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Merry Fish-mas! Holiday Events At Aquarium Of The Pacific

Patch logo Patch 11/29/2019 Emily Holland
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LONG BEACH, CA — The Aquarium of the Pacific is gearing up for the holidays with plenty of fun events! Watch Santa Diver give holiday treats to the animals, spend New Year's Eve dancing in the aquarium, send the kids to day camp and say hello to Aquarium characters in holiday outfits.

Here are the holiday events at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Saturday, December 7, through Monday, December 23, 2019

Aquarium Holidays

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Parades at 10 a.m., holiday shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits. On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area and photo opportunities with Santa. Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel will be presented on select dates.

Cost: General Admission —$34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), $24.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members, prices subject to change. Tickets can be purchased online for a $5-off discount.

Info: 562-590-3100 or on the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2019

Holiday Treats for the Animals

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of the holiday season, Santa Diver will be delivering an ocean of gifts to the Aquarium of the Pacific for its animals, including penguins, sea otters, seals, sea lions, lorikeets, and fish. The Holiday Treats for the Animals festival kicks off Aquarium Holidays, which runs December 7 through 23, featuring festive décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Parades at 10 a.m., holiday shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits.

A toy drive runs daily December 7 through 23, and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. On weekends December 7 through 23, including Holiday Treats for the Animals festival, the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel will be presented on select dates.

Cost: General Admission — $34.95 adult (12+), $31.95 senior (62+), $24.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members, prices subject to change. Tickets can be purchased online for a $5-off discount.

More information : 562-590-3100 or on the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Night Dive presents New Year’s Eve

8:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Ring in 2020 at the New Year’s Eve Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific. It will be a night to remember, with live bands playing in the Great Hall and DJs spinning in the galleries—all curated by the team that brings you Night Dive. This event will include dancing, a cash bar, small-bite appetizers for sale throughout the Aquarium, and a midnight countdown.

Cost: $34.95 per person, $29.95 per Aquarium member

Age: Open to ages 18+ only

Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or on the Aquarium of the Pacific website.

Winter Camp Programs

This winter parents can enroll their children in winter day camps specially tailored to different age ranges from five to fifteen. During the Aquarium’s Sea Squirt Winter Camp, Winter Day Camp, and Winter Teen Overnight, children and teens can explore different animals and regions of the Pacific Ocean.

For kids ages five and six, the Sea Squirt Winter Day Camp provides an introductory course to the life that exists in the Pacific Ocean. Topics cover the lives and the habitats of wiggly fish and furry mammals. Aquarium staff members will guide campers as they participate in crafts, games, and tours. Sea Squirt Winter Day Camp allows young children to explore, interact, and develop questions independently. Children will be able to touch the animals in the private classroom touch pool.

The Aquarium’s Winter Day Camp is for children ages seven to twelve. This day camp will take children on an adventure into the depths of the Pacific Ocean through interactive learning at the Aquarium. Students will be able to explore marine life through hands-on activities, including games and crafts. They also visit behind-the-scenes areas, meet animal care staff members, and help feed the animals that call the Aquarium home. Topics for Winter Day Camp include cold-water habitats, penguins, and polar bears.

Teens can dive deep and enjoy a night sleeping with the fishes in this teens-only event for ages thirteen to fifteen. Participants can start the night with a pizza party before becoming an ocean explorer to discover the mysteries of the deep sea. This overnight camp program includes Aquarium exploration, hands-on activities, pizza party, light snack, cereal breakfast, and a souvenir T-shirt.

Sea Squirt Day Camp: December 26-27, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Winter Day Camp: January 2-3, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Winter Teen Overnight: December 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m. – December 31, 2019 7:30 a.m.

More information on the Aquarium of the Pacific website. The Aquarium of the Pacific is at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

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