October 2019 Newsletter

By September 26, 2019Newsletter

Toy of the Month

Science Wiz kits

For a month of mystery and wonder where the impossible seems possible, Exploration Station grounds families back into the science of fun. Science Wiz kits are now on sale for just $18. Spend some fun family time educating your children on various scientific topics with fun, easy experiments. Topics include: Cells, Magnetism, Chemistry, Physics, Light, DNA, Energy, and Heat. Let out your inner mad scientist and have some quality fun with your children this month, get yours in Exploration Station today


Makeover Mondays – CLOSED

September 9th – October 21st

Great Explorations will be CLOSED on Mondays for regular business starting September 9th and running through October 21st.  We use this time each year to refresh our exhibits with updates, repairs if needed, improvements and an extra special deep clean!


Peaceful & Powerful Parenting

October 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th
6 to 8 p.m.

Join us for a four-week program brought to you by Great Explorations and Suncoast Center, Inc. This course is designed to help parents with children of all ages build peaceful and powerful family relationships.

Course cost is $40 | FREE to Great Explorations members and TFS families.

No childcare is available for this session.

Learn more at https://greatex.org/event/peaceful-powerful-parenting-7/2019-10-03/


Terrific Tots – Members Only

Wednesdays & Fridays (when Pinellas County Schools are in session)

9:30 am

On Wednesday and Friday mornings while Pinellas County Schools are in, before we open to the public, members are invited to join us for songs, movement, art and story time in Great Beginnings at the museum! Terrific Tots is a unique bonding experience for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers. This is a great community time for tots and their adults! This program is FREE and is available for Members only.  Explore art, music and language with your little one in this fun and safe environment. At the beginning of each class, we will join in sing-a-longs that encourage movement and caregiver involvement. Please note that on Fridays we tend to get MESSY with our activities, so we encourage participants to dress accordingly!  For questions, please visit greatex.org or call 727.821.8992 x 226.

*when Pinellas County Schools are in session


Memory Mondays

October 7th

10 am – 12 pm

Memory Monday will be held in the Great Ex gallery. We will have an instrument exploration with the Florida Orchestra and mindful movement with Arts4All Florida teaching artist Cynthia Alicea. The craft will be Halloween-themed. Please note Memory Mondays will continue despite the museum being “closed” on Mondays in the fall for general gallery play.

Great Explorations will host a FREE program for adults with memory loss. Participants will take part in programs focusing on art, music, movement and stress reduction and will enjoy quality time with others. This monthly event is sponsored by AARP and presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. Additional support is provided by Harmony Home Health.
For more information please email Lael at larango@greatex.org.


Great Connections

October 13th
 10 am to 12 pm

Great Connections is a monthly, sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families. Great Explorations will modify lights and sounds and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other families and community resources while the kids enjoy the power of PLAY!  Cost: $5 per person and is free for Great Ex members!  Contact Lael Arango at 727-821-8992 x 209 or larango@greatex.org for more information. 


The Great Eeks-ploration

October 26th

10 – 2 pm

Join us on October 26th for Great Eeks-ploration, a day of fun, safe, and slightly spooky science and art. Guests can join our Education team for Critter Shows, experiment with smoke ring science, and play with polymer worm-goo. This spooky, slimy day will be the perfect amount of fun and fright for children of all ages! Included with general admission, free for members.



October 30

10 – 12 pm

Children ages 5 and under are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 30th for an age-appropriate, morning Halloween celebration. Trick-or-Treat and participate in holiday art and science tables stationed around the museum. Then join us for a dance party and show off your costumes in a Halloween Parade at 11:30 am kicking off from our Raymond James Stage.  The cost of this event is included with general admission and is free for members.


After-School Explorers

Great Ex is happy to introduce our After-School Explorers! We offer one-hour programs for 6- week sessions to take place at your school! We offer a variety of interactive and engaging programs for explorers in grades K-5th. Have your school contact larango@greatex.org to find out about how to bring the After-School Explorers club to your school this year!


Donor Spotlight

This month we are proud to spotlight our friends’ next door Southern Bay Bakery. They officially took over the location April 2017. They are a completely custom bakery, creating everything from scratch.  They offer custom cakes and a wonderful selection of pastries, along with ice cream and coffees. The hours of operation are 8:00 – 6:00 Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 Sunday with Mondays being closed


Volunteer with us

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic volunteers to join our team! From greeting visitors and helping them find the perfect play space to getting your groove on during one of our famous dance parties to working side by side with our gallery educators to make science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) come alive through our exciting educational programs, volunteers are an important part of the Great Ex team. But, volunteering at Great Ex isn’t just kids’ play – you’ll gain valuable experience in customer service, performance, education and more. Ages 14 and up should reach out to volunteer@greatex.org for more information.


Great Extravaganza:  Stetson Speakeasy

October 19th

5:30 – 11 pm

Tickets and more information linked here.







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