- Childbirth Classes. The Birthplace at Baptist provides the comfort and convenience of private Labor-Delivery-Recovery Rooms along with up-to-date technology and experienced nurses with training in fetal heart monitoring. Take advantage of some of the classes such as Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Natal Fit, Infant Care, Infant CPR, Sibling Adjustment, and Grandparenting Class.
- Call the Baptist Health Line at 601-948-6262 for costs and times.
- Cancer Rehab Classes. Baptist's Cancer Rehab Program is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 pm every week, at no cost, in the Activity Room of the Hederman Cancer Center, 1227 North State Street. To register, call the Baptist Health Line at 1-800-948-6262 or 601-948-6262. The class helps cancer patients enhance cardiovascular strength and endurance and immune system and bone density. It helps to increase overall strength and stamina, decrease fatigue and weight loss, and improve digestion.
- Adult Oil Painting Classes. Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:00 pm.
- Children's Art Classes. After school on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Call for times and availability.
- For more information, call Terri Cribb at 601-497-7497 or visit www.terricribb.com.
Mississippi Children's Museum
- Shake Out the Sillies. 11:00 am-12:00 pm. The third Wednesday of every month, immediately following ABC Come Play with Me, shake out your sillies with us! Shake Out the Sillies gets you moving and grooving with fun games and activities.
- Little Hands Can. On Wednesdays from 10:00 am-11:00, Outside the Lines’ Studio will open-ended experiences and provide an opportunity to see what happens in the moment as a young child interacts with a variety of art materials.
- Meet the Masters. Every Thursday, explore art history and technique in Outside the Lines’ Studio as you “Meet the Masters.” 30-minute workshops based on the Letter of the Week will focus on a different artist each week. Children ages 5-11 are invited to create a project that corresponds to the featured artist and his technique. Our Arts Educator will provide a glimpse into the artist’s life, style, and process as she guides children in a creative exploration of the artistic process. Come by all day for 30-minute workshops that begin on the hour and half-hour.
- Pop Up Art. On Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, you never know what type of art project may “pop up”! Outside the Lines’ Studio will rewind: join Arts Educator CC Allgood to reimagine, recreate, and re-experience art as she repeats her favorite project from the previous week. 30-minute workshops beginning on the hour and half-hour will offer children and their caregivers a chance for a repeat performance.
- Tinker With Tuesday. Wednesdays at 3:30 pm. Tinker with Tuesday is our hands-on program focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
- Wee Wednesdays. Wednesdays are now great days to bring toddlers to the Mississippi Children’s Museum. We have no scheduled group visits on Wednesdays. We also offer our specialized program just for toddlers, ABC Come Play with Me, on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am.
- ABC Come Play with Me. This program is specifically designed for infants and toddlers and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. This program occurs Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am at the Mississippi Children's Museum. The program consists of a stretch, a song or finger play (new each month), a story, and fun activity (new each week). The focus of our Toddler Times is ABC’s, 123’s, animal sounds, the five senses, tactile activities, foods, colors, and shapes. This program helps adults learn how to engage their toddlers and show them easy, age appropriate activities they can do with their toddlers at home, in order to prepare them for preschool, while allowing them to have some creative discovery and socialization with other toddlers.
- Ready to ROAR Reading Time. This occurs each day in the Between the Lions exhibit in the Literacy Gallery at 1:00 pm, Tuesday-Friday, at the Mississippi Children's Museum. Each month we focus on a different children’s author, and each week we will read a book by that author. We also incorporate books and lessons from the PBS "Between the Lions" series. The goal is to promote a love of reading and bringing books to life for our young visitors. In addition, we expose our young visitors to many of the classic, great children’s literature and children’s illustrations and spark some creativity within the children themselves, while also promoting reading readiness in our younger visitors.
- Puppet Play Workshop. Join us each Wednesday at 3:00 pm for our imaginative Puppet Play Workshop. Children create a different puppet each week and are encouraged to act out their own story at our Reader’s Theater Puppet Stage exhibit. This program supports our belief that children learn through play and encourages children to read, write, and create!
- Crafty Tuesday. Join us every Tuesday in the Outside the Lines exhibit for a fun and interactive activity that is sure to get your creative juices flowing! Everything from creating paintings with stockings and beans to mastering the art of water coloring, Crafty Tuesdays brings out the artist in the young and young at heart.
- Fueled for Adventure. A weekly program that promotes healthy eating habits. Each week we lead a program in our Red Rocket Café that begins with learning how to make a healthy snack and ends with eating the yummy results! Join us Thursdays at 3:30 pm by the Red Rocket Café for Fueled for Adventure.
- Farm Bureau Spotlight. A weekly program designed to educate visitors on 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. Each week we emphasize a different gallery in the museum and often highlight another theme in the museum, such as letter of the week or author of the month. Farm Bureau Spotlight happens every Friday at 3:30 pm; check our calendar for a description of each week’s program.
- For more information, call 601-709-8964 or visit www.mcm.ms.
Mississippi Museum of Art
- 2016 Mississippi Invitational Exhibition. Through March 11, 2017. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. In the fall of 2016, the Mississippi Museum of Art will present the Mississippi Invitational, a curated survey of contemporary art. Artists resident and active in the state of Mississippi are invited to participate. Works for the Invitational exhibition will be selected by Marissa Pascucci, guest curator, and coordinated by the Mississippi Museum of Art. The exhibition will be installed in the Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions and will reflect current directions in Mississippi art. An illustrated catalogue will document the exhibition. Free to the public.
- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2017 Mississippi Regional Competition. February 11, 2017-April 9, 2017. The Mississippi Museum of Art hosts this annual Mississippi Regional Competition for students in grades 7 through 12 from throughout the state. All artworks winning at the regional level are exhibited prior to national competition, where Gold Key regional winners are eligible to compete. Free to the public.
- National Scholastics: Art. Write. Now. Tour. April 1, 2017-May 14, 2017. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. The national traveling exhibition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Curated, produced, and presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the tour showcases a selection of works from the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards-inspiring and innovative work by teens from all across the country. Free to the public.
- The Wolfe Family Legacy. May 26, 2017-October 14, 2017. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. A retrospective of the artists whose influence on the community was noteworthy-as teachers at Millsaps College and as active participants in Allison's Wells Art Colony, the Municipal Art Gallery, and the Mississippi Art Association. They were likewise well-known for their Wolfe Studio, established in 1946. These artists worked in a wide range of media—painting, mosaic, printmaking, stained glass, and ceramics. The studio tradition, as well as creative excellence, is continued by their daughter, Elizabeth (Bebe) Wolfe. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students. FREE children 5 and under, FREE Museum members.
- Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise. Through July 8, 2018. The Donna and Jim Barksdale Galleries for Changing Exhibitions. This exhibition, the latest in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series, commemorates the Mississippi bicentennial by presenting the rich legacy of more than two centuries of Mississippi visual arts. Including paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptures, the exhibition explores the history of the state as seen through the eyes of artists. Mississippi art, past and present, creates a sense of place and belonging; it also represents the diverse perspectives on the struggles and conflicts that have defined the state throughout its history. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors, $6 students. FREE children 5 and under, FREE Museum members.
- Four Freedoms by Mildred Nungester Wolfe. Public Corridor. This four-panel mural was inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Annual Message to Congress in 1941. He spoke of a future when the world is founded upon four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. In the late 1950s, Benjamin M. Stevens, Sr. had commissioned Mildred Nungester Wolfe (1912-2009) to create a mural. Wolfe’s paintings use stylized figures in vibrant colors to illustrate each of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. The mural had hung for years in B. M. Stevens Company store in Richton, Mississippi, and was recently donated to the Mississippi Museum of Art by his family. Cost: Free, open to the public.
- The Mississippi Story. The Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for the Permanent Collection. Eudora Welty wrote, “It seems plain that the art that speaks more clearly, explicitly, directly and passionately from its place of origin will remain the longest understood.” With that in mind, Patti Carr Black, art historian and guest curator of the Mississippi Story, says that the exhibition “explores art that is explicitly and passionately derived from Mississippi—its place of origin.” The Mississippi Story is divided into four sections: the influence of the land on art, Mississippi’s people as depicted in its art, life in Mississippi observed by its artists, and the exporting of Mississippi culture through its artists. The exhibition features artwork by Walter Anderson, George Ohr, Sam Gilliam, William Dunlap, John McCrady, Richmond Barthé, Eudora Welty, William Hollingsworth, Marie Hull, and William Eggleston, among many others. Free to the public.
- William Dunlap’s Panorama of the American Landscape. Trustmark Grand Hall. This impressive mural was created by Mississippi native William Dunlap for the neoclassical rotunda of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1984. The installation of the fourteen canvases at the Mississippi Museum of Art places the artwork, originally seen in the round, on one wall, stretching eleven feet tall and fifty-five feet wide. Referencing historical cycloramas, this mural presents the hunt country of Virginia (the verdant Blue Ridge landscape near Dunlap’s Virginia home) at eye-level, while the harsh winter landscape of the Antietam battlefield fills the upper half of the space. The mural is full of classic Dunlap iconography and is accompanied by a 28-minute video, “The Painter’s Landscape.” Free to the public.
- Pre-Columbian Ceramics. Public Corridor. The objects displayed in the cases of the Museum’s lobby originate from ancient cultures which flourished in Peru, Mexico and Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. Most of the objects on view are Peruvian pre-Columbian ceramics, which were donated to or loaned to the Museum by Sam Olden of Yazoo City, Miss. Also represented are Mesoamerican cultures, including the Maya and the Olmec.
- Art & Coffee. 10:00 am-11:30 am. First Saturday of the month. Art & Coffee is an opportunity to slow down with fellow art lovers in a casual morning learning space. Join Museum staff to look at and discuss current and upcoming exhibitions through the lens of how we engage art as a group. Spend time in the galleries and hear special presentations from Museum staff and the occasional visiting artist! Coffee and pastries are served. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Membership Services at 601-960-1515.
- Hoot and Holler Family Creation Lab (6-10 year olds). 2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Mississippi Museum of Art BancorpSouth Classroom. Each second Sunday, families with children ages 6-10 are led by a Museum educator in a collaborative art project inspired by a different artist each month. Families are guided in conversations around works by the selected artist followed by related studio projects in the classroom. Families will not only leave with an art work, but will learn techniques they can repeat and expand on at home. This program is held in conjunction with When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection and is sponsored by Trustmark. Cost: $10 per child.
- Creative Healing Studio. Wednesday 12:30 pm-1:30 pm. Mississippi Museum of Art Museum Classrooms. Creative Healing Studio is a bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer of those with a cancer diagnosis in their past. Licensed art therapist Susan Ainlay Anand facilitates this group to express themselves through art in an open studio approach while participants share stories of hope, fear, joy, and sorrow. The program is open to all skill levels – novice to master – and encourages self-expression, with an emphasis on exploration, curiosity, and skill-building with art media. Process and product combine to promote healing. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Museum at 601-960-1515 or visit the Museum’s website at www.msmuseumart.org.
- Seasoned Students (55+). Entergy Classroom. 10:30 am-11:30 am. Take a tour through the galleries at the Mississippi Museum of Art and learn about selected pieces from The Mississippi Story and our changing exhibitions. Following this short introduction, students learn a related technique in our classroom through a hands-on project. Meet new faces, talk about art, learn from Museum staff and create! The Museum’s Palette Café serves our special monthly ‘sipp Sourced menu each Third Thursday. Students are able to order lunch before class to be ready at the end. Cost: $12. Lunch not included in cost of program.
- ‘sipp Sourced with Chef Nick Wallace Mississippi Museum of Art. The Palette Café Lunch 11 AM – 2 PM; dinner Thursday, 5:30 until
- Each month, for a limited time, Culinary Curator and Executive Chef Nick Wallace of the Mississippi Museum of Art creates a three-day pop up menu highlighting product from Mississippi purveyors. These menus are inspired by seasonal ingredients and rooted in Mississippi artistic and culinary stories and traditions. ‘sipp Sourced is sponsored by Capital City Beverages.
- Live at Lunch. 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Experience live music during your lunch hour on Wednesdays! Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at The Palette Café by Viking. Cost is free. The Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
- Museum After Hours. 5:30 pm-10:00 pm; movie at dusk. Every third Thursday we host Museum After Hours, when we open the doors after hours to partner with and embrace Mississippi's creative community. These collaborations feature one-night pop up exhibitions and dining experiences, live music, outdoor movies, games, and more. Each month has a new theme and a new story. Lexus is the official vehicle of Museum After Hours. The exclusive beverage sponsor is Capital City Beverages.
- The Museum Store and changing exhibitions are open until 8:00 pm. Cost: Free to the public; cash bar and food available for purchase.
- Visit www.msmuseumart.org for more details or call 601-960-1515.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
- Creature Comforts Radio Talk Show. Creature Comforts is a show about all the critters - big and small, wild and domestic - in Mississippi. On Thursday mornings at 9:00 am, host Gene Edwards visits with veterinarian Dr. Troy Majure and Museum Director Libby Hartfield.
- Fish Feedings. Come meet some of our most fascinating aquarium inhabitants. Every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 am, and Sunday at 2:00 pm watch divers feed the fish!
- Creature Features. These informal programs -scheduled or spontaneous- feature live or mounted animals. Scheduled every Saturday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Creature Features make learning fun!
- Naturalist Lecture Series. On the first Tuesday of the month, the Museum offers lectures addressing a variety of natural science subjects. Unless noted otherwise, the lectures take place from noon to 1pm in the Museum's Rotwein Theater. Lectures are free to Museum Foundation members; regular admission applies to visitors.
- The A-MAZE-ING Water Journey. Our latest outdoor exhibit stands just outside the Museum atrium ready to receive individual or group exploration. Mazes are powerful learning tools and this giant one is no exception. The synergy between the physical act of exploring a maze while mentally interacting with the curriculum, engages and educates visitors of all ages and creates a memorable experience. The A-MAZE-ING Water Journey exhibit coordinates with our current feature exhibit and provides a unique journey of exploration, scientific inquiry, artistic expression and action! Spin the wheel, search the maze. Experience the science behind water purity, and realize the power each individual has to make a difference.
- Preschool Discovery Room at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. For children ages 3 through pre-k5. Thirty minute classes, in the Preschool Room, are designed for educational groups of 10 to 16 children. Class times are 9:00, 9:45, and 10:30 am, Monday through Friday. Call Joan Elder for reservations at 601-576-6031. “Time for Two’s” Second Tuesdays 1:00-4:00 pm (for 2's and under and their caregivers). Story Time Wednesday 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:15 pm (for children ages 3-5). Please note that the Preschool Room is open when a staff member or volunteer is available to open it; the schedule is subject to change. General hours are Monday-Friday (1:00-4:00 pm); Saturday (9:30 am-noon, 1:00-4:00 pm); Sunday (1:00-4:00 pm).
- Call Joan Elder for details at 601-576-6031.
- MMNS Admission. $6 adults; $4 children ages 3-18; $5 senior citizens (60+); free for children under 3; school teachers with classes: call for group information. Lakeland at I-55, 2148 Riverside Dr., Jackson. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visitwww.msnaturalscience.org.
- Visit www.msnaturalscience.org for more details.
Russell C. Davis Planetarium
- Perfect Little Planet. Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Monday-Friday 1:00 pm; Saturday 4:00 pm.
- From Earth To The Universe. Learn about the journey of celestial discovery. Monday-Saturday 10:00 am.
- Black Holes. A 3D digital dome experience. Journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. Monday-Saturday 3:00 pm.
- Sky Show Tickets are $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors and $3.00 children.
- Call 601-960-1552 for more information.
The Jackson Zoo
- ZooMobile Popular with Schools & Libraries. With our ZooMobile, the Zoo can come to You!! Many teachers are choosing to have the excitement of live animals and a zoo educator come to their classrooms to enhance lesson plans and make learning more fun and memorable. To learn more or schedule a visit to your school or public event, please visit http://www.jacksonzoo.org/education/zoomobile.html.
- Zoo Offering Special Teacher Training Opportunity and Curriculum Classroom Programs. The Zoo now features multi-disciplinary curriculum which help 'Bring Your Classroom to Life'. Specially tailored to the Mississippi Academic Framework and aligned with the Core Standards, lesson plans for K-5th grades have been developed and are ready for implementation into the classroom. Created to make a trip to the zoo not only fun but educational! Learn more about teacher training and our Curricula by visiting http://www.jacksonzoo.org/education/fieldTrips.html.
- Call 601-352-2580 ext. 225 or visit www.jacksonzoo.org
Mississippi Farmer’s Market
- Eat Fresh. Shop Local. Open every Saturday 8:00 am-2:00 pm. Located at 929 High Street, Jackson.
- For more information, visit our website at http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/ms_farmers_market/index.html.
Pearl Public Library
- Baby Bookworms Story Time. Tuesdays at 9:30 am weekly. Need a little variety in your little one's day? Join the Baby Bookworms Story Time group today! For ages birth-36 months. Enjoy stories, rhymes, exciting music, and even make new friends! New Puppet Show on the last Tuesday of the month.
- Preschool Story Time. Tuesdays at 10:30 am weekly. Need a little variety in your preschool child's day? Bring your child to Preschool Story Time. For ages 3-6. Enjoy stories, music, make a simple craft and make new friends! New Puppet Show on the last Tuesday of the month!
- Pearl Peanuts. Wednesdays at 4:00 pm weekly. Meets every Wednesday during the school year for ages K-6th grades. Story time fun!
- Wii Play. Saturdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm weekly. Come play various Wii games with your family.
- Call 601-932-2562 or visit www.cmrls.lib.ms.us for more information.
University of Mississippi Health Care
- Prenatal Education. The Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Woman and Infants offers a wide variety of prenatal education classes for expecting women and their families. Classes available include Childbirth Preparation, Childbirth EXPRESS, Newborn Care, Infant CPR, Grandparents are GREAT!, Big Brother Big Sister, and Breastfeeding. All of our childbirth preparation classes are taught by certified Lamaze instructors.
- For more information on our classes call 601-984-BABY or online at umhc.com/women.
- Breastfeeding Support Group. Come and join us for an opportunity to learn from other breastfeeding moms in a group led by a certified lactation consultant. Enjoy building a network of resources that will benefit you and your baby. Support group meets at noon the second and fourth Wednesdays, monthly.
- For more information call 601-815-7461.
- Story Time. Will be held in the DotCom building at Lemuria every Saturday at 11:00 am.
- Self-Esteem Classes. If you think you have that star quality! We are looking for all actors, models, and pageant contestants, or anyone wanting to improve their self-esteem. Let Pamela Nail former Mrs. World help transform you. Classes will be starting soon.
- Call 601 977-0769 or visit www.pamelanailtransformations.com.
- Samuel Marshall Gore Art Galleries. 9:00 am-3:00 pm Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Tuesday. Admission is free.
- For more information call 601-925-3231 or 601-925-3926.
Madison County Library System
Canton Public Library
- Rising Readers Storytime. Wednesdays at 9:30 am for 5 year olds; Wednesdays at 10:15 am for 3-4 year olds. Our story-times for "Rising Readers" incorporate songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading. Tiempo de Cuentos Bilingues Para Ninos de 3 a 5 Anos. First Saturday of the month. 10:30 am-11:00 am. Bilingual storytime for 3-5 year olds. Our bilingual story-times incorporate songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading.
Flora Public Library
- Rising Readers Storytime. Wednesdays at 10:00 am. Preschool (ages 3 – 5). Our story-times for "Rising Readers" incorporate songs, rhymes, movement and storytelling to strengthen early literacy skills as well as an enthusiasm for reading.
Madison Public Library
- Rising Readers Storytime. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Preschool (ages 3 – 5). Join us for books, music, movement and fun while developing your child’s literacy.
- Readers’ Theater. Tuesdays at 3:30 pm. Ages 5 – 8. Kids become excited about reading while developing fluency and comprehension by using a script to develop characters and perform stories.
- Baby Bookworms. Wednesdays 10:00 am & 10:45 am. Tots (ages 0 – 2). Join us for a fun-filled thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.
Ridgeland Public Library
- Ridgeland Readers. Tuesdays 4:00 pm-5:00 pm. Ages 3 – 7. Our story times for "Ridgeland Readers" include stories, music, movement, crafts, and fun!
- Baby Bookends Story Time. Wednesdays 10:30 am-11:00 am. Ages 0-2. Join us for a fun-filled thirty minute interactive session that uses rhymes, songs, puppets and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.
- Classes. MS Arts Center & Madison Square Center for the Arts. Ballet Mississippi, established in 1964, is Jackson’s premier dance organization. Classes are available for ages 2 through adult at the Mississippi Arts Center in Jackson and at the Madison Square Center for the Arts.
- Register now for classes. Visit www.balletms.com or call 601-960-1560.
Clinton Community Nature Center
- Nature Nuts. Discovery designed with the preschooler in mind! Exciting adventures for children ages 2-5, rain or shine. Nature Nuts meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. every 3rd Tuesday of the month January through November. Free for members; $3 per child for non-members; $1 discount per subsequent child. Visit www.clintonnaturecenter.org for more information.
Brandon Public Library
- Toddler Time. Mondays @ 10:30am. Stories, songs, and finger plays for ages 0-2.
- Songs, Stories, and Crafts. Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30. For preschoolers aged 3-5.
- No Excuse Moms Free Workout Class. Tuesdays at 10:30 am.
- Call 601-825-2672 for more details.
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