Tag: Aquarium of the Pacific

Shark Lagoon Nights


Shark Lagoon Nights are a FREE event at Aquarium of the Pacific and are held most Friday nights.

The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.

Enjoy Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks as they are available for purchase.

WHEN FRIDAY, FEB 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 19, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAR 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 3, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 10, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
COST FREE for everyone!
Where Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Celebrate Underwater Parks Day

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Underwater Parks Day is Saturday, January 16, 2016. Underwater Parks Day is a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s).

Join the Ocean Institute, Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and other partners, to celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast.

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Learn about and explore our local Dana Point State Marine Conservation Area and understand the importance of protected areas such as this. Guided tidepool hikes, sea urchin dissections and other activities will highlight this amazing environment and animals that live just feet from our door.

The day is a coordinated event by marine science centers throughout Southern California to educate the public about the statewide network of Marine Protected and Conservation Areas and explain the need for these “underwater parks.”

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Ocean Institute – Ocean Education Center – 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629
  • Cost: Admission is $10.00 for adults (13 yrs+), $7.50 for Children ages 3 -12 yrs and Seniors ages 65+, Children 2 and under are free.


Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Join Cabrillo Marina Aquarium for a celebration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)! These areas, like parks on land, protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy.

To celebrate MPAs and ocean conservation, CMA is participating in Underwater Parks Day. There will be speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts for visitors so they can learn more about MPAs, how MPAs work, and where MPAs are located in Southern California.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731 
  • Cost: FREE but donations are appreciated

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Learn more about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Guests will be able to learn about the commercial and recreational activities permitted. MPA stories will be told using film, lectures, and interactive exhibits. The event will also feature educational booths and activities in the Great Hall.

  • When: Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Included with your admission: Children (3-11) $17.95, Adults $29.95, Seniors $26.95, members are free.

Scout Day


Scout Day is a special day of events at the Aquarium of the Pacific for Scouts and their families. Scouts, family, and friends, can join in on this self-guided event with optional activity sheets for Scouts, to work toward stewardship-related Scout badges.

Troop-leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the Scout’s learning experience and guide them through the steps for badge requirements.Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to complete steps toward badges, utilizing self-led activity sheets that are specifically designed for Scouts.

Some steps cannot be completed at this event and need to be completed at home. Troop-leaders and parents, it is advised to review the Scout council approved activities for each badge your child wishes to complete prior to this event.

scoutDay1In addition a special “Scout Discovery Experience” is also available for Scouts to have a 20-minute exclusive educational opportunity in one of our classrooms with an Aquarium educator. Scouts will have a private animal interaction where they will learn about tide-pool animals and explore animal artifacts.

Availability is extremely limited for this program, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. (These usually sell out!) Admission is required to participate in this special program.

  • When: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm – Ticketing is timed every hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Child: $7, must be purchased in advance online, Adult: $14, must be purchased in advance online. Members are Free with reservation. (Members, to book a reservation, call 562-437-FISH (3474))

Upon making your reservation, you will be asked to select one of the following entrance times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m.

There is a limited capacity, and they are unable to accept purchases by phone for this event. Tickets must be purchased for this event,Click here to make your Scout Day reservations. For more information call (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Download and print the following Badge guides prior to your trip:





Scarium of the Pacific

scariumTrick or Treat at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family.

On October 24-25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, enjoy special Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, the creepy coloring contest, face painting, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, eerie animals in the Great Hall, and much more.

Scarium of the Pacific schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. Spooky Storytelling for Kids
  • 10:45 a.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 11:15 a.m. Underwater Pumpkin Carving Show
  • 11:30 a.m. Spooky Variety Show for Kids
  • 11:45 a.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 12:00 p.m. Dave the Vampire Magician
  • 12:30 p.m. Spooky Storytelling for Kids
  • 12:45 p.m. Creepy Critter Photo Opportunity
  • 1:00 p.m. Kids’ Costume Contest
  • 2:15 p.m. Underwater Pumpkin Carving Show
  • 2:30 p.m. Spooky Variety Show for Kids
  • 3:30 p.m. Creepy Critters Show

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THE COSTUME CONTEST starts at 1:00 p.m., Honda Blue Cavern Stage
Meet at 12:45 p.m. in front of Lorikeet Forest with your registration card.*

Win Great Prizes! Kids, here’s your chance to show off your costume. Each contestant will receive a treat just for entering and have a photo opportunity with one of our costume characters.  *To register pick up a registration card for your child at the Information Desk, and bring the completed card to the area in front of Lorikeet Forest at 12:45 p.m. on October 24 or 25. Present your card to the Aquarium representative at the stage at Honda Blue Cavern.

Underwater Pumpkin Carving & Tropical Reef Habitat take place on the 2nd Floor at 11:15 am to 11:45 am and 2:15 pm. to 2:45 pm

The following ongoing activities are also included with your admission

  • Fiendish Facepainting / Great Hall
  • Craft & Coloring Contest / Outside Tropical Pacific Gallery 2nd Floor
  • Paper pumpkins, masks, and more!

Aquarium of the Pacific is located at  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Any kids that show up in a costume (up to age 11) can get in for FREE – just print this coupon. For other admission information click here.

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.


World Oceans Day


World Oceans Day, held every June 8th and is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations. This year, the theme is Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and the focus this year is to make a special effort to stop plastic pollution.

Below is a list of World Oceans Day celebrations being held in and near Orange County. Celebrations are held all over the world, to find a celebations near you click here.

If you would like to celebrate at home with your littles. you can Download resources from the Ocotonauts. You’ll find printable Octonauts World Oceans Day poster, Coral coloring sheet, scavenger hunt/memory game activity with conservation message and a digital package with social media images



The Ocean Institute in Dana Point Celebrates World Oceans Day with a Celebration on Saturday, June 6th & 7th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. In honor of World Oceans Day, they will host a Weekend Public Program with additional activities that are included with weekend admission. Come learn about beautiful ocean creatures, habitats and our connection to the ocean!

The Ocean Institute features a number of hands-on activities, presentations, tidepool walks and educational cruises in an effort to educate and inspire people of all ages to participate in their community and learn how to become involved in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. The Brig Pilgrim is open most Sundays.

Admission for Members & children under 2: FREE, Adults (13-64): $10.00, Seniors (65+) & Youth (2-12 years): $7.50


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The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate World Ocean Day with an array of activities over three days, June 6th, 7th & 8th, 2105.

The celebration begins with the Pacific Islander Festival on June 6th and 7th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. The celebration will feature special presentations, films, and other educational programming highlighting our blue planet.

Admission: $28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

On World Ocean Day, Monday, June 8th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – guests to the Aquarium can learn about climate change, ocean pollution, and other ocean issues by viewing films and shows and exploring exhibits at Planetary Oceans: Exploring Earth’s Seas Before We Sail Through Europa’s Seawater Plumes.

The Aqaurium will host a panel discussion of ocean exploration as it relates to space exploration. Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel will join Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan and JPL scientists Bill Patzert and Steve Vance for a conversation about the importance of understanding our home planet’s ocean as we prepare to explore the seas of other worlds. Planetary Radio is the public radio series and podcast produced by The Planetary Society. All of this is in celebration of the ocean, which covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface and remains 90 percent unexplored.

Lecture cost: $5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations. You can also stream it live

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Join the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Sunday, June 7, 2105 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm for a celebration of all things ocean in observance of World Oceans Day! They’ll have oceans of inspiration at the Aquarium, including games, activities, scavenger hunts and crafts!  There will be regular screenings of the Octonauts episode The Great Algae Escape throughout the day. Shark feeding is at 3:30pm.

Admission is Free for kids 12 and under, all others are $5 per person


Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro honors World Ocena Day on Sunday, June 07, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more.

The event is FREE.



World Oceans Day Celebration at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla will be held on Sunday, June 7,2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. From plankton to whales, explore ocean biodiversity and learn how you can help protect the health of our oceans. Explore the ocean with hands on activities and specially themed programming.
Admission is Adults: $17, Teens (13-17): $14, Children (3-12): $12.50, Seniors (60+): $13, UCSD student/staff w/ID: $11, College Students w/ID: $12, Ages 2 and under: Free

 Pretend_City_Logojoin Pretend City in Irvine as they celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, 2015 from 10:00 am – 1:00  pm. Pretend City is making a special effort to stop plastic pollution through educational activities like:

  • Smart Art: The World’s Oceans art activity will explore questions like, “how does the ocean feel and what does it look like to you?” Use a variety of materials and mediums to express your love for the ocean through art.
  • Nature Tales: All the Way to the Ocean is an uplifting story that will inspire both young and adult readers alike and teach a timeless life lesson–If we all do our part, a cleaner, safer environment is indeed within our reach. This will be followed by a beach clean-up activity!
  • Math Matters: The Feeding Game will simulate the negative effects plastic trash can have on the feeding and survival of animals.

Admission: all ages $12.50, 12 months and under are free



Come to ExplorOcean on June 13, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for the World Ocean Day Expo! View student projects that celebrate, explore, examine, improve the health of, and/or educate about the ocean. Projects include art, science projects, awareness campaigns.

Hands-on activities, displays, boat rides, educational mini-excursions, stem challanges and more.

Admission is FREE


Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet while visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific for its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

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Families can journey through the Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day by learning more everyday tips to protect our environment. They’ll have the chance to visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations such as NOAA’s National Weather Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and more will participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

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Environmental films will be shown to give guests a chance to learn about climate change, sustainable seafood, and reducing marine debris. Aquarium program animals will also be on hand with experts, who will bring them out of their exhibits so guests can get upclose and even touch some of them as they learn about these creatures. Some of the program animals include birds, lizards, snakes, and more.

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Want a discount to Aquarium of the Pacific? Use the E-WASTE DISCOUNT and help save the environment! You can receive a coupon for $10 off one Aquarium adult admission ticket valid on April 25 or April 26, 2015, simply present an e-waste item* at the e-waste booth on the Aquarium’s front plaza for your coupon.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: $28.95 for adults (12+), $14.95 for children (3-11), $25.95 for seniors (62+), Children under three years old and Aquarium members are free.

For more information visit Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration.

* E-waste items accepted for recycling include: computer towers and monitors, televisions, video game consuls, printers, fax machines, scanners, paper shredders, copy machines, radios, turntables, amplifiers, cassette recorders, compact disc/DVD players, speakers, camcorders, cameras, cell phones, cell phone charges and batteries, electric typewriters, small household appliances, and calculators.


Astounding Inventions

During the fall of 2014, nearly 4,000 students representing 40 schools in the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts submitted their inventions for judging at their schools. From this, approximately 450 finalists are chosen to compete in the 2015 Astounding Inventions Competition on January 24, 2015 in the 28th Annual Irvine Valley College (IVC) .

My husband took our girls last year and they had a great time. The event was conceived by Irvine Valley College in 1987 to promote creativity and interest in STEM education in our community. Award winners may go on to compete at different levels of state and national math and science invention competitions.


Schedule of events:

  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Judging of student inventions
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Public viewing of student inventions
  • 1 p.m. – Awards Ceremony: Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
  • 2:15 p.m. – Awards Ceremony: Grades 4 and 5
  • 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Displays and demonstrations outside of Hart Gym

Demonstrations & Exhibits: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

  • Aquarium of the Pacific on Wheels  Sea life in the aquarium tide pool petting pools.
  • Cal State Long Beach Mobile Science Museum Learn about science with a hands-on approach.
  • Raytheon Learn about Raytheon’s Math Moves U!
  • Rosemount Analytical Emerson Process  Check your PH factor knowledge with hands-on experiments.
  • Mathobotix  Learn math building robots!
  • IVC ASEC (Applied Science and Engineering Club) Launch water rockets with IVC students.
  • Solar Telescope Observation Explore sun spots with IVC astronomy honors students. It’s out of this world!
  • Hands on Geography Explore our earth with IVC geography students.
  • Electricity Snaps! Explore the Tesla Coil “lightning” with IVC electronics students.
  • Getting a Charge Out of Physics  Hands on electro-magic with IVC physics students.
  • Optics Institute of Southern California Make your own spinning color wheel and experience the Telescope Challenge.
  • Mad Science Make your own slime!
  • Beckman High School Robotics Team Play with Arnold 4 and see robots in action.
  • Code Orange Robotics Team See how students all over the OC build robots.
  • Orange County Great Park Learn about the OC’s newest treasure unfolding.
  • UCI Human Brain See a human brain…and feel hands-on brains of other species!
  • Orange County Water District PHun with Water

Stage Shows

  • Mad Chemists See and experience chemistry as never before. You’ll say, “WOW”!

Where: Irvine Valley Collage, 5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618


FREE Shark Lagoon Nights


Shark Lagoon Nights are a FREE event at Aquarium of the Pacific and are held most Friday nights.

The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.

Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks are available for purchase.


Weekend Roundup – October 10 – 12, 2014


Here’s this weekend’s round up of family fun events (along with a few just for adults). Enjoy!

All Month Long:


Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center


 Friday, October 10, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific


Saturday, October 11 2014:

Star Wars Reads Day nationwide at Toys R US and select Barnes & Noble and  public Libraries nationwide (see post for details)

Amazing Raptors at Nix Nature Center

Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill

Art in the Park at Newport Beach Civic Center

Junior Biologist at Aquarium of the Pacific

Second Saturdays at Shipley Nature Center

Chemistryday_SAzooSunday, October 12, 2014:

National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Children’s Garden Workshop at The Great Park

Learn about Columbus Day at Ocean Institute

Superhero Masquerade and FREE day at Orange County Museum of Art

My Edible Garden  at Roger’s Gardens

Prehistoric OC at Clark Regional park



Free Shark Lagoon Nights


The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights every Friday the month of October. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.

Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks are available for purchase.

Bands will be featured the following nights:

10-10-14 Ronny and the Classics

10-17-14 Tydes (surf band)

10-24-14 Connie Rae (R&B band)

Shark Lagoon Nights are weather-dependent and can be canceled due to inclement weather. Only Shark Lagoon is open and available for guests during these free events. Please call for more information.