• Museum Update!

    Families can experience more play, creating, and exploration at Great Explorations, with new hours! Great Ex is now open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-4pm and Sundays 12-4pm. Plus, reservations will no longer be required. Capacity is still limited to encourage social distancing! Click here to learn more about the museum’s health and safety measures.

    Summer Camp Registration Opens March 8th

    At Great Ex summer camp, days are filled with experiments, arts, field trips, and guest presentations from local experts in the fields we explore! Carefully crafted programming will encourage imagination, following our mission to stimulate learning through creativity and play. Children will love exploring new themes each week! Summer camp registration opens March 8th. For more information about summer camp, click here!

    Morris Workshops

    Saturday, March 13 – Art Class with Cassidy

    Saturday, April 10 – Becoming Environmentalists with Elle

    Join us for this fun, educational workshop series at Great Ex, designed for school-age kids to explore new STEAM topics! Workshops: 10-11am, 1-2pm, 4-5pm. Limited capacity; click here to register. $12 for members, $25 for non-members (includes museum admission).

    Great Connections

    Sunday, March 14

    Great Connections is a sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families. Note: Due to our newly-adjusted hours, Great Connections will now occur 10am-12pm on the second Sunday of every month. We’ll modify lights and sounds and provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

    Thanks to our generous sponsors, Guardian Trust and Suncoast Credit Union, Great Connections is now FREE for participating families. Learn more at greatex.org/programs/great-connections.

    A Night at the Brewseum – Reimagined for 2021

    Saturday, May 15 (6-10pm)

    Save the date and join us for A Night at the Brewseum unlike any other! This year, instead of transforming the museum into a “Brewseum,” attendees will meet downtown at 3 Daughters Brewing, where you’ll enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries, games, live music, opportunity drawings, and more! Proceeds from this key fundraiser will allow the museum to expand programming and outreach efforts for the underserved families in our community. Your support makes a difference!

    We are committed to safely hosting this crucial fundraiser. For more information about our health and safety guidelines, please visit https://greatex.org/night-at-the-brewseum. Additionally, Brewseum At-Home Kits will be available for those who prefer to support Great Explorations Children’s Museum from the comfort of your home.

    Terrific Tots

    Tuesdays & Thursdays*

    Terrific Tots, a program for children 1-3 years old and their caregivers, is back! Join us from 10-10:30 am for themed crafts, storytime, and other age-appropriate developmental activities. Plus, interactive play in the museum after the class! Free for members and $6 for non-members. Limited capacity; click here to register.

    *When Pinellas County Schools are in session. Note: Terrific Tots will not take place 3/16 & 3/18.

    Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities

    Great Ex is excited to 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 (April 29-May 2, 2021). Click here to learn more about Birdies for Tampa Bay Charities. Click here to complete your pledge online!

    Stay & Play After-School Program

    Elementary-aged children enjoy museum play, supported homework time, an afternoon snack, and more! Pick-up at select local schools. If your family is looking for a safe after-school program, contact Emily at ebarnes@greatex.org or click here.

    We want to hear from you!

    Your feedback is very important to us! Please consider taking this brief survey so we can take your opinions into consideration for planning our future. Click here to complete our strategic planning survey.



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