December 2019 Newsletter

By November 27, 2019Newsletter

Giving Tuesday

December 3

Support our mission to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration by donating to Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Click here to learn about our exciting Great Expansion capital campaign, aimed to provide more fun, better play and a bigger impact! As a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your generosity means everything to us and we thank you for your continued support! Click here to donate to Great Explorations this Giving Tuesday.

Great Connections

December 8 | 10 am-12 pm

Great Connections is a monthly, sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families. Great Ex 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! Thank you to 211 Cares Help Me Grow for being our community focus partner! Great Connections is $5 per person (for non-members) and free for members. Contact Lael at for more information.

Our Great Connections program will also be offered on January 12 from 10 am-12 pm.

Terrific Tots (Members Only)

Wednesdays and Fridays* | 9:30 am

On Wednesday and Friday mornings when Pinellas County Schools are in session, 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 or call (727) 821-8992 ext. 209.

*when Pinellas County Schools are in session; Terrific Tots program will not take place December 27 and January 3.

Very Merry Market

December 11 | 4 pm-8 pm

Shop local this holiday season at the sixth annual A Very Merry Market, presented by Great Explorations and Sunken Gardens! You’ll find something for everyone; chances are you’ll even find a gift to give yourself! This FREE indoor, air-conditioned event will showcase over 40 local vendors—everything from boutique clothing, hand-made jewelry, art, skincare, specialty food and beverages and more! Click here to see the full list of vendors.

Shopping at A Very Merry Market benefits local artisans and independent businesses, as well as local non-profits Great Explorations Children’s Museum and the historic Sunken Gardens.

Please note that though this is a family-friendly shopping event, the museum’s exhibits and the gardens will be closed during the event. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Winter Wonderland (Members Only)

December 15 | 10 am-12 pm

Great Ex members are invited to join us for an exclusive member appreciation event, Winter Wonderland! Don’t miss fun winter-themed crafts and activities, a photo booth, breakfast and special guests visiting from Arendelle! Special guests Anna, Elsa and Olaf will join the fun from 10:30-11:30 am. Breakfast generously provided by First Watch on 4th Street. Click here to RSVP.

Members are encouraged to bring two additional guests not listed on the membership.

New Year’s Eve at Noon “A Celebration Under the Sea”

December 31 | 10 am-2 pm

‘Tis the sea-son! Join us for our annual New Year’s at Noon festivities and celebrate the new year “under the sea” at a time both kids and adults can appreciate! Enjoy live entertainment, sea-themed science and crafts, and a “bubble” drop at 12 pm sharp! Lightning Jack will join us to transport children and families under the sea with his steel drum performance. We will also have “ocean zones” and even a mermaid, and kids can learn about the layers of the ocean.

Admission is $5 for members and $15 for non-members (adults and children must have tickets; kids under 12 months will receive free admission). Click here for New Year’s Eve at Noon tickets. Don’t wait—this event is expected to sell out!

Please note that the museum will only be open for our ticketed New Year’s Eve at Noon celebration. The museum will re-open for regular admission on January 2.

Memory Mondays

January 6 | 10 am-12 pm

This free program is for adults with memory loss. Participants will take part in programs focusing on art, music, movement and stress reduction while enjoying 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 contact Lael at

A Night at the Brewseum

January 31 | 7 pm-10 pm

Local craft breweries will join us on January 31 to transform the museum into a “brewseum” for adults to play like a kid again! This lively evening includes craft beer tastings, EX Games competition, live music, opportunity drawings and more. Guests will have fun competing against friends in the EX Games and exploring the interactive exhibits at Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Click here for tickets! 21+ only.

Breweries joining the fun: 3 Daughters Brewing, 81Bay Brewing Co., Estrella Galicia/Maeloc, Big Storm Brewing Co., Cage Brewing, Dissent Craft Brewing Co., Dunedin Brewery, Green Bench Brewing Co., If I Brewed the World

Toy of the Month – Learning Resources Coding Critters

Learning Resources Coding Critters are 25% off throughout the month of December! Visit our Exploration Station gift shop to pick up this fun, educational toy designed to teach kiddos STEM concepts through screen-free coding challenges.

Give the Gift of Year-Long Play!

Love being a member of Great Explorations Children’s Museum? This holiday season, give the gift of year-long play to another family by purchasing a gift membership here! For more information about membership levels and reciprocals, visit

After-School Explorers

We’re now offering one-hour / six-week programs at schools in our community! We offer a variety of interactive and engaging programs for explorers in Pre-K through 5th grade. To find out how to bring the After-School Explorers Club to your school this year, ask your school to contact Lael at

Donor Spotlight

If you’re looking for a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch, look no further! First Watch on 4th Street is serving up freshly-prepared favorites every day from 7 am to 2:30 pm. Next time you’re craving a great breakfast, stop by First Watch on 4th!

Volunteer at Great Ex

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic volunteers to join our team! As a volunteer, you could greet visitors, get your groove on during one of our famous dance parties and work side-by-side with our gallery educators to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) topics to life in our exciting educational programs. Volunteers are an important part of the Great Ex team!

Volunteering isn’t just play—you’ll gain valuable experience in customer service, performance, education and more. Ages 14 and up should reach out to for more information.

Madeline Stone

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