’s Children’s Theatre, featuring excerpts from James and the Giant Peach and Really Rosie,
                2:30 p.m. – Mr. Taylor Sings.

    The festival is sponsored by more than 30 generous area businesses including: Sethness Caramel Color, Pizza Ranch, Lectronics Inc., Clinton Herald (Media Contributor), Fulton Kiwanis, The Insurance Group and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company,  LumberKings, RHA Service, Bridgeview Community Mental Health, Citizens First Bank, Colony Brands & SC Contact Center, First Gateway Credit Union, First Wealth Financial Group, Hensley Disposal, JT Cullen, Loyal Order of Moose – Clinton Lodge #363, Michael Callan DDS MS PC, Petersen Sanitary Cleaning, Sisters of St. Francis, Virdi Eye Clinic of Iowa, Cornerstone Wellness, Custom-Pak, Employers Service Bureau Inc., James F. Voss Agency/American Family Insurance, KROS AM – FM, MaC94.7 – KCLN, Nutrition Plus, Pape Funeral Home, Sterling Federal Bank, WA-TAN-YE, Westgate Orthodontic Group, Windmill Realty, Women of the Moose Chapter 474, and Walmart.

    Other great Discovery Center activities and events leading up to Felix Adler Day include: WOW Wednesday bringing a whale of a Father’s Day craft. Then, come sing the popular “Baby Shark” song with us on Funtime Friday. Each of these programs is free with regular museum admission or membership. Also, a reminder that the Discovery Center is a Blue Star Museum, giving free admission to active duty military and their families through Labor Day, September 1.

    WOW Wednesday
    Wednesday, June 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by US Bank Foundation. Make a whale of a good Father’s Day card at the Please-Touch-Table.

    WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is a great activity for a school break, early out and homeschoolers. WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required – it is an enrichment program with no extra class fee.

    Miss Jean is also here every WOW Wednesday, with her chess, juggling and logic puzzles. Miss Jean 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, she has on hand three large cases of logic puzzles, construction materials, and hands on brain teasers to fascinate any age.  She can teach anyone; all ages and abilities are welcome.

    Funtime Friday
    Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. Sink your teeth into this shark themed Funtime Friday. Come sing along with Baby Shark Billy to the popular kid’s song “Baby Shark.” As always there will be a snack to go along with the theme. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime, especially during school breaks and summer vacations.

    Blue Star Museum
    Again this year, the Discovery Center will participate in the Blue Star Museum program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. This program begins on Armed Forces Day, May 18, and runs through Labor Day, September 1.  As a Blue Star Museum, the Discovery Center will give free museum admission to active duty military and their families (up to five family members).  Active military includes: Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve Members. Please present your active duty card at the admission desk when you come to the Discovery Center.

    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. They are open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 5 p.m. 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.

    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.
    Nikki McGinnis, Marketing Coordinator
    (563) 243-3600