Spring Break Happenings


Some "Programs" like shark dives, Keeping Long Island Sound Healthy activities, classes for kids and adults, etc. are described on our PUBLIC PROGRAMS page.


"Meet the Dragon," Face-Painting & More Over Spring Break

Memories are waiting to be made over spring break here at The Maritime Aquarium:

• “Meet the Dragon” – Now - April 19

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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

12:30-1:30 p.m.

2-3 p.m.

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.

• “Dragons! Real or Myth?” exhibit – daily

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.

• Spring Vacation Adventures (ages 6-8 & 9-12) – April 13-17

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.

• Epic Face-Painting – Tues., April 14 and Wed., April 15 (both 11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
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“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.

• Dramatic Story-Telling:  "A Fish of Many Colors" – Thurs., April 16 (10:45-11:30 a.m.)

Landmark Preschool & The Maritime Aquarium offer a creative story time Home-Scroll Landmark-Storytellingpresented 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.

• Feeding Time! (program for families) – Sat., April 18 (8-10 a.m.)

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.

• Turtle Town (ages 5-7) – Sun., April 19 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

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.

• Shark Safari! (ages 8-10) – Sun., April 19 (1-2:15 p.m.)

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.



Kidologie comes to Maritime Aquarium on Sun., May 3


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Kidologie Dives Into a Summer of Fun and Learning:
May 3, 2015, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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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.

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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.


The Maritime Aquarium Presents ...

Richard Dreyfuss /giant-screen "Jaws" on June 14

dreyfuss 4 webMaritime 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.

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•  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.


•  the 7 p.m. in-theater talk and movie screening. $60 for members, $65 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.


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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.”




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and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,

it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science,

and environmental education.


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