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Winter Vacation Adventures Camp
Kids can spend their winter school vacation exploring our watery world in this special series of fun activities at The Maritime Aquarium. The programs are filled with age-appropriate activities, experiments and animal encounters. There’s a different theme each day for younger kids (ages 6 to 9), who can attend one, some or all five days ... you decide! Older kids (ages 9-12) take part in our popular week-long “Junior Marine Biologist 1” program. Each day runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm. Precare from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Extended care is until 5:30 p.m. A relaxed, informal care service includes enrichment science activities, games, crafts, educational movies and visits to Aquarium exhibits.
Week-long Program for ages 9-12
$435 (Members: $348)
Feb. 17-21 – Junior Marine Biologist 1
We invite you into the inner workings of our Aquarium. Your eventual goal: set up, stock, feed and maintain an aquarium display of Long Island Sound marine life in a healthy, sustainable habitat. Use water-chemistry meters to monitor water quality of your aquarium and grow brine shrimp to feed your aquarium animals. Participate in squid and fish dissections. Learn how to use a variety of microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound. There will be an open house for parents on Friday to see completed projects.
One-Day Programs for ages 6-9
$98/day (Members: $78) or $435/week (Members: $348)
Mon., Feb. 17 – Motion Madness
Discover how marine animals are adapted to moving easily through the water. Go on an aquarium tour to find friends with flippers, fins, legs and tails. Try our animal workout to see if you can move like a seal, crab or penguin.
Tues., Feb. 18 – Mammal Mania
In this popular session, kids spend time learning about magnificent marine mammals! They’ll study the behaviors of our harbor seals and river otters, assemble a life-size animal puzzle, handle a real whale skeleton and get special access to our huge collection of marine-mammal artifacts. Learn about the special adaptations of marine mammals by conducting feeding and blubber simulations, plus attend a special seal feeding.
Wed., Feb. 19 – Wacky Science Day
Kids will be “ooohing” and “aaahing” at some of the wacky activities we’ll be doing in our laboratory of fun. We’ll make pop rockets, mix ingredients together that have a volcano reaction, magically squeeze an egg through a tiny hole, build miniature lava lamps and more. And, of course, we’ll explore the science behind it all.
Thurs., Feb. 20 – Sound Art
Delight your creative side! Tour the aquarium, touch live intertidal animals, learn different artistic techniques and then apply what you’ve learned to marine-themed art projects. From sculpture to painting to cartooning, you’ll create masterpieces to show off at an art show at the end of the day, which parents are welcome to attend. (Note to parents: kids should bring old clothes or a smock)
Fri., Feb. 21 – Jazzy Jellies
Learn the differences between vertebrates & invertebrates. Go on an aquarium scavenger hunt for local invertebrates. See and touch our live intertidal animals. Visit our new “Touch A Jellyfish” exhibit. Participate in invertebrate relay races. And enjoy a special live invertebrate presentation by our friends from Animal Embassy.
You’ll receive a confirmation packet that includes a parent information field trip form, and required medical forms.
You can also fill out the forms below and either fax or e-mail to:
Maritime Aquarium_Admin of Meds.pdf
Maritime Aquarium_Health Exam.pdf
Maritime Aquarium_Behavior Contract.pdf
Maritime_Vacation Camp Parent Packet 2014.pdf
To participate, your child must be the listed age by the start of the program.
Specific activities and visits to certain Aquarium exhibits depend upon the particular theme of each session. Sign up for a few sessions or attend all.
Cancellation / Refund Policy:
There are no refunds, except when the Aquarium has to cancel due to facility closing or under-enrollment. Once your child has enrolled, there will be a $25 fee to switch days. Space is limited and programs fill quickly! Advance reservations required. Call (203) 852-0700, x 2206.
As a Connecticut state-certified camp, we require health exam forms for every child. Children bringing medications require an authorization of medication form for each medication.
Please use one form per child! Mail registration form to: Reservations Department, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. For more details, call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.
Bring a lunch and a snack (packed separately). Make sure you pick up your child on time. (A late fee of $15 for every 15 minutes after pick-up time will apply.)
Weather issues: In case of snow, call the Aquarium and listen to the greeting. If there is a delay in the Aquarium’s opening, or if the Aquarium is closed, Vacation Camp will be cancelled.
Financial Assistance is available. Click below to download the financial aid form. You can either email to:
, mail to: Reservations: 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT 06854 or fax to: 203-852-8132. Individual Financial Form