The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," is having great success raising monarch caterpillars and hatching butterflies. They are also teaching about other insects, this summer. On Wednesday, learn about a bee’s home with a recycling craft. On Friday, meet Miss Sarah and her monarch butterflies; then come read with Ms. Cotton on Saturday morning at Storytime Saturday. Each of these programs is free with regular museum admission or membership. Also, please remember that the Discovery Center is a Blue Star Museum, granting free admission to active duty military and their families through Labor Day. And save the date for the new Discovery Center fundraiser “Let’s Make a Play Date!” on Thursday, September 19.
WOW Wednesday: Buzzing Bees
Wednesday, August 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by Clinton Lions Club. Make your way to the Please-Touch-Table to learn about bees and their homes. You’ll get to do a special craft that makes honeycomb out of bubble wrap.
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.
WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is a great activity for a summer afternoon. WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required – it is an enrichment program with no extra class fee.
Funtime Friday: Miss Sarah’s Monarchs
Friday, August 16, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. Miss Sarah and the staff at the Discovery Center have been tending their monarch habitat all summer. In late August and early September, they will also be tagging the migrating generation through a program called monarchwatch.org. Come to Funtime Friday and learn about the monarch project and the lifecycle of the butterfly. You’ll get a close-up look at monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies. As always this program includes a snack and story to go with the theme. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime, especially during summer vacations when everyone is out of school.
Storytime Saturday: “Pigs and Pups”
Every Saturday during this summer at 10 a.m. is Storytime Saturday with Ms. Cotton. Enjoy a good book (or two!) on a Saturday morning with Rachel Cotton, an Americorps Literacy Volunteer. This week’s theme is “Pigs and Pups.” Ms. Cotton will bring her passion for books, reading and fun; and many will know her from her work at Eagle Heights Elementary this year. Running less than an hour each Saturday, the program is designed to engage all levels of readers -- emerging to proficient -- and promises to be great family fun. A FREE enrichment program with your regular museum admission!
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.
Discovery Center Community Outreach
The Discovery Center is out and about helping its community by bringing its brand of entertainment and fun to area organizations. Come visit them at the following event: Clinton’s All-Church Block Party, Sunday, August 18, 4 to 6 p.m, in Clinton Park, across from Central Fire Station – providing free facepainting.
Let’s Have a Play Date Fundraiser
Grown ups only: Plan to attend the “Let’s Have A Play Date” fundraising evening on Thursday, September 19, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the Vista Grande. This will be an ‘adults only’ party with dinner, drinks, dancing, and a silent auction, designed for the kid in all of us. Music provided by Coupe DeVille Learn to play again at a party that will showcase some of the great learning experiences offered at your local children’s museum. You can call to reserve your table or buy your tickets at 563-243-3600.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
, or message them on Facebook at Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center.