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Hey kids! I’m going to the children’s museum first

October 18th, 2010

As a father of three children, ages 6 and under, I have to say I am probably more excited about the upcoming opening of the Mississippi Children’s Museum than most.
Then, when a representative from the museum showed up at our offices last week to invite us to the Oct. 27 Media Day Tour of the facility, I felt guilty that I am going to experience the new museum before my kids get to.
But, oh well… they’ll get over it.
Seriously, the impending official opening of the museum to the public on Dec. 4 will be a high-water mark for Jackson as well as Mississippi.
In Jackson, the museum — located adjacent to the Mississippi Natural Science and History Museum at LeFleur’s State Park — solidifies the Lakeland exit off I-55 as Adventure Center.
Within a mile, there will be the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, the Mississippi Agriculture Museum as well as the children’s museum and the natural science museum.
For Mississippi, the December opening marks the second children’s museum for the state with the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport.
It also makes the job of folks marketing Jackson and Mississippi — the economic development people — so much easier.
“Please come to our state,” they will say. “Oh, and visit our new Mississippi Children’s Museum, a 40,000-square-foot structure with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space arranged around the five themes of Mississippi — heritage, health & nutrition, literacy, cultural arts and science & technology.”
Throw in a comment like, “Bring your children to Jackson and the Mississippi Children’s Museum where they will be given a unique and exciting educational experience that ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning.”
Who wouldn’t want to go?
Heck, even without children, the museum will be worth visiting.
Did I mention that I am going to visit the museum next week before my children get to? They are going to be so jealous.
Oh yeah, the children, and did I mention economic development?
“Please locate your industry in Mississippi,” they will say. “There’s lots of reasons why you should, but think about your family. There is so much to do here, and your children will always enjoy a new adventure at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.”
Thanks to the Junior League of Jackson and all of those who have made this dream a reality for so many. Your work for all of Mississippi is appreciated.

Contact Mississippi Business Journal editor Ross Reily at ross.reily@msbusiness.com or (601) 364-1018.

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