Children's Discovery Center Expands Hours

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May 20, 2021
The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!”  is on their way back to normal hours and will now be open on Thursdays.  Also, programs this week include kicking off library summer reading programs, and a Lego set giveaway.

Current hours of operation for the Discovery Center are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Additionally, the children’s museum will no longer close mid-day, allowing for play during the day.

Funtime Friday, May 21, and Funtime Saturday, May 22: 
Kick Off Summer Reading with Miss Kerri of the Camanche Public Library
Children and families can meet Miss Kerri, Camanche Public Library children’s librarian, at Funtime Friday and Funtime Saturday, on May 21 and May 22.

The library will soon launch its summer reading program, “Reading Colors Your World,” and all area children are welcome to register for this free reading incentive program.  At Funtime, Miss Kerri will read stories and be ready to register young readers.

No advanced registration is needed to attend Funtime, and participation is free with regular museum admission. Families participating will be socially distanced and masks are required.

Funtime programming is sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs of Clinton, Camanche and Fulton. Upcoming Funtime programming:  May 28 and 29 -- Celebrate the Summer Reading Program with the Clinton Public Library.

Saturday Special Afternoon Program, May 22:  Take the Lego Mystery Challenge and Sign Up to Win a Free Lego Set
Michelle Kelley, LyondellBasell engineer, will be back at the Discovery Center on Saturday, May 22, from 3 to 4 p.m., with another Lego challenge.  She will feature building with Lego Technic, a series of Legos which includes beams, gear wheels and axles.  These devices make it possible to recreate more complex models offering increased challenges for older kids and adults.  Also, everyone who participates in the Lego challenge that afternoon will have a chance to win a Lego Technic building set that will be given away that day.

The program is designed for school-aged children and their grown-ups although all ages are always welcome.  This program requires no advance registration and participation is free with regular museum admission.  Families participating will be socially distanced and masks are required.

Upcoming Saturday Special programming:  May 29, Elephant Toothpaste

The Discovery Center is a Blue Star Museum, now through Labor Day, September 6, 2021
For the twelfth consecutive year, the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center is participating in the Blue Star Museum Program, and will offer free admission for active duty military and their families, through Labor Day.

The program is coordinated by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.  Active duty military must show their active duty card, and may also receive free museum admission for up to five family members.  Military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve Members.

Additionally, the Discovery Center offers free admission year-round for veterans. Veteran ID must be shown.
Museum Hours and Safety
The Discovery Center is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 5 p.m., and Sundays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Toy rotation, sanitizing and disinfecting is done at the end of each day.

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.

Properly worn face masks are required for everyone ages two and older.  Guests may wear their own masks or may purchase one from the Discovery Center. 

Guests are asked not to bring in food or snacks to be eaten during general playtimes.  The only food allowed is for scheduled private parties held inside the closed party rooms. 

Also, as a precaution, members of the public who are experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath, other coronavirus symptoms or who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, are asked not to enter the Discovery Center at this time. 

The mission of the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center 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.

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.
Contact them at (563) 243-3600, email at or message them on Facebook at FelixAdlerChildrensDiscoveryCenter.

The Kiwanis Club of Clinton recently made a $250 donation to the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center to support the children’s museum’s Funtime Friday & Saturday learning program for preschoolers. This week, the Funtime program will feature special guest Camanche Library children’s librarian Kerri Kudelka.  For more information on the Funtime program or other events at the Discovery Center, call them at (563) 243-3600.  Pictured (from left) Kiwanians Dr. Ashley Susie, Anne Schneider, Anne West, Matt Parbs, Discovery Center executive director Sarah Lind, Kiwanians Cathy McDanel, Eddie Dunham, Lori Hill Susie, Kris Wiersema, and Rachelle Susie.

Sarah Lind, Executive Director, (563) 243-3600