Monthly Reciprocal

Month of March

We have a member only benefit this month! For the entire month of March, Great Explorations members will receive 50% off admission to the Sarasota Children’s Garden. For more info check out our membership benefits on our website!

Theme Day – Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17th | 10:30am – 4pm

Feeling lucky? We will have some Saint Patrick’s day themed crafts and a pot of gold sensory bin throughout the day. These themed crafts are free with the cost of admission. Remember to wear green!

More info here.

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Theme Day – B-Ball Madness

March 24th | 10:30am – 4pm

Shoot some hoops with us for this B-Ball Madness theme day. Create your own miniature hoop and basket, decorate some sneakers, and make a museum exhibit bracket! These theme day activities are free with the cost of admission.
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Morris Workshop – Lights, Camera… ACTION!

March 25th – 1pm

Paul Fegan is an Actor’s Equity performer who is known for his voice work and being part of the Murder Mysteries section of American Immersion Theatre Company in Florida. He has been a storyteller for over 50 years who has traveled internationally teaching and coaching theatre skills. This Morris Workshop will focus on overcoming stage fright, how to be comfortable in front of an audience, and how to improvise. Join us in welcoming Paul to Great Ex!

This Morris Workshop is a free event made possible by Suncoast Credit Union.

Morris Workshops are monthly events at Great Explorations that welcomes upper elementary school students and their families to be part of a more in-depth learning experience.

Learn more here.

Great Connections – A Free Program for Families with Special Needs

March 12th | 10am – Noon

This month, Family Network on Disabilities will join us for paper bag puppet making! The Family Network on Disabilities has been a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) for over 35 years. Learn more about the services they offer here.

**Although this is a sensory friendly event, we still encourage guests to bring additional sensory support (ie. noise cancelling headphones, a favorite stuffed animal)**

Great Connections is now a free program all thanks to Guardian Trust.

More information here.

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Target Circle

This is the final month to vote!

To cast your vote for us, download the Target app and create an account or log in. Select your account icon and then tap on the box labeled Circle. Select “vote for nonprofits” and cast all your votes for us! You can also go to and select Community Support. Be sure to vote all the way through March to help us keep exploring together!

Welcoming Wednesdays

Every First Wednesday of the Month

Every first Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm–7:30pm, adults (15 years old+) with neurodiversities and memory loss can come and play at the museum free of charge. We will modify lights and sounds, and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break. Connect with your family, with other families and with resources in the community!

**Although this is a sensory friendly event, we still encourage guests to bring additional sensory support (ie. noise cancelling headphones, a favorite stuffed animal)**

Click here to learn more.

More Morris!

Morris has his own socials! Check out @morris_explores on Instagram and Tiktok. Follow for continual explorations and adventures with Morris!

Terrific Tots

Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am

This month at Terrific Tots! This free program is for members only. Learn more about Terrific Tots here.

February schedule
Week 1 (2/27 – 3/2) Cereal Day
Week 2 (3/6 – 3/9) Apple Day
Week 3 (3/13 – 3/16) Spring Rain
Week 4 (3/20 – 3/23) Frogs
Week 5 (3/27 – 3/30) Chickens

For more information and to stay connected with Terrific Tots, sign up here!

Reserve your spot here.

Volunteer at Great Ex!

Be a part of something EXtraordinary! Great Explorations is looking for dedicated, creative, and enthusiastic individuals to join our team of volunteers. Whether you work best behind the scenes or prefer to assist with children’s programming, we welcome all participants to apply with a quick background check. By donating your time and expertise, you are creating a better world of EXploration for our families.

Click here to learn more.

Galaxy Rocks!

We love STEM! We encourage you to think “out of this world” and create space rocks that are inspired by the beauty of our endless galaxy. This activity is funded by the If/Then foundation, and will be happening twice a week.

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Vote for ZooTampa!

ZooTampa has been nominated for Best Zoo & Best Zoo Exhibit!

ZooTampa’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals; create exceptional personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways. The David A Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, has helped with the rescue, rehabilitation and release of more than 500 sick, injured and orphaned manatees.

Vote for ZooTampa every day until Monday, March 6 at midnight EDT.

Vote for Best Zoo here.

Vote for Best Zoo Exhibit here.

10 Tuesdays

10 Tuesdays is an initiative that provides free admission to Great Explorations every Tuesday for families with an EBT SNAP or WIC card.

10 Tuesdays is proudly sponsored by 10 Tampa Bay and TEGNA Foundation.

Join us on Tuesdays and explore!