• Great Explorations is open! 

    We are taking extra precautions to create a safe experience for our guests. Our updated policies and procedures include limited capacity, adjusted hours, health screenings, and a mask requirement for all guests age 5 and up. Ticket reservation is required for members and non-members, with limited availability for walk-ins. To learn more about our safety measures and plan your next visit, please click here. We look forward to reuniting when the time is right for your family!

    Private rental sessions remain available for small groups on Saturdays and Sundays in 2-hour increments. To book a private rental session, email Chel at cpersonius@greatex.org.

    We updated a few exhibits this Summer! Have you seen the new Fossil Wall?


    Back-to-School Resources for Parents

    It’s the beginning of a very different school year, and our team has collected resources that we hope will be helpful for your family during this unique season. Whether your child is back in the classroom or is learning from home this school year, these resources can help ease the transition for your little one and help your family feel prepared. Click the following links to learn more:

    Join us for “The Great Extravaganza”

    Saturday, September 12th

    Tune in to this hour-long virtual gala to enjoy lively presentations from Great Explorations team members and a few special guests, STEAM-themed entertainment, performances from the talented Bay Kings Band, plus the opportunity to bid on amazing live and silent auction items and participate in an exciting give from the heart— all from the comfort of your home! The gala begins online at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th. For even more fun, tune in at 6:30 p.m. to watch the pre-show. Tickets start at just $35 per household.

    To learn more about The Great Extravaganza and purchase tickets, please click here.

    Make a virtual appearance! For a chance to be featured in this year’s pre-show, please send photos of your favorite memories from previous Great Extravaganza galas to Madeline at mstone@greatex.org.


    “My First Market” Ribbon Cutting on Facebook Live

    Thursday, September 10th

    Your favorite miniature grocery store has a new look! Please join us on Facebook for a live celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 10th at 9 a.m. Special guests from Publix Charities will join us to unveil the newly-renovated exhibit. Stream the ceremony live on our Facebook page, then, be sure to reserve tickets here to explore the exhibit in person! Big thank you to Publix Charities for making this exciting update possible!

    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.

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