Children’s Discovery Center ~ newsletter items ~

Children’s Discovery Center ~ newsletter items ~
“Discover It!” (September - December 2008)
Address ~ NEW LOCATION! 332 8th Avenue South
Phone 563-243-3600
Admission: $4 per person & under two (free) ~ Seniors are $3.00
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*** Admission prices beginning October 1, 2008 will be:
$4 per person and seniors (65 +) $3
Email: [email protected]
Web site (under construction):
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (10 – 4) ~ Sunday (1– 4)
Mission statement:
The Children’s Discovery Center is a non-profit organization providing a safe and
positive environment for families to discover the world by exploring arts, culture, and
science through interactive and educational exhibits.
Thanks to all who attended our September 6 GRAND OPENING & the
“Block Party” on September 25th…and to all who have visited our NEW
permanent “A-Mazing Airways” exhibit!
October 18, 2008 (1:00 PM) “Windmill Presentation for the family” ~ Terry Dingmon
will tell about Fulton’s Windmill (appropriate for school age children, parents, and
community members). There will be windmill snacks and pinwheel craft.
November 1, 2008 (1:00) – Search & Rescue dogs! Join Bill & Lois Hall, along with
Rescue dogs “Trax,” “Hawk,” & “Deker” to learn the fascinating world of Search and
Rescue dogs and all the wonderful assistance they offer for our community. The day will
be complete with Scooby Snacks, famous dog stories, and canine crafts.
November 22, 2008 – Thanksgiving crafts & family game day! Crafts and games will
be available throughout the day. Bring your family and friends for a day of interactive
fun with the Center’s exhibits + games and crafts.
December 13, 2008 (1:00) – Christmas Carols, Cocoa, and Crafts…Celebrate the
season with refreshments, crafts, and song. Area musicians will lead us in songs of the
season on the Center’s Steinway!
*** Special “Admission” for these special Saturday events is a contribution of
consumable items frequently used at the Center (Examples: Trash bags (13 gal. or 39
gal.), Kleenex, baby wipes, Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, dry erase markers,
paper towels, etc.)
Other special Center events & offerings:
October 31, 2008 (3:00-5:00) Participate in the Downtown Partnership’s Trick-or-Treat
time! Parents and Grandparents may also have their child photographed at the Children’s
Discovery Center. Jean Black with “dear charlie photography” will be at the Center from
3:00-5:00 photographing children in their Halloween costumes. (Cost: $12 for one 5x7
and four wallets.)
November 7 (7 PM) ~ KROS “Team Trivia” at the Odeon…
The Center will be a non-profit recipient of this Team Trivia night.
November 17th ~ Pizza Ranch Fundraiser - Bring your family and meet your friends at
Pizza Ranch for supper. The Children’s Discovery Center will receive 10% of the profits
and tips from 4-8 PM.
We hope to see you at the Pizza Ranch on Monday November 17th!
Sunday November 23, 2008: ~ “Downtown Open House” (12:00 – 4:00)
Enjoy free carriage rides, hot cocoa, cookies, and Christmas music…
*Have your child’s photo taken in holiday outfits! Jean Black, with dear charlie
photography, will be available from 1:00 – 3:00. Please call 243.3600 or email
[email protected] to reserve an appointment.
Cost will be $12 for a 5x7 and four wallets.
Reading Program:
The “early out” reading program continues on WEDNESDAYS (1:30-3:30). This is
sponsored by Target and children are admitted free of charge. Children (grades K-3)
engage in literacy activities, crafts, science, games, and experience more than 25 exhibits.
Parents are welcome to stay for the program. Program begins Wednesday October ____.
THE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED on the following dates:
Thanksgiving Day (November 27, 2008)
Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day (December 24th and 25th, 2008)
New Year’s Day (January 1, 2009)
“Buy a Brick” campaign. Your contribution to the center is tax-deductible, as the
Discovery Center is a 501c 3 (non-profit) organization. All contributions helped with
matching funds for our “CAT” Grant award from Vision Iowa! Thank you for your
* The Children’s Discovery Center recognizes ADM (five-year Sponsor); CAT/Vision
Iowa ($325,000 Grant); CCCDA ($200,000 pledge for relocation/building); ICC (Iowa
Community Cultural) Grant (for Director/staff salaries); Hy-Vee (sold $2,015 in
“bricks” + matched $2,000); United Way (“Leap to Literacy”)…and each of our
individual donors!
NEW in 2008!
*** “Leap Frog” Literacy program is funded by United Way and is now available.
Increase children’s reading readiness and literacy skills and have fun while exploring
learning with your child!
*** “A-MAZING AIRWAYS” – a unique action-filled science and sensory exhibit for
children and families – a new PERMANENT EXHIBIT. Visit for
more information. This new exhibit was acquired with funding from the Community
Foundation of the Great River Bend, Clinton County Community Development
Association, and the Pearson Foundation.
The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will provide the Center with
a special traveling exhibit about the circulatory system!
DATES: December 22, 2008 – January 5, 2009
Birthday parties and field trips:
Please schedule your next field trip, birthday party, or Scout group outing at the
Discovery Center. Call 563-243-3600 to reserve a time.
Birthday parties are $50 (Times: Saturdays 10:30 – 12:00; 1:00 – 2:30; 3:30 – 5:00; and
Sundays: 1:00 – 2:30; 3:30 – 5:00) OR by appointment. $25 deposit required to secure
The Children’s Discovery Center was voted Top Choice in the “places for children 12
& under” division in the 2008 Clinton Herald Reader’s Choice Awards. If it is your
first or fiftieth visit, experience the Discovery Center and see why voters chose the
Discovery Center as their favorite place for children!
The Kapla block exhibit is enjoyed by many and is a permanent addition at the Center.
Come and spend some time creating and building with family and friends! Our Center is
the only museum or children’s center in Iowa with a Kapla block exhibit.
Valued volunteers…
The Center appreciates all of our volunteers and realizes we could not offer such a great
place for children without many dedicated and wonderful volunteers. We welcome back
past volunteers and invite new volunteers. Those willing to face paint would really be
welcome. Parties and events on weekends require many creative hands! Call us & join
the fun as we establish our 2008-2009 schedules for our valued volunteers. THANKS!
The Children’s Discovery Center relies on the volunteer efforts of many people. With
our recent move, we have doubled our size, increased our events rooms to two, and have
welcomed thousands of new visitors to Clinton! Please consider volunteering at the
Center. We will be having two special events for new volunteers:
Thursday October 16th (5:30-7:00)
Sunday October 26th (3:30-5:00)
Location: 332 8th Ave. South (Children’s Discovery Center)
Please join the Center’s Staff and Board to begin volunteering at the Center. Do you like
working and playing with children? Is reading to a child one of your specialties? Can
you face paint? Would you be interested in making calls or assisting with mailings? If
you have two hours per week/month to invest in the community and encourage a child,
we invite you and your family, friends, church group, or youth group to join us either or
both of these dates!
* Refreshments will be served!
* Prizes!
* Meet with “veteran” volunteers, sign up to volunteer, and see all the Center has to offer.
When shopping for birthdays and special occasions, keep the Children’s Discovery
Center in mind for gift-giving ideas! Our gift shop has a variety of gift giving ideas:
Kapla blocks can be purchased for gifts or family fun! The Discovery Center now sells
Brio© train and track pieces, “Melissa & Doug” items, Odyssey toys, and books, as well
as other quality infant, toddler, and children’s toys!
Yearly MEMBERSHIPS available: New prices in effect October 1, 2008
Individual = $40
Grandparent = $50
Family = $60
Childcare Provider = $85
“Reciprocal” (ACM) family memberships = $100.
The Children’s Discovery Center is part of the Association of Children’s Museums. This
enables reciprocal members to enjoy the Discovery Center all year long, and visit 150
other children’s museums and centers across the USA!
View for more information. Treat yourself and/or your
family to the benefits of membership at the Discovery Center and experience the pleasure
of unlimited visits to the Center.
Connect with the Discovery Center via email!
We’ll send announcements & e-newsletters on special events & programming
ELECTRONICALLY. Please send a message to [email protected]
and we will add you to our list to stay connected in this way. Sometimes we have special
activities develop after newsletters are printed & we want you to join the fun! THANKS.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Name: ____________________________ E-mail ______________________________
Address: ___________________________ City, State & Zip:______________________
Phone: ______________________________
I/We will “Buy a Brick” for $_________ to support the Children’s Discovery Center
I/We pledge $ ________ to the Children’s Discovery Center
Signature: _______________________________________
I/We want to purchase a membership: _____ $40 (Individual) _____ $50 (Grandparent)
_____ $60 (Family) _____ $100 (ACM/Reciprocal Family) ______ $85 In-Home
Daycare Provider
Mail this form to P.O. Box 346. Clinton, IA 52732
*THANKS for your support!