November Newsletter

By October 29, 2019Newsletter

Reciprocal Month with Glazer Children’s Museum 

November 1 – 30

50% Glazers Children’s Museum admission for Great Explorations member for the month of November! Enjoy this wonderful benefit and thank you for continuing to support Great Explorations as members.  Find information on Great Ex memberships and reciprocal benefits on our membership page linked here. 


Fall Food drive! Neighbors Helping Neighbors! 

Donation site until November 23rd 

Help feed 300 families this thanksgiving! This year Great Exploration is partnering with Radius to provide Thanksgiving meals to families right in our community! The goal is to provide each family of need with the items to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal with their family.  This is also a great opportunity to talk about gratitude and supporting the needs in our community with your family.  

Canned or boxed items that we are collecting: Mac n’ cheese, Green Beans, Corn, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes. 

Great Explorations is offering $2 off admission with the donation of 3 canned or boxed items 


Toy of the Month 

Preschool Clocks and Watches are 25% off this month only! Teach your preschooler the concept of time with Preschool Clock! Minutes are replaced by animals & hours by colors. Avoid arguments by letting your preschooler know what to expect & when. Empower your child with knowledge about time and help them establish routines. Watches are available in multiple colors. Watches and Clocks are on sale for November!  

Sale pricing:  Watch $18 Clock $26 


Memory Mondays 

November 4 

10 am – 12 pm 

Memory Monday will take place in the ballroom of Sunken Gardens.   

Great Explorations will host a FREE program for adults with memory loss. Participants will take part in programs focusing on art, music, movement and stress reduction and will enjoy quality time with others. This monthly event is sponsored by AARP and is presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. Additional support is provided by Harmony Home Health.
For more information please email Lael at 


Great Connections 

November 10 

10 am  12 pm 

Great Connections is a monthly, sensory-friendly program for children with special needs and their families. Great Explorations will modify lights and sounds and will provide a “cool down” room for families who need to take a break.  This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with other families and community resources while the kids enjoy the power of PLAY!  Cost: $5 per person and is free for Great Ex members!  Contact Lael Arango at 727-821-8992 x 209 or for more information.  


Terrific Tots – Members Only 

Wednesdays & Fridays (when Pinellas County Schools are in session)

 9:30 am 

On Wednesday and Friday mornings while Pinellas County Schools are in before we open to the public, members are invited to join us for songs, movement, art and story time in Great Beginnings at the museum! Terrific Tots is a unique bonding experience for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers. This is a great community time for tots and their adults! This program is FREE and is available for Members only.  Explore art, music and language with your little one in this fun and safe environment. At the beginning of each class, we will join in sing-a-longs that encourage movement and caregiver involvement. Please note that on Fridays we tend to get MESSY with our activities, so we encourage participants to dress accordingly!  For questions, please visit or call 727.821.8992 x 226. 

*when Pinellas County Schools are in session 


Thanks- ploration 

November 23 

10 am – 12 pm  

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” – A.A. Milne in Winnie-the-Pooh  

Join us on November 23 to celebrate all the things and people we are grateful for this year. Share what you are thankful for on our gratitude wall. Fall into our craft area to create pumpkin pie crafts and more.  

This event is in conjunction with our food drive! This is the last day to drop off any donations. A discount on admittance will be offered at the time of donation. Save and play when you bring in 3 items or more.   


CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day 

November 28th 

Great Explorations will be closed for regular business hours on Thanksgiving Day – ThursdayNovember 28th.   


After-School Explorers 

Great Ex is happy to introduce our After-School Explorers! We offer one-hour programs for 6- week sessions to take place at your school! We offer a variety of interactive and engaging programs for explorers in grades K-5th. Have your school contact to find out about how to bring the After-School Explorers club to your school this year! 



Donor Spotlight

“If you’re too busy to go fishing, you’re just too busy!” 

Check out November donor spotlight Hubbard’s Marina. Their family-owned and operated business offers a fun-filled day on the water for the whole family! They have been fishing, cruising, and touring local waters for nearly 100 years and four generations. They offer fishing trips, dolphin tours, eco-tours, sunset cruises, island trips, shelling, snorkeling, private charters, kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals and much more! They have endless options and tons of fun adventures inside Johns Pass at Hubbard’s Marina. You can find out more information on their website at Their family motto, “If you’re too busy to go fishing, you’re just too busy!” 



Very Merry Market 

December 11th  

4:00 – 8 pm 

The holidays are right around the corner. Shop LOCAL this season! Great Explorations Children’s Museum and Sunken Gardens bring you the 6th annual A VERY MERRY MARKET on December 11th. Join us for a free shopping event showcasing talented makers and independent businesses! A Very Merry Market is an indoor, air-conditioned event that is guaranteed to have something for everyone on your list (or even for yourself!). Come shop your local favorites while enjoying exclusive discounts and holiday treats!  


This event supports not only local makers and business owners, but non-profit organizations, Great Explorations Children’s Museum, and the historic Sunken Gardens.


Thank you!   

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Great Explorations at the Great Extravaganza!  

With your support, we are looking to start our Great S.T.E.A.M. ExploratoriumWe envision a way to challenge and inspire these older elementary-aged visitors with hands-on, creative S.T.E.A.M. experiences that are developmentally appropriate in a dedicated space that is safe, inviting and versatile. 


Capital Campaign Update   

We are currently in the second phase of our build-out and Capital Campaign, focusing on our gallery floor, and opening new exhibits for our guests.  We are excited to partner with SPCA and Heart Gallery and to cut the ribbon on two new exhibits this fall. 

Find out how you can help us grow to serve more in our community! 


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