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LEFLEUR'S BLUFF EDUCATION & TOURISM COMPLEX

A new state-of-the-art playground - a gift for Mississippi's children - is now open at the LeFleur’s Bluff Education and Tourism Complex! 

Spotter’s Adventure Trail (a museum walking trail) and The Den (an outdoor pavilion) are scheduled to open in early summer 2022.

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WHERE IS THE LEFLEUR'S BLUFF COMPLEX?

The LBC is the shared campus between MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) and the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM).

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is the signature sponsor of the LeFleur’s Bluff Playground, Outdoor Pavilion, and Museum Trail. The Foundation’s generous $3.86 million grant for improving the health and well-being of Mississippians made this innovative project possible.

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WHAT CAN I DO AT THE LBC?

The multi-purpose complex will be used for recreational and educational activities featuring a playground (phase one), an outdoor pavilion, and a museum walking trail.

  • Admission to the park is free and open to the public
  • Parking is available in the park and at both museums
  • Hours: M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. The playground will be closed on New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day.
  • Museums: You're welcome to also visit both museums (museum admission required - see below)

WHY IS THIS NEW STATE-OF-THE ART PLAYGROUND IMPORTANT?

Children who play and learn in nature are more physically active, more engaged in learning, and more emotionally healthy. Outdoor experiences build visual-spatial skills, strengthen observation and creativity, improve concentration, and enhance motor and imagination skills.

WHAT FEATURES DOES THE PLAYGROUND HAVE?

This 21st century, 30,000-square-foot playground is separated into different play areas based on age, for children ages 6 months to 12 years old.

All structures on the playground promote physical activities - from providing greater freedom to run, jump, and climb, to supporting reduced stress levels.

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Features include:

  • 80 play activities, 73 of which are inclusive to children with accessibility needs
  • A custom We-Go Swing allows accessibility to children with and without wheelchairs
  • The Wedra: a unique play structure for ages 6-23 months - which is the first play structure in the world with this design
  • The Hedra® Tower: designed for children ages 5-12 - and is the fourth play structure in the country with this design
  • Shade structures covering 75 percent of the playground: making the area below up to 30 degrees cooler for year-round outdoor play

“The LeFleur’s Bluff Playground, Pavilion, and Museum Trail align with the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s strategic focus to provide sustainable health and well-being opportunities for Mississippians,” said Sheila B. Grogan,  Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation President. “Encouraging children, families, and others to spend more time outside engaging in fun play activities, taking a walk, develops life-long positive attitudes about maintaining healthy lifestyles.”

lefleurs bluff playground

MORE FUN COMING SOON!

Spotter’s Adventure Trail (a museum walking trail) and The Den (an outdoor pavilion) are scheduled to open in early summer 2022.

The 8-foot-wide Spotter’s Adventure Trail will be located east of the playground and will lead the way to conveniently visit both museums and the playground. The trail will feature a fun and interactive outdoor experience with Spotter the Otter and friends.

lefleurs bluff complex playground

The Den will be located west of the playground and will include tables and seating for up to 50 students. The Den will be used for field trips, events, and programs by both museums, including the award-winning Mississippi Science Festival. An adjacent sloped lawn will allow the structure to be used as an open-air amphitheater for large assemblies.

 

lefleurs bluff complex the den pavillion

ADDITIONAL INFO:

Food and Drinks: While no food or drink is permitted on the playground (water is allowed), the MS Children’s Museum’s Red Rocket Café is within walking distance of the playground as well as beautiful spots to picnic on the LeFleur’s Bluff campus. No gum is allowed in the playground to preserve the artificial turf.

 

Museum Admission Rates

  • MDWFP's MS Museum of Natural Science tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for youth over age 3, $5 for senior citizens, free for youth under age 3. NOTE: ADMISSION RATES ARE INCREASING EFFECTIVE 1/18/22. New Rates: Adults: $8, Youth (Ages 3-18): $6, Senior Citizens 60 and Over: $7, Children Under 3: FREE, School Teachers with Classes: $3 per student.
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum tickets are $10 per person for adults and children 1 and older
  • LeFleur Museum District: An LMD pass for all 4 museums is $19.50 adults, $16 children, $17 senior citizens. Bringing together four uniquely amazing museums, the LeFleur Museum District offers limitless, wondrous possibilities in Jackson, MS at I-55 and Lakeland Drive and includes MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, the Mississippi Children's Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

 

Museum Group Rates:

  • MMNS group rate - $5/adults and $2/youth ($3 for youth effective 1/18/22)
  • MCM group rate - $5/person (a group is more than 15 people)

 

Field Trips: More information will be available soon about field trips related to the project’s next phase - Spotter’s Adventure Trail - but both MMNS and MCM offer field trips now and a visit to the park can be included in your museum field trip!

 

Birthday Parties: More information will be available soon about birthday parties at the park, but anyone is welcome to book a birthday party at MMNS by clicking here or calling Yolanda at 601-576-6000 or at MCM by clicking here or by calling Cynthia at 601-981-5469.

 

STAY CONNECTED

Click here for the latest LeFleur’s Bluff Complex news release

Click here for more information about MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Click here for more information about the Mississippi Children's Museum

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