Spring Break camp starts soon! Enroll today.
When school is out, camp is in. Whether it’s during spring break or summer vacation, our aquarium camp at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium offers the perfect balance of fun and learning for your child in an environment that fosters interaction with 100 species of marine life.
Registration is now open for Spring Break and Summer camp sessions for youth from kindergarten through fifth grade, with sessions available April 10-14, and in June, July, and August 2017. Our space is limited and camp sessions can fill up quickly, so please enroll sooner than later to ensure your child gets a spot that works in your schedule.
Wondering what your child can expect at camp? Here are some of the fun activities young marine biologists can look forward to at our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium camp:
1. Interact with live animals.
Whether you’re having a staring contest with a wolf eel or getting a hug from a sea urchin, you’re sure to fall in love with the animals that call Santa Monica Bay home.
2. Explore the beach like a scientist.
Become a beach detective by looking for clues of life and living animals. The Santa Monica Beach is home to lots of cool critters and we regularly find sea birds, sand crabs, worms, striped shore crabs, and more.
3. Play awesome games.
It wouldn’t be camp without time to just run around and play in the sand, sea, and sunshine.
4. Let your creativity shine with arts & crafts.
Crayons, check. Glue, check. Scissors, check. Streamers, check. Put it all together and you get…an eviscerating sea star! Our ocean crafts are super fun and add the “A” for “Art” into STEAM education.
5. Excite your curiosity with hands-on science.
The minute our campers walk through our doors, they become scientists with us. From looking at plankton under the microscope, to running a test on water density, to dissecting a squid, our camps encourage scientific questioning and experimentation in a safe and educational environment.
6. Have fun with your friends – both new and old.
Whether you come to camp with your buddies, or meet new ones here, camp is always better when you have someone to share the experience.
7. Help protect your favorite animals by becoming an ocean steward.
Just like our Heal the Bay mission, our camp focuses on ways we can protect the ocean and its inhabitants. As we clean trash off of the beach and brainstorm ways to go green, our campers earn the right to call themselves Planet Protectors.
And here’s what some parents are saying about our camps:
“Amazing counselors, well-organized, enthusiastic children and overall excellent!”
“My daughter loved dissecting squid and all the beach activities. This is the second year she has gone to Santa Monica Aquarium Camp and it is her favorite camp of the summer. She loved her counselors and how exciting they all made marine science and ecology to her – she wants to be a marine biologist!”
“First day my son said, ‘I learned a new word, Bioluminescence’ to multiple people!”
So what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!
Registration for Aquarium Camp is now open for both the Spring Break and Summer sessions. Please visit healthebay.org/camps for more information and enroll today.