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UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE MUSEUM

For details, please call 601-576-6000.

WEDNESDAYS IN MAY at 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. & 3:15 p.m.
Preschool Room Story Time

Bring your children ages 3-5 to Preschool Room Story Time to hear a story, make a craft, and meet an animalRegular museum admission. Free for Members.

Story Time Summer Schedule (June – July)
Tuesday & Thursday at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

MAY 19, 2018 – SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
“The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®” Exhibit

What’s even more amazing than explorer and adventurer Robert Ripley’s legendary compendium of oddities, anomalies, and fantastic feats? The science that underlies them.

This highly interactive exhibit is an adventure through the remarkable realms of scientific discoveries and real artifacts from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®

Click here for details.

MEMBERS: Watch the mail for your Premiere Party Invitation (May 18, 2018).

MAY 19, 2018  11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
“Get Your Feet Wet!” at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

Live stage show experience with acclaimed wildlife filmmakers, educators, and brother/sister duo, Laura and Robert Sams.

The 30-minute experience includes amazing footage of underwater animals, original music, and inspiring stories of children around the U.S. who are making a difference in their communities.

From octopus to sharks and muddy snails to prehistoric crabs, Laura and Robert offer families an engaging, funny, and awe-inspiring “back stage look” behind the Splash and Bubbles Series.

Co-hosted by MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

Program included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for children, under 3 are FREE. Members FREE.

MAY 26, 2018  1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Bubble Day

Blow lots of awesome bubbles, create fun bubble art, and meet a live alligator at this Preschool MiniEvent for ages 2 – 6 all about bubbles!! Included with museum admission. Members FREE. Registration required – click here.

MAY 29, 2018 – JUNE 28, 2018
Summer Camps

Members receive discounted rates for summer camp!

New friends, archery, canoeing, and outdoor investigations will make these summer days fun and exciting. We connect children to nature through hands-on, experiential learning at these summer camps.

Go Outdoors Camp (for 5 year old Kindergarten through 6th grade ) is a day camp that focuses on the ecosystems of Mississippi.

Jr. Naturalist Camp (for 7th-9th grade) and Field Camp (10th-12th) are ecology based camps that focus on the identification, collection, and conservation of our native species. 

Go Outdoors for 5th-6th, Jr. Naturalist, and Field Camp include one overnight stay. 

Get the details and register here.

MAY 31, 2018  3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Music and Meteorology with Stormin’ Bob Swanson

Can you crush a can using only the air in the room? Stormin’ Bob “can” and will when he comes to MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science!

Not only will kids be amazed by a real-life weather balloon and a tornado in a box, they’ll sing along and dance to tunes like “How Hot Is It?” and “The Weather Wiggle” as Bob plays on guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, and accordion.

This fun and “en-lightning” program lasts 40 minutes and is suitable for all ages!

Included with museum admission. Free for Members.

Location: In the museum’s Rotwein Theatre

FRIDAYS IN JUNE AND JULY  10 a.m. – Noon
Believe It or Not Fun Fridays!

Each Friday will have a new “Believe it or Not”® theme! We’ll explore activities that feature astonishing humans, amazing animals, or crazy STEM challenges through a variety of hands-on stations spread through the museum.

This mini event is suitable for families or groups with children aged 4 and up.  $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum Members are FREE.

June 1: Science Selfie Day

June 8: Science Magic

June 15: Dinosaur Marvels!

June 22: Science Experiments

June 29: Ancient Civilizations

July 6: Wonders of Electricity

July 13: Optical illusions

July 20: Freaky Nature

July 27: Weird Wild Water Tricks

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is produced by Science North. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is a registered trademark of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

JUNE 5, 2018  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Snake Day!  

See, touch, and learn about live snakes with our experts. Discover how to distinguish venomous snakes from non-venomous snakes in our herpetologist’s one-hour presentations at 10 a.m. and 12p.m.

Crafts and activities about our favorite reptiles are ongoing from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

This is a family and Scout-friendly event. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the MMNS Snake Day Patch and Boy Scouts will meet several requirements for the Reptile and Amphibian merit badge.

$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum Members are FREE

JUNE 27, 2018  1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Curiosity Day: Cool Science on a Hot Day

Dr. Carl Dewitt of Hinds Community College will conduct experiments with liquid nitrogen – one of the coldest materials on earth!

See a banana function as a hammer, experience “dragon breath”, and learn about what makes liquid nitrogen such a fascinating element.

Be sure to explore the “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®” exhibit, too.

Location: the museum’s Rotwein Theater

Program included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth 3-18, under 3 are FREE, and Members are FREE.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is produced by Science North. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is a registered trademark of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

JULY 3, 2018  Noon – 1 p.m.
Lecture: The Secret Lives of Salamanders

SPEAKER: Jen Lamb, PhD., Instructor of Biology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

Salamanders are beneath your feet as you walk in the woods, in the sand when you wade in a creek, and, sometimes, sliding through the ditch in your yard. In this talk, we’ll dive into the diversity of salamanders in the Gulf Coastal Plain. We’ll also explore how we’re using a variety of sciences, including genetics, to understand how salamanders go about their lives and how we can best conserve them.

Included with museum admission. Free for Members.

JULY 20, 2018  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Popcorn and Pajamas:  Museum and a Movie

‪Get in your pajamas, explore the museum, and grab complimentary popcorn as we have our first family friendly museum movie night in the theatre.

Admission:  $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 3 and up, under 3 are FREE, Museum Members are FREE.

JULY 25, 2018  1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Curiosity Day: Experience the Magic of Science with Super B Productions

John Banks of Super B Productions will conduct an interactive science “magic” show that explores physical and chemical scientific concepts through demonstration and experimentation in the museum’s Rotwein Theatre.

You don’t want to miss this!

Be sure to explore the “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!®” exhibit, too.

Location: the museum’s Rotwein Theater

Program included with museum admission: $6 for adults, $4 for youth 3-18, under 3 are FREE, and Members are FREE.

The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is produced by Science North. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® is a registered trademark of Ripley Entertainment Inc.

AUGUST 7, 2018
Lecture: Milkweed for Monarchs in Mississippi

SPEAKER: Audrey Harrison, Research Biologist, US Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center, Environmental Lab, Vicksburg

Mississippi is home to eighteen species of native milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) present in a variety of habitats.

Drawn to the milkweeds twice per year are monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus), as they migrate from the Transvolcanic Mountains of Mexico, across the United States and into Canada and back.

Milkweeds are the host plants for monarch caterpillars, and adult females actively search for these plants during oviposition.

Monarch populations have been on a steep decline over the last two decades, and loss of milkweeds has been one contributing factor. One way we can help this species is to plant native milkweeds and other native wildflowers, in efforts to feed and sustain monarch caterpillars, butterflies, and other pollinator species.

Join us as we discuss Mississippi’s native milkweeds, monarch butterflies, and how to help these and other important species.

Included with museum admission. Free for Members.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018
Mississippi Science Fest

‪The LeFleur Museum District (LMD) invites you to attend a special STEM themed festival!

On Saturday, September 22nd, all four museums of the LMD (MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum, Mississippi Children’s Museum, and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum) will host a special day where experts and special guests from science-based industries across the state will provide hands-on experiences for children and families.

By bringing these experts together, MSF is able to show the range of career opportunities that exist while also sparking participants’ curiosity, excitement, and interest.

‪*Please note that museum memberships will not be applicable on this date, as the $10 admission grants entry to all four LeFleur Museum District Museums for the event. 

‪A FREE shuttle bus will be available between all four museums.

‪Food vendors will be on-site, too. 

Visit www.mssciencefest.org for details and tickets.

OCTOBER 2, 2018  Noon – 1 P.M. 
The Paddlefish in Mississippi: Living Fossil, Natural Resource, and Engineering Marvel

‪SPEAKER: Dr. Jan Hoover, Research Fisheries Biologist, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, (ERDC), Environmental Lab.,Vicksburg, MS.

‪Paddlefish have been known to science since the 1500’s, but many aspects of their biology, their value to humans, and their utility to military engineers are newly-emerging.  

Dr. Hoover will discuss recent studies of Paddlefish by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS. 

This research documents how their ancient body plan has enabled Paddlefish to thrive in modern, frequently-impacted rivers, how their distinctive biology provides high-value commodities to society and important information to ecologists, and how their unique rostrum (or “paddle”) can be used by the military for the development of new defensive technologies.  

OCTOBER 26, 2018  6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Park After Dark

‪Enjoy spooky science and family fun!

MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) has partnered with the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM)) and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park to host Park after Dark!

Create creepy crawly crafts, go trick-or-treating through both museums, and enjoy the evening’s activities while wearing your costumes at this spook-tacular event. 

One night, one ticket, two museums!

MCM, MMNS and LeFleur’s Bluff State Park seek to provide families with a safe and fun environment to celebrate fall festivities.

Additional information and Ticket pre-sales will be available at www.mschildrensmuseum.org in early October.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
WILD about Gobblers

‪Big feathery fun and special activities for all ages! Examine turkey feathers under a microscope, make your own turkey headband, meet LIVE turkeys, & investigate “egg-cellent” anatomy. $6.00 for adults  $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE. Museum Members are FREE

DECEMBER 14, 2018  10 a.m. – Noon
STEM with Snowflakes

‪Experiment with instant snow, make your own paper snowflakes, explore the fascinating properties of dry ice, and hear the wonderful story of “Snowflake Bentley” – the naturalist and photographer who first successfully captured snowflakes on film. $6.00 for adults  $4.00 for children ages 3 and up. Under 3 are FREE.  Museum members are FREE.

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JANUARY 26, 2019 – MAY 12, 2019
Ocean Bound Exhibit

Journey through watersheds to see how everyone’s actions on land affect our ocean. Make it rain in a large 3-D watershed model! Pilot a full-size two-station “submersible” from mountain stream to the ocean. Encounter eye-popping aquatic species and ecosystems along the way! Be a biologist and go deeper. Guide “water” safely through a hazardous maze. Flip paddles and divert “pollutants” as they travel through stormwater drains. Discover how river otters made a comeback. Spot the polluters and be a Watershed Warrior! What can YOU do in your watershed to protect our ocean? Find out in Ocean Bound!

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE EVENTS CALENDAR.