CLINTON — The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center is making many magical moments in May. At WOW Wednesday you’ll experiment with leftover Peeps. Then, it’s time for music with Miss April and Miss Amanda at Funtime Friday. Each of these programs is free with regular museum admission or membership.
Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center and is sponsored by US Bank Foundation. It’s time for a Peep experiment at the Please-Touch-Table. Take this yummy holiday treat, add some science, and see the wild results.
WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is an activity for a school break, early out and homeschoolers. WOW Wednesday is drop-in with no pre-registration required. It is an enrichment program with no extra class fee.
Miss Jean is also here every WOW Wednesday, with her chess, juggling and logic puzzles. Miss Jean teaches beginning chess to all, from preschoolers through adults, 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.
Friday at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by the Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. It’s time for music at the Discovery Center. Join Miss April and Miss Amanda as they introduce us to cool instruments and make merry, music melodies. As always there will be a snack to go along with the theme. This program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime, especially during school breaks and summer vacations.
Pizza Ranch Fundraiser Night
From 5 to 8 p.m. May 20, make your dinner plans at the local Pizza Ranch. This fundraiser is to benefit your local children’s museum. You can dine in, carry-out or drive-through to help the Discovery Center earn 10% of sales. Volunteers from the Discovery Center will be at Pizza Ranch waiting tables, earning tips, and helping you have a fun, friendly evening dinner.
Discovery Center volunteers will also bring their brand of fun to the restaurant with facepainting, Kapla blocks, and free Discovery Center coupons. Proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward educational programs and events at the children’s museum.
Wendy’s Night Fundraiser
From 5 to 7 p.m. May 20, dine in, carry out, or drive through Wendy’s Restaurant to help support the museum. Wendy’s will donate 10% of all sales during that time to the Discovery Center. This is the last Wendy’s Night until the beginning of the school year in the fall.
The Discovery Center will be closed on Sunday for Mother’s Day and May 26 to observe Memorial Day.
Blue Star Museum
Again this year, the Discovery Center will participate in the Blue Star Museum program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. This program begins on Armed Forces Day, May 18, and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 1. As a Blue Star Museum, the Discovery Center will offer free museum admission to active duty military and their families (up to five family members). Active military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, and Reserve Members. Present your active duty card at the admission desk when you come to the Discovery Center.
Felix Adler Day, June 15
June 15, is the 30th annual Felix Adler Day. This yearly celebration is in honor of Frank B. “Felix” Adler, who was a famous clown from Clinton and the inspiration for the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center. Held in June to coincide with Felix’s birthday, this is the largest event the Discovery Center holds.
Join the Discovery Center – rain or shine – with free admission to the Discovery Center and the festival grounds. There will be plenty of family fun to be had and things to explore both on the festival grounds and in the play area. This includes pony rides, a petting zoo, trackless train rides, live stage shows, inflatable bouncy houses, a game tent with prizes every time, face painting, balloon artists, professional clowns, and a food booth by the Fulton Kiwanis Club, with all proceeds going to the Discovery Center.
The Discovery Center is located at 332 Eighth Ave. South in downtown Clinton. The center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 12:30 to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $4 per person ages 2 to 64, $3 per person ages 65 and older, free for children one and younger, and free for members of the children’s museum.