August 2021 Newsletter

By August 3, 2021Newsletter

The Nursing Nook is Now Open!

This past weekend we celebrated the grand opening of the Nursing Nook, which was created for nursing mothers to utilize during visits! The Nursing Nook, designed for privacy, comfort, and ease, is located within the museum’s Great Beginnings exhibit. Special thank you our sponsor, House Calls for Kids, Tampa Bay’s first in-home Pediatric Urgent Care. Click here to learn more about House Calls for Kids!

Young Readers’ Day – 8/13

Young readers can enjoy a day of book readings at Great Explorations! A few local authors will also join us to read the children’s books they’ve written! Included with the cost of admission.

Tots Yoga – 8/18

Join us for a special toddler yoga class on August 18 at 11am! This workshop will be led by certified Kidding Around yoga instructor Paula DeBlausio from Madeira Beach Yoga. Free to participate! Please note that space is limited and registration is required. Click here to sign up!

Pet Day – 8/27

Our friends from SPCA Tampa Bay are joining us for Pet Day at Great Ex! Guests can take part in fun animal-themed activities, learn about caring for animals, and even meet a furry friend! Activities included with the cost of admission.

Great Connections – 8/8

Great Connections is a sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families that takes place on the second Sunday of every month (10am-12pm). Thanks to our sponsors, Guardian Trust and Suncoast Credit Union, Great Connections is now FREE for participating families.

Announcing 10 Tuesdays

Starting September 7th, families with a SNAP, EBT, or WIC card can receive FREE admission to Great Explorations Children’s Museum every Tuesday! 10 Tuesdays made possible by 10 Tampa Bay and the TEGNA Foundation.

Library Pass Program

We’re excited to share that the Library Pass Program with Pinellas Public Library Cooperative is officially back as of August 1st! Library cardholders can check-out a selection of museum passes and visit these local museums (including Great Ex!) for free. Learn more about the Library Pass Program and check pass availability here!

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Membership Reciprocal

As part of our local reciprocal program, Great Ex members can receive free admission to visit the beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota in August! Please note: This reciprocal is limited to two adults and two children per membership. To learn more about becoming a member of Great Explorations, click here.

Great Extraordinaires Club

One year later! This time last year, Great Ex launched the Great Extraordinaires Club, a monthly giving program to recognize ongoing supporters. Donations, big or small, make a lasting impact on the lives of children in our community! To learn more and join the Great Extraordinaires Club, click here.

Toy of the Month: Klutz Maker Lab Circuit Games Kit

Spark your interest in circuitry! This Circuit Games Kit is 25% off in our Exploration Station Gift Shop this month! Kids can use electronic components to construct a DIY operation game, compete with friends in a Space Loop race, assemble a quiz show board, and more to encourage fine motor skills, spatial reasoning skills, logic, problem-solving, and gain an interest in engineering.

myWalgreens Rewards

We’re participating in the myWalgreens donation program! You can donate your myWalgreens cash rewards to Great Ex through August 31, 2021. At Walgreens, you’ll earn unlimited 1% Walgreens Cash rewards when you shop and you can choose how much to donate. It’s that easy. Whether you’d like to contribute $1, $5, or more of your Walgreens Cash rewards you’ll be making a big difference. It really adds up!

*Walgreens Cash rewards can be redeemed as a donation to designated charities as shown in your myWalgreensTM account in app or on Walgreens.com. Once Walgreens Cash rewards are redeemed for a donation, the exchange is not reversible and cannot be canceled once submitted. Donation is not tax deductible, and additional terms and conditions may apply. Walgreens reserves the right to change the charities that are eligible to participate at any time without notice.

Soiree Under the Sea – 10/9

Join us for Great Extravaganza 2021 and prepare to be whisked away to a Soiree Under the Sea! Guests will delight in a decadent plated sit-down dinner, drinks, entertainment, and more, while relishing in the impressive sunset views of Boca Ciega Bay at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club. Proceeds support Great Explorations Children’s Museum’s mission to stimulate learning through creativity, play, and exploration. Tickets are available now at greatex.org/gala-2021.

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