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10th Annual

International Children’s Day Festival

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s tenth annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids.

Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Enjoy performances by a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in an international percussion circle, face painting, and Native American and Pacific Islander traditional children’s crafts and games.

The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make our planet a better place. During the weekend a musical theater show for all ages called Honu by the Sea will be presented in the Ocean Theater. This Hawai’i-originated musical is about a young Hawaiian surfer who finds a magical sea star that makes his wish to spend a day underwater come true. He meets ocean friends while discovering the need to protect the ocean. Original songs, dances, and colorful costumes inspire viewers to become guardians of the ocean.

Festival Programming

Saturday, March 14, 2015

  • 10:00 a.m. International Peace Choir
  • 10:40 a.m. Singing and Dance - Nixon Academy Musical Troupe
  • 11:00 a.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
  • 11:45 a.m. Pacific Islander Performance - Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 12:20 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 12:30 p.m. Persian Spring Show – A Children’s Show Featuring the Music, Art, and Peace Learning of Persian Culture
  • 12:55 p.m. Chinese Folk Dance – Irvine Chinese School
  • 1:30 p.m. Zoology for Kids – Animal Meet &Greet; and Book Reading
  • 1:40 p.m. 2015 Young Hero Award honoring Caroline Edmonds
  • 2:30 p.m. Korean Traditional Dance – Kim Eung Hwa Korean Dance Academy
  • 3:00 p.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
  • 3:10 p.m. International Drum & Percussion Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 4:00 p.m. Mexican Folkloric Dance – Estrellas de Santa Rosa de Lima

Sunday, March 15, 2015

  • 10:00 a.m. International Peace Choir
  • 10:40 a.m. Martial Arts Demonstration – American Tiger Martial Arts and Fitness
  • 11:00 a.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
  • 11:45 a.m. Pacific Islander Performance – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 12:20 p.m. Mexican Folkloric Dance – Estrellas de Santa Rosa de Lima
  • 12:55 p.m. West African Dance – Dembrebrah
  • 1:30 p.m. Zoology for Kids – Animal Meet &Greet; and Book Reading
  • 1:40 p.m. Cambodian Traditional Dance – Spirit of Khmer Angkor
  • 2:30 p.m. Japanese Traditional Dance – Fujima Seiyumi Kai
  • 3:00 p.m. Honu by the Sea – Children’s Musical Play
  • 3:10 p.m. International Drum & Percussion Circle – Ambianz Muzic Experienz
  • 4:00 p.m. Chinese (Guitar) Zither Performance with Christine Hu

*All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

FREE Children’s Activities and Displays - Great Hall

  • Face Painting
  • Chumash Native American Cultural Crafts- Oscar Ortiz
  • Origami
    • Origami Kai with Joy Nishijima (Saturday)
    • Origami Fun with Lisa Tanahashi (Sunday)
  • Hawaiian Games, Tattoos, & Lei Making – Pacific Islander Health Partnership.
    • Nā Paani Hawaii – Hawaiian games:
    • Hū – Kukui Nut Tops
    • Pala`ie – Ball & Loop game
    • Kimo – Hawaiian Jacks
    • Kōnane – Hawaiian Checkers
    • Kākau – Hawaiian Tattoo Stamps
    • Nā Lei o Hawai`i – make a lei, floral garland, from plants in your backyard

Café Scuba International Children’s Day Menu: A themed menu will be served

Solar City – Plaza in Front of the Aquarium 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday Only

2015 Young Hero Award – Saturday 1:40 p.m. / Honda Blue Cavern

Honoring Caroline Edmonds

International Children’s Day Festival
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Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon Print this flyer with a coupon for FREE child's admission with paid adult.
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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