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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Fun at Aquarium of the Pacific

It's no secret that The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of my family's favorite places to visit. I love that we have such an exciting, awe-inspiring, and educational destination just a short drive away. They're offering plenty of ways to beat summer boredom with a variety of events for families and kids of all ages. On this month's schedule you can find family sleepovers, day camps, discounted nights, boat cruises, and even a family 5K run/walk as part of the fun.
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Highlighted July Events:

Saturday, July 14, 2012
Urban Ocean: World Port & Sealife Cruise
4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
You can join the Aquarium on a double-deck yacht to explore one of the most distinctive sections of coastline and experience the wonders of the Southern California urban ocean. In this place of high intensity, massive ships from around the world make their way to the nation’s two biggest ports. Here windsurfers and sailboats glide by sea lions and offshore oil islands. This area is one of the regions of the Pacific Ocean most intensively used by marine life, from dolphins to one of the largest and most diverse assemblages of whales to rich, productive kelp forests and the marine animals that inhabit them. See how our local urban ocean is a busy and bustling place for both people and wildlife during this 2.5-hour cruise while also exploring over 11,000 animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Cost: Adult: $39.94; Child $15, this combo price includes Aquarium admission (member discounts available)
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info/Tickets: 562-590-3100 or go here.


Sunday, July 22, 2012
Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting its first-ever 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 22, 2012 starting at 7:30 a.m. The scenic course will take participants around the Aquarium and surrounding shoreline area. Admission to the Aquarium is included in the registration fee. Registrants will receive bib, timing tag, goody bag, free ticket to Aquarium, and T-shirt (for those that pre-register only). Finishers will receive medal. Top overall male and female finishers receive $500 prizes. For age divisions and additional information, visit the website.
Cost: $39 for youths age 17 and under, $44 AFTER June 4; $47 for adults, $52 AFTER June 4. $27 for Aquarium member youths, $32 AFTER June 4; $35 for Aquarium member adults, $40 AFTER June 4.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
RSVP: 626-755-8489

Friday, July 27, 2012
Summer Family Sleepover
5:00 p.m.–7:00 a.m.
Grab your sleeping bag and prepare for an adventure this summer at the Aquarium with your family! Explore our exhibits with your family as you complete a scavenger hunt. Touch marine animals like sharks, sea stars, and sea jellies. Participate in a fish feeding, and paint your very own souvenir T-shirt in the art of Gyotaku. Included in your sleepover will be a pizza dinner, light snack, and cereal breakfast. Space is limited so sign up today. Check-in is at 5:00 p.m. and the sleepover ends at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.
Ages: +5 years (children must be accompanied by adults)
Cost: $60 per guest (Aquarium member discounts available)
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or go here.
RSVP: Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all classes unless noted. (562) 951-1630

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Day Camps:

Ocean Adventure Day Camp
July 9-13 or August 20-24, 2012
Full Day: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. Monday-Friday
Half Day: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Explore the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants during our week-long summer day camp adventures.
Campers will get the chance to go behind the scenes, meet animal care staff, and help us take care of some of the animals. Each Ocean Adventure Camp week is a different program.
Ages: Grades 2-4. MUST be at least 7 years old due to behind the scenes access.
Cost: Half-day $160 / Full-day $290 (Aquarium member discounts available)
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or go here.
RSVP: Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all classes unless noted. (562) 951-1630

Sea Squirt Camp
July 10- 12 or August 14-16, 2012
8:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday
This three-day morning camp offers an exciting introduction to marine biology for five- and six-year-olds. Campers will discover an underwater wonderland filled with wiggly fish, furry animals, and boneless beauties.
This camp encourages social interaction and exploration independently from parents. Through hands-on activities, stories, crafts, and tours, your child will prove that little learners can learn big things!
Ages: 5-6 years old
Cost: $115 per child
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or go here.
RSVP: Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all classes unless noted. (562) 951-1630

Fish Fry Camp
July 17-19 or August 27-29, 2012
8:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday
Did you know that newly hatched fish are called fry? Bring your three- or four-year-old little fry to the Aquarium for a special parent-child day camp!
During this three-day morning camp you and your child will wet your appetites for marine life with hands-on exploration, crafts, games, and Aquarium tours. Dive into a watery world that you and your child will not forget!
Ages: 3-4 years old with a parent
Cost: $110 per adult/child pair ($30 each additional person)
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or go here.
RSVP: Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all classes unless noted. (562) 951-1630

Jr. Biologist Day Camp
July 23-27, 2012
Full Day: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 pm. Monday-Friday
Half Day: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Based on our popular Junior Biologist classes, this camp will feature elements of our traditional Day Camp program, including crafts, games, special behind-the-scenes privileges, animal interactions, and more.
Ages: 5th-7th grade
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or go here.
RSVP: Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all classes unless noted. (562) 951-1630

Aquarium of the Pacific Discounted Late Nights
July 3-6, 8-9, 12-13, 15, 18-19, 22, 23-24, 26-27, & 29-31, 2012
5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
The public is invited to enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours while taking advantage of special savings. During the summer, the Aquarium offers its Late Nights where admission will be just $14.95 for adults and children after 5:00 p.m., and the Aquarium will remain open until 9:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to journey through the Pacific Ocean to meet over 11,000 animals, including South American penguins in the new June Keyes Penguin Habitat and more than 150 sharks they can touch at Shark Lagoon. In addition, the Aquarium's short films will be shown in the Honda Theater throughout the evening. Please note: the Lorikeet Forest aviary closes at 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $14.95. Free for kids ages 3 and under and Aquarium members.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Info: 562-590-3100 or click here for a full list of Discounted Late Nights.

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