CLINTON — A day full of laughter and entertainment inspired by the “King of Clowns” is a day no family would want to miss out on. That is why on Saturday, families can go to the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center to participate in the 29th annual Felix Adler Day.
The event will be from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The Discovery Center has a lot to offer this year, whether it be in activities, entertainment, or food. The event, as well as the children’s museum, will be free to attend, but will have activities that require payment. Families can buy a $5 punch card that has 10, 50-cent punches and children can use that card to do activities.
Some of those activities include a pony ride, Miller’s Petting Zoo and the Sawmill Museum’s Heritage Train.
They will also have a giant game tent that will have a lot of activities for children if they have a punch card, and they will get a prize every time they play a game. Some of those activities include mini putt golf, spin a wheel, a ring toss and a bean bag toss.
There will also be a showcase stage tent that will host free performances. Some performances include Uncle Sam and the National Anthem to open the festival, the River City Municipal Band, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre and Dance 4 Joy dance studio.
Boy Scout Troop 642 will sell hot dogs, brats, hamburgers, and porkchop sandwiches. There will also be stands that are selling cotton candy and caramel apples. Hicks’ Famous Popcorn also will be in attendance.
Also in attendance will be many local businesses and non-profit organizations sponsoring booths and sharing free information with the public. Some additional attractions at the festival that will be free are Professor Anton and his amazing water table and Miss Penny and her Native American games.
Something that is entirely new to Felix Adler Day this year is the Make it-Take it tent, which is sponsored by AmeriCorps. Sheila Lowery, who is a literacy volunteer for AmeriCorps, will run this event. At this tent, children will be able to make crafts, free of charge, and take them home with them when they are done.
This event began because of Felix Adler, and after his success his family started the festival to honor him; from the festival grew the Children’s Discovery Center. The 29th annual festival has 50 sponsors who donate funds and assistance to the Discovery Center to make the festival possible.
“The Children’s Discovery Center could not do this event without the huge sponsorship support we get from area businesses,” Discovery Center Executive Director Sarah Lind said. “Felix Adler was a hometown boy who went on to do big things in life, and this festival in his name is also an example of hometown people doing great things together.”