Home School Days And Spring Break Activities At The Aquarium

March 09, 2009

Families learn and connect with nature while spending time together

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will offer Home School Days March 18-19 and activities for all ages during spring break. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy themselves at the beach while learning about marine science and spending time together,” said Aquarium Public Relations Manager, Cindy Hanson. “Our educators are deeply dedicated to inspiring kids connect with nature.”

March 18 - 19 Home School Days 10:00am - 5:00 pm

All ages. Presentations, experiments, and interactions with live animals are just a few of the things offered, including hands-on activities and displays for kids of all ages. Students will learn all about the ocean world through several guided explorations in the classroom and throughout the Aquarium.

March 18 Home School Family Sleepover 6 pm to 9 am

All ages. Enjoy a family slumber party! Fall asleep to the soothing sights and sounds of fish and sharks swimming overhead. Aquarium educators share information and stories about these wondrous cartilaginous creatures. $50 members, $55 nonmembers.

March 18 Home School Days Sea Lion Encounter 10 – 11 am

Ages 8 and up. A special behind-the-scenes program includes a visit with husbandry staff. Learn what it takes to care for sea lions and get a sea lion kiss! Register in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 2313. $35 members, $40 nonmembers.

March 19 Home School Days Octopus Encounter 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ages 8 and up. Go behind-the-scenes to shake an octopus's “hands.” Learn about the exciting life of one of the most intelligent invertebrates on this planet. $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

March 20 Sea Squirts "Furry Friends" 10:30 am – 12 pm

2- & 3-year-olds with parents. What does a marine mammal feel like? Explore some of the furriest ocean creatures out there! $15 members, $20 nonmembers per adult/child pair.

March 21 Flock of Fledglings "A Surge of Sounds" 9:30 am – 12 pm

4- to 5-year-olds, no parents. Most sea animals have an amazing ability to hear sounds through the ocean. Learn how they are able to do this through exploration of sound. $25 members, $30 nonmembers per child.

March 25 and 26 - What’s in the Mud? 10:30am – 12pm

2- to 5-year-olds with parents. An opportunity for parents and children to play in the mud! Investigate the mudflats and the animals that live there. Bring rubber boots and a change of clothing. $15 members, $20 nonmembers per adult/child pair.

March 27 Family Sleepover 6 pm – 9 am

Ages 7 and up. Enjoy a family slumber party! Fall asleep to the soothing sights and sounds of fish and sharks swimming overhead. Aquarium educators share information and stories about these wondrous cartilaginous creatures. Dinner and breakfast are included. Register at least one week in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 5301. $50 members, $55 non-members.

March 27 Sea Otter Encounter 12:30-1:30 pm

Ages 8 and up. Learn about the sea otter’s many adaptations. Go behind the scenes and meet a mammalogist to learn about animal care and feeding and watch sea otters up close. Make reservations in advance by calling 541- 867-3474 Ext. 2313. $30 members, $35 non-members (limit 10 people per encounter).

March 28 Sea Lion Encounter 10 am - 11:00 am

Ages 8 and up. Learn about the Aquarium’s pinnipeds, get a sea lion kiss and explore behind the scenes at the aquarium. Make reservations in advance by calling 541-867-3474 Ext. 2313. $35 members, $40 non-members (limit 10 people per encounter).

March 28 Girl Scout Sleepover 6 pm – 9 am

Ages 7 and up. Scouts are invited to spend the night in the shark tunnel of Passages of the Deep. Enjoy pizza, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in some fun hands-on activities designed to meet badge requirements. Hear bed-time stories, wake up to cereal and juice, and go behind the scenes to see how Aquarium’s animals are cared for. Register at least two weeks in advance by calling 541-867 - 3474 Ext. 5301. $50 members, $55 non-members.

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