MS Children's Museum


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.


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.


4th of July Celebration


Saturday, July 4

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) is celebrating red, white and YOU! Join us for our annual 4th of July Celebration on Saturday, July 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Take home red, white and blue pompoms. Children will paint with pipe-cleaners and glitter “sparklers.” Celebrate your independence with inspiration at MCM!

Visitors can sign their “John Hancock” on custom designed “scratch art” and cool off outside on the C-Spire Plaza Splash Pad- and don’t forget your towel!  At MCM, children have the freedom to learn and play all year long. Celebrate your independence with inspiration at MCM!



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, Drama Kids, Magical Creations, Magician Dorian LaChance, TempStaff and the Mississippi Press Association.


Neon Nights


Neon Nights 2015

The Literacy Garden is once again ready to glow! The Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM) Partners present the second annual Neon Nights on Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 7:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Guests will enter the museum and the garden for a night of food truck favorites, drinks and live music to benefit the museum.

Nearly one year old, MCM’s Literacy Garden comes to life with glowing lights, electrifying music and savory snacks from Jackson’s favorite mobile markets. Guests will enjoy live music from local bands and dance the night away for a great cause. This event not only brings together a network of young adults in the Jackson metro area, but a group who values and supports the mission of MCM to promote literacy, health and education for children.

Purchase tickets to Neon Nights here!

Tickets are available for pre-purchase online for $40, or at the door for $50. Price includes all food, beverages and entertainment. Guests attending Neon Nights must be at least 21 years of age and bring a valid ID. Prize raffle is available for $10 each or 3 raffles for $25. Prize raffle tickets will also be available on the night of the event.

MCM Partners is the museum’s volunteer organization with a special group of young professionals ages 21-35 to support and fundraise for MCM so that it may continue its efforts of providing unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children. Learn for more information about MCM Partners!

Neon Nights Sponsors


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.