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November Newsletter 2023

By October 26, 2023Newsletter

Make-A-Morris Launch

November 1st | 1pm – 2pm

Create your own Make-A-Morris plushie at Great Explorations and take them home to continue the fun!

We have 12 friends to choose from and don’t forget to make a wish on your friend’s star when getting them made! Plushie Hour will take place daily from 1PM to 2PM and can be purchased at our admissions desk.

10 Tuesdays

Every Tuesday

Families with SNAP EBT or WIC Cards receive free admission to Great Explorations every Tuesday.

This program is made possible by the TEGNA Foundation and 10 Tampa Bay.

Learn more here

November Monthly Reciprocal

 Vertical Ventures

This monthly reciprocal rocks!

For the entire month of November, Great Explorations members will receive 50% off a Day Pass admission including rental gear at Vertical Ventures, St. Petersburg’s full-service climbing gym!Learn more about Vertical Ventures here.

Our Little Free Library’s One Year Celebration

Book Drive Update!

This October marked one year since Great Explorations started its Little Free Library! Since its beginning, our Little Free Library has supplied thousands of books to our local and visiting families. To celebrate one full year of book giving, we wanted to collect 100 books during the month of October to give to our local community and visitors.

We are proud to announce, thanks to Shumaker Law firm and each and every person who donated, we received a total of over 300 books during October to donate to our community!

Thank you for such a wonderful and successful one year celebration and for spreading the joy of reading!

Great Connections: A Free Program for Families with Special Needs

November 12th | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Our Great Connections program occurs the second Sunday of every month and includes a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.

This program is FREE and sensory friendly for children with special needs and their families. Great Connections is a free program all thanks to Guardian Trust.

Learn more about this month’s program here.

Great Ex Food Drive for Thanksgiving

November 1st – 16th

Great Explorations is hosting a food drive from November 1st through the 16th in collaboration with Radius Church St. Petersburg! For this food drive, we are looking to collect side items for main dishes (i.e.: corn, stuffing, etc).

There will be a $1 off discount from admission for each item donated, with a maximum $5 discount per person. In 2022 with Great Ex’s help, Radius along with community partners and volunteers collected enough side items and donations for over 850 families – with a goal of 1,000 families this year!

Families can also fill out the form linked below to request a Thanksgiving meal of their own, or on the behalf of another family.

Thanksgiving Meal Sign-Up Form 

Visit this link to learn more!

Goodnight Morris Theme Day

November 22nd

Come in your very best pajamas and enjoy a cozy day of fun crafts and plushie time for this month’s theme day!

Make sure your pajamas are appropriate and are ready for all the day’s fun!

Corporate Giving at Great Ex

Through corporate support, we enhance educational programs, exhibits, and initiatives that benefit young minds and families.

By engaging in corporate giving, companies play a vital role in fostering a love for learning, creativity, and exploration among children in our region.

Learn more about Corporate Giving and who to contact here

Make This Year’s Birthday GREAT!

With Great Explorations’ Birthday Packages

Birthdays are always memorable, but birthdays at Great Explorations are extraordinary.

With a Great Ex Birthday, you have your choice between a Basic Birthday Package and a Private Birthday Package and we can now accommodate up to 60 guests per party!

With the Private Birthday Package, you get your choice of 1 of our 4 special birthday activities: Art Activity, Science Activity, Reptile Encounter or even a Dance Party!

Visit the link here to learn more about our Birthday Packages

Terrific Tots is Back!

Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:30am

Terrific Tots is a 30-minute program available to members for $10 and $20 for non-members.

This program offers a more intimate and hands-on experience for prepping your soon-to-be preschooler!

In this program, children ages 1 to 3 years old can engage in reading, music, and engaging activities that help them develop fine motor skills, provide sensory experiences, and encourage self-expression.Learn more here!

Super Sprouts

Mondays & Wednesdays at 10:30am

Super Sprouts is a members-only, free interactive 20-minute program designed especially for children ages 1 to 3 years old that incorporates reading, music, and take-home activities that bring adults and children together in a love of literature, the arts, and science.Super Sprouts themes change once a month and this month’s theme is the First Thanksgiving! Participation is limited to 25 Tots and their caregivers each day.

The program is currently on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 am in the Steam Station. There is no charge for members.
Learn more here!

Welcoming Wednesdays

November 1st | 5:30pm – 7pm

Every first Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm–7pm, 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-canceling headphones, a favorite stuffed animal)**

Learn more here.

Upcoming Museum Closures

We Want to Hear From You!

We would love to hear your feedback about what we can do to continue to make Great Explorations as GREAT as we can. We have plans for our future and we want you to be a part of it!

Please fill out the survey linked below at your convenience.

Survey link

More Morris!

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

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