Kids ages 6 to 8 can learn from a marine biologist and scuba diver, thrill to encounters with live animals, and lots more in a series of fun programs during the upcoming school-vacation week April 15-19 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
The Maritime Aquarium’s Spring Vacation Camp invites students to explore a different topic involving our natural world each day. But act fast: programs are filling and a sign-up deadline of Mon., April 8 is approaching quickly.
Sign up for one, some or all five days. All programs meet from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each will be full of age-appropriate animal encounters, hands-on activities and experiments that make learning fun. Many include an IMAX movie.
The daily schedule and topics are:
Mon., April 15 – “Secret Worlds”
Meet some of the animals in the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, “Just Add Water,” see the IMAX movie “Backyard Wilderness” and more.
Tues., April 16 – “Ocean Explorers”
Go on an Aquarium scavenger hunt, make a compostable citizen-scientist craft, see the IMAX movie “Oceans: Our Blue Planet” and more.
Wed., April 17 – “Junior Aquarist ”
Participants learn from one of the Aquarium’s marine biologists, make an “enrichment” for one of the Aquarium’s animals, and even help to feed the rays, crabs and terrapins.
Thurs., April 18 – “Shark Safari”
Activities include a thrilling behind-the-scenes view as the Aquarium’s large sharks are fed, meeting the divers who dive among the sharks, and making a shark-tooth necklace.
Fri., April 19 – “Party for the Planet”
Activities and crafts focus on environmental issues and the simple ways we each can do our part to improve the health of our planet.
Cost is $100 per day ($90 per day for Maritime Aquarium members).
To accommodate parents’ busy schedules, the Aquarium offers pre-care from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ($20 per day/$15 for members) and post-care from 4 to 5:30 p.m. ($35 per day/$30 for members).
Children should bring a snack, a bag lunch and an appetite for adventure.
As a Connecticut state-certified camp, the Aquarium requires health-exam forms for every child enrolled.
Space is limited and advance registration is required. Refunds will not be given for cancellations after April 5.
For reservations or more details about the spring-vacation programs, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go online to www.maritimeaquarium.org/camps.
Of course, you can give your child a memorable day during his or her spring break just by visiting The Maritime Aquarium! All exhibits in the popular Connecticut family attraction will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a choice of three excellent IMAX movies to pick from: the new “Superpower Dogs,” as well as “Backyard Wilderness” and “Oceans: Our Blue Planet.” (One IMAX movie is included with admission.) Get details about a visit at www.maritimeaquarium.org.