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  • Children's Discovery Center Family Programming Friday and Saturday

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    September 14, 2020
    The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!”  will be the focus of a fundraising night at Pizza Hut on Monday, September 14.  Then the week brings great family programming including squirty chalk at Funtime Friday, and a creation station at Saturday Special.  Also, the children’s museum is offering a birthday party special for the month of September with free arm painting.  

    Pizza Hut Fundraising Night - Monday, September 14
    Pizza Hut on North Second Street, in Clinton, will hold a fundraising night for the non-profit children’s museum this Monday, from 5 to 7 p.m., and the public is encouraged to eat good food for a good cause.

    Customers can order pizza for delivery or carry out, but the restaurant is not conducting dine-in service.  Carry out service is particularly easy for customers.  Pizza Hut employees bring the pizza out to the customer’s car for ease of pick-up.  The Discovery Center will receive 20% of everything sold during the two-hour fundraiser.

    Funtime Friday:  Patriot Day - Friday, September 18
    Funtime Friday is the Discovery Center’s popular program for young children and their grown-ups, held every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.  The activity for Friday, September 18, will be making squirty chalk.  Everyone in the family can work together to concoct the recipe, load it into squirt bottles, then go outside on the Discovery Center’s big concrete porch for some outdoor art fun.  Participants will be socially distanced as they experience the shared activities.  No snack will be served. 

    Saturday Special:  Creation Station - Saturday, September 19
    The Discovery Center education staff has added a new program to your weekly line up in an effort to help area families with meaningful at-home learning experiences.  Saturday Special will be held every Saturday afternoon, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.  Children and families are invited to drop in for a fun and educational discovery time together.  Each week the children’s museum will present an opportunity for hands-on learning with topics including science demos, art techniques, engineering challenges, musical exploration, games, cultural topics, and much more.  

    Saturday, September 19, brings a Creation Station.  Enjoy an open workshop atmosphere and build and create using found objects.  Upcycle everyday items into unique treasures.  Project ideas will be supplied for inspiration or participants can follow their imaginations to dream up their own ideas.

    The Saturday Special program requires no advance registration and is free with regular museum admission.

    Upcoming topics include: 
    September 26, Twist Balloons -- Come learn the basics of balloon twisting from Sheryl Huizenga, of Fulton.  She'll feature the bumble bee, and also teach other basic balloon moves.  Children and adults alike will be introduced to the skill of making balloon art.

    Birthday Party Special
    The Discovery Center is running a special for birthdays and other parties during the month of September.  Customers who reserve a private party room and hold their party at the children’s museum in September, will receive free arm painting for their party guests.  This is a $15 savings.

    To enhance safety, the Discovery Center has transitioned to arm painting, rather than their much-loved face painting.  Arm painting uses a plexiglass window on a stand to separate the painter and the paintee.  The window sits on top of a table and provides just enough clearance for the paintee to put his or her arm under for painting.  And, while wearing masks, communication and friendliness can still be enjoyed.  They Discovery Center has been using this arm painting method successfully since offering it at the LumberKings’ stadium on the Fourth of July. 

    Families can choose from two private event rooms each adorned with hand-painted murals. Each room has a kitchenette and tables and chairs for guests.  There are no restrictions on food that may be brought in.  Room rental includes admission to the children’s museum for all party guests.  Please call the Discovery Center to reserve dates and times.
    Monarch Caterpillar and Butterfly Exhibit
    A seasonal exhibit currently on display at the Discovery Center is the monarch caterpillar habitat. Many monarch butterfly eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises are on display to teach about the insect’s lifecycle.  Guests can watch caterpillars eat milkweed, make chrysalises and hatch into butterflies.  The exhibit will continue until after the Great Migration, sometime in late September, when area butterflies will join the group flight south to over winter.
    New Hours & New Way to Stay Safe and Play
    The Discovery Center is open adjusted hours and is following a procedure for “a new way to stay safe and play.”  Hours are Fridays and Saturdays with a morning play period from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and an afternoon play period from 2:30 to 5 p.m.  The mid-day closure is a time for museum staff to sanitize and disinfect surfaces and to replace toys and costumes.  On Sundays, the Discovery Center will be open for an afternoon play period from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 

    Face masks are required for everyone ages two and older.  Guests may wear their own masks or they may get one at the Discovery Center.  Disposable masks are available for purchase for $1.  If cloth masks are preferred, they are available to rent for $1. The cloth masks were hand-sewn for the Discovery Center by the Clinton County Mask Task Force volunteers.

    Also the Discovery Center drinking fountains are off for hygiene reasons so guests are encouraged to bring their own bottled water if desired.  Bottled water is also available to purchase for $1.

    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 close contact with someone who is ill with COVID-19, are asked to not 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.

    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.

    Contact them at (563) 243-3600, email at info@adlerdiscoverycenter.org or message them on Facebook at FelixAdlerChildren’sDiscoveryCenter.

    Sarah Lind, Executive Director
    discoverycenter@qwestoffice.net, (563) 243-3600