Kermit the Frog is a Delta Child! Visit his Creek and Museum in Leland
April showers bring May flowers, and with the springtime sprinkles, there’s also sometimes the payoff of a rainbow. When many of us think of rainbows, we think of a favorite character of kids across the globe, Kermit the Frog. There’s something cute and oh-so-Mississippi about kermit with his gangly little legs, sitting on a log and strumming his sweet banjo.
“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,” Kermit sings, “The lovers, the dreamers, and me.” Ah … it doesn’t get cuter than “The Rainbow Connection.”
Did you know that Kermit the Frog was “born” in the Delta? As the creation of puppeteer Jim Henson — who grew up in the town of Leland, just east of Greenville — sweet Kermit is a true Delta child.
This April, celebrate everyone’s favorite Muppet by taking a trip to visit a free museum devoted to him and his creator. It’s located on Deer Creek, the very place where Henson imagined the fictional green frog to have gone swimming, lounged in the sun, and plucked banjo strings. Your kids might get a kick out of seeing his “real” home of Deer Creek and touring the museum exhibits.
The museum is located at 415 SE Deer Creek Drive, Leland, Mississippi. Between now and Memorial Day, the museum hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. After Memorial Day, hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find out more by visiting Birthplaceofthefrog.org.