August 2020 Newsletter

By August 3, 2020Newsletter

Great Ex is open!

We’re ready when you’re ready! With your health and safety at the top of mind, we have implemented new policies and procedures to ensure a safe visit to Great Ex. These updates include limited capacity, new hours, health screenings, and more. Ticket reservation is required for members and non-members, with limited availability for walk-ins. Additionally, starting Saturday, August 1st, guests ages 5+ will be required to wear a face mask. To learn what you can expect, and plan your next visit, click here.

Adjusted Hours:
Weekdays 4:45 pm-6:30 pm
Weekends* 9-11 am, 12-2 pm, 3-5 pm

*When private rentals aren’t reserved; check our reservation system in advance for weekend availability.

Private rental sessions will remain available for small groups on Saturdays and Sundays in 2-hour increments. To book a private rental session, email Chel at If private rental sessions aren’t reserved, timed play sessions will be made available for reservation. Check our reservation system the Friday before for availability.

Click here to read our latest COVID-19 Action Plan.

Feedback Survey

We want to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this quick survey. Your feedback is invaluable to the museum’s operation during this unique time. Please click here to complete the survey.

Great Ex Games: Kids Edition!

Friday, August 7th

Join us digitally for The Great Ex Games: Kids Edition! This virtual game night kicks off at 7 pm on Friday, August 7th on Zoom. We’ll play a variety of entertaining games and compete for a chance to win awesome prizes! Games will be geared towards children ages 4-12, but all ages are welcome to join the fun. Kiddos can connect with friends and family members near and far during the Great Ex Games: Kids Edition! The cost to participate is $25 per household. Click here to register!


Save the Date for “The Great Extravaganza”

Saturday, September 12th

Our largest fundraising event is going virtual! Guests will explore the imaginative wonders of the STEAMPunk ear while connecting digitally for a Great Extravaganza unlike any other! The event’s Lead Engineer will host this virtual gala from The Great Exploratorium, the museum’s newest exhibit space, and transport you to our laboratory for a sophisticated, STEAMPunk evening. With your support, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will move full steam ahead with our mission to stimulate learning through creativity, play, and exploration. Click here to learn more about the gala and ways you can get involved.


Great Ex to Go

Have you ever wanted to bring the museum’s interactives home with you? Now you can! Great Ex To Go gives families and organizations the chance to borrow high-quality, jumbo-sized activities and games, including our popular Imagination Playground Blue Blocks, Dancing Scarves, River Stepping Stones, and more. Play is fundamental to a child’s development, but it’s also just plain fun for families! Click here to learn more about our rental program, Great Ex to Go.

Membership Announcements

  • To make up for the time away from Great Explorations, we have extended memberships by the length of the museum’s closure. Thank you for your continued patience during this time! As of now, all memberships have now been updated with a newly-extended expiration date.
  • Reciprocal admissions update: Please visit to read our latest local reciprocals list.
  • Check your inbox! Members now receive an exciting new membership benefit, a Digital Subscription to the Great Ex Playbook! This includes exclusive access to new activities, videos, play resources, and more each month. What did you think of the videos and activities we shared in the Great Ex Playbook last month? Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to let us know!

Become a Great Extraordinaire

Donations, big or small, make a lasting impact on the lives of children in our community! Become a Great Extraordinaire today by pledging an ongoing, monthly donation to Great Explorations Children’s Museum. The Great Extraordinaires Club recognizes our wonderful ongoing supporters and is a fantastic opportunity for new and established donors alike, particularly those looking to contribute in a budget-friendly way. Great Explorations relies on thoughtful donations from supporters (like you!) to provide interactive learning experiences for children of all ages and abilities within the museum and throughout the community. Click here to learn more about our monthly giving program and consider supporting Great Ex today.

Scholastic Book Fair

We’re participating in Scholastic’s Summer Read-A-Palooza Virtual Book Fair! Your family can explore fascinating stories and characters together at home while supporting Early Explorations Preschool. Now through September 4th, your Scholastic book purchase will also help build our school’s book collection! Click here to browse the Scholastic book selection.

Great Ex At Home

Continue learning, discovering, and imagining at home using tools and resources available at Great Ex At Home! Find a mix of free virtual and downloadable games, activities, and videos designed for children of all ages at

More Ways To Play At Home:

  • New and re-imagined! Blow Off Some S.T.E.A.M. Kits feature interactive activities and items to engage kids at home. To purchase one for your family or a family in need, click here.
  • We know it’s hard to celebrate while social distancing, let Great Explorations help! Our new Celebration Boxes have everything needed to have a great time at home! From hands on activities to custom party games, your kiddo is sure to feel special! Click here to purchase a Celebration Box.
  • Let us help you create a fun and unique virtual party experience for your guests! Our Virtual Celebration Host will put on an engaging, interactive show that is sure to captivate any audience. Then, your host will lead party guests in a hands-on activity! Twenty-minute parties available Monday-Friday. Virtual parties are free with a suggested donation. Contact Chel at to book your Zoom Celebration!
  • The Exploration Station Gift Shop is now digital! Click here to browse and shop our selection of fun, educational toys online. New toys just added!

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