At Ocean Wise, our mission is to inspire the global community to become Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation for our oceans. Our Children & Youth Programs are immersive ocean education experiences that foster love for our oceans through fun and interactive activities, engaging over 9,000 children, youth and families in marine science annually.
Through our programs, we inspire the next generation of leaders to develop concern for the environment by experiencing awe and wonder as a child.
AquaCamps: offer your children a fun, educational experience never to be forgotten. Our camps are filled with hands-on activities, animal observations, crafts and time to run around outside to fully engage your children in an environment that encourages active learning. Children will learn about local and exotic animals, life cycles, food webs, adaptations, ecosystems and sustainability. Register online!
Junior Biologist Club: explore the animals, science, and research that happen behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium and in ocean science research. Get ready to dive into a series of adventures to gain a better understanding of our aquatic planet, the technological innovation in Aquarium research and what we need to do to better protect our oceans. Register today!
AquaTots: Hands-on, unique, sensory engaging activities will immerse you and your young child in ocean sciences through discovery, arts and crafts, songs, games and gallery exploration. Discover the amazing wonders of the ocean in a safe, nurturing environment with our Ocean Wise educators, making new friends – children and animals alike!
For more information, please email [email protected] or call 604-659-3493.
Have a Splash of a Birthday: You’ll touch marine invertebrates like squishy sea cucumbers, sticky anemones and prickly sea urchins in our Wet Lab before heading behind the scenes for a visit through our Jellyfish hallway. As an added bonus, the birthday child will be named an Honorary Aquarist and will get to feed our fish in the two-story Strait of Georgia Pacific Canada Pavilion, one of the Aquarium's largest exhibits.
For more information, please email [email protected] or call - 604-659-3504.
Spend an Incredible Evening at the Aquarium: Choose one of five programs for your group to explore through hands-on, inquiry based activities, experiments and exploration. Get behind the scenes to better understand Aquarium operations, and dive into topics like climate change, resource extraction, pollution and habitat destruction while fully engaging your senses, mind and wonder.
For more information, please email [email protected] or call 604-659-3504.
Kids 12-and-Under visit the Vancouver Aquarium for free this family day weekend
An offer that will have you happy as a clam this Family Day Weekend!
Family Day Weekend is a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones. What better way than with an exploration of marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium? This Family Day Weekend, the Vancouver Aquarium is offering FREE admission to kids 12-and-under from Saturday, February 15th to Monday, February 17th
"This year we are extending our free kids 12-and-under offer over the entire Family Day long weekend" says Karen Howe, Director of Visitor Experience at the Vancouver Aquarium. "We invite families from near and far to join us over the Family Day Weekend to meet our 60,000 incredible aquatic creatures, amazing staff and volunteers and learn why it's important to protect our oceans."
You can dive into the following Family Day Programs:
- § Take an imaginary underwater journey during Story Time at 10:45 a.m. in the Pacific Canada Pavilion. Wetsuit not required.
- § Get to know the Aquarium’s most armoured animals with Turtle Talks at 11:30 a.m. in the Tropic Zone.
- § Flock together for the Meet a Penguin program at 2:15 p.m. in the Teck Engagement Gallery and get to know these fascinating birds.
- § Catch a screening of the exhilarating Reef Reborn: A 4D Experience in the 4-D theatre every 30 minutes starting at 11:45 a.m.
For more details on daily schedules, click here.
Family Day Weekend at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative
From Saturday, February 15 to Monday, February 17, 2020, children 12-and-under receive FREE* entry to the Vancouver Aquarium.*Free ticket offer must be redeemed at the Admissions Window. Promo tickets are not available online or at the kiosks. Cannot combine with any other offer. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 4 children per adult.
Date: February 15 – 17, 2020 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (845 Avison Way)
Cost: Adult: $40 | Senior / Student: $32 | Child (0 -12): FREE
For more information: https://vanaqua.org/familyday