Mississippi Children's Museum

Annual Events

Storytelling Festival

January

Sponsored, in part, by the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Storytelling Festival celebrates MCM’s Literacy Initiative by hosting performing artists and other special guests at the museum for a day of interactive reading, creative storytelling, and musical performances which bring the art of story to life.

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Ignite the Night

February

Re-live your childhood while having fun supporting MCM through our signature, adults-only fundraising event—a festive evening of food, entertainment, and live music. Hosted by the MCM Partners, each year’s event re-imagines the museum with a creative twist that ensures a night to remember.

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Dr. Seuss' Silly Birthday Celebration

February

Visit MCM for a Horton-hearing, Lorax-loving, and green-eggs-and-ham eating grand time! Join Thing 1 and Thing 2 for the fun things they do to celebrate the beloved children’s author during the Dr. Seuss Silly Birthday Celebration.

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NASA Day

March

Every March, MCM welcomes the John C. Stennis Space Center from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, area robotics teams, and the Mississippi Mandalorians to the museum for NASA Day. Join us for a day of science fact, science fiction, and science fun!

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Mad Hatter Tea Party

Saturday of Easter

Enjoy special activities with characters from Alice in Wonderland for a Mad Hatter hey day! Come dressed in your tea party best and snap a picture with Alice and friends.

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Discovery U Day

April

Discover a world of biomedical science with students from the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Discovery U! Bring your junior scientists, doctors and nurses to MCM to explore the functions of the body with real medical equipment! Learn about DNA webs, nerve signals and even how to settle an up-set tummy.


Lights! Camera! Imagination!

July

Do your children like to sing, dance, tell jokes or do magic tricks? Then bring them to the Mississippi Children's Museum and let their talents shine during our Lights! Camera! Imagination! tryouts. Winners will have the opportunity to be featured in MCM radio, TV, print advertisements and more. Proceeds from this event help support MCM’s Cultural Arts Initiative.

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Neon Nights

July

Enjoy a sizzlin’ summer night with live music, drinks and food truck favorites as the Literacy Garden is set aglow during MCM’s signature summer fundraising event. Hosted by MCM Partners, this evening is exclusively for the young professionals in the metro Jackson area to benefits MCM’s endeavors to promote literacy and programs at MCM.

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529 Day

September

MCM partners with College Savings Mississippi, a department of the Office of the State Treasurer, to teach museum visitors the importance of saving for college during their annual 529 Day at the museum. College Savings Mississippi provides visiting families with information about MACS, Mississippi’s 529 college savings program.


Fall Festival

September

Let your imagination wander from the Emerald City of Oz to Peter Pan’s Neverland! A celebration of children’s literature, Fall Festival is MCM’s signature Fall fundraising event hosted by MCM Partners. It is an evening of fun for the whole family. Proceeds from the event help support MCM’s Literacy Initiative.

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Park After Dark

October

MCM partners with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to host Park after Dark. Create creepy-crawly arts and crafts or trick-or-treat through the museums. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes to this spook-tacular event!


Holiday Spectacular!

December

Make visiting MCM a part of your holiday traditions—the garden is glowing, snow is falling, St. Nick is smiling, dancers are dancing and reindeer are prancing! Each December, MCM celebrates the holidays with special activities, themed crafts, guest performers, and seasonal treats.


Noon Year's Eve

December

Fill the rocket with New Year’s wishes and watch it blast off during the countdown at noon! Noon Year’s Eve is the grand finale of MCM’s Holiday Spectacular that ignites the imagination and inspires the New Year ahead.

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