Children's Museum Throws Fiestaval

If you're hungry for a taste of Mexico, you came to the right place. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport served up a "Fiestaval" Saturday.

Museum Director Betsy Grant said, "We have gone from China to Mexico, so we thought it was only fitting that we had a Fiestaval. We made that word up, but we're honoring our Hispanic friends on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, in particular, Mexico."

The party celebrated the museum's newest exhibit "Celebrate the World We Share -Mexico." Children of all shapes and sizes can check out the Cantina, go shopping, and try on authentic costumes.

Andrea Veit of Biloxi said, "It's so beautifully decorated, and the crafts and entertainment were great. We just love being able to find things that are cultural and educational, and this is one of our favorite places to come."

Mercedes Carranza is a Gulfport resident who was born in Mexico.

He said, "I'm so glad they took the time to put this out and let people know what Mexico is all about. It's full of color, music and fun."

There was plenty of music, as several young ladies danced to the Macarena. Five-year-old Kristen Veit hit the stage to do the hat dance.

Her brother preferred to hit the pinata.

Andrew Veit said, "It was fun. I whacked it hard and it made a little crack".

The clown pinata took quite a beating from the tikes. All their whacks paid off, when candy poured on the ground.

The Mexican exhibit is located on the second floor of the museum. It will on display for about 18-months.