• Giving Tuesday

    Tuesday, December 1st (Today!)

    This Giving Tuesday, please consider supporting Great Ex! Your contributions help us continue providing supportive, hands-on learning opportunities for the next generation and make a lasting impact on the lives of children and families in our community. Give the gift of play here.

    As a thank you, we’re giving away an exciting Great Ex Gift Basket to one donor of the day, selected at random. The Great Ex Gift Basket includes 1 gift membership, 4 tickets to our upcoming members-only event, a gift card to our Exploration Station Gift Shop, and more!

    Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes and make a positive change in others’ lives.

    A Very Merry Market

    Wednesday, December 9th (5-8 pm)

    Shop local this holiday season at the seventh annual A Very Merry Market, presented by Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens! This free indoor and outdoor market supports local artisans and independent businesses, and will feature everything from boutique clothing, hand-made jewelry, art, specialty food and beverages, wellness, and more! To learn about the event’s health and safety measures, click here.

    Great Connections

    Sunday, December 13th (9-11 am)

    Great Connections, our sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families, will take place on Sunday, 12/13! On the second Sunday of every month, Great Ex will close to the general public from 9-11 am. We’ll modify lights and sounds and provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break. Connect with your family, with other families, and with community resources! The cost is $5 per person for non-members or free for Great Ex members. Learn more at greatex.org/programs/great-connections.

    A Celebration of the Season – A Members Only Event

    Sunday, December 20th (9-11 am)

    Great Ex Members are invited to join us for an exclusive membership appreciation event, A Celebration of the Season! Learn about the unique holiday traditions that are celebrated by cultures around the world during this special event.

    Please click here to register and have your membership card and ID. Everyone over the age of 12 months must be included in RSVP. Due to COVID-19 precautions, tickets are limited and advance registration is required to ensure admittance.

    Morris’ New Years Celebration

    Thursday, December 31st (9-11 am, 12-2 pm, 3-5 pm)

    Ring in 2021 a little early at Great Explorations Children’s Museum! Enjoy a celebratory balloon drop, a dance party, and other festive activities during Morris’ New Years Celebration, which will take place Thursday, 12/31 from 9-11 am, 12-2 pm, and 3-5 pm.

    Cost: $15 for non-members, $10 for members (member code: MORRISNEWYEAR). Tickets are limited; advance registration is required with limited availability for walk-ins. Click here to register.

    Membership Sale!

    ‘Tis the season to renew your membership! Now through December 13th, save $25 when you purchase a Basic or Great Membership. Memberships make fantastic holiday gifts, too! To learn about membership levels or to complete your purchase, click here.

    Membership Sale Prices:
    Basic Membership: $75
    Great Membership: $125


    Support Great Explorations Children’s Museum while you shop online this holiday season! Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/59-2763359 and AmazonSmile will donate to Great Ex, at no cost to you.

    Stay & Play After-School Program

    Our after-school program, Stay & Play, is officially back! Elementary-aged children enjoy museum play, supported homework time, an afternoon snack, and more! Pick-up at select local schools. If your family is looking for a safe after-school program, contact Emily at ebarnes@greatex.orgor click here.

    Enrollment at Early Explorations Preschool

    Our award-winning, accredited Early Explorations Preschool is accepting enrollment for this school year! We offer low student-to-teacher ratios and stimulate learning through proven creative curriculum.

    Please contact Emily at ebarnes@greatex.org for more information about Early Explorations Preschool or to schedule a tour.

    Madeline Stone

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