During a GCM visit, children try on many identities to help explore the world around them. Whether they put on a lab coat in our Vet Clinic or leap to stardom in our Twinkle Stars Theater, imaginative play is critical to our experience. We are raising the Imagination Generation!
Explore the basics of banking and commerce through fun interactive games at Suncoast Credit Union’s Central Bank. Learn to earn and save money with simple math, matching, or physical activities. Then spend your money to power a train, launch a rocket, and light up City Hall.
Climb aboard GCM’s Cruiseship docked at Gasparilla Island! Become a captain, sailor, and explorer as you set sail or dig for buried treasure.
Design + Build
Pop into Design + Build, GCM’s yellow house that always needs renovation! Young architects, designers, and carpenters are invited to be a plumber, gardener, and engineer.
Visit the ideal workshop for young inventors, Engineers’ Workshop! For the little ones, design a Tampa Bay train route or build with blocks and giant LEGOs. For the older kids, create a design a LEGO design on the LEGO wall or fold and launch the perfect paper airplane.
Take on the life of a firefighter as you pretend to save the day in a safe, kid-sized Firehouse. Put on your safety gear and slide down the fireman’s pole! Simulate driving a firetruck through the streets of Tampa Bay, sounding the siren and lighting the lights.
What can sheets and pillows become? Let Forts inspire imaginative play! Construct an epic fortress and reading spot today.
Innovate and collaborate in GCM’s new robotics lab, Gadget Garage! Explore the art of gadgets and robotics today.
Take on physical challenges that test your strength, endurance, and speed. Tackle a mini climbing wall, race a variety of animals, and climb in GCM’s new indoor playground, Free Play!
Celebrate worldly cultures in Global Cafe! Join in a drum circle in the West African Drum Hut or learn about Japanese culture and traditions inside the Japanese Pagoda.
Paging all future doctors and nurses to the Museum’s St. Joseph’s Hospital! Can you identify the sounds the body makes? How do you create a balanced meal? Find the answers to these questions and more.
Explore the KidsPort’s huge water table where you can navigate cargo through a shipping channel just like Tampa Bay. Become a dockworker, harbor pilot, or engineer as you learn how water moves. You can even make a storm inside the Museum at the Bays News 9 weather station! The possibilities are endless.
Use touch sensors to create ever-changing light and soundscapes that whirl around this high-tech work of art, while learning about mixing the colors of light and sounds. Send beams of color throughout the installation, each triggering its own sound. This 3D segmented multi-ring structure was designed by artist Ivan Toth Depeña and sponsored by Raymond James.
Move and shape the sand to create the ocean’s topography. Using your hands, sculpt mountains, islands, underwater channels, and caves to see our augmented reality marine landscape come to life with ocean creatures, treasure chests, and more! Sponsored by Tampa Bay Water
Become a chef, server, or restaurant guest in the Pizza Place. Create your own sandwich or pizza, ring up an order, or just sit back and enjoy a meal with a great view of Curtis Hixon Park.
Visit the Museum’s Publix Supermarket where children make all the buying decisions. Shop with your mini shopping cart, work the register, bag the groceries, and restock the shelves. It’s your store!
Work together to solve puzzles, create stories and character plots, learn about the world, and paint digital masterpieces in this innovative, motion-capture technology that gets kids up and moving. Learn more about our SMALLab Experiences today.
Toddlers ages 3 and under are invited to sail into Tugboat Tots. Explore a tugboat, fish for local species, and enjoy stories under a comfy oak tree canopy.
Twinkle Stars Theater
Lights, camera, action! Stop by GCM’s Twinkle Stars Theater to perform or direct the perfect dramatic tale. We have tons of costumes for your little actors and actresses, plus sound effects and lighting to match!
Play the role of a veterinarian and help some animals in need at the Museum’s Vet Clinic. Look at x-rays and investigate your animal patients’ charts to determine the purrr-fect treatment!
When you climb through Water’s Journey, you become a drop of water taking the journey through the water cycle! Evaporate from the aquifer to the clouds, and then flow back down. You might even encounter some animals and insects that call our Florida watersheds home! Sponsored by Tampa Bay Water