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So much learning, fun at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

By Elissa Fulton

So much learning, fun at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

As soon as you drive up to Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, you are met with an immediate welcome. Just a quick check-in at the registration center and you’re on your way down a path of learning and fun.

The center is an arts and interactive educational children’s museum in Gulfport.

The first stop down Kid’s Street, sponsored by The Home Builders of Mississippi, features companies like Coast Electric, who have built small houses to demonstrate building with energy efficiency products. The Home Builders Association, Coast Electric and other companies sponsor this kid-size neighborhood to promote construction education. Just across the street in the neighborhood, there’s a free library where kids can take a book and leave a book.

The museum is situated on just over seven acres which includes On The Green, a fantastic outdoor area beginning with a StoryWalk that displays a new story each month — fostering and supporting the importance of literacy. Once you’ve completed the StoryWalk, check out the fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico with telescopes to view the barrier islands and local wildlife. A musical garden and weather station are also fun learning activities On The Green. Other outdoor activities include solar sunflowers for learning about sustainable energy sources, as well as a play-size bait shop and a treehouse village built in the tops of 100-year-old oak trees.

Inside the 15,000-square-foot, newly updated facility, you’ll find many exhibits promoting art, communications, literacy, culinary arts and science. A play-size veterinary clinic, a kid’s talk show, complete with its very own green screen, a grocery store, train depot, space shuttle and many more exhibits emphasize the many future career opportunities available to kids. With just a little imagination, a day at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center can educate a child in so many ways.

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center offers many activities for kids of all ages. The WINGS Performing Arts Program teaches acting, singing and dancing; as well as the Bear Cub Club for kids five and under. There are so many classes and camps to take part in year-round.

An interactive, educational experience has been the goal of Lynn Meadows Discovery Center since its opening in 1989. The nonprofit organization began when Carole Lynn Meadows lost her daughter, Lynn Meadows in a tragic accident. Lynn had been studying education at Ole Miss when she died in an automobile accident. Her mother, Carole Lynn Meadows and Rose Almond created this special place for children and named it Lynn Meadows Discovery Center as a tribute to Lynn who had a passion for children and education. The initial funding in 1991 came from the Gulfport Junior Auxiliary. Twenty-two years later, it has expanded from its humble beginnings in a 1915 schoolhouse to a recent renovation that added the WINGS Performing Arts Studio, the Viking Kitchen and the Café to the Stars. There are also other meeting rooms and pavilions, all available for event rental.

“We’ve really worked hard to make this a fun and safe environment for all of our visitors,” said Sonja Gillis, director of marketing and public relations. “Learning is fundamental for young people and we strive to create a special learning atmosphere for them at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.”

 

Visit lmdc.org to learn more about Lynn Meadows Discovery Center or for a list of upcoming events and COVID-19 precautions.

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