The Museum's hands-on preschool Discovery Room is a tiny space with big ideas, designed especially for children ages 3 through pre-kindergarten 5. Here children can climb a tree, play with puppets, visit animal habitats, and listen to captivating stories under the guidance of experienced and inspirational preschool education staff. A variety of programs provide natural world enlightenment for little ones and their caregivers in group classes by reservation.

For information or to reserve a class time,
call Yolanda Hawkins at 601-576-6000.


Visitor Access

Children 5 and under with caregivers
Mon - Fri 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Sat 9:30a.m. - Noon & 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Sun 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

Time for Twos
(ages 2 & under)
Every second Tues 9:30a.m. to 12p.m.

Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)
Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May) 
Wed - 1:15p.m., 2:15p.m. & 3:15p.m.
Summer Schedule (June - July) 
Tues & Thurs - 10:15a.m. & 11:15a.m.

(The Preschool Room will be open during the published times if a staff member or volunteer is available. The schedule is subject to change.)

Reserved Group Access
Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May)
Mon - Fri 9:00a.m., 9:45a.m. & 10:30a.m.
Summer Schedule (June - July)
Wed and Fri 9:00a.m., 9:45a.m. & 10:30a.m.

Preschool Summer Camp
Preschool Camp is scheduled each year in two duplicate sessions, offering hands-on natural science experiences for children, ages 3-prek5, and their caregivers.  Each camp session is designed for 20 participants, (ten children, each with one adult), and occurs on three consecutive Mondays.  Click the links below for camp times (coming soon). Campers meet in the Preschool Room.

The topic for 2016 is: Coming Soon

  • Camp Session I - click here to register
  • Camp Session II - click here to register