MS Children's Museum


Hello From Japan! Fall Traveling Exhibit


September 19, 2015- January 3, 2016

This fall, the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is proud to host a traveling exhibit from the Children’s Museum of ManhattanHello From Japan! This exciting Asian experience will be at MCM from  now to January 3, 2016.  This is exhibit seeks to immerse children and families into a new heritage, part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series. Hello From Japan is locally sponsored by Nissan, Renasant Bank, M-Tek and Yokohama Tires.

From October 6-17, children and families have the opportunity to see a live, puppet performance of the traditional Japanese folktale, “Momotaro the Peach Boy” adapted into “Adventures of Momotaro,” by the Puppet Arts Theatre of Jackson, MS. Sponsored by the Mississippi Puppetry Guild, this performance is free with general admission on the dates below and is on a first come, first served basis.

Oct 6-9th @ 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Oct 13-14th @ 9:30 am & 11:00 am
Oct 16th @ 11:00 am
Oct 17th @ 9:30 am & 11:00 am

In Hello from Japan! children will discover the brightly colored Kawaii fashion and Katakana writing styles. Various storefronts and activities educate visitors about contemporary aspects of Japanese language, cuisine, fashion, and design intertwined with traditional cultural values. Guests will travel to across tranquil waters on a bridge based on the Jungu-bashi Bridge in Tokyo.

MCM aims to introduce new audiences to Japanese culture while building an understanding of what it means to be part of a global community, and emphasizing the importance of respecting diversity. Special thanks to the Japan American Society of Mississippi (JASMIS) for a special programming to accompany the exhibit.

Hello From Japan! is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums to bring outstanding interactive exhibits about Asian cultures to children, their families and school groups at children’s museums across the United States.

Developed by the Asian Culture Series to explore Asian culture featured in five traveling children’s museums, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is an app and game specially made for families.



October Visiting Artist: Kelly Harp Haber

Sunday, October 4 & 18
1:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Does your child like to sing and dance? Join us on Sundays, October 4 & 18 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. with Visiting Artist, Kelly Harp Haber!

Join long-time ballet and modern dance performer, Kelly Harp Haber, in an introductory dance workshop. Learn basic techniques, classic steps and traditional dances, or just enjoy grooving to the beat. Kelly Harp, whose love of dance began when she was a child too, is an instructor at Ballet Mississippi!

MCM’s Visiting Artist program provides children opportunities to create and explore a variety of authentic art tools, techniques and processes in a dedicated studio space. Artists engage actively with museum visitors and share their creative processes with the public. MCM’s Visiting Artist program is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission.



XQ: The Super School Project


Thursday & Friday,
October 15-16

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

XQ: The Super-School Project is an open-call to Jackson, MS and the nation’s students, teachers, administrators, teachers, civic leaders, businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and designers to meet the challenge of preparing our students for the future by dreaming , designing and creating the new American high school.

Visit MCM’s C-Spire Plaza on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to #RethinkHighschool. All visitors are invited to experience the WE THINK Booth and contribute ideas to a new and innovative high school of the future! XQ is free and open to the general public. The future won’t wait! 

The American School model has remained unchanged for more than 100 years. Designed for a world and an economy that look nothing like today, it is failing to prepare our students for the jobs of the future. There is a crucial link between socio-economic mobility and education, and the extent to which we as a country are failing to prepare our students for the future limits our ability to grow as a country and as a society. Our children need us.

We must harness the ingenuity and creativity of America to rethink and create a new approach to high school that gives every child the tools and opportunity to succeed. XQ will show what can be and create a movement for individuals across the country to get behind.

For more information about XQ: The Super School Project, visit 


Park After Dark


Friday, October 30
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Bring your best costume to the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM), Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) and Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) for the fourth annual Park After Dark event on Friday, October 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. For only $8 per person, enjoy a night at two mysterious museums in the LeFleur Museum District (LMD)! Purchase tickets online until October 28 and at the both museums on the evening of the event.

Purchase tickets here!

Visitors of all ages will enjoy a family friendly, Happy Howl-o-ween in the Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs exhibit at MMNS. Travel to a twinkling Tokyo in the Harajuku District in the Hello From Japan! exhibit at MCM! Discover spooky-scientific activities and sweet treats from community vendors all throughout both museums.

Be a Vendor at Park After Dark!

The LeFleur Museum District seeks to provide families with a safe and fun environment to celebrate fall festivities.