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Great Explorations Children's Museum
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Today 12–4:30PM
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1925 4th St N St. Petersburg, FL 33704
1925 4th Street NorthUSFloridaSaint Petersburg33704
(727) 821-8992greatex.org
Children's Museum, Historical PlaceToday 12–4:30PM
Sunday 12–4:30PMMonday 10AM–4:30PMTuesday 10AM–4:30PMWednesday 10AM–4:30PMThursday 10AM–4:30PMFriday 10AM–4:30PMSaturday 10AM–4:30PM

Great Explorations Children’s Museum has served the children and families of the Tampa Bay area since 1987.  Designed for children 10 and under, the 24,000 square foot museum is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. The museum also offers a national award winning preschool, camps, field trips and community outreach programs.

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Nonprofit museum offering 18,000 sq. ft. of hands-on exhibits & workshops aimed at kids.- Google
"This was pretty cool for a children's museum."
"Great place for a young child to explore freely (with parent shadowing."
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Preethum Prithviraj
2 months ago
This was pretty cool for a children's museum. Lots of play areas and sections for the kids to place. I don't know what really makes it a "museum" per se, but there are some pseudo educational activities built in such as grocery shopping and some sciency areas with building and such. I particularly liked the stage are with performances that encouraged interactivity and music. The indoor tree-house was of course a big hit with all the age groups. While I didn't see any specific cleanliness issues, I also didn't see a whole lot of effort in sanitizing or cleaning options either. Something to bear in mind.
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Mark Casey
6 months ago
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.
John Harding
3 months ago
My granddaughter and I drove over to St. Pete from Tampa on Monday, Oct. 26 as Hillsborough County schools were closed. We got there to discover that the museum is closed on Monday contrary to what it says on the website. Was a great disappointment and could have been avoided by updating your website to accurately reflect your hours.
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Lauren Fraclose Osborne
5 months ago
I've been to a few different children's museums and this is the first time I've ever been to this one. I have to say it's generally pretty average. The activities are pretty much in one gigantic room with the other part of the building being a preschool. There is an upstairs but it's very small with hardly any activities. A lot of the materials are pretty dirty and sticky, along with the soft covered mats. The one thing that I thought was pretty cool was the man made beach with rubber pellets. My daughter very much enjoyed that. Other than that, eh, just ok.
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TweetyBird26 !
2 months ago
I have been going here all my life and I love it. It is good they they keep classic things like the treehouse, but also put in new exhibits.
Kia Brand
6 months ago
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.
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amy laroche
8 months ago
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.
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Catherine Matthews
a year ago
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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