July 2020 Newsletter

By June 30, 2020Newsletter

Our team is immensely grateful for your patience and support as we navigate this unique situation together. We wish you and your families good health, and we look forward to seeing you at Great Explorations Children’s Museum soon! To read our latest COVID-19 update, please click here.

Phased Reopening Plan

After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce our phased reopening plan! We can’t wait to play, create, and explore together safely in the museum again soon.

Members Only: June 29-July 3 (4:45-6:30 pm)
General Public: Weekdays Starting July 6 (4:45-6:30 pm)

Private rental sessions will remain available for small groups on Saturdays and Sundays in 2-hour increments. To book a private rental session, email Chel at cpersonius@greatex.org. If private rental sessions aren’t reserved, timed play sessions will be made available for reservation. Check our reservation system the Friday before for availability.

With your health and safety at the top of mind, we have implemented new policies and procedures to ensure a safe visit to Great Ex. These updates include limited capacity, new hours, health screenings, and more. Ticket reservation is required for members and non-members (limited walk-ins available). To learn what you can expect, and plan your next visit, click here.

Click here to read our COVID-19 Action Plan.

Membership Announcements

To make up for the time away from Great Explorations, we’re extending memberships by the length of the museum’s closure. Thank you for your continued patience as our team begins to adjust your memberships.

Check your inbox! Members now receive an exciting new membership benefit, a Digital Subscription to the Great Ex Playbook! This includes exclusive access to new activities, videos, play resources, and more each month. What did you think of the videos and activities we shared in the Great Ex Playbook last month? Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to let us know!

New Virtual Celebrations

Looking for fun ways to celebrate at home? We’re now offering Zoom Celebrations! Let us help you create a fun and unique virtual party experience for your guests! Your host will put on an engaging, interactive show that is sure to captivate any audience. After the interactive show, your host will lead party guests in a hands-on activity using common household items so you can participate with us! Twenty minute parties available Monday-Friday. Virtual parties are free with a suggested donation. Contact Chel at cpersonius@greatex.org to book your Zoom Celebration!

The Great Bandingo Fundraiser

Saturday, July 18th

Adults and kids alike will have fun participating together virtually during The Great Bandingo Fundraiser! Our friend Emcee Johnny G is hosting his award-winning event, The Original Bandingo, on Saturday, July 18th at 7 pm in support of Great Explorations Children’s Museum. Play musical bingo, sing and dance to your favorite tunes, and play for a chance to win awesome prizes! The online event is free to attend, but a donation to Great Explorations is suggested. Email your card requests to originalbandingo@gmail.com to play! Click here to learn more about this exciting event!

Save the Date for “The Great Extravaganza”

Saturday, September 12th

Guests will explore the imaginative wonders of the STEAMPunk ear while connecting digitally for a Great Extravaganza unlike any other! The event’s Lead Engineer will host this virtual gala from The Great Exploratorium, the museum’s newest exhibit space, and transport you to our laboratory for a sophisticated, STEAMPunk evening. With your support, Great Explorations Children’s Museum will move full steam ahead with our mission to stimulate learning through creativity, play, and exploration. Click here to learn more about the gala and ways to get involved.

Scholastic Book Fair

We’re participating in Scholastic’s Summer Read-A-Palooza Virtual Book Fair! Your family can explore fascinating stories and characters together at home while supporting Early Explorations Preschool. Now through September 4th, your Scholastic book purchase will also help build our school’s book collection! Click here to browse the Scholastic book selection.

Great Ex At Home

Continue learning, discovering, and imagining at home using tools and resources available at Great Ex At Home! Find a mix of free virtual and downloadable games, activities, and videos designed for children of all ages at GreatEx.org/at-home.

More Ways To Play At Home:

  • New and re-imagined! Blow Off Some S.T.E.A.M. Kits feature interactive activities and items to engage kids at home. To purchase one for your family or a family in need, click here.
  • We know it’s hard to celebrate while social distancing, let Great Explorations help! Our new Celebration Boxes have everything needed to have a great time at home! From hands on activities to custom party games, your kiddo is sure to feel special! Click here to purchase a Celebration Box.
  • The Exploration Station Gift Shop is now digital! Click here to browse and shop our selection of fun, educational toys online. New toys just added!


We know that so many people are being affected by this widespread health and economic crisis. As a non-profit organization, your support is invaluable to the museum during this time. If you are able, we ask you to please consider donating to Great Explorations here.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes new tax incentives. Click the link to learn more.

Madeline Stone

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