Thousands converge for grand opening of MS Children's Museum - - Jackson, MS

Thousands converge for grand opening of MS Children's Museum

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A spirited parade led by the Murrah High School marching band and majorettes began the day Saturday at the grand opening of the Mississippi Children's Museum, a 40,000 square foot house of knowledge and fun that thousands have been waiting for.

Inside, it's hard for moms, dads, and children to choose where to go first!

"I like everything, I can't choose," says Claire Griffith of Jackson.

We found them playing construction worker in the World at Work section, and stepping into a giant Scrabble game in the Literacy gallery.

"I just enjoy being here with the kids, they look like they're having a lot of fun," says Greg Duke of Flowood, who brought his twin daughters.

On this official opening day, groups came in at pre-assigned times and were allowed to spend one hour checking everything out. They were sailing boats on the Mississippi River, and becoming miners, crawling through tunnels in a simulated underground.

One section boasts a kid-sized replica of the Jackson area. Interstates 20 and 55 are represented on the carpet, and in the middle is a crawl-through model of the state capitol.

Mississippi Artist Wyatt Waters signed autographs and gave artistic advice in the Cultural Arts gallery.

"We're just making drawings, paintings together. I worked on a book called The Year of the Stars with the Junior League," Waters says. "Anybody can do this, it's like fishing. You just have to do it," he says about art.

There's a purpose to all this fun: the museum is designed to inspire a desire for discovery, knowledge, and learning.

"We've had a great time. They've done a beautiful job, it represents Mississippi so well," says Stacey Griffith of Jackson.

"I've done the Velcro climbing wall where you get in a suit and then jump on it," says Charlotte Palmer, also of Jackson. "I love it. I would give it five stars."

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