1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
Date: Sept. 26 through Sept. 27, 2015
Sea Otters are a keystone species that are the top predators in their ecosystems. The Seattle Aquarium’s Sea Otter Awareness Weekend provides educational opportunities to learn more about these fascinating animals – including why they’re so important and how they affect humans. The Seattle Aquarium invites you to join their marine biologists to learn about free-living sea otters as well as the the five northern sea otters who share their lives there. Learn about the otters’ enrichment, including their toys and species-specific environmental additions, their nutritional needs, and their behaviors, including the importance of holding hands and grooming and the training that they receive.
Date: Oct. 23 through Oct. 25, 2015
The Seattle Aquarium is an exciting and unexpected point of departure for your Halloween festivities. Don your costume and bring the entire family to celebrate some ghoulish fun with the aquarium’s residents and staff. Get your face painted like your favorite marine animal, watch master carver Russ Leno skillfully carve pumpkins on land – and watch the Aquarium’s divers carve them underwater, as well. After you’ve participated in the Aquarium’s activities, you can trick or treat on the waterfront at Waterfront Park and at local businesses.
Date: Nov. 7 through Nov. 8, 2015
If you share your home with an aspiring scientist – or you’d just like to know more about marine biology, the Aquarium’s Discover Science Weekend is not-to-miss. Discover Science, which features visiting scientists as well as the Aquarium’s own researchers, reveals the methodology behind marine research with interactive displays and engaging presentations. Learn about marine animals, weather systems, and remotely operated vehicles – and why research is being performed in oceans worldwide. The entire family can learn alongside marine scientists as they explore the wonders of the ocean – and those who live in it.
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Date: Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 28, 2015 through Dec. 21, 2015 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Santa traditionally travels by reindeer-drawn sleigh, but for three weeks before Christmas, he lands just long enough to make an unusual guest appearance at the Seattle Aquarium. During the Aquarium’s annual “Diving Santa” event, Santa dons diving attire and takes a dip in the water with some of the Aquarium’s animals. Bring your family to meet the Diving Santa and get an unforgettable holiday photo. Enjoy seasonal beverages at the Aquarium’s café – and during the weekends from November 28 until December 21, listen to holiday concerts from local artists.
Date: Dec. 26, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016
The Winter Fishtival ends the old year and rings in the new with interactive, educational activities for the entire family. The Fishtival is one of the Aquarium’s biggest annual events – and it’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the center’s animal residents. Join the Aquarium staff to learn about the care, feeding, and behavior of the animals who share their lives there. Through special talks and engaging hands-on activities, guests can learn about these animals, with different species and activities featured each day. Discover what daily life is like for puffins, plankton, marine mammals, rockfish, and tide pool animals.