March 2020 Newsletter

By March 3, 2020Newsletter

Great Explorations Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration is officially underway! Your child will love fun-filled summer days at Great Ex, exploring experiments, arts, and weekly field trips! Carefully crafted programming will encourage imagination, following our mission to stimulate learning through creativity and play. Week-long summer camps run June-August 2020 (7:30 am-5:30 pm). Click here to learn Summer Camp dates, themes, and to register your child. Don’t wait— spots are filling fast!

Summer Camp Scholarships

We are proud to offer a limited number of Summer Camp scholarships, reducing the cost of care to qualifying families in our community. Scholarships are awarded based on need and in order of application submission. Summer Camp scholarships for 2020 are made possible by The White Family Foundation. Thank you to The White Family Foundation for your generous support! We are sincerely grateful. To apply for a Summer Camp scholarship, click here.


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, and contact Jennifer at to request your pledge card in the mail. Click here to complete your pledge online! Please note, the deadline to register is March 19. We appreciate your support!

Great Ex Goes Green – Members Only Event

Great Explorations Members are invited to join us before the museum opens on Sunday, April 19th for a special Earth Day celebration! We’ll learn about conservation and caring for our planet with unique activities from 10 am-12 pm. Special guests from Sunken Gardens, Green Thumb Festival Committee, and the City of St. Petersburg Compost Division will also join us to share their knowledge!​ Click here to RSVP (required).

Toy of the Month

Did you know that research has linked increased arts education to increased academic, social, and emotional outcomes in children? Seriously — you can read all about it here! To help foster your child’s creativity and bring the arts into your own home, we’ve got Rock Painting Kits and Window Mosaics Kits available for 25% off through March at our Exploration Station Gift Shop! These unique craft kits are a fantastic outlet for children to use their imagination and showcase their artistry skills at home during National Craft Month — all while developing their social, emotional, and academic skills! Click here to learn more about these craft kits, plus an interesting perspective from local pediatric psychologist Dr. Audra Walsh.

Donor Spotlight

We are thrilled to highlight our friends at J. Thor Productions for our March Donor Spotlight! J. Thor, who specializes in audio, visual, lighting, set design, and more, has provided us with all our A/V needs for our fundraising events for the last six years. Not only do they make sure we have what we need as far as equipment, but they also run the night of show for us as well. Last Great Extravaganza, Nick even served as a last-minute Emcee for the evening during our Live Auction. Their attention to detail helps bring our night together and make it a huge success! Thank you, J. Thor!

Upcoming Events:

3/2 — Memory Monday

3/2 — Summer Camp Registration Begins

3/7Alexander Graham Bell Day

3/8Great Connections

3/14Pi Day

3/21World Storytelling Workshop

3/30 — Great Exploratorium Ribbon Cutting

3/31Crayon Day

4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29Peaceful & Powerful Parenting

4/5 Great Connections (date varies from regular schedule)

4/6Memory Monday

4/19Great Ex Goes Green – Members Only Event 

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


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