Discover It! A newsletter May - August 2009

Discover It!
A newsletter
for all friends of the Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center
Thanks to all who attended,
volunteered, donated or helped make our
Omelet Breakfast a great success!
SPONSORS: Ashford University, Clinton
Herald, KROS Contributors: Affordable
Home Maintenance, Clinton National
Bank, Happy Joe’s Pizza, Sweetheart
Bakery, Thrivent Financial, Voss Brothers
Plumbing & Heating Friends: Citizens First
Bank, Fareway, Gateway State Bank, WalMart, Jewel, Lemke Funeral Home, Paul’s
Discount, Target
Saturday Schedule
Special “Admission” for these Saturday
events is a contribution of consumable
items frequently used at the Center
(Examples: Trash bags (13 gal. or 39 gal.),
Kleenex, zip-close bags, Clorox wipes, hand
sanitizer, dry erase markers, paper towels,
bottled water, 5 oz. Dixie cups, etc.)
June 13th (11a.m. – noon) JuniorFest of
Drag Racing from Cordova Dragway
The JuniorFest is an event that is for the
little dragsters and kids ages 8-17. Local
junior dragsters will display cars in our
parking lot. Attendees can see the cars up
close. A short program on Junior racing
will be included and participants will be
provided tickets to attend the JuniorFest
the following weekend. (June 20-21)
July 25 (11:00 - noon) American Red
Cross “Masters of Disaster” - Family
emergency disaster preparedness.
August 15 (11:00 - noon) “Intro to
Geocaching” with Rocky Kampling.
Other special events:
Reading Program:
The “early out” reading program
continues on WEDNESDAYS (1:30-3:30)
until May 27th. Sponsored by Target,
children (grades K-3) engage in literacy
activities, crafts, games, songs and interact
with 25 exhibits.
Family Fun Night!
Thursday, June 4th , in conjunction with
Community Circle of Care and sponsored
in part by the 3-M Foundation. Join us from
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Felix Adler Day!!!
June 27th (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Honor the memory of the Center’s
namesake, Felix Adler, a great clown with
Ringling Brothers, Barnum, & Bailey for 50
Join us outdoors, in our parking lot, for
carnival games, prizes, face painting, food
and fun! Punch cards will be available ($5)
for the activities. The Center will also be
-Other food vendors available for
additional purchases-
Thursdays with
ISU Extension!
Join Andrea Ryan June 18th, 25th, July
2nd, 9th and 16th (1:00 - 3:30 PM ?) for 5
different programs inspired by exhibits at
the Children’s Discovery Center. Topics
include Amazing Airways, Bubble Magic,
Building Blocks, Dramatic Play/Acting and
Healthy Bodies. Planned for elementaryaged youth. Advance registration is
appreciated. ~ Phone 243-3600 or email
[email protected]
Mother’s Day, May 10th and Father’s
Day, June 21st!!
Independence Day, July 4th.
The “Leap Frog” to 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. This exhibit was acquired with
funding from the Community Foundation
of the Great River Bend, Clinton County
Community Development Association, and
the Pearson Foundation.
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 has the largest Kapla
block exhibit in Iowa.
May - August 2009
Field Trips
Please schedule your next field trip or
Scout group outing at the Discovery Center.
Call 563-243-3600 to reserve a time.
Special rates are available for large groups.
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. Call us & join the
fun as we establish our summer schedules
for our valued volunteers. THANKS!
Gift Shop
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 sells Brio© train
and track pieces, “Melissa & Doug” items,
Odyssey toys, and books, as well as other
quality infant, toddler, and children’s toys!
We offer a large selection of items from
$1 to $9.
“Be Creative with Miss Kay”
on Thursday, July 23rd (2:00)
She is well-loved by the children;
be sure to join us!
Birthday Parties
Birthday parties are $60
(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.
Face painting is available.
A $25 deposit is required
to secure date.
We have 2 themed
special event rooms!
Jessica (Clinton Co. Conservation) introduces
reading group students to animal friends!
Alicia’s Kapla Creation
332 8th Avenue South, Clinton, IA • 563-243-3600
Admission: $4 per person & under age two are free ~Seniors - $3.00
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Email: :[email protected]
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am – 4pm; Sunday 1pm– 4pm
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Children’s Discovery Center 332 8th Ave. S. • Clinton, IA • 52732 • (563) 243-3600
Thank you to Alliant Energy for sponsoring our work!
Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center
332 8th Avenue South P.O. Box 346
Clinton, IA 52733-0346
Non Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
Clinton, IA 52732
Permit No. 164
PLEASE CALL 563.243.3600 OR
E-MAIL [email protected]
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“Buy a Brick” campaign. Your contribution to the center is taxdeductible, as the Discovery Center is a 501c 3 (non-profit)
organization. Thank you for your investment.
* The Children’s Discovery Center recognizes 3-M Foundation,
ADM (five-year Sponsor); CAT/Vision Iowa ($325,000 Grant);
CCCDA ($200,000 pledge for relocation/building);CFGRB (door
replacement & repairs); ICC (Iowa Community Cultural) Grant (for
staff salaries); Hy-Vee (sold $2,015 in “bricks” + matched $2,000);
United Way (“Leap to Literacy”)…and each of our individual donors!
“Grilling for Charity”
The Center will be the non profit recipient of Gateway State
Bank’s lunch Friday, June 12, (11am - 1:30pm). Please support the
center by eating lunch at Gateway State Bank: 1427 N. 2nd St.
“Thanks” to Gateway State Bank!
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.
Miss Kay (Children’s
Department of the
Clinton Public Library) will
bring “Story Time on the
Road” to the Center
Friday, June 26th (1 p.m.)
WOW WEDNESDAYS (1:30-3:30)
Thanks to our sponsors for our summer week-day
programming! They are Jeff Reed-State Farm Insurance
and Leslie Electric!
Special programs every Wednesday during the
summer! Planned for elementary age children…Advance
registration appreciated. Admission for members
included in membership benefits.
June 10 ...... ‘Science’ with Marion Johnson
June 17 ...... The Clinton Humane Society will bring some of
their furry friends to the center and talk to the
children about animals.
June 24 ..... ‘Movement Exploration’ (for ages K-3rd grade).
with: Judy Bonnet from the YWCA
July 1 .......... Be Smart in Art’ with Karla Byl
July 8 ......... ‘Nutrition and Snacks for Kids’ ~ Presenter Andrea
Ryan, from the ISU Extension office
July 15 ....... Conservation Kids ‘White-tailed Deer’ ~ Presenter
Jessica Steines from Clinton County Conservation.
July 22 ...... ‘Music and Magic’ with the Hopkins family
July 29 ...... ‘English heritage’ with Sylvia Bomgarden
August 5 .... Conservation Kids ‘Birds of Prey’ – Join Presenter
Jessica (C. Co. Conservation)
August 12 .. ‘Kid’s Theater’ directed by Rex Kutzli from the
Best Cellar Players
August 19 .. ‘Photography for Kids’ with Ron Blatchley
June 19 ...... (1:30) “Longfello’s Whales Tales”
Water safety for Children
August 7 .... (1:30) “FACT” First Aid for Children Today
Miss Elizabeth with Hailey,
enjoying Fun Time Friday!
“Outreach to Space” ~
Traveling exhibit will be at
the Center through June!
Outreach to Space traveling
exhibit astronauts.
Check Lost & Found:
Unclaimed items
will be donated to
charity after May 31st.
Name: ________________________________________________ E-mail _____________________________________________________
Address: ______________________________________________ City, State & Zip: ___________________________________________
The Discovery Center is part of the Association of
Children’s Museums. This enables reciprocal memI/We will “Buy a Brick” for $_________ to support the Discovery Center
bers to enjoy the Discovery Center all year long, and
I/We pledge $ ________ to the Discovery Center
visit 150 other children’s museums and centers across
Signature: _____________________________________________
I/We want to purchase a membership: _____ $40 (Individual)
the USA! View for
_____ $50 (Grandparent)
_____ $60 (Family)
more information. Treat yourself and/or your fam_____ $100 (ACM/Reciprocal Family)
ily to the benefits of membership at the Discovery
_______$85 In-Home Childcare Provider
Center and experience the pleasure of unlimited visMail this form to P.O. Box 346. Clinton, IA 52733-0346
its to the Center.
Phone: ________________________________________________
*THANKS for your support!