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September 20, 2017
The Great Explorations Children’s Museum in St. Petersburg is a place your child can truly enjoy being a kid, a place where you won’t find kids playing on mobile devices because instead, they are using their creativity and imagination to explore and learn to play. It’s a place my 6- and 2-year-olds love. In fact, I took them there to write this story and I was once again reminded of the pure joy they get when visiting this gem. The 23,000-square-foot museum is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. Designed for children 10 and younger, this small museum has a lot to do!
Here are five of our Great Exploration faves!
Other must-sees include Team STEAM’s daily Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities and a terrific gift shop with unique educational toys, crafts and science experiments. And coming soon is a wall climber’s exhibit funded by Evan and Jaime Longoria’s half-million dollar donation. Longo’s Cove will be a three-dimensional structure that is part jungle gym and part work of art. Climbing from pad to pad, children will learn about Florida sea life while conquering new heights. The climber will be in front of the current treehouse, which will be renovated into a newly-themed boathouse and pirate ship. To learn more about the museum go to www.Greatex.org.
Sunken Gardens is right next door to the Great Explorations Children’s Museum and is a great place for parents and kids to spend an hour or two. It is a 100-year-old garden that is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. You can stroll through paths flanked by exotic plants from around the world, discover beautiful cascading waterfalls and learn about native plants and imports while walking under a canopy of palm trees. Kids will also enjoy seeing the beautiful flamingos and chasing butterflies down winding paths. Children’s classes are held on Saturdays to teach kids about topics like frogs and toads or wildflowers.
Be sure to check out the website www.Sunkengardens.org
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