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  • Families Celebrate Chinese New Year at Discovery Center

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    February 10, 2020
    The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, "Clinton, Iowa's Children's Museum," will host a very special Chinese New Year Celebration for children and families on Saturday, February 15.  During the week, they will enjoy Valentine’s Day with holiday games at WOW Wednesday, and special guests Clinton High Singing Valentines at Funtime Friday. All of these programs is free with regular museum admission or membership.
    Family Chinese New Year Celebration
    A very special Family Chinese New Year Celebration, will be held Saturday, February 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Again this year, the Discovery Center will partner with students from Pangaea International Academy for a celebration of cultural understanding. The students will share the many ways Chinese boys and girls celebrate the new year.

    The afternoon will begin with the dynamic dragon dance.  The giant puppet requires eight people to operate and is a new year tradition.  Then stage shows will entertain with a tea ceremony, a traditional Chinese dance, and some music.  Hands on activities will include learning to write a good luck symbol in Chinese, making a dragon puppet to take home, and writing your name in Chinese. Come celebrate the year of the rat as a family. This special program is free with regular museum admission and no pre-registration is required.

    WOW Wednesday: Valentine Bean Bag Toss Games
    Wednesday, February 12, from 2 to 6 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center, sponsored by Clinton Lions Club. Stop by the Please-Touch-Table. At this WOW Wednesday, have fun playing
    Valentine’s games and bean bag toss. What a great way to get ready for a happy and health way to celebrate just before Valentine’s Day.
    Chess, juggling and logic puzzles are also a big hit every Wednesday at the Discovery Center. 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 school early out afternoon. WOW Wednesday is drop in with no pre-registration required – it is an enrichment program with no extra class fee.

    Funtime Friday: Happy Valentine’s Day
    Friday, February 14, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. At Funtime Friday, the Discovery Center will have special guests: students doing singing Valentines from Clinton High School. There will be the usual, literacy based activities for children learn and play. As always there will be a snack to go with the theme. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime.

    Sunday Afternoons with Miss Jean
    Save the date for Miss Jean on Sunday February 23, at the Discovery Center. This great program challenges the minds of all ages. Learn to juggle, play chess and build your brain with awesome STEM & logic puzzles. Miss Jean will be here from 2 - 5 p.m., be sure to stop in for some family fun on a Sunday afternoon. The program is FREE with your museum admission.
    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 Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 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.  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.

    Elyse Logan, Marketing Coordinator
    programs@adlerdiscoverycenter.org, (563) 243-3600