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December Newsletter 2023

By November 29, 2023December 28th, 2023Newsletter

New Years at Noon!

December 31st | 10:30 am – 2pm

Celebrate New Years with Great Explorations! 🎉

Ring in the new year with some fun festivities and celebrate the stroke of noon with Morris and tons of confetti! Be sure to come in your most festive attire for the occasion!

This will be a big celebration, so expect to hear some loud noises.

Our New Years at Noon celebration is $12 for museum members and $18 for non-members.

December Monthly Reciprocal

MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

You won’t want to miss out on this FIN-tastic monthly reciprocal!

For the entire month of December, Great Explorations members will receive free admission to MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota!

Learn more about MOTE here.

We Want to Hear From You!

We would love to hear your feedback about what we can do to continue to make Great Explorations as GREAT as we can. We have plans for our future and we want you to be a part of it!

Please fill out the survey linked below at your convenience.

Survey link

Holiday Membership Sale!

December 1st – December 15th

You won’t want to miss out on this special holiday offer!

From December 1st through December 15th, receive $25 off Basic and Great Level Memberships!

Learn more about these membership levels here.

Great Connections: A Free Program for Families with Special Needs

December 10th | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Our Great Connections program occurs the second Sunday of every month and includes a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

This month, our Great Connections program has a winter wonderland theme!

This program is FREE and sensory friendly for children with special needs and their families. Great Connections is a free program all thanks to Guardian Trust.

Learn more about this month’s program here.

Winter Hygiene Drive

December 1st – 11th

From December 1st through December 11th, Great Explorations will be accepting donations for the Winter Hygiene Drive in the front lobby.

Donating any number of these essential items means a world of a difference to those in need.

Together, we can create a cleaner, healthier, and happier community.

Snowy Explorations Theme Day

December 29th

It’s time to bundle up and have some snowy fun!

Join us for Snowy Explorations on December 29th and enjoy snowball games and activities!

Make sure you wear your favorite seasonal attire and be a part of our Interactive Education Winter Program.

Angel Tree

Now through December 11th

Help give others a holiday season full of smiles and magic!

In partnership with our friends at Gulf Coast JFCS, Great Explorations will have an Angel Tree in the front lobby from now through December 11th.

Please take an ornament with a child’s wishes and bring it back to Great Explorations with your unwrapped gift.

Learn more about the Angel Tree here.

“Ensuring a Holly Jolly Holiday” Article

A Guide to Kid-Friendly Festive Safety

‘Tis the season for fun and safety!

Learn more about how to have a safer holiday with this article from our friends at Professional Urgent Care Services.

Click the link here to read more! 

Explorers’ Circle

Giving Program

Join the Explorers’ Circle today by pledging an ongoing monthly donation to Great Explorations Children’s Museum!

Donations like these help give students and families access to a world of creativity and knowledge.

Learn more about our Explorers’ Circle here!

Terrific Tots is Back!

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30am

Terrific Tots is a 30-minute program available to members for $10 and $20 for non-members.

This program offers a more intimate and hands-on experience for prepping your soon-to-be preschooler!

In this program, children ages 1 to 3 years old can engage in reading, music, and engaging activities that help them develop fine motor skills, provide sensory experiences, and encourage self-expression.Learn more here!

Super Sprouts

Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:30am

Super Sprouts is a members-only, free interactive 20-minute program designed especially for children ages 1 to 3 years old that incorporates reading, music, and take-home activities that bring adults and children together in a love of literature, the arts, and science.Super Sprouts themes change once a month and this month’s theme is the First Thanksgiving! Participation is limited to 25 Tots and their caregivers each day.

The program is currently on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Steam Station. There is no charge for members.
Learn more here!

Welcoming Wednesdays

December 6th | 5:30pm – 7pm

Every first Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm–7pm, adults (15 years old+) with neurodiversities and memory loss can come and play at the museum free of charge. We will modify lights and sounds, and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break. Connect with your family, with other families, and with resources in the community!

**Although this is a sensory-friendly event, we still encourage guests to bring additional sensory support (ie. noise-canceling headphones, a favorite stuffed animal)**

Learn more here.

Upcoming Museum Closures

More Morris!

Morris has his own socials! Check out @morris_explores on Instagram and Tiktok. Follow for continual explorations and adventures with Morris!

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