Welcome to Great Explorations Children’s Museum’s Great Expansion! I’m Scott Wagman and I‘m proud to be the chair of the $2 million capital campaign to make your children’s museum provide more fun, better play, and a bigger impact!

For 30 years, Great Explorations has brought a tremendous benefit to the children and families of Pinellas County by offering a safe, educational and fun place for families to come together and grow. Great Explorations provides the best value in quality, educational entertainment on the west coast of Florida. Our current location draws visitors from across the county, state, country and beyond. Recent years have seen an unprecedented demand for our programs, play spaces, parties and preschool classes. We are now faced with a decision to expand and complete the build-out of a location that has proven to be successful. Within the scope of work, we plan to complete the upper level, refresh our existing exhibits, bring in new exhibits, and expand our award winning preschool. Our nationally accredited “small but mighty” children’s museum will be positioned to serve our families well into the future.

I hope that the story of Great Ex and our plans for the future will inspire you to join me, the capital campaign committee, the board of trustees and our outstanding leadership team in contributing to our goal of $2 million for the Great Expansion.

Thank you,

Scott Wagman, Capital Campaign Chair


As a certified 501c3 non-profit, your support means everything to us. The Great Expansion capital campaign aims to enhance your children’s museum with more fun, better play and a bigger impact for generations to come!


Our Sponsors

Molly and Brian Auld
Blind Pass Marina
Will and Stacey Conroy
Melissa Curtiss
Logan and Natalie DeVicente
Lucas and Tara Fleming
The State of Florida
Mahaffey Foundation
Kanes Furniture
Scott and Natalie Gebicke
Johnny and Laurel Ginn
Jason and Michelle Green
Margie Green
Mike and Nicole Harris

Jeanne and Bill Heller
David and Lisa Hood
Trey and Angeline Howell
Jane Link Ferguson
John-Erik Johansson
John and Christina Kaddis
Charlie and Cary Kleinmetz
Dan and Silva Leeper
Frank and Marthanne Gillen-LoVuolo
Tom Mahaffey
Robin and Anysia McDowall
Matt Moraca and Candace Hulcher
Mitch Mortenson and Jenna Bell
Dario and Lisa Negrini

Irwin Novack
Jason Palmer
Joshua and Melissa Pinkerton
Melanie Rattanachane
Raymond James Financial
Rothman Family Foundation
Jerilyn Rush
Mel and Betty Sembler
Jan and Craig Sher
Thomas Silver
Matt and Andrea Silverman
Gene and Rose Stern
Scott Wagman and Beth Houghton
Bill and Audra Walsh
David and Rachel Wein