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Parents’ Night Out, Week of the Young Child and Spring Science!
Date:  3/24/2016
ArticleType:  Member News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 19, 2016
Contact: Shannon Sloan
Communications Manager
(727) 821–8992 ext. 236
ssloan@greatex.org  

Parents’ Night Out, Week of the Young Child and Spring Science!

Terrific Tots Cancelled
April 1, 2016


Terrific Tots will be cancelled on April 1 and will resume April 6. We’re sorry for any inconvenience.

Terrific Tots is a FREE members-only program every Wednesday and Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. that offers a unique bonding experience for children aged 1-3 and their caregivers! Explore art, music and language with your little one in this fun and safe environment. In the beginning of each class we’ll join in sing-a-longs that encourage movement and parent involvement. We end our songs with a quiet selection as we move into story time to promote literacy development. Finally, we do arts and crafts before sharing free play and community time.

Parents’ Night Out
April 8, 2016
6-10 p.m.
$25 member child; $35 non-member child


Drop off your children (ages 4 -10) on April 8 from 6-10 p.m. for a night of fun at the museum while you take some time for yourself! Children can play in the museum, explore our popular Touch Tunnel, watch exciting science shows and enjoy a G-rated movie. Pizza, snacks and juice are included.

Pre-registration is required. Click here for more info http://greatex.org/programs/parents-night-out  

Baby Massage
April 9, 2016
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$10 per family


Learn how to use massage and nurturing touch with Debbi Courtney of Touch of Sunshine Infant Massage, LLC. on April 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Studies show that these techniques aid bonding, sleep, teething, digestion and cognitive and motor skills development. Learn about the research and practice the strokes on the 2nd Saturday of every month. This month’s session will focus on the role of massage in helping to build Dad's special bond and communication with baby.

Contact Debbi at 727-744-9411 or Debbicourtney@gmail.com for pricing and more information.

Week of the Young Child
April 10-16


This week we celebrate our youngest learners by participating in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) annual Week of the Young Child. Each day at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. we will facilitate an activity designed just for children under five. Join us each day for engaging activities and resources to support families of young children.

Great Connections
April 10, 2016
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Great Explorations Children’s Museum will open early on April 10 for children with special needs and their families to enjoy Great Connections, a sensory-friendly event. Great Explorations will close to the public from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., offer discounted admission, modify lights and sounds, and provide a "cool down" room for families who need to take a break. This month, in honor of NAEYC Week of the Young Child, we will be focusing on children under the age of five, but all ages are welcome.

The featured community partner this month is the Family Network on Disabilities.

WOYC Music Monday
April 11, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Join us at 10:30 a.m. on April 11 for an exploration of sound with an instrument meet-and-greet and a sound matching game. Then at 11:30 a.m. Music and Me will be here to host a FREE music class! Space is limited, so get here early to reserve your spot!

At 2:30 p.m. enjoy Stories and Songs and Scarves – Oh my! Join us for a whole body experience as we use our bodies and colorful scarves to express ourselves during this musical story time.

WOYC Healthy Tuesday
April 12, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Alpha House of Tampa will be providing FREE Developmental and Hearing screenings from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 12. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged! Contact Lael Arango at larango@greatex.org or 727-821-8992 x209 to reserve your spot!

Get your body and your mind working with Creative Calisthenics at 10:30 a.m. and then explore healthy food choices with fruit and veggie rubber stamp art at 11:30 a.m. Then, children will get their whole bodies moving and grooving with parachute fun at 2:30 p.m.

WOYC Build It Together
April 13, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Join us to build and learn together with fun activities and crafts on April 13! At 10:30 a.m., explore tools and develop fine motor skills with a variety of educational building sets! Then at 11:30 a.m., create your own building out of foam shapes in your very own skyscraper collage. Our last activity at 2:30 p.m. will include building in a unique way, with foam blocks that float in water!

WOYC Arts & Crafts
April 14, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Join us on April 14 to explore art and celebrate your child’s creativity! At 10:30 a.m., we’ll be using colorful foam shapes to create a mosaic! Then at 11:30 a.m. explore different textures to design your own paintbrush and create a unique painting. At 2:30 p.m., we will use special colored paper to create a “rain” painting!

WOYC Read Together
April 15, 2016
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


On April 15 join Great Explorations, WEDU and Elmo for a day of reading! From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. WEDU will be here to share activities and free resources for children under five! At 10:30 a.m. we’ll explore the alphabet with letter crafts and an interactive story time. At 11 a.m. a special guest, Elmo, will be here for story-time and photos! At 11:30 a.m., we will create our own all about me book using stickers and stamps and then at 2:30 p.m. we’ll design our own puzzle to take home!

Today only, you will receive one free child’s admission with a paying adult with proof of WEDU Kids’ Club membership.

WOYC Young Child Expo
April 16
9 – 10 a.m. Members Only!
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public Entry


On Saturday, April 16, explore vendors, exhibitors and other organizations that cater to children under five years old. There will be door prizes, demonstrations and other activities throughout the museum. From 9-10 a.m., Great Explorations members with a child under five can bring a non-member family with children under five years old to explore the museum and the vendors for free! The expo opens to the general public at 10 a.m.

Spring Science Saturday
April 30, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Science is springing up all over the museum on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us as we explore all things spring with interactive crafts, activities and games. Plant a seed, paint with rain and learn the science of our giant spring-y slinky!

About Great Explorations Children’s Museum

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 23,000 square foot museum is filled with exhibits and activities to stimulate learning through creativity, play and exploration. This AAM–Accredited children’s museum also offers a national award winning preschool, camps, field trips and community outreach programs.

Location: 1925 4th Street North, St. Petersburg Florida 33704

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 - 4:30 p.m.

Admission: Museum admission is free for children under 1 year, $10 for ages 1 to 54 years and $9 for ages 55 and up. Admission is always free for museum members.

Call 727–821–8992 or visit www.greatex.org.  

About Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families. https://www.naeyc.org/woyc  


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