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Some "Programs" like shark dives, Keeping Long Island Sound Healthy activities, classes for kids and adults, etc. are described on our PUBLIC PROGRAMS page.
Memories are waiting to be made over spring break here at The Maritime Aquarium:
Ready to go one-on-one with a real live dragon? Don’t miss the chance to hold a live bearded dragon in special encounter opportunities with one of the stars of the special exhibit “Dragons! Real or Myth?” The bonus “Meet the Dragon” encounters will be offered three times each day during the three weeks March 28-April 19, which coincide with most local school districts’ spring breaks.
Daily times are from:
11 a.m. to noon
A Maritime Aquarium educator will guide guests in either touching the bearded dragon or – for those braver – holding the dragon on their shoulder.
Bearded dragons are a calm, relaxed lizard, so they’re the perfect candidate to come out of the “Dragons” exhibit to meet guests and be held and touched. (It’s because of those qualities that bearded lizards are popular in the pet-lizard trade. We’ll provide information during “Meet the Dragon” on what it takes to be a good and responsible bearded dragon owner.)
“Meet the Dragon” is free with Aquarium admission.
See a baby black dragon – one of only an estimated 31 in the U.S. – in the only place in the country to exhibit one: in our new exhibit, “Dragons! Real or Myth?”
The exhibit stars the black dragon and other exotic animals that have the word dragon in their names. It’s free with Aquarium admission.
All the details here.
Kids ages 6 to 12 can keep busy over their spring break with this fun exploration of our natural world. For ages 6 to 8, one-day programs are offered, with a different themed topic each day, including “Whale of a Day,” “Turtle Town” and “Shark Safari.” Sign up for one, some or all days. Ages 9 to 12 can participate in a five-day “Junior Marine Biologist” program.
All programs run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-care (8:30-9:30 a.m.) and extra care (4 to 5:30 p.m.) are available.
Advance registration is required. All the details here.
“Faces by Wells” will transform Aquarium guests into dragons (in honor of the exhibit “Dragons! Real or Myth?”) or into superheroes, pretty princesses, ferocious beasts, fantasy creatures or even tropical fish.
Wells Noonan attends the North American Body & Face Painting Conventions and the Connecticut Face Painting Conventions, and is continually training with world champions. She is an active contributing member of the New York Face and Body Painting Guild.
Face-painting is free with Aquarium admission.
Landmark Preschool & The Maritime Aquarium offer a creative story time presented by Acting Out with Ms. Karen and her chest of storytelling props. This delightful story will take children on a journey under the sea where they will meet a very colorful fish on his hunt for true happiness. This sparkling tale uses costumes, puppets and props with the children, and is ideal for ages 2-8.
Free with Aquarium admission. In Newman's Own Hall. Children must be accompanied by a parent or care-giver.
After a sumptuous buffet in our Cascade Café, your family will make the rounds – and sometimes get to help – as Aquarium staff feeds an amazing assortment of hungry animals. Advance registration required. All the details here.
In this hands-on program that includes live animals, budding herpetologists will compare turtles of land and sea to discover how they’re adapted to their different lifestyles. Advance registration required. All the details here.
Dive into the world of sharks to discover adaptations that make sharks different from other fish and that have allowed these apex ocean predators to survive for millions of years. Advance registration required. All the details here.
May 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
50 kid-friendly exhibitors offer information on social, recreational, cultural and educational activities. Enjoy a day chock full of ideas for your family to get the very most out of summer. All this is included with the Aquarium’s sharks, seals, touch experiences and amazing animals. On this special day the Aquarium offers fun learning opportunities, outdoor entertainment and discount coupons to the Aquarium gift shop.
FREE Aquarium + Event admission for one child with each paying adult. Plus you can enjoy strolling entertainers, hands-on activities for children, signature goody bags for families, giveaways, discounts and a chance to win a grand prize all-inclusive family vacation to Woodloch resort.
We will run our regular schedule of IMAX® nature documentaries on the largest screen in Connecticut. Free child offer does not apply to your movie purchase.
Be sure to print your web tickets and bring them with you. Get in the shorter, advance tickets line when you arrive.
Aquarium Members Important Notice:
Aquarium Members receive a $2 discount (adult and child) on event/Aquarium admission this day. Senior member price is same as adult price. Sorry, but Aquarium members do not receive free admission for this special event. Member guest discounts do not apply.
Special "classroom programs" are offered to attendees on a first-come, first-served, "space available" basis due to limited seating. We cannot guarantee that everyone attending will be accommodated. These special features are not included in any purchase price and limited capacity will be adhered to. Offerings, shows and times subject to change without notice.
ALLERGY WARNING: Some vendors may offer products that contain common food allergens such as wheat, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, etc, or are manufactured in facilities with these products. If you have food allergies, we suggest that you consult with your healthcare provider before attending Kidologie.
Maritime Aquarium members and members of our Friends Society had an exclusive first crack at purchasing tickets to be part of a special event on Sun., June 14: a visit by Richard Dreyfuss for a special 40th-anniversary presentation of “Jaws” on our six-story movie screen. Public Sales opened March 2nd.The Academy Award-winning actor will share his experiences in playing marine biologist Matt Hooper in "Jaws," and take your questions prior to an evening screening of the film.
Only 310 tickets are available. Previous such events featuring Gene Wilder (for “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”) and for Bill Nye the Science Guy sold out almost entirely through exclusive members-only sales, so ... consider becoming an Aquarium member or renewing your membership now for an opportunity to get tickets for the “Jaws”/ Dreyfuss event.
Here are the ticket options:
• a private VIP party at 5:30 p.m. with Richard Dreyfuss for up to 50 people, plus reserved seating for the 7 p.m. in-theater talk with Dreyfuss and the movie screening. $200 for members, $225 for non-members.
• a 1 p.m. screening of "Jaws" on our six-story screen (no Richard Dreyfuss). $11.50 for adults, $10.50 youths & seniors, $9.50 children.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE!
Based on the book by Peter Benchley and directed by Stephen Spielberg, “Jaws,” of course, was the first modern blockbuster, quickly becoming the highest-grossing movie ever (at the time). One writer said “Jaws” wasn’t just a movie, “it was an event, and its success changed forever the way Hollywood marketed films.”