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Great Explorations Children's Museum Saint Petersburg

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Great Explorations Children's Museum
1925 4th Street North
Saint Petersburg
FL
33704
Tel: 727 821-8992

Where are we going today?

Have you ever been to a museum where you can just play ALL day! At the Great Explorations Children's Museum in Florida, that's exactly what kids will be doing!

Great Explorations Children's Museum is more like an indoor play funland! There are a number of exhibits which are completely hands-on and interactive for kids, so they can learn, develop, and build confidence, all whilst having a pretty awesome time.

Now that all sounds pretty awesome to us!

The exhibits cover a range of topics, and each one develops various senses and skills of the children. 

They can really immerse themselves in their role playing fun at exhibits like BellaBrava Pizza Kitchen, where they can take orders, create their own pizzas with super soft sculpture ingredients, and even "bake" them in an oven!

The importance of fire safety at home is explored at thei Fire House, and they can express themselves in the Art Studio, where there are craft stations, weaving stations, and even a large table for clay sculpting!

Those explorers in the family will love the Explorer's Cave, and the important topic of health, fitness and nutrition is learn at Fit4AllKidsVille - an All Children's Hospital!

From markets, vets, live TV, underwater exploration, the beach, and live animals that kids can get up close to, Great Explorations Children's Museum really does allow kids to explore, learn, get creative and use their imagination.

An amazing family day out in St. Petersburg! What adventure will you have first? 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: 12 months
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 4:30pm Monday to Sat / 12pm - 4:30pm Sunday

Closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day

Teachers corner

From pre-school programs, schools out camps, summer camps, and field trips, there are so many fun things for the kids to learn!.

Any Top Tips?

Why not have your birthday at the museum! They have a fun party spaces as part of their package! .

Doing our bit

They have created a museum which is both education and fun for kids. Each exhibit has been designed to ensure maximum development, so you don't have to worry - the kids won't even realize they are learning! .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is accessible to those who need to avoid stairs. They also have restrooms and parking too. Children with autism are welcome too.

Baby Facilities

They hold a terrific tots program over summer where it's all about bonding with those aged 1 to 3!.

Can I get one of those?

Can you have a membership? Why, if you love the museum and want to keep going back, yes you can! .

More information

Over 18s must be with a child, and over 17s must be accompanied by an adult. .

What people are saying?

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    Our young boys (4 and 6) had a great time in this well stocked indoor play space for children. Perfect for a rainy day. There are lots of options for open ended play. Favorites included the fire truck, the imagination playground, and the tennis ball shooter. The worst thing is you can't bring coffee into the play area. You can drink it in the gift shop, however, which is what we did.

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    I took my 4 year old. She seemed to like it but I was disappointed in it. It's much more an activity center than a museum. I understand that children learn from playing but there wasn't enough information for them to learn from. There were not enough staff around to make sure the kids didn't take items from one area to another making it difficult for kids to play in that area. For instance, there is a vet area and a lot of the stuffed animals were in other parts of the museum as well as some of the general exam equipment. There is also a grocery...Read More

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    Great place for a young child to explore freely (with parent shadowing). Its a kids museum, not a starbucks for the reviewer who just wants wifi and coffee. A couple of the digital exhibits were out of order, but overall the best exhibits can't break anyway. The music playing in the background was an enjoyable mix. The staff were all friendly and plentiful. Someone actually complained that they yawned?! Give me a break! Admission is under $10/person - reasonable. And if you get their annual pass you pay nothing for over a thousand museums around...Read More

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    They have revamped it! My daughter has a year pass and it's really great for those rainy days.

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    My grandson is enrolled in this school and currently attending summer camp. He is constantly being beat up by other boys. One boy pinched him on his neck and the other boy punched him in the face leaving a bruise. It hurt so bad they put ice o the area but failed to notify his mother of the incident!!!It is quite obvious that the children in this program are unsupervised. The bulling boys (2 different boys) are not punished but instead they punish the victim (my grandson) by not allowing him to play while the offender continues to play!!!
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by Kia Brand

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I took my 4 year old. She seemed to like it but I was disappointed in it. It's much more an activity center than a museum. I understand that children learn from playing but there wasn't enough information for them to learn from. There were not enough staff around to make sure the kids didn't take items from one area to another making it difficult for kids to play in that area. For instance, there is a vet area and a lot of the stuffed animals were in other parts of the museum as well as some of the general exam equipment. There is also a grocery store area which my daughter loved but no one put their items away so it was a big mess with no staff helping to clean up. Most of the "electrical" parts of the stations were not working. The touch tunnel was only open a couple of times during the day and the animal part was just a couple of snakes and lizards that you can see at any pet store. I guess for a few hours getting out of the hot sun it was fine but my daughter didn't learn anything.

by amy laroche

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Great place for a young child to explore freely (with parent shadowing). Its a kids museum, not a starbucks for the reviewer who just wants wifi and coffee. A couple of the digital exhibits were out of order, but overall the best exhibits can't break anyway. The music playing in the background was an enjoyable mix. The staff were all friendly and plentiful. Someone actually complained that they yawned?! Give me a break! Admission is under $10/person - reasonable. And if you get their annual pass you pay nothing for over a thousand museums around the country. Compared to MOSI, Great Ex is 5 stars - compared to the New Hampshire Children's Museum, Great Ex is 4 stars.

by Catherine Matthews

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My grandson is enrolled in this school and currently attending summer camp. He is constantly being beat up by other boys. One boy pinched him on his neck and the other boy punched him in the face leaving a bruise. It hurt so bad they put ice o the area but failed to notify his mother of the incident!!!It is quite obvious that the children in this program are unsupervised. The bulling boys (2 different boys) are not punished but instead they punish the victim (my grandson) by not allowing him to play while the offender continues to play!!!
I believe they discriminate against my grandson because is half black and half white. When he graduated from VPK, he was the only child (the others in his class are white) who did not have a certificate of completion. The executive director lied and said they "must have left it upstairs". After I complained to the executive director, they quickly created a sloppy certificate to give to him. The next day another "teacher" inadvertently apologized for not having made him a certificate explaining that it was merely an oversight on their part. Clearly the organization's leadership (the executive director I spoke with the night before) lied about having "left the certificate upstairs." If they lie about something like this what else do they lie about. Do they keep the children in their school safe from bulling practices? Do they appropriately supervise the children? Do they even care?
The museum is great but the child care and schooling program housed in the museum is substandard! BEWARE if you plan on using this program for child care or schooling!!

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