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Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Ocean habitats and unique adaptations are the focus of these programs, and most include touch time where students will experience a sea star, anemone, and other tidepool animals.

School kids at touch tank

Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

List of programs

Animal Exploration
PreK-12

Get your hands wet in this 30-minute, educator-led animal touch experience. After a brief introduction, students will explore the unique characteristics of our classroom tidepool animals and even have a chance to touch them.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a
    • Language Standards Kindergarten: 1.d
    • Language Standards Grade 1: 1.f
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.b
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a

Sharky’s Adventure
K-2

Sharks are cool! And the more you know about them, the more amazing they are. Did you know that sharks come in all shapes and sizes and some can be as big as a city bus? Join Sharky as he goes on an adventure to learn what sharks eat and how they find their food in this exciting class. As Sharky explores the world of sharks, students will gain a better appreciation for these magnificent predators.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a, b;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a;
    • Language Standards Grade 1: 1.f, 5.b.

Wigglie Squigglies
K-2

They may be spineless, but there is power in numbers! Most animals in the ocean do not have backbones. Join us as we examine amazing invertebrates, like sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and others found in the classroom touch pool. By taking part in exciting activities, students will discover how some of these spineless creatures adapt to their watery world.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Reading Standards: Foundational Skills Kindergarten 1.b, 2.b;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a, b;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grade 1: 4 a;
    • Language Standards Grade 1: 1.f, 5.b.

The Story of Splashy
K-2

Watch out! The ocean is full of hungry creatures, including Snaggletooth, the hungriest of them all. Help our imaginary friend Splashy protect herself from Snaggletooth by changing her shape, size and color and giving her all sorts of special adaptations. Meet real ocean animals that use the same adaptations you give Splashy in this interactive program.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Reading Standards: Foundational Skills Kindergarten 1.b, 2.b;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a, b;
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1: 2 a;
    • Language Standards Kindergarten: 1.d, f, 5.b.

Ocean Rangers: Marine Mammal Mystery
Grades 1-2

Join training officer Sergeant Sargo for the adventure of a lifetime. After learning about marine mammals, students are enlisted by the Sergeant to track a mysterious group of marine mammals along their migration route. Help Sergeant Sargo discover what kinds of mammals make up this strange group of animals and why they are heading down the coast.

  • COMMON CORE:
    • Speaking and Listening Standards Grades K, 1, 2: 1.a;
    • Language Standards Grade 1: 5.b.;
Surprised kids at touch pool

Field Trips to the Aquarium

Reservations & Info • (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

  • Provide opportunities to touch animals including sharks, sea stars, anemones, and more
  • Engage and excite students
  • Inspire awe in the Pacific Ocean and the animals that live there
  • Connect to classroom curriculum
  • Require advanced reservation