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


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 Two's

(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.

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) 
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. Campers meet in the Preschool Room. Get the details and register here.






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