- Exhibits & Animals
- IMAX Movies
- Visit the Aquarium
- Fun & Learning
- Long Island Sound
We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."
– Rockland County, NY, camp director
Kids can spend their spring school vacation exploring our watery world in this special series of 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 8), 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 I” program.
Campers enter the inner workings of The Maritime Aquarium. Their goal for the week: set up, stock, and maintain an aquarium with live animals. Campers learn about water chemistry and use scientific probes to monitor water quality. They grow brine shrimp to feed their animals, dissect squid and fish, and use microscopes to view the unseen world of Long Island Sound. Open house for parents Friday afternoon. After taking this program, participants are eligible for JMB 2 & 3 during the summer.
From otters to seals to whales, mammals are among the best-loved ocean denizens. In this exciting new program, campers learn what makes these animals so special and how they are adapted to survive in their watery world. The week's highlights include getting up close and personal with our seals – and a seal trainer – at a private feeding before the Aquarium opens to the public. They'll also see humpback whales life-size on our giant IMAX screen and play games that model how sea lion moms and pups recognize each other's calls. Most exciting of all, campers will make enrichment toys for our otters.
During this reptile day, we will compare turtles of land and sea to discover how they are adapted to their terrestrial and aquatic lifestyles. We’ll visit our turtle exhibits, examine the look and feel of turtle artifacts, play a nesting game, and get to meet and touch one of our turtle ambassadors. We’ll also take a visit to our “Dragons” exhibit to meet cousins of our turtle friends.
Calling all artists! During this crafty day, we’ll bring nature and science to life through art. We’ll visit Aquarium exhibits and seek touch experiences to get
inspiration for our art projects. Back in our art studio, we’ll create a fossil, draw cartoon marine animals, paint a watercolor river-scape, and much more. Please remember to bring a smock for this day.
Get a real feel for sharks – literally – when we stop by the Aquarium’s Shark & Ray Touch Pool as we spend the day exploring how sharks are similar to –
but also different from – other fish. We’ll discover sharks’ special adaptations, meet live animal ambassadors in the classroom, go behind-the-scenes to see
how the Aquarium cares for its resident sharks, and more. Watch a scuba presentation and meet and greet with our dive team.
Young scientists dive into marine biology in this exciting program. Children will have hands-on experiences with animals, including turtles and sea stars. They’ll meet one of our seal trainers and attend a private feeding. They’ll play a variety of aquarium-themed games and
participate in hands-on-activities, including making an enrichment toy to present to an Aquarium animal.
Programs meet from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.
Bring a bag lunch, a snack (packed separately) and an appetite for adventure.
• Programs: $100 per day ($90/members) or $500 for the full week ($450/members)
• Pre-Care: 8:30-9:30 a.m. is $20 a day ($15/members) or $85 a week ($65/members)
• Extended Care: 4-5:30 p.m. is $40 a day ($35/members) or $170 a week ($150/members)
Full refunds (minus $25 processing fee) for cancellations received by March 25, 2016. No refunds after March 25, 2016. Once 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, or visit MaritimeAquarium.org.
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. See below.
For more information, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Please make check payable to: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Mail registration form & check to: Reservations Department, The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854.
Note: In case of weather issues, 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 Adventure will be canceled.