Mississippi Children's Museum

Instructional Programs

Health


Fit for Fun

Fit for Fun is a fun-filled, care-free time for our groups to have healthy fun through exercise, dance, music, and other activities. MCM’s exhibits and programs are designed to introduce children to small changes that they can implement now that will make big differences as they grow, including becoming more physically active. Our goal is to play a role in reversing the trend of childhood obesity, one generation at a time – with a benefit of improved behavior and academic performance in school. Sponsored by Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.

Get Heart Smart

This program is designed to educate children about three key facets of heart health, through an innovative and interactive program model. Your students will experience the circulatory system like never before—as a blood cell! As the “blood cells” travel through the larger-than-life heart and lungs floor map, your students will learn about the anatomy of the heart, its primary functions, and the role the circulatory system plays in overall health. This program will also educate students about life choices that help or harm their hearts, like nutritious food, sleep habits, and exercise. Lastly, students will participate in a discussion about keeping their hearts healthy by being good friends, students, and citizens.
Appropriate for ages 1st – 5th grade.

Journey of Digestion

Children will take a journey into the digestive system through a hands-on demonstration and activity. Afterwards, children can visit our larger-than-life Gastro-climber exhibit in our Healthy Fun gallery to become a food particle. They will travel through the digestive system and learn what happens to food after it is swallowed.
Appropriate for ages Kindergarten – 3rd grade.

Literacy


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Students will begin this program by listening to the beloved story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? During the reading, the students will perform hand motions that demonstrate the action happening in the story. Students will also explore colors and letters.
Appropriate for ages Pre-kindergarten – 1st grade.

Dr. Seuss

Get moving to Dr. Seuss as MCM presents a Dr. Seuss themed Fit for Fun program.  After reading from a Dr. Seuss favorite, students will get up and get moving with activities based on some of Dr. Seuss’s favorite characters and books, like a green egg race. Fit for Fun is sponsored by Mississippi Baptist Health Systems.
Appropriate for ages Pre-kindergarten – 3rd grade

Journey to the North Pole

Journey to the North Pole will take place November 19 through January 5 and is open to all MCM guests. This experience offers students a ticket to an engaging holiday experience featuring MCM’s one-of-a-kind exhibit, Journey to the North Pole.  Students will explore our train built for students to create their own journey and our holiday train table with toy trains.  They can pen their letter to Santa while exploring MCM’s other exhibits, take a ride down the Snowflake Slide, and enjoy interactive readings of holiday favorites during their visit. *Students must be a minimum of 36 inches tall to ride the slide.  Students who do not meet the height requirement will not be allowed to ride the slide due to safety requirements. Appropriate for ages Pre-kindergarten – 3rd grade.

STEM


Bricks for Kids*

Give your students an unforgettable STEM experience with the 45 minute Bricks 4 Kidz® field trip!  Students will use LEGO® Bricks to deliver hands-on lessons related to cross-disciplinary curriculum objectives.  The Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory, and fun, creating a dynamic learning experience for your students.  A variety of themes are available: Forces of Nature, Laws of Motion, Gears, Energy, Simple Machines, Transportation, Architecture, and Engineering.
Appropriate for Kindergarten- 6th grade.

(*Please note: There is an additional fee of $5 per student for this field trip.)

Farm Bureau Spotlight

This program is designed to educate groups about the broad industry of agriculture, the many careers that deal with it, and how important it is in day-to-day operations in our lives through inquiry-based learning. We emphasize different aspects of agriculture, such as beekeeping, growing produce, the chemistry of food, veterinary medicine, farming, irrigation, the water cycle, forestry, fishing and much more. Sponsored by Mississippi Farm Bureau.

The Math Curse

This field trip turns the museum into a giant series of word problems.  Students will be given a booklet upon their arrival and they must work together throughout the museum to solve word problems using their math skills and concepts like geometry, fractions, and pre-algebra relating mathematic operations to daily life.
Appropriate for ages 2nd – 5th grade.

 

What Do Wheels Do All Day?

How often do you notice shapes in our everyday world? In this program about Preschool-1st grade geometry, your students will learn to look for circles and squares both at MCM and in the classroom. After reading What Do Wheels Do All Day, museum staff will facilitate an activity about shapes and how momentum and physics are affected by the shape of an object.
Appropriate for ages Pre-kindergarten – 1st grade.