Reciprocal Month with The Dali Museum June 1 – 30 June is here and again we are thrilled to partner with The Dali Museum to provide this incredible benefit to members of Great Explorations.  Please keep in mind that reciprocation is limited to two adults and two kids per visit that can enter The Dali Museum free of charge. Enjoy this wonderful benefit and thank you for continuing to support Great Explorations as members. Find information on Great Ex memberships and all the amazing reciprocal benefits on our membership page linked here. Toy of the Month Blistering, boiling, sweltering, and just flat out hot are words we use to describe June in Florida. To kick off this summer and combat the heat, Exploration Station is proud to announce June’s toy of the month: Sprinkler Buddies. This toy is perfect because it can provide a refreshing cooldown from the burning sun without needing the luxury of a pool to enjoy it. All you need to get the fun started is a hose, simply inflate and attach your buddy to the hose, turn it on and enjoy the fun. Sprinkler Buddies come in two sizes: the larger of which features a Dinosaur and a Unicorn on sale for $18.00 and a smaller Octopus on sale for $12.00. Beat the crowd in for this super fun way to beat the heat. Come get your Sprinkler Buddies today! Member Mornings – Members Only Saturdays in June & July 9 – 10 am On Saturday mornings in June and July, we open our doors an hour early for Members only! Enjoy this quiet time on the museum floor as our way of saying thank you for being members and supporting the museum all year long! Proud Families June 8th 10 am to 1 pm Visit Great Ex on Saturday, June 8th to celebrate the upcoming Pride events in St. Pete with activities focused on unity, inclusion and self-esteem. Guests will be able to participate in Story Time sessions featuring children’s stories “Red” and “From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea”. Children will be able to create multi-colored flags using colors from the Pride flag that represent themselves, participate in dance time and experiment with rainbow science activities. Great Connections June 9th 10 am to 12 pm Great Connections is a monthly, sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families. Great Explorations 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! This month our friends from ‘Help Me Grow Pinellas’ will be on hand with resources. Cost: $5 per person and is free for Great Ex members! Contact Lael Arango at 727-821-8992 x 209 or for more information. Terrific Tots at Sundial June 11, 18, 25 9:45 to 10:30 am Every Tuesday join us at 9:45 am in the outdoor plaza at Sundial to participate in this iconic Great Ex program. Terrific Tots at Sundial is for children ages 1-4 along with their caregiver and includes songs, stories, creative expression opportunities through art and movement, and community time with fun and engaging toys. The program will encourage curiosity, communication, creativity, and critical thinking! This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Lael Arango at Themes this month include:
  • 6/11: Colors (animal sounds, movements, colors)
  • 6/18: Jamberry (berries and bubbles)
  • 6/25: All the Colors of the Earth (hearts and smiles)
Parents’ Night Out June 14th 6 – 10 pm Drop off your children (ages 4 -10 and potty-trained) for a night of fun at the museum with our Exploration Team while you take some time for dinner, shopping or just a night for yourself!  Children can play in the museum, watch exciting science shows and wind down the evening with a G or light PG-rated movie. Pizza, snacks, and juice are included. Advanced registration is required.  Please contact or 727-821-8992 x 225 for more information. Community Outreach The Great Ex STEAM team is on the move and out in the community at lots of wonderful events available to the public. Stop by and play! Memory Mondays July 1st 10 am – 12 pm *Location change to The Coliseum at 535 4th Ave N Great Explorations will host a FREE program for adults with memory loss. Participants will take part in programs focusing on art, music, movement and stress reduction and will enjoy 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. July program features will be announced on Facebook prior to the event. As always, the program will incorporate art, movement, humor, brain boosts and brain-healthy recipes along with socializing and light refreshments. For July 1st the Memory Mondays program will be held at The Coliseum at 535 4th Ave. N. Free parking is available at The Coliseum. For those who prefer to park at Great Explorations, we will provide a free shuttle from Great Explorations to The Coliseum and back. The shuttle will leave the Great Explorations parking lot at 9:45 AM sharp and will leave The Coliseum, as soon as the program has ended (no later than 12:00 PM). Space is limited and advanced reservations to ride the shuttle are REQUIRED. Email Lael at no later than June 24 to reserve a ride or for more information. Donor Spotlight For June we are proud to spotlight our friends at Bay Tech Label! This company has generously been supporting Great Explorations for years with the donation of the amazing stickers that every single visitor, member and birthday guest wear on a visit to the museum. These stickers are a critical part of our daily procedures that help keep children safe and the museum running smoothly. Bay Tech Label manufactures labels, flexible packaging and tags and is located right here in St. Petersburg at 12177 28th Street North. Please join us in thanking Bay Tech Label for their continued support of Great Explorations!