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Children's museum puts hands on exhibit in airport

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Families traveling with young children now have a new way to help keep them occupied during long waits at the airport. The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center recently put in an interactive exhibit at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Museum officials said it is an excellent way to promote what the children's museum has to offer.

Having a small child with a lot of energy can be problematic when making a trip to the airport.

"It's going to be really convenient for them to have something to do while they're getting ready to board," said Jessica Smith of Hattiesburg. "They're not running around like crazy people."

For the airport exhibit, the Lynn Meadows Discover Center wanted to create something that was both fun and educational. One station teaches children about electricity. Another station tests their reflexes and reaction time.

"The three exhibits that we have here are all science related," said Director Cindy DeFrances. "One is a sensory exhibit. It's goes with our five senses, which is one of our major exhibits in the museum. Children get to stick their hands in it and find different objects and get to guess and decide whether or not it's an animal or a ball. It will light up whether or not they're correct."

Visitors also learn the exhibit is only a taste of what the children's museum has to offer. Brochures and a brand new commercial encourage families to make Lynn Meadows part of their vacation plans.

"We have a commercial over there and it shows families exactly what we have to offer," said DeFrances. "We hope they'll take the time to come out and see exactly what we have. In place of these exhibits here, we also have 15,000 square feet and entertainment, as well as outdoor exhibits. There's lots to do at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center."

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