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October Newsletter 2023

By September 27, 2023September 28th, 2023Newsletter


October 28th | 10 AM – 4 PM

This year’s Great EEK-Splorations is Fall Festival-themed with a pirate twist!

Come in your best Halloween costume* and show it off in our costume fashion show. There will also be festival games, pumpkin explosions and dancing with Morris the Explorasaurus!

Rumor has it, pirates have heard of all the great fun and treasures to be had at EEK-Splorations this year and want it all for themselves! Help steal back the treasure map before the pirates takeover!


Members: FREE |  Non-Members: $18

*please ensure your costume doesn’t cover your face

Plushie Pals

October 13th -14th

Your favorite plushie friend is invited to our sleepover party this October 13th!

Drop off your plushie pal between 3-4:30 pm on Friday, October 13th. Throughout the night, you can follow along on Instagram and see all the Plushie Pals Party fun! Then on Saturday morning, October 14th, between 9:30-10:30 am, return to the museum for a celebration! Families can enjoy breakfast as their little ones and their stuffed animal friends reunite.

This is a member-only event, so be sure to register using the link here!

Our Little Free Library’s One Year Celebration

Month of October

This October marks 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 are looking to collect 100 books during the month of October to give to our local community and visitors. If you or anyone you know is looking to give away used books, please come visit us at our museum!

Monthly Reciprocal

Tampa Baseball Museum

Great Ex Members get free admission to the Tampa Baseball Museum throughout the entire month of October!

Learn more about The Tampa Baseball Museum here.

Spooky Season Theme Day

Friday, October 27th

Get into the spirit with us during our Spooky Season Theme Day! Enjoy halloween activities all day!

Spooktastic day of fun, games, art and crafts. Costumes are encouraged.*

*Make sure your costume doesn’t cover your face

Kids Rock Fun Run in Clearwater

Saturday, October 7th

Join Morris in cheering on the participants in the Kids Rock fun run in Clearwater this October 7th! Or you can join in on the action by registering with the link below and be a part of the fun run!
Kids Rock includes events like the Diaper Dash for the little athletes, or even a 1-mile run for some of their older participants!

Great Connections: A Free Program for Families with Special Needs

October 8th | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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.

Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd – 31st

We need your help to Light-Up America in red throughout the week of October 23rd-31st.

Show your support in keeping America Drug-Free by lightning up your building, organization, landmark, school, or home! You can use a Red Lightbulb 💡❤️to shine a light on Drug Education and Prevention. Don’t forget to use #GoRedforRedRibbon. We want to give you the opportunity to be vocal and visible by shining a light for voices everywhere to achieve a drug-free community.

Super Sprouts

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 Fall! 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!

Terrific Tots is Back!

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!

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)**

Learn more here.

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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