Museum Updates LeFleur’s Bluff Complex

LeFleur’s Bluff Complex

New state-of-the-art playground NOW OPEN at the LeFleur’s Bluff Education and Tourism Complex! 

Spotter’s Adventure Trail (a museum walking trail) and The Den (an outdoor pavilion) are scheduled to open in 2022. Scroll to the bottom of our page to view our FAQ!


HOURS:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

The playground will be CLOSED on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and December 26.

Playground Features

We-Go Swing


Allows accessibility to children with and without wheelchairs

The Wedra


A unique play structure for ages 6-23 months. This is the first play structure in the world with this design

Hedra® Tower


Designed for children ages 5-12. This is the fourth play structure in the country with this design

Shade Sails


These shade structures cover 75% of the playground, making the area below up to 30 degrees cooler for year-round outdoor play

ABOUT THE LEFLEUR’S BLUFF COMPLEX

The LeFleur’s Bluff Complex is the shared campus between the MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) and the Mississippi Children’s Museum (MCM). The multi-purpose complex will be used for recreational and educational activities featuring a playground, an outdoor pavilion, and a museum walking trail. 

Children who play and learn in nature are more physically active, more engaged in learning, and more emotionally healthy. “Outdoor experiences build visual-spatial skills, strengthen observation and creativity, improve concentration, and enhance motor and imagination skills,” said Angel Rohnke, Director of the LeFleur’s Bluff Complex. 

The first phase of the project is a 21st century playground which will feature 80 play activities, 73 of these features will be inclusive to children with accessibility needs. A custom We-Go-Swing will allow accessibility to children with and without wheelchairs. 

The 30,000-square-foot playground is separated into different play areas based on age, for children ages 6 months to 12 years old. The playground features a unique play structure for ages 6-23 months, the Wedra, which is the first play structure in the world with this design. Another feature is the Hedra® Tower, which is designed for children ages 5-12 and is the fourth play structure in the country with this design. Shade structures cover 75 percent of the playground, making the area below up to 30 degrees cooler for year-round outdoor play. 

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is the signature sponsor of the LeFleur’s Bluff Playground, Outdoor Pavilion and Museum Trail. The Foundation’s generous $3.86 million grant for improving the health and well-being of Mississippians made this innovative project possible.

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More fun coming soon!

Spotter’s Adventure Trail (a museum walking trail) and The Den (an outdoor pavilion) are scheduled to open in 2022.

The 8-foot-wide Spotter’s Adventure Trail will be located east of the playground and will lead the way to conveniently visit both museums and the playground. The trail will feature a fun and interactive outdoor experience with Spotter the Otter and friends.

The Den will be located west of the playground and will include tables and seating for up to 50 students.

The Den will be used for field trips, events, and programs by both museums, including the award-winning Mississippi Science Festival. An adjacent sloped lawn will allow the structure to be used as an open-air amphitheater for large assemblies.


Questions? Check out our FAQ!

This park is located on the shared campus between the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

No, the playground is free and open to the public.

Monday – Friday: 8am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 1pm-5pm

  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • December 26

While no food or drink is permitted on the playground, the MS Children’s Museum’s Red Rocket Café is within walking distance of the playground, as well as beautiful spots to picnic on the Lefleur’s Bluff campus

No gum is allowed in the playground to preserve the artificial turf. 

This playground is suitable to ages 6 months to 12 years old.

There are different play areas that are designed for different age ranges.

  • The Wedra (1st in the world) is designed for 6-23 months
  • The Hedra (4th in the country) is designed for 5-12 year olds and features an 18 foot slide. 

Yes, the playground is handicap accessible. This playground will hold 80 different play activities, 73 of which will be accessible to children of varying abilities.

More information will be available soon about birthday party parties at the park, but anyone is welcome to book a birthday party at MCM by visiting our birthday parties page, or calling Cynthia at 601-709-8972. To book a birthday party at MMNS, visit their page or call Yolanda Hawkins at 601-576-6030.

More information will be available soon about field trips related to the project’s next phase, Spotter’s Adventure Trail, but both MMNS and MCM offer field trips now and a visit to the park can be included in your museum field trip!

Yes, there will be an outdoor pavilion, The Den, that can be used for field trips, museum events, presentations, and entertainment events. The Den is planned to open in 2022.

Yes, there will be a trail connecting both MCM and MMNS called Spotter’s Adventure Trail. This trail is planned to open in 2022.

No, this playground does not contain a water feature, but we encourage you to visit the Mississippi Children’s Museum right next door, for some fun on our outdoor Splash Pad, free of charge. (MCM’s Splash Pad operates during May 14-September 5.)

Yes, the playground is enclosed to ensure the safety of you and your children

  • Mississippi Children’s Museum tickets are $10 per person for adults and children 1 and older. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for Youths (Ages 3-18), $7 for Senior Citizens (60 and over), and free for children under 3. Click here to purchase tickets.
  • Mississippi Children’s Museum group rate – $5/person (NOTE: Group must be 15 or more people.) 
  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science – School teacher with classes: $3.00/student
  • LeFleur Museum District pass for all 4 museums – $19.50 adults, $16.00 children, $17.00 senior citizens. 

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation is the signature sponsor of the LeFleur’s Bluff Playground, Outdoor Pavilion, and Museum Trail. The Foundation’s generous $3.86 million grant for improving the health and well-being of Mississippians made this innovative project possible.