October 2020 Newsletter

By October 2, 2020Newsletter

Halloween Hooplah at Great Ex!

Saturday, October 31

Boos and ghouls, get your costumes ready— we’re hosting a safe and spooktacular Halloween Hooplah at Great Explorations Children’s Museum! Kids and their families can participate in engaging activities, including a monster dance party, creepy crafts, a puzzling escape room, plus more during our timed play sessions (9-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m., 3-5 p.m.).

Cost: $15 per person for non-members, $10 per person for members (member code: SCARECROW). Admission is free for children under 1 year. Limited tickets; advance registration is required. Click here to reserve your tickets!

Sponsorship opportunities are available, starting at just $25! Please click here for information.

To learn more about the health and safety measures we’re taking, please click here.

Museum Update

Exciting news! We’ve added a mid-day play session during the week! To plan your next visit and learn more about our safety measures, please click here.

Play Sessions:

Monday-Friday: 12-2:30 p.m. and 4:45-6:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday*: 9-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 3-5 p.m.

*When private rental sessions aren’t reserved. Please check our reservation system for availability the Friday before. To learn more about private rental sessions, contact Chel at cpersonius@greatex.org.


Thank you for supporting The Great Extravaganza!

Our first-ever virtual gala was a huge success last month! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone who tuned in and contributed to Steampunk Exploration: A Victorian Virtual Gala. Your support is invaluable to Great Ex’s mission. If you didn’t tune in to The Great Extravaganza last Saturday, you missed a remarkable evening full of captivating entertainment, community support, and lots of fun! Click here to watch the event recording.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Leeper & Carlan Families ∙ Beth Houghton & Scott Wagman ∙ Valley Bank ∙ Liz & Larry Heinkel ∙ Republic Bank ∙ Sir Speedy ∙ Rays Baseball Foundation & Rowdies Soccer Fund ∙ FCS ∙ Freedom Design Build ∙ Gigglewaters ∙ United Healthcare ∙ SPCA Tampa Bay ∙ Martha & Boomer Bombardi ∙ Nick & Melissa Burghardt ∙ Jason Palmer & Anthony Verdeja ∙ Melissa & Josh Pinkerton ∙ The Big Catch ∙ Cox Media Group ∙ J. Thor Productions ∙ Old Northeast Rally ∙ JB Effects

Foster Care Q&A Sessions with Eckerd Connects

Join Eckerd Foster Parent Ambassadors and partners to discuss critical needs in foster care in Pinellas and Pasco counties. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during these live virtual Q&A Info Sessions, available this fall. The seminars are free to attend. To register, click here.


Enrollment at Early Explorations Preschool

Our award-winning, accredited Early Explorations Preschool is accepting enrollment for this school year! We offer low student-to-teacher ratios and stimulate learning through proven creative curriculum. Please contact Emily at ebarnes@greatex.org for more information about Early Explorations Preschool or to schedule a tour.

Great Extraordinaires Club

Great Ex’s Monthly Giving Program

The Great Extraordinaires Club recognizes our wonderful ongoing supporters and is a fantastic opportunity for new and established donors alike, particularly those looking to contribute in a budget-friendly way. Great Ex relies on thoughtful donations from supporters (like you!) to provide interactive learning experiences for children of all ages and abilities within the museum and throughout the community. It’s easy to join! To learn more about our monthly giving program, click here.



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