February 2020 Newsletter

By February 4, 2020Newsletter

Congrats to Lael and the Great Ex STEAM Team

Big congratulations to Lael, our Director of Creative Learning, and the Great Ex STEAM Team for being crowned Imagination Playground’s Winter 2020 Blue Block Champions! Imagination Playground recently awarded them this title in recognition for their outreach efforts in the Tampa Bay area; Together, Lael and the STEAM Team took part in more than 140 events and reached over 19,000 individuals at outreaches in our community in 2019 alone! Click here to read Lael’s interview with Imagination Playground!

Toy of the Month

February is the month of love, so naturally, we’re focusing on our love of science with our toys of the month! At the Exploration Station gift shop, we’re celebrating National Weatherpersons’ Day (2/5) and National Battery Day (2/18) with special discounts on two fitting Green Science toys: Weather Station and the Potato Clock— both 25% off this month! Weather Station allows kids to track weather patterns, experiment with the greenhouse effect, and make a mini greenhouse. With the Potato Clock, young scientists can explore powering a digital clock with potatoes (and other fruits and vegetables!) instead of batteries. These award-winning science kits are perfect for young scientists to explore and experiment at home!

Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities

Great Explorations will be a participating charity in this year’s Valspar Championship! You can get involved and help raise funds for Great Ex by pledging one cent or more for every birdie made by contestants during the Valspar Championship (March 16-22, 2020). Click here to learn more about Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities. To request to receive a pledge card in the mail, please contact Marthanne at mgillen@greatex.org. To complete your pledge online, click here!

Volunteer of the Month

We want to recognize our Volunteer of the Month, Kierstyn, for her dedication to supporting Great Explorations! She regularly volunteers her time to the museum and loves “coming in and seeing the excitement on all of the kids’ faces when they walk in and start playing” in the exhibits. Kierstyn’s favorite memory at Great Ex is when she sees kids and they hug her and ask her to play. If you see Kierstyn at Great Ex, be sure to thank her for being a fantastic volunteer!

Donor Spotlight

This month, we’re proud to spotlight our friend, Emcee Johnny G! Johnny Ginn, the creator of the Original Bandingo, has been entertaining audiences for 22 years, bringing his enthusiasm and creative energy to your events! He presently hosts the Original Bandingo in 15 locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. In 2018, Bandingo received Creative Loafing Tampa’s Best of the Bay Reader’s Choice award for “Best Trivia Night!” It’s even been called the best interactive musical bingo in the Tampa Bay area. Johnny has assisted with many Great Ex fundraisers and has been a supporter of the museum for years. Thank you, Johnny, for all you do for Great Ex!

Thank you for supporting A Night at the Brewseum!

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and contributed to A Night at the Brewseum! We are incredibly grateful for your support of Great Explorations. Proceeds will allow Great Ex to enhance our community impact by providing preschool scholarships, afterschool scholarships, STEAM Team community outreaches, field trip scholarships, and more! Special thank you to this year’s presenting sponsor, St. Petersburg Endodontics!

Upcoming Events:

2/5 — National Weatherpersons’ Day

2/7 — Send a Card to a Friend Day

2/9 — Great Connections

2/14 — Library Lovers Day

2/15 — Engineering Weekend Day 1 (with Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg!)

2/16 — Engineering Weekend Day 2

2/23 — Tell a Fairy Tale Day

3/2 — Memory Monday

5/9 — Junior/Senior Golf Tournament

Weekly — Terrific Tots takes place every Wednesday and Friday when Pinellas County Schools are in session!



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