CLINTON — The Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center is hosting a special learning opportunity thanks to the students from Pangaea International Academy. A Chinese language and culture class will be held over three consecutive Saturdays, April 13, April 27, and May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. The three-part class is open to children in third through 12th grades and pre-registration is required.
The Discovery Center is also planning exciting activities for its weekly programs and events: Have an eggs-perimental good time at WOW Wednesday. Then, be blown away by a windy day at Funtime Friday. Each of these programs is free with regular admission or museum membership. Wendy’s Restaurant Night is Monday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Save the date for the upcoming Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 20.
Chinese Language & Culture Class
Saturday, April 13, is the first day of a three-part class on Chinese Language and Culture at the Discovery Center, taught by the students of Pangaea International Academy. These students from China are living in Clinton for the school year and are attending Clinton High School. This class will be offered as a series over three Saturdays: April 13, April 27, and May 4. Times are 1 to 3 p.m. each Saturday. Participants will learn basic Chinese (Mandarin) including how to say and write their names, numbers, and everyday object words. Chinese handicrafts and Chinese games will be taught. Each session will include free time in the children’s museum. This three-part class is open to children in third through 12th grades and pre-registration and a class fee is required.
Wednesday, April 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. is a WOW Wednesday at the Discovery Center and is sponsored by US Bank Foundation. Some experiments will be measuring the density, weight and effect of air pressure of eggs. WOW Wednesday is perfect for school-aged kids and their families and is a great 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. She just bought some new patterning challenges so come check them out.
Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. is Funtime Friday, sponsored by the Clinton Kiwanis Club and Alliant Energy Foundation. It’s a windy day; what could blow in? Come join and see. This popular program is designed for preschoolers and their grown-ups, although all age children are welcome anytime, especially during school breaks.
Sundays with Miss Jean
Sundays with Miss Jean is Sunday, April 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. She is here on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons of each month, and you can join her for juggling, chess, and logic puzzles. She 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.
On Monday, April 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. dine in, carry out, or drive through Wendy’s Restaurant to help support your local children’s museum. Wendy’s will donate 10% of all sales during that time to the Discovery Center.
Save the date for the upcoming Egg-stravaganza on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come celebrate spring with the Discovery Center’s annual tradition of egg decorating, chick holding, and big, soft, floppy-eared bunny petting. The baby chicks are sponsored by Schlecht Hatchery in Miles.
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.