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Mar 3
2024
9:00 am

Ocean Investigators

Foster a love for the ocean through engaging hands-on science programs!

Ocean Investigators

Foster a love for the ocean through engaging hands-on science programs!

children with an educator look excitedly into an exhibit
Mar 3
2024

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Do you know a child who loves the ocean? Ocean Investigators is a series of programs at the Aquarium for participants 7-12 years old, that encourages exploration of marine life.

Each 2-hour class includes theme related activities, guided gallery tour, interaction with our animal care staff, and a keepsake journal. See below for each program theme, activities, and dates.

TICKETS

Reservations
Please select the correct date from the calendar to book the correct program.


Members, please call to make your reservations.
DATE
Saturday
March 16, 2024

9:00–11:00 am PT
Sunday
April 7, 2024

9:00–11:00 am PT
Saturday
April 13, 2024

9:00–11:00 am PT
Sunday
May 5, 2024

9:00–11:00 am PT
Saturday
May 18, 2024

9:00–11:00 am PT
COST
$38.00 per person; $32.00 for Aquarium members
Aquarium Admission not included

Program Themes

bonnethead shark swimming to left

Credit: Robin Riggs

Ocean Investigators: Sharks

February 11, April 13

Did you know that sharks come in many shapes and sizes? Come explore the variety of sharks found at the Aquarium and in the ocean. During this 2-hour program your child will:

  • Touch tidepool animals in our private classroom touch pool
  • Take a guided tour of galleries to see sharks
  • Touch sharks in our Shark Lagoon
  • Compare and contrast different types of shark teeth
  • Touch animal biofacts relating to sharks
anemone and sea stars in a shallow tidepool

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific / Anitza Valles

Ocean Investigators: Invertebrates

January 7, March 3, May 5

They may be spineless, but they are mighty in numbers! Discover the startling survival techniques of these incredible creatures. During this 2-hour program your child will:

  • Touch tidepool animals in our private classroom touch pool
  • Take a guided tour of the Northern Pacific and Tropical Galleries to see invertebrates
  • Learn all about several different groups of invertebrates
  • Touch animal biofacts relating to invertebrates
  • Record observations of these unique animals
sea lion chase side profile

Credit: Robin Riggs

Ocean Investigators: Mammals

January 21, March 16, May 18

From layers of blubber to filter feeding baleen we will explore the amazing adaptations marine mammals use to survive in the ocean! During this 2-hour program your child will:

  • Touch tidepool animals in our private classroom touch pool
  • Take a guided tour of the North Pacific Gallery
  • Review the characteristics of mammals
  • Explore marine mammal biofacts
  • Record observations of marine mammals
Yellow Tang

Credit: Robin Riggs

Ocean Investigators: Fish

February 3, April 7

Sink into the watery world of fish with us as we survey the amazing adaptations of these scaly friends. During this 2-hour program, your child will:

  • Touch tidepool animals in our private classroom touch pool
  • Take a guided tour of Tropical Gallery to see variety of fish
  • Learn the key characteristics that make a fish a fish
  • Explore biofacts to learn more about fish
  • Record fish observations made during program
EVENT DETAILS
Saturday
March 16, 2024
9:00–11:00 am PT
Sunday
April 7, 2024
9:00–11:00 am PT
Saturday
April 13, 2024
9:00–11:00 am PT
Sunday
May 5, 2024
9:00–11:00 am PT
Saturday
May 18, 2024
9:00–11:00 am PT

Reservations
Please select the correct date from the calendar to book the correct program.


Members, please call to make your reservations.
$38.00 per person; $32.00 for Aquarium members
Aquarium Admission not included
(562) 590-3100 Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all experiences unless noted. Cancellations made 72 hours before the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 72 hours before a program will still be charged the full program price.
7-12 years old