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

Special Program: A Day for Bubbles on May 28th


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.

Time for Twos

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

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. Included with regular museum admission. Free for Members.

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

May 24: MEET A BABY ALLIGATOR during Story Time at featuring "There’s an Alligator Under My Bed" by Mercer Mayer!

May 31: "In the Nest" by Anna Milbourne (No animal)

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

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

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.