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.
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.
Cruise Ship – Temporarily Closed
Climb aboard GCM’s Cruiseship docked at Gasparilla Island! Become a captain, sailor, and explorer as you set sail or dig for buried treasure. Due to the nature of this exhibit, the Cruise Ship sandbox will be closed at this time.
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.
Pop into the Farm, as GCM’s red barn always needs farmers! Young farmers are invited to be a gardener or help tend the farm as they can milk a cow, ride a tractor, play with farm animal puppets, and tend to the chickens in the coop.
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. Due to the nature of this exhibit, the firepole will be closed at this time.
What can sheets and pillows become? Let Forts inspire imaginative play! Construct an epic fortress and reading spot today.
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. Due to the nature of this exhibit, the African Drum Hut and Japanese Pagoda will be closed at this time.
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.
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!
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Featuring UnMonsters™
GCM’s Hospital exhibit is getting a total makeover! Try on the white coats or scrubs of different hospital roles and treat your un-scary UnMonsters™ by driving an ambulance, using the CT scanner and new body sounds machine, playing a medical matching game, and more!
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. Due to the nature of this exhibit, the ball pit will be closed at this time.
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!
Climb through Water’s Journey to become a drop of water in the water cycle! Evaporate from the aquifer to the clouds, then flow back down. You might even encounter some animals that call our Florida watersheds home. Then dive into our Ocean Sandbox! Use your hands to sculpt the ocean floor to see our augmented reality marine landscape come to life. Sponsored by Tampa Bay Water. Due to the nature of this exhibit, the Ocean Sandbox will be closed at this time.