May Newsletter (5-16-19)

By May 16, 2019Newsletter

Membership Sale 
May 5th – 17th  

Family memberships to Great Explorations are on sale from May 5th – 17th!  Basic Memberships are only $75 (regularly $100) and Great Memberships are $125 (regularly $150).  Visit our membership page online to find all the details for each varying level as well as the incredible local and national reciprocals that come along with being members or our museum.  Don’t forget that members also get perks including an extra hour of play every Saturday over the summer, special Tots programming during the school year and discounts in the gift shop and on various other programs offered.   

Out of This World 
May 18th
10 am to 2 pm 

Out of This World at Great Explorations Children’s Museum is part of a nationwide celebration of educational programs designed to engage audiences in the awe-inspiring fields of Earth and space science. This exciting event is an opportunity to connect with NASA science research and explore Earth and space phenomena. 

Participants will have a chance to explore the ways our universe is expanding, build their own electroscope to detect static electricity, perform experiments with erosion, and much more! These fun activities introduce guest to the ongoing research happening at NASA in the fields of heliophysics, Earth Science, planetary science, and astrophysics, and allow hands-on interactions with Earth and space science concepts. 

This project is led by Arizona State University, in collaboration with NASA. Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkits are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net). Throughout spring and summer 2019, events are taking place at 350 museums and institutions throughout the country. 

Terrific Tots at Sundial 
May 21, 28
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 larango@greatex.org.  Themes this month include: 

  • 5/21: In the Tall, Tall Grass – creepy crawlers 
  • 5/28: Hello, Hello – animal sounds and movement 

Don’t Fry Day 
May 24th
1 to 4 pm 

Celebrate the start of summer and learn about sun and water safety. Community partners St. Pete Fire Rescue and St. Pete City Aquatics Department will be on-site with helpful information about water safety. Dana Callahan from Domino Effect Health will have age-appropriate summer activities and will raffle a SPF protective children’s swimsuit.  The Great Ex Education team will facilitate summer activities including UV bracelets, sunscreen science, summer visor making and water play. 

Great Ex is OPEN on Memorial Day 
May 27th
10 am – 4:30 pm 

Game Day at the Rays 
June 2nd
1:10 pm 

Join us at the Rays game on June 2nd!  Tickets can be purchased here for only $20 and proceeds come back to benefit Great Ex! Let’s root on the home team together in Section 133. 

Preschool Now Enrolling 

Early Explorations Preschool is now enrolling in our classes serving ages 3, 4 and VPK students.  Only a few spots remain in our award-winning program.  Call or email today for a tour!  

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