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.

Finger Paint Tuesdays

(ages 2 & under)
Every second Tues 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. We will be finger painting a different letter (and corresponding animal) of the alphabet.

Story Time  (Ages 3 -5)
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)
Wed - 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.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

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 here for camp times and registration information. Campers meet in the Preschool Room.






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