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- 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 got a chance to investigate, interact 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 fun activities at The Maritime Aquarium. The programs are filled with age-appropriate activities, experiments and animal encounters. For ages 6-8, there’s a different theme each day so kids can attend one, some or all five days!
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.
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.
During this larger-than-life day we’ll explore the wonderful world of whales. We’ll see our new IMAX® movie “Humpback Whales,” learn about the different types of whales, and assemble a life-size whale puzzle. Through hands-on activities we’ll discover how whales are adapted to stay warm in cold water and play a food web game.
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 new “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 water color, 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.
Why do we call Earth the blue planet? During this Earth Day celebration, we’ll explore the wonders of water and how it sustains all life. We’ll meet live animal ambassadors and take a nature walk along the Norwalk River (weather dependent) to identify birds and other animals that call the river home. Inside the Aquarium, we’ll visit our Marine Debris or Water Quality station to learn how we can be Sound Stewards to help protect Long Island Sound.
Once enrolled, there will be a $25 fee to switch days. Space is limited and programs fill quickly! Advance registration required. Call (203) 852-0700, x 2206, or visit MaritimeAquarium.org. Full refund less $25 for cancellation on or before March 20, 2015. No refunds for cancellation after March 20, 2015.
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. You can find those forms on our website under the “Fun & Learning” section, then Camps.
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.