All donations over $2,500 will appear on a unique donor wall. Capital campaign donations of any amount are welcome and greatly appreciated! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship or other donation opportunities. Naming opportunities are available for those who wish to make a lead gift to the capital campaign. Below is a list that will allow you to associate a business name, your name, or that of a loved one to a designated space in the museum.
MEZZANINE – $1,000,000
This dynamic space, with a view overlooking the interactive main floor gallery, will feature a 1,920 sq. ft. multipurpose room for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming, camps, birthday parties, private rentals and more. This space will increase our capacity by 50% to serve more families and increase our impact within the community.
MAIN FLOOR GALLERY – $500,000
The main floor gallery is filled with hands-on exhibits designed to build and enhance the skills necessary for early childhood development. Being geared towards children 0-10 years old, our focus is to ignite curiosity, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. The learning that occurs within the exhibits functions as a vital link between families and school, bridging an early learning experience with formal education. Children can create, build and imagine a place where anything is possible!
GREAT STUFF GIFT SHOP – $250,000
The Great Stuff Gift Shop features books, educational toys, science experiments and more for children of all ages to enjoy at home. The retail store serves as a museum exit for our families and allows Great Ex to subsidize the $750,000 of in-kind services we donate to our community and the 100 hours of free museum access to organizations serving at-risk children and families.
ENTRY STAIRS – $250,000
The entry stairs will be the first impression for members and visitors of the museum. The stairs also serve as stadium style- seating to welcome field trips and host camp orientations. It will also provide additional seating for museum guests in the lobby.
BOARD ROOM – $250,000
The board room will be used as a meeting place for board members, corporate rentals, training/informational sessions, and educational presentations. It will also be available at no charge for our community partners who serve at-risk children and families.
COLLABORATIVE WORKSPACE – $100,000
Studies show that productivity jumped 15% in a collaborative workplace that encouraged and supported brainstorming, peer critiques, and the free exchange of ideas. Most importantly, this kind of space fosters creativity, exploration and innovation, which are fundamental to the success of the serious work of child’s play that the staff of Great Explorations do.
PRESCHOOL CLASSROOM – $50,000
Help us provide academic success to our preschool students by sponsoring one of our seven classrooms. Your gift will help us continue to provide age-appropriate educational programming and necessary classroom materials. With your support and contributions, Early Explorations Preschool can accommodate 38% more children.
STREET OR AVENUE – $10,000
Aspiring young minds need a dedicated road map for success to launch their learning expeditions. Help guide them along their journey by naming a street or avenue within the main floor gallery. Four signs are available for sponsorship.
STREET LIGHT – $20,000
Help light the path to play, creativity and exploration by purchasing a street light within the main floor gallery. Four street lights are available for sponsorship.
PARK BENCH – $30,000
In the early 1900’s St. Petersburg was known as the “City of Green Benches.” These benches were a gathering place for St. Petersburg residents and tourists, serving as symbol of hospitality. Just like the historic “Green Benches” of St. Pete, the benches throughout Great Explorations can provide a perfect spot for caregivers to rest their feet, make a new friend, and enjoy watching their children have fun learning while they play. There are four benches available for sponsorship.