• Children's Discovery Center Celebrates Science with Winter Birds

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    January 11, 2022
    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!”  is all about learning through play.  This week’s drop-in educational programs offer families new science experiences while having fun.

    Funtime Friday & Funtime Saturday, at 10:30 a.m.
    This Friday, January 14, and Saturday, January 15, the Funtime program will present Calling All Birds, to get kids and adults ready to be citizen scientists for the Great Backyard Birdcount, a project conducted each year by the Audubon Society, Cornell University Ornithology Labs, and Bird Canada. 

    These groups need people all over North America to watch for, count, and record the wild birds that come through their backyards, during the course of a particular weekend.  They rely on regular citizens to be their scientist helpers, and everyone is invited to help.  The Great Backyard Birdcount this year will be

    February 18 through 21.
    The Discovery Center’s Funtime program will teach children and grown-ups how to identify common Midwest backyard birds, and participants will make pinecone birdfeeders to take home and set out.  Information on counting, recording, and submitting data to the Birdcount will be provided.  People will also be able to download free bird ID apps that can be used for all ages.
    The Funtime program begins at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and is a free activity with museum admission.

    Saturday Special, 2 to 3 p.m. each week
    Saturday Special is Saturday afternoon fun each week at the Discovery Center, from 2 to 3 p.m.  The activity is perfect for school-aged kids and their grown-ups to explore a topic and try their hands at something new.  All ages are always welcome.

    This Saturday, January 15, brings the first LEGO Challenge of the new year.  Michelle Kelley, environmental engineer with LyondellBasell and Discovery Center volunteer, will lead kids and adults through a creative building experience.  Participants will use their imaginations and problem-solving skills to complete the challenge using the thousands of LEGO bricks at the museum. 

    Discovery Center Open Thursdays through Sundays
    The Discovery Center is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Weekly Funtime Friday and Saturday, and Saturday Special programs are included with admission, require no pre-registration, and families are encouraged to simply stop by and enjoy the fun.

    The Discovery Center is located in Downtown Clinton, at 332 8th Avenue South, at the foot of the U.S. 30 Bridge over the mighty Mississippi. 

    Face masks are required to enter the Discovery Center and play for everyone ages two and older.

    Admission is $4 per person for ages two to 64, $3 per person for ages 65 and older, free for children one year and younger, and free for Discovery Center members.  Annual memberships are available at the 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.  They turn no one away based on inability to pay.

    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.

    Sarah Lind, Executive Director
    giftshop@adlerdiscoverycenter.org, (563) 243-3600