The Aquarium was presented with the 2017 Friend of Child Life Award from Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach (MCWHLB) in July. The hospital selected the Aquarium for the award in recognition of the resources the Aquarium shares with pediatric patients and the services provided to educate the community about marine life, sustainability, and conservation of natural resources.
In a long-running partnership with MCWHLB, the Aquarium provides live streaming educational shows for patients at the children’s hospital through a program called Aquarium Live. Patients watching the show can call in to ask questions and play games with the educator hosts. The Aquarium also provides ongoing activities in the hospital’s playrooms and special events and tickets for long-term patients and their families to visit the Aquarium during their stay in Long Beach.
Aquarium Director of Education David Bader accepted the award on the Aquarium’s behalf at MCWHLB’s its fifth annual Leadership Conference.