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. Field Trip Reservation Form

Preschool Room Hours:

Children 5 and under with caregivers.

Monday - Friday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - Noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday:1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Time for Two's  (ages 2 & under)

Every second Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - Noon.

Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)

Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May) 
Wednesday: 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m.

Join us for a fun story and craft!

April 5, 2017
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

April 12, 2017
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

April 19, 2017
Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes

April 26, 2017
Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal 

Summer Schedule (June - July) 
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Reserved Group Access

Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May)
Monday - Friday 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.

Summer Schedule (June - July)
Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 10:30 a.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. Campers meet in the Preschool Room. Get the details and register here.

Weekly Adventures

This new program begins in July 2017! Weekly Adventures are 20-30 minutes of themed learning, playing, and adventuring.

July 5, 2017: Wiggle Worms

July 11, 2017: Hungry, Hungry Bears

July 18, 2017: A Parade of Ants

July  25, 2017: Bubbly Bubbles






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