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.



For groups, a variety of programs provide natural world enlightenment for little ones and their caregivers by reservation. Please see "Preschool Room Reserved Group Access Times" below. 

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

Field Trip Reservation Form


Preschool Room Visitor Hours & Programs

Children 5 and under with caregivers

Mon - Fri 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat 9:30a.m. - Noon & 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)

story time at mississippi museum of natural science

Bring your children (ages 3 -5) to Story Time in the Preschool Discovery Room to hear a story and make a craft. Sometimes, we even get to meet a live animal! Included with regular museum admission. Free for Members.

Schedule (except June and July: see below)
Tues 9:30 a.m.

Summer Schedule (June - July) 
Tues & Thurs - 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

Hear a story, make a craft, and MEET AN ANIMAL!


Preschool Room Reserved Group Access Times

Fall / Winter / Spring Schedule (Aug - May)
Mon - Fri 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Summer Schedule (June - July)
Wed and Fri 9 a.m., 9:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

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


Preschool Summer Camp

Check back here for details and to register for our 2020 summer camps. We offered two options in 2019: Preschool Camp (which is a drop-off day camp) and My Grown Up and Me (which is a free, one hour camp every Monday in July for campers and their caregivers).






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