Lynn Meadows Discovery Center

246 Dolan Avenue

Gulfport, MS 39507

Phone: (228) 897-6039

Lynn Meadows Discovery Center is much more than a children’s museum. It’s a place where children and adults of every age can imagine, create and have fun!Just off the beach in Gulfport sits a colorful old school building, whimsical and welcoming, awaiting children to come and play. It’s Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Mississippi’s original children’s museum, and so much more. Follow the path through the towering live oaks, enter the bright blue door and get ready for an incredible family adventure.

Rising through the center of the facility is the Super Colossal Climbing Structure that acts as an axis for the other exhibits and lets children reach for the stars.

On the bottom floor, let the little ones loose in Bear Camp Bayou, a special place just for them. Hop aboard a train at Dolan Avenue Depot. Put their imaginations to work at The Port. And stop by the art studio to make a creative keepsake.

Travel upstairs to explore Africa and check into a historic hotel. Stop by the market for a few necessities and a lot of fun. Get excited about science with hands-on observations. 

Outside offers an equal amount of intrigue. Play house in the trees, tap a tune in the outdoor musical garden, and explore the tiny town of Kids Street.

Discover Your Wings is for aspiring young actors. Theatre workshops and productions seek to nurture the talent, spirit and leadership of children and youth.

Discover Our Clubs & Camps

Bear Cub Club is the ultimate play date for little tikes from new to five, and their adults. Storytelling, singing, dancing and interacting are guided by the program’s dedicated director.

When school’s out, camps are in - Seasonal camps offered to keep the kids busy with a variety of topics and activities.

Discover Your Inner Chef - During Tuesday night adult cooking classes, our Viking kitchen is filled with food, spirits and laughter as community chefs take the lead in creating a delicious feast. 

For more information on hours, admissions, field trips, memberships, donating, special events and other programs, go to www.LMDC.org.

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday Noon-5pm.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services honored Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children as one of 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. 

Facility Info
  • Description Lynn Meadows is the unique venue for your special occasions or events! The Frank House, the grounds and the museum make this place the most magical place for any occasion. The area can accommodate from 2–400. The Grounds offer six acres with beautiful oak trees and a breeze from the Gulf. Use of the grounds includes The Pavilion, and The Tree Houses - access to the actual museum is not available. Weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and company gatherings are just a few examples of events that can be hosted on the grounds. Discovery Center and Grounds has capacity for 300 indoor seating and 500 standing reception. When you rent both the grounds and the museum you get the use of the six acres as well as access to the museum. Your guests will have a enjoy attending a cocktail reception inside this unique venue and on the grounds.
  • Largest Room 4200
  • Reception Capacity 400
  • Theatre Capacity 400
  • Audiovisual equipment on-site
  • Days & Times Available for Rental
  • Catering services on-site
  • Furniture available on-site
  • Linens Available on-site
  • Outdoor access (Patio, Gazebo, etc.)
  • Banquet Capacity 400
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Classroom Capacity 400

From Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, comes Junie B. Jones The Musical JR. – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a delightful adaptation. Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends – and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard – and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Recommended for all ages.

Enjoy the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center free from 5pm to 8pm on the last Friday of every month!

Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume and have a family fun day. Enjoy trick-or-treating, play games, get your face painted and so much more! Concessions will be sold.

Developed by Museum of Science in Boston, the mission is to foster engineering and  technological literacy among elementary-aged children. Kat Hamiter, a retired Science teacher with 30 years of teaching experience, will be leading our program sessions.

Who: Suitable for grades 1-5

November 1 & 15: A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls
This unit explores earth materials- including clay, sand, and soil - as they're used in mortar to build a stone wall. Students will plan, build, test and improve walls of their own.

Sponsored by: The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation 

Classes will be limited to 30 per class.

Special opening performance “The Trial of William Shakespeare” by WINGS Mythmakers

Shakespeare love letter to life is retold in an enchanting new way capturing the comedy and mystery of Prospero’s island.  A romance blossoms between Prospero’s daughter Miranda and the handsome Prince Ferdinand while the notorious monster Caliban and the sprite Ariel create magic and mayhem on the Island. The hilarious clowns Trinculo and Stephano keep us smiling throughout.  Shakespeare’s Tempest is message of forgiveness and love. Don’t miss this new immersive theatrical experience! Recommended for all ages.

A special fundraiser featuring artwork from WINGS youth, adults and local professionals. This years theme is: On the Wings” of our Veterans we soar. We salute and honor each of our Veterans who have sacrificed life, family and self for the security and freedom of our country and people. There will be entertainment & hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds will benefit the WINGS Performing Arts Scholarship fund.

Sensory Sundays is an exclusive event for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and sensory processing differences to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment. This exclusive free event includes modifications of a less crowded environment and light and sound reduction. Free admission is made possible thanks to Gulf Coast Community Foundation – Anthony Dartez Education Fund.

October 14, November 11, December 9

Bring your favorite apron and join Chef Robby Holmes with Sarrasin Bread Bakery in the Viking kitchen. In this intimate and relaxed setting we will explore techniques that invite beautifully rustic bread baking into the home. From natural leaven, to whole grains, to a flexible template that takes into consideration a busy schedule, we learn to let time bring out the best in our loaves. Students will see demonstrations of the mixing shaping and baking of a naturally leavened hearth loaf: Wheat-Rye with Coriander and Raisins, along with tastes, shape and bake their own Rosemary Focaccia, and take home a portion of sourdough starter to help propel their new craft.

Advance registration required on www.lmdc.org, or by calling 228-897-6039.

Fall leaves, cool weather and campfires bring a cornucopia of fun to LMDC. Join us as we make cool weather treats, a Thanksgiving craft and more in this fun family class! Recommended for ages 4 to 8 but all ages are welcome! Menu includes Walk in the Woods with a Walking Taco, Looking for S’More fun, Thankful fruit cornucopia, and An apple a day juice. Advance registration required

Join us for a spirited retelling of the Charles Dicken’s classic featuring young performers. Complete with ghosts and Christmas spirits this is a Christmas Carol like you’ve never seen before! Audiences will delight in this interactive, humorous and touching retelling. A Kid’s Christmas Carol will challenge you to keep Christmas in your heart and honor it all year long. Recommended for all ages. Recommended for all ages. Tickets -$10 Register on www.lmdc.org, or by calling 228-897-6039.

Looking for something fun to do with holiday guests in town? Bring the family and decorate a gingerbread house together without all the mess. We provide the fresh and tasty unassembled gingerbread house pieces, frosting and all of the edible decorations. Hot cocoa, cookies, and holiday music will make this a memorable family experience. 

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Join Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for our fourth annual event being held at Kids Street and On the Green! Visit with Santa, make ornaments, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, performance by WINGS Performing Arts and more! This event is included with museum admission.

Get ready to boogie 80's style! It's the best 80's party ever and LMDC's biggest fundraiser. Listen to an 80's DJ playing all your old school favorites while dining on local food. Participate in a sweet silent auction, coolest costume contest and much more. Proceeds benefit The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center.

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