MS Children's Museum


Sid the Science Kid: Summer Traveling Exhibit


June 13-September 6

Say “Good Laughternoon!” and hello to MCM’s summer visiting exhibit, Sid the Science Kid!: The Super-Dupe Exhibit! Sid is an inquisitive youngster with a natural curiosity  about science in everyday life. Learn about elasticity, friction and simple machines as you adventure with Sid from June 13 through September 6. Discover science fun this summer at MCM!

The award-winning PBS KIDS TV series, Sid the Science Kid comes to life at MCM this summer! Children will be able to step into Sid’s world and become “science kids” themselves as they discover and investigate everyday science questions around Sid’s home, at school in the Super Fab Lab and on the playground. Through fun, hands-on activities, kids will use scientific tools and thinking to learn about simple machines, the laws of motion, magnetism, air power and the five senses. It’s sure to be a super-duper-ooper-schmooper good time! Learn more about Sid and his pals!

MCM invites children to special programming, Sid’s Science Club, every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. featuring Sid! Children will interact with the character and discover science in everyday activities. Sid programming will continue June 16 through September 3.

The character Sid will be in the museum with visitors on the following Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

  • June 16, 23, 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25
  • September 1

The character Sid will be in the museum with visitors on the following Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

  • June 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3

The character, Sid will be in the museum during the Know to Grow program on the following Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

  • June 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 15 & 29

Sid the Science Kid!: The Super-Dupe Exhibit! is sponsored locally by Trustmark Bank, Atmos Energy, Parents and Kids Magazine, Caring for Mississippi and The Radio People.

Created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum® in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, the exhibit is generously made possible by The Boeing Company, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, Sally and Bill Canfield, the Crawford Taylor Foundation, Judy and Jerry Kent, Monsanto Company and Sigma-Aldrich


July Extended Hours


Every Friday Night in July

Open until 8:00 p.m.

Every Friday in July, MCM will be open for late summer hours until 8:00 p.m. Join us for a  weekly theme including activities throughout the museum and in the Literacy Garden with specialty snacks in the Red Rocket Cafe!

Get ready to explore the great outdoors, or step inside of a glowing science lab or even visit Santa’s summer workshop every Friday night in July until 8:00 p.m. MCM will be showing a different movie to match each week’s new theme. Space for the movie is limited, so seating is on a first come, first served basis. BYOB (bring your own blanket) to watch the movie and dress-up for “firework paintings” art projects, camping crafts, Hollywood magic and more throughout the museum! Grab a specialty snack from the Red Rocket Cafe!

MCM will be open until 8:00 p.m. with special themes and movies on the dates below:

  • July 3- Patriotic Celebration:  The Love Bug
  • July 10- The Great Outdoors: The Parent Trap
  • July 17- Summer Glow: Despicable Me
  • July 24-Christmas in July: Frozen
  • July 31- *Hollywood Boulevard: The Muppet Movie

Due to limited seating, the movie will be shown on a first come, first serve basis. General admission is required and MCM membership is applicable. The C-Spire Plaza Splashpad will remain on until 8:00 p.m. unless there is inclement weather. Visitors are encouraged to bring a towel. Wet clothes are not permitted inside the museum.

*Event is open to the public, but registration is required for all participants in the Lights, Camera, Imagination event held in the atrium.


Lights! Camera! Imagination!


Friday, July 31, 2015

5:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Does your child like to sing, dance, tell jokes or do magic tricks? Bring your child to the Mississippi Children’s Museum to let his or her talent shine! The Lights! Camera! Imagination! star search is back on Friday, July 31 and we want YOU!

Register your child today!

Each participant must complete MCM’s registration, including a donation of $15 per child auditioning for MCM’s Arts Initiative. General admission for non-participants is $10 per person (Free admission for museum members).

Children must be between ages 3-12 and accompanied by an adult on the evening of the event. There will be 5 winners in 3 age categories. (Details are included on the registration forms received at the event).

Practice the script for each individual age category! Children will not need to memorize the script during the audition.

2015-2016 Winners will have the opportunity to be featured in MCM’s radio, television, print advertising material and special events. During the audition, each child will complete the Actors Experience including special guests from Magical Creations, and magician, Dorian LaChance. We encourage children to come to do their very best as they come for a fun evening of auditions and activities!

Sponsors for this year’s talent search are Magnolia Federal Credit Union,  Magical Creations, Magician Dorian LaChance, TempStaff and the Mississippi Press Association.



Question It? Discover It! Back to School Health


Saturday, August 8

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Listen up! MCM knows that is almost time to go back to school and we want children to be “all ears” for learning. Join us at Question It? Discover It! on Saturday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to focus on “Back to School Health!” MCM will have guests from the UMMC Audiology Department and more to make sure your child is “all ears” just in time for school. This event is free with general admission.

Question It? Discover It! (QI?DI!) is designed to provide children and families with opportunities to learn about healthy habits through fun, engaging activities, with the support and guidance of medical professionals. The QI?DI! program is sponsored by Children’s of Mississippi, a part of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Fall Festival: Off to Never Land

Fall Festival

Fall Festival: Off to Never Land

Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Walk the plank to the Mississippi Children’s Museum on October 3, 2015 for Fall Festival: Off to Never Land! Think of all the joy you’ll find when you leave the world behind and fly away to the magical land of Never Land where Lost Boys run amuck, mermaids frolic in the water, and Captain Hook looms large. All you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust to join us for this affair complete with characters from the beloved classic tale. Children and adults are encouraged to dress up as their favorite character for an awfully big adventure. So, take the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning to join us for an evening you won’t soon forget!

$25 advance ticket purchase online through September 30, 2015 • $30 ticket at the door

Reserve Fall Festival sponsorship today!

2015 Fall Festival Committee

Chair: Katy Pacelli
Co-Chair: Lorraine Boykin
Sponsors: Katy Agnew
Hosts: Melanie Burrow
Decorations: Rivers Walker
Food & Beverage: Mary Martha Henson
Staging: Chavanne McDonald
Promotions: Amanda Cross
Reservations: Meg Huntington
Volunteers: Susan Burnham
Entertainment: Suzy Everett

Fall Festival Sponsors


Growing Healthy Kids!


2nd and 4th Tuesdays

Starting at 10:00 a.m.


MCM is proud to announce a new program, Growing Healthy Kids, created by partnership with Whole Foods Market of Jackson. This fun, hands-on program occurs on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Literacy Garden from June 9 to August 25, 2015. All summer long, children will explore and discover their own creative points of view and develop wholesome habits through healthful cooking classes, story time, and environmentally-friendly crafts. Through these fun activities, children will make the connection between the health of the body, the health of the mind, and the health of our beautiful Earth.

Growing Healthy Kids program will be held on the following dates:

  • June 9th & 23rd
  • July 14th & 28th
  • August 11th & 25th

Presented by Whole Foods Market Jackson and Whole Kids Foundation.


Know to Grow


Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m. 

Join us in the Literacy Garden on Saturday mornings for our newest program, Know to Grow. Starting at 10:00 a.m., children and families will listen to a garden story and participate in hands-on garden activities. Know to Grow will provide a fun forum for children to make a connection between reading, science and aspects of the natural world.

As part of MCM’s 2014 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this program serves to bridge a gap between a foundation of reading skills and comprehensive application in the new Literacy Garden. Children of all ages will learn something new that they can apply to their own backyard.