Lynn Meadows Discovery Center hosts health fair and launches new exhibit

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) – The mission to help prepare students for the upcoming school year continues.

The Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, partnered with the Magnolia Medical Foundation for a back-to-school health fair on Saturday.

A variety of free resources, health screenings and information were available from dozens of coastal organizations. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the event was well attended according to the organizers.

The health fair was included in a museum entrance, so after the fair the little ones were invited to explore, and to explore, they did so with the brand new “sensory space”.

The space is outfitted with fiber optic lighting, soothing bubble tubes, light blocks, squishy floor tiles, fidget toys and more for anyone looking to enjoy a quieter place. The new exhibit opened on Tuesday.

It is inspired by Alex Hudson, a longtime volunteer at the museum.

“So many people these days, you know, are struggling with mental health and disabilities and things that, and this space offers a range of things to fight against that,” Hudson said. “You know, it’s quiet. It’s dark. There are tactile things to play with. There are soothing bubbles to watch floating around. We’ve got a rain cloud in there to kind of wash away your worries.

The new Lynn Meadows Discovery Center sensory space can be visited Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To learn more about exhibitions, upcoming events, or even plan parties, you can visit the center’s website at

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