SPCA Tampa Bay and Great Explorations Children’s Museum open new exhibit
SPCA Tampa Bay and Great Explorations have partnered on a new “For All Animals” exhibit inside the popular children’s museum.
The “For All Animals” exhibit provides children and visitors with important interactive and hands-on learning opportunities focused on animal care, safety and health, while offering experiences with adoption and animal-related careers. This exhibit will instill a positive and respectful attitude towards all animals while learning about SPCA Tampa Bay’s work.
“This interactive exhibit provides another opportunity to share the humanimality – that’s the almost indescribable joy that pets bring us,” said SPCA Tampa Bay CEO Martha Boden.
“We want as many people as possible to share that joy and a passion for pets. Plus, it can spark the passion for animal-related careers, like veterinary medicine, at an early age.”
Children can get a hands-on experience with keeping pets healthy in the vet clinic area. Guests use replica veterinary equipment and simulated MRI and X-ray machines sponsored by Pinellas Animal Foundation to learn about veterinary care for pets and careers in veterinary medicine. In addition, children can explore different species of animals and the type of care required by pets, such as grooming, appropriate feeding and regular exercise.
In the pet education area, guests learn how to interact safely with animals and discover how to create a happy and healthy environment for animals. Interactive components help children match animals with loving homes to learn about animal adoption.
“Together with SPCA Tampa Bay, we’ve created hands-on learning experiences that model and encourage a positive and respectful attitude towards all animals,” said Great Explorations CEO Angeline Howell.
“Everyone can make a difference when it comes to animal welfare.”
The “For All Animals” opened on Thursday, October 24. Great Explorations Children’s Museum has served children and families since 1987. Designed for kids 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.