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Children's Discovery Center Features Live Owl & Clinton County Conservation NaturalistJanuary 11, 2021The Felix Adler Children's Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum!” invites people to enjoy the new year by meeting a live owl on Friday, January 15. The owl theme will continue throughout the weekend with programs on both Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. The week begins for the children’s museum with a fundraising night at a local restaurant.
Pizza Hut Fundraising Night: Monday, January 11
Pizza Hut on North Second Street, in Clinton, will hold a fundraising night to benefit the Discovery Center on Monday, January 11, 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. Carry out service is particularly easy for customers as Pizza Hut employees bring the pizzas out to the customers’ cars for convenience. The Discovery Center will receive 20% of everything sold during the two-hour fundraiser.
Funtime Friday, January 15 & Funtime Saturday, January 16: Winter Owls
This week at Funtime Friday, December 18 and Funtime Saturday, December 19, children and their families will learn about owls. Jessica Steines, naturalist with Clinton County Conservation, will be at the children’s museum on Friday. She will bring a live barred owl for participants to meet and observe. She will share her knowledge of these fascinating feathered friends and will lead participants in a themed craft.
On Saturday, Miss Roberta, education and programming coordinator at the Discovery Center, will use Miss Jessica’s nature artifacts and materials to continue teaching about owls, but the live bird will not be present. She will also lead participants in a corresponding craft activity.
The program begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. No advanced registration is needed, 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.
Funtime is the Discovery Center’s long-running morning program for young children and their caregivers. It is literacy-based and designed to support the developmental needs and school success skills of young children, although all ages are always welcome. Each week brings a different theme which is explored through reading a story book and engaging in related activities. Weekly activities are varied and include music, dance and movement, science experiments or demonstrations, holiday and cultural fun, arts and craft creations, guest presenters, biology and nature, guided exploration throughout the children’s museum, or others.
Saturday Special -- Make and Take Owl Art
Saturday Special is held every Saturday afternoon, from 3-4 p.m. This Saturday, January 16,
children and their families can use a variety of art materials to make owls. Owl fun-facts will also be shared.
The program is geared 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.
Birthday Party Room Rentals
The Discovery Center has two private party rooms available for rent for birthdays and other occasions. Each is themed with murals, and each has a kitchenette for service and tables and chairs for seating. There are no restrictions on food served. Rental of the room for two hours includes admission to the children’s museum for the host family and all party guests. For complete information and scheduling availability, contact the Discovery Center.
The New Way to Stay Safe and Play
The Discovery Center is open adjusted hours and is following a procedure for “the 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 all surfaces and to replace all toys and costumes.
On Sundays, the Discovery Center is open for an afternoon play period from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Toy rotation, sanitizing and disinfecting is done again 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 get one from the Discovery Center. Disposable masks are available for purchase for $1. If cloth face 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 and by Margo Hansen.
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 email@example.com or message them on Facebook at FelixAdlerChildrensDiscoveryCenter.
Contact:Sarah Lind, Executive Directordiscoverycenter@qwestoffice.net, (563) 243-3600