IMAX and Theaters

IMAX and Theaters

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137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA, United States

Family Field Trips at Plimoth Plantation offer a fascinating and personal look at the lives of the Native Wampanoag People and the Pilgrims, the English who lived in early Plymouth Colony. In addition to a self-guided Museum tour, School groups have a number of options for tailoring their visit. School Groups with a specific interest, such as early gardens, period cookery, colonial religion, Native culture, timber-frame construction, or navigation, may book a speaker through our Professional Speakers Bureau or a Guided Tour.

Our historical theme dining turns what might otherwise be just another restaurant meal into a memorable (and tasty!) addition to your visit. We offer themed meals with Pilgrim and or Native hosts, and lunch or dinner with food historians who will teach you just how Miles Standish ate his dinner without a fork. For more about historical or modern-day dining opportunities, go to our Dining page.

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The staff at the Henry Hornblower II Visitor Center welcome you to Plimoth Plantation. Purchase tickets or membership here, then view the orientation film produced for Plimoth Plantation by the History Channel. This prepares you for the unique experience of visiting our outdoor living history sites, which tell the compelling story of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people.

Plimoth Plantation museum shops

The Visitor Center houses our Museum Shops that offer a range of products from one-of a-kind Native art and jewelry, to children’s toys and books, specialty foods and an array of items made in New England.

Also in the Visitor Center you can visit the Shelby Cullom Davis Gallery and the Family Discovery Center, where fun is driven by imagination as children can try on Colonial clothes, play Native games and raise the flag aboard the shallop. The gallery also featuresGirl Playing in the Family Discovery Center at Plimoth Plantation

Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth and Meaning, a self-guided exhibit which tells the story about the 1621 events that continue to inspire America’s annual Thanksgiving holiday.

Our quick-service restaurant, Patuxet Café,features menu items adapted from both the Colonial English and Native cultures, as well as the more familiar modern snacks and meals to please diners of all ages and palates. Enjoy your meal in our spacious dining room, or when weather permits, take your food outside to the courtyard, or have a picnic on the lawn that overlooks a beautiful view of the Eel River and Cape Cod Bay.

Designed by architect Graham Gund, the Hornblower Visitor Center is also available for functions. It’s the perfect setting for your wedding, party or conference. Classrooms on the second floor accommodate education programs, workshops, business meetings and dining for small groups. In our theaters we show first-run, independent and foreign films daily in late afternoon and evening.

In the winter months, when our outdoor exhibits are closed, the Visitor Center is still a lively place where we host the Plymouth Winter Farmers’ Market and other activities and programs as announced on our calendar.

Discovery Center

Where do young children go to have fun and learn more about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived in Colonial times? The Family Discovery Station – where imagination creates the experience!

Here, children get to try on Colonial clothes, pretend to cook in a hearth, and learn how Pilgrim children ate their meals off of trenchers without using a fork. Discover how the Wampanoag built their homes and grew many types of vegetables before the Pilgrims settled here. Do you think catching fish is easy? Learn how the Wampanoag built a weir (a fence made of brush) to trap fish in a river.

Climb aboard the shallop (a small boat), raise the flag, and chart your course on a traverse board (a wooden board used in navigation), just like the one used by the sailors aboard the Mayflower to keep track of their course and speed at sea.

Everything in the Family Discovery Station is designed for children to touch, try on, play with and experience, including games and a puppet theater. And be sure to check the daily activity board for a story hour. The Family Discovery Station is a great way for young children to journey back in time.

Programs For Families

Plimoth Plantation offers lots of special activities for kids and families – you can experience the past hands-on when you are here!

Girls make Wampanoag pottery

During school vacations, you can always choose from a variety of Wampanoag (Native) and Pilgrim (Colonial) activities. During the summer, we have week-long day programs called Summer Adventures!

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends (like a special birthday party), bring them here overnight. You will enjoy an evening of activities (Wampanoag or Pilgrim) here at the Museum, (including dinner) spend the night in the Hornblower Visitor Center, and visit Plimoth Plantation for two days!

Your family could have an even more special family overnight experience, living as a Colonial family wearing authentic clothing, cooking supper over the hearth, and sleeping in one of our Pilgrim homes!

We have lots of online activities for kids, including a special Interactive Thanksgiving Activity called You Are the Historian: Investigating the First Thanksgiving.

To receive special offers and regular updates on Plimoth Plantation’s educational programs, sign up for our Education Mailing List.

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Family Overnights in the 17th Century

Looking for a very special overnight experience with your family or friends? Sleep in the 17th Century at Plimoth Plantation, or Sleep onMayflower II in Plymouth Harbor!

Sleep Like the Pilgrims

Come to visit our fun and educational living history exhibit sites early in the day, then join us in the afternoon to begin your Pilgrim experience. As English Colonists, you will be provided with authentic reproduction Colonial clothing. After you are dressed, you will begin experiencing the fun and the work of the 17th century!

Play games, write with a quill pen, even learn a song or a dance if you’d like! Activities will be tailored to your particular interests. Gather wood and get ready to set a fire, because…

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

…you will assist in preparing a hearth-cooked meal in our reproduction Colonial homes on our Colonial Education Site. Here, you’ll eat “supper” and spend the night, sleeping in authentic beds by a warm hearth. (The homes in our Education site were originally built by the Museum’s skilled artisans at a location on the coast of Maine, for the PBS-TV reality seriesColonial House. After the series ended, we dismantled the homes and reconstructed them at our Colonial Education site.)

A Museum teacher will teach you all you need to know, and will sleep nearby. Your group will have the privacy of the home to yourselves all night. In the morning, your teacher will bring you a continental breakfast (yes, with coffee — although the Colonists in the 1620s had only water…)

Sleep overnight as a Pilgrim at Plimoth Plantation

Join us for this magical, unforgettable experience.

Cost: $1000 for up to six people.

For more information, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org, or make an online reservation request.

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Sleep on Mayflower II 

Rowing the ship's boat at Mayflower II

Yes, you read it correctly! You and your family or friends can spend the night on our full-scale reproduction of Mayflower, the well-known ship which brought the English Colonists to the shores of New England.  Mayflower II is docked in downtown Plymouth, at the same location the Pilgrims chose to build their first homes in 1620. All of our entertaining and educational living history exhibit sites will be available for you to visit both days of your stay.

After the rest of the visitors have left for the day, the ship is yours. You could row the shallop in the harbor, make a model of the ship to take home, learn to tie the knots the sailors would have used in 1620, or even try the foods the Pilgrims would have eaten on their way here from England! If that doesn’t sound like an ideal meal, don’t worry — we will provide a 21st-century meal, too! Spend your time with Museum teachers and marine artisans, who can teach you all you want to know about the Pilgrims’ 17th-century journey, and the journey of Mayflower II, which sailed here from England in 1957. The conversations and activities will be tailored to the interests and needs of your family and friends.

If you have the inclination, the decks always need to be swabbed. You may just have enough energy to explore the many decks of the ship, and then choose which one will be the place you make your bed for the night. Watching the sun set behind the masts and rigging of the ship is spectacular, but not outdone by the glow of the sun rising over historic Plymouth.

Please join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information about cost and availability, or to reserve a program, call us at (508) 503-2653 or email groupsales@plimoth.org.

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7 Congress Street, Portland, ME, United States

The Portland Museum of Art, founded in 1882, is Maine’s oldest and largest public art institution. The Museum’s architecturally significant buildings unite three centuries that showcase the history of American art and culture. The Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 objects includes decorative and fine arts dating from the 18th century to the present. The heart of the Museum’s collection is the State of Maine Collection, which features works by artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, Rockwell Kent, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, and Andrew Wyeth. The Museum has the largest European art collection in Maine. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented by the Joan Whitney Payson, Albert Otten, and the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, which include works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin. The Elizabeth B. Noyce Collection, a bequest of 66 paintings and sculptures, has transformed the scope and quality of the Museum’s American collection, bringing to the Museum its first paintings by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, and Jamie Wyeth, and adding masterpieces to the collection by Childe Hassam, Fitz Henry Lane, and N. C. Wyeth. In addition to exhibitions, the Museum has constantly changing educational programs, family festivals, lectures, art classes, musical concerts, bookgroups, art camps, gallery talks, and much more.

The Museum’s collection is housed in three architecturally significant buildings

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The PMA provides families with the tools to experience the museum, navigate the gallery spaces, and try out unique approaches to looking at the art in our collections. We invite your family to discover, explore, learn, and be curious!

Winslow Homer Studio Tours

The Winslow Homer Studio, one of the most significant locations in the history of American art, is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. Tours of the Studio depart from and return to the Portland Museum of Art by van and are limited to 10 visitors. Tickets are $55, $30 for PMA members, and $25 for students with valid I.D. For reservations, please call (207) 775-6148.

PMA Store

Open during regular museum hours, the PMA Store showcases products by Maine artists and artisans including handcrafted jewelry, cards, home goods, and gifts as well as Maine’s largest selection of art books, a children’s section, and a variety of items highlighting the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Members receive a 10% discount. No admission is required to visit the PMA Store.

PMA Café by Aurora Provisions

PMA Café is open during regular museum hours. No admission is required to visit the PMA Café. Enjoy a variety of innovative homemade fare featuring local purveyors and artisan producers. From seasonally inspired soups and salads, to gourmet sandwiches and creative entrees, Aurora Provisions will tempt your taste buds. Fresh pastries and locally roasted coffee are the perfect pairing while you take a break from visiting the galleries. Members receive a 10% discount.

PMA Movies

PMA Movies showcases the best in foreign, classical, and art films. Tickets are $8, $6 for PMA members and students with valid I.D.

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100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC, United States

The South Carolina Aquarium, the #1 family attraction in Charleston, is located downtown on the Charleston Harbor, offering interactive excitement and learning for visitors of all ages. Guests can explore exhibits such as the Touch Tank featuring Atlantic stingrays, sea stars and horseshoe crabs, the expansive Saltmarsh Exhibit featuring the Feed the Rays experience, the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare 1-of-only-50 in the world albino American alligator, the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank featuring sharks, a loggerhead sea turtle and moray eels. Also take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the extraordinary care that is provided to rescued sea turtles in the Sea Turtle Hospital. Check out the daily educational programs with animal feedings and dive shows. Start planning a visit to the South Carolina Aquarium today at http://www.scaquarium.org.

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Family Trips

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4-D Theater Experience

Have a seat in this unique theater and you’ll view a 3-D screen and feel special effects such as wind gusts, splashes of water and movement under your feet, all synchronized to family-friendly films. Learn more.

Sea Turtle Hospital Tours

Treat yourself to a truly unique tour of South Carolina’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Take an up-close look at our current patients and discover the special care sick and injured sea turtles receive. Tours are offered every day at noon and 2 p.m.

Tour prices are in addition to the price of Aquarium admission. This popular tour sells out quickly. We recommend buying tickets in advance of your visit.

FIN-tastic Photo Opportunites

Take home a family photo you’ll treasure forever from SharpShooter Imaging. Taken on the way in, you can take home your keepsake print on your way out. If you realize you need an extra, you can order a print onlinewhen you return home. You’ll be handed a business card after your picture is taken – it will have the PhotoCard Number you need to order your print from home.

Shop the Aquarium Gift Shop

Our gift shop is swimming with goodies for the whole family. Sea Turtle Rescue apparel, super soft stuffed animals, aquatic themed jewelry, and art are just the beginning. Take home a little treasure; give a little support to our animals.

Snack at the Sea Turtle Café

Fuel up at the Sea Turtle Café which serves up snacks and favorites like pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, chips, and cold drinks.

If you’re arriving with a school group, we’ll be happy to help with lunch plans by providing bag lunches. We’ll need at least one week to prepare for your group.
Bag Lunch Menu and Order Form

Roaming Animal Interpretive Programs

Baby alligators, snakes, bird feathers, shark jaws…you never know what you’ll see our staff members showing off as you journey through the Aquarium.

Watch for Dolphins from the Harbor Deck

The Aquarium is located along the Cooper River in downtown Charleston. Our decks provide spectacular views of the Charleston Harbor. Spend 10 minutes enjoying the view, watching boats or ships and you’re more than likely to spot dolphins swimming.

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401 Southwest 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

There is always something new happening at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Spend a day of discovery exploring hundreds of interactive exhibits including the new EcoDiscovery Center. Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric Megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, and enjoy the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat.

See exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community experts. Discover the amazing Everglades in the Florida EcoScapes exhibit. Hang out with bats, turtles and sharks. Meet an alligator and be charmed by a 6-foot-long snake. Take a ride to Mars or soar through the skies in an FA-18 cockpit simulator. And immerse yourself in a five-story-high film adventure at the AutoNation® IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. Whether you’re two or 82 visit the Museum of Discovery and Science and enjoy a full day of fun. 

New Eco Discovery Center!

Bring the entire family for a day of exploration. Take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, enjoy the playful antics of river otters, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant megalodon shark, and see exciting science theater shows.

Spend a day of discovery exploring two floors of fascinating interactive exhibits at the Museum of Discovery and Science!

See sharks and the largest living Atlantic coral reef in captivity, hang out with bats, be charmed by a 12-foot snake, plus pet alligators, turtles and iguanas. Test your pilot skills in nine cockpit simulators and learn about Florida’s amazing Everglades in the Living in the Everglades exhibit. Discover our place in aerospace at Runways to Rockets, our space exhibit, and take a simulated trip to the Moon or Mars. Make it a play date at the Discovery Center, designed especially for children under seven.

No visit is ever complete without experiencing an IMAX film adventure on the five-story-high screen at AutoNation IMAX 3D Theater, home of the BIGGEST screen in South Florida. With an 80 ft. x 60 ft. screen and 15,000 watts of digital surround sound broadcast from 42 speakers, The IMAX Experience is truly an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound.

Don’t forget to check out the Explore Store where you’ll find lots of educational and intriguing games, toys and books and other unique gifts. At every turn, the Museum of Discovery and Science invites you to discover the scientific wonders of this world and beyond!

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Family Trips at Museum of Discovery and Science

The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs, and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors each year.

We invite you to bring your students and groups to the Museum of Discovery and Science, Florida’s premier science center, for an exciting hands-on learning adventure, bringing science alive for your students and groups.

Use the links to the left to discover how much we have to offer. Remember we’ve got fun down to a science!

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CURRENT EXHIBITS AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE

New party themes at the Museum!

You can choose from many exciting themes ranging from live animal demonstrations to science magic! Birthday parties at the Museum are filled with adventure and fun that your special boy or girl will always remember. Our Museum birthday parties are offered for children ages 5-12.

Space Crusaders

Take a galactic journey and explore the wonders of space in an out of this world adventure. Make and launch your own rocket. Learn how chemical changes are used in space flight and discover why Mars is red.

Crazy Chemistry

Stir up some fun on your birthday, mixing magic from everyday household ingredients. Learn how to make water disappear and appear again and make an ooey-gooey bag of slime.

Animal Mania

Snakes and alligators and lizards, oh my! Learn about the Museum’s reptiles and even meet them face-to-face! It’s perfect for your “party animal!”

*We cannot accept requests for specific animals.

Discovery Diva!

Is there more to makeup than sweet smells and sparkles? Of course, it’s SCIENCE! You and your BFF’s will create your very own sparkly potions and scented lotions to take home.

Wii Dance Party

Bring your best dance moves to your own Wii Dance Party. Challenge your friends to a dance off or team up and dance with eachother on our 10-foot-wideI x 8-foot-high projection screen. It’ll be a hip-hopping twisting good time. Maximum of 16 children and up to 20 adults. Children will play games in groups of four. Party also includes the items listed for all birthday parties.

*Special times and pricing apply.

  • Friday – 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Saturday – 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Sunday – 10:30am-12:30pm
    Pricing:
  • $750 Museum Members
  • $800 Non-Members
    Please call 954.713.0930 for more information.

    All Birthday Party Packages include:

    • One parking pass for the birthday party family for use in the Museum’s bus loop. (Pass not good for the Arts and Entertainment garage)
    • All-day admission to the Museum exhibit areas
    • One small or one medium Museum t-shirt
    • Up to 40 Museum birthday invitations (please request the amount needed when making your reservation)
    • Party room for 80 minutes.
    • 16″ Cheese pizza (16 slices each)
      • 16-20 guests: 2 pizzas
      • 21-30 guests: 3 pizzas
      • 31-40 guests: 4 pizzas
    • Extra pizzas are available at $15.00 each.
    • Carvel Ice Cream Birthday Cake with candles
      • 16-20 guests: 1 medium cake
      • 21-30 guests: 1 medium cake and 1 small cake
      • 31-40 guests: 2 medium cakes
    • Extra Medium Cakes are available for $18.00 each
    • Three assorted 2-liter sodas (Pepsi products)
    • “Green” recycled paper table covers
    • Candles for Birthday Cake
    • Up to 40 forks, paper plates, napkins and cups

    Please no substitutions are available. Extra pizza and ice cream cakes are available at an additional charge. Please order extras at least seven days in advance. Ice cream flavor may vary, and no name is put on the cake.

    AVAILABLE BIRTHDAY TIME SLOTS

    Monday – Friday: 3:00 p.m.

    Saturday: 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

    Sunday: 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

    Please note that the Museum’s scheduled closing time is 5 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

    PRICES

    Members

    $320 for 20 people

    $15.00 per additional person

    Non-members

    $400 for 20 people

    $15 per additional person

    RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION

    To arrange a Museum Birthday Party call (954) 713-0930.

    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

    GENERAL QUESTIONS

    How many guests can attend? 

    Our party room comfortably holds a maximum of 40 guests (children and adults). If the number of guests exceeds the number of guests reserved, you may be billed for the extra guests. Birthday parties can be booked for less than 16 guests, but remember the minimum charge is 16 children plus accompanying adults.

    Can I bring my own food? 

    Of course! You may bring store bought food. Food prepared from home is not allowed. Remember to bring perishables in coolers because we have no cooking or refrigeration facilities. Please, no red dye juices. Sorry, no credit is given for bringing your own food.

    Can I bring my own decorations?

    Yes! However, please do not bring any decorations that need to be hung or attached to the walls or the ceiling. Table decorations are most appropriate. For the safety of the animals: ballons, confetti, pinatas or other similar items are not permitted.

    Does the Museum supply paper goods and utensils?

    Plastic and paper goods (plates, cups, napkins, forks, table covers, etc.) will be provided, but you may bring your own, if you wish. However, no credit is given for bringing your own supplies.

    Can I have a guided tour?

    The Museum does not currently offer guided tours. Visitors can enjoy more than 200 hands-on, interactive exhibits at their own pace. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone while exploring the Museum.

    Can I purchase gift bags?

    Gift bags can be purchased for each child. You can select from three price points: $4, $8 or $12.

    How do I book a Birthday Party and is a deposit required?

    Call our Reservations Department at 954-713-0930

    Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    You may also make reservations in person at the concierge desk:

    Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

    • A non-refundable $125 deposit is required at the time of the reservation in order to reserve the date.
    • The balance and final guest count are due 10 days before your scheduled party.
    • Reservations with outstanding balances risk cancellation and no refunds will be given.
    • A party package will be mailed to you after your deposit is processed. The party package will include 1 parking pass, invitations and reservation paperwork.

    What do I do when I arrive?

    Place your parking pass on your dashboard and park in our bus loop on S.W. 5th Avenue (Commodore Brook Avenue). Proceed to the Concierge Desk, and inform us of your arrival at least 30 minutes before your scheduled party time to meet your Museum host. If you arrive early to enjoy the Museum or an IMAX film before your party, the Concierge will contact your Museum birthday host to store your food and gifts.

    Late party arrivals risk a compromised time schedule since other parties or events may follow your allotted time in the party room. No refunds are available for late arrivals.
    Your Museum host will assist you by transporting your food and gifts to the party room as well as helping you get the room ready for your guests.

    Where do my guests park?

    Inform your guests that they can park on the street or in the Arts and Entertainment parking garage located across from the Museum on S.W. 5th Avenue (Commodore Brook Avenue). There will be a fee for parking. Garage availability and fees may vary depending on the Broward Center for the Performing Arts events. Party fees do not include parking. Note: The garage is not owned or managed by the Museum. 

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10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, United States

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound. Set in a refurbished 1860s factory at the mouth of the Norwalk River, the Aquarium building and its location reflect the region’s industrial past and human uses of Long Island Sound for recreation and commerce.

Visitors explore at their own pace, observing 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 species. The Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. These close encounters with animals, enhanced by friendly volunteer interpreters and informative display panels, educate visitors about the aquatic life of Long Island Sound and its watershed.

The sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles and other animals, carefully tended in re-created natural settings, serve as ambassadors both for their species and the Sound’s natural environment. These intimate encounters are the heart of the learning experience and provide visitors – children especially – with a basis for understanding their role in the web of life.

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Asides from the normal visit at the Aquarium and checking out the IMAX theater at Norwalk, the Maritime Aquarium offers many great programs suitable for children and families. Take a look below at all the fun and interesting things that the aquarium has to offer.

Study Cruises onto Long Island Sound

Cruise out with us aboard the research vessel Oceanic for thrilling explorations of the Sound’s marine life: with a variety of animals brought up right onto the boat (April-October) or to look for some of the seals & waterfowl that winter in the Sound (December-April).  Details …

Creature Encounter (11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays)

Meet one of our beautiful Diamondback Terrapins and learn what you can do to help protect Long Island Sound. Their lovely blue skin offers a hue rarely found in the animal world.

FREE with Aquarium admission.

Animal Embassy Programs (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on selected days)

Stamford-based Animal Embassy will present some of their live “animal ambassadors” in guided hands-on introductions. Children (and adults!) will be able to touch and even hold select animals while learning about their appearances, behaviors, adaptations and habitats, as well as the conservation issues they face. FREE with Aquarium admission. • Sometime in October

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Would you jump into a tank of water filled with 6- and 7-foot sharks? Actually, it can be done – bloodlessly – because sharks aren’t really the aggressive man-eaters of popular myth. Come see for yourself when The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team spends some quality time among the sand tiger sharks, lemon shark and other creatures of the 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit. Thanks to a cool communication link, you can even talk with the divers while they’re in the exhibit with the sharks! They’ll tell you that sharks should be respected … but not feared. (You also can talk to the divers before they go in the water between 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on “dive days.”) FREE with Aquarium admission.

“Behind-the-Scenes Tours” (On the third Saturday of every month, at 8:15 a.m.)

Operating the aquarium is an complicated production that must satisfy more than 1,000 animals with varying requirements for food, water temperatures and salinities, and more. See how it’s all done when you visit our jellyfish “nursery” and the “fish kitchen,” where meals for our residents are prepared. We’ll go above the “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, where you can look down on the sharks in their 110,000-gallon tank … and even toss in some fish for them to eat! And feel the tickle as you hand-feed the cow-nosed rays!

Participants must be 10 years and older. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. “Behind-the-Scenes Tours” cost $32.50 for non-members ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and include Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. There is a maximum of 25 people per tour. Advance reservations strongly recommended. Walk-up sales are accepted.

For reservations, Purchase tickets online (click on the date you wish to come) or call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206. Space is limited.

Aquarium Cruises

The Maritime Aquarium offers two study cruise programs onto Long Island Sound. These are available to the public and also to schools/summer camps as charters.

Marine Life Study Cruise:

Offered from May 5 through October

Public schedule: 1 p.m. Saturdays May 5-June 30 and then at 1 p.m. daily in July & August. Also on Saturdays in September & October.

Study marine biodiversity from the water’s surface down to the bottom for a first-hand understanding of Long Island Sound’s interdependent marine life. Students utilize such sampling techniques as a plankton tow, biodredge, mud grab and otter trawl that may bring up fish, crabs, lobsters, sea stars and more. A video microscope and touch tank onboard enhance observations. Passengers must be over 42″ tall. Capacity: 29. Cost: $20.50 per person. ($18.50 for Aquarium members)

Purchase your tickets now!

Happy Birthday!

Maritime Aquarium Birthday Parties

Spend your child’s special day at The Maritime Aquarium with a wild cast of characters including seals, sharks, otters, turtles, jellies and more! We’ll help you throw a party for your child with the excitement only the Aquarium can provide. Birthday packages for ages 4 – 12. We can also host Birthday parties for older kids and adults including IMAX movies, tours and more. Just ask us to design a party for you. In-house catering available for more lavish affairs.

What Happens At A Maritime Aquarium Birthday Party?

After your guests arrive and select an aquatic critter name tag we will lead you through the Aquarium paying special attention to animal demonstrations, feeding times and of course the celebrant’s favorite animals! Take a break for cake and refreshments before enjoying the rest of the Aquarium’s special exhibits.  The guest of honor goes home with a gift from The Maritime Aquarium that only a birthday party child can receive…showing that you “seal-a-brated” your birthday at The Maritime Aquarium.

Download the pdfBirthday Party Brochure

To schedule your child’s birthday party please call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or e-mail reservations@maritimeaquarium.org.

Traveling Birthday Parties

“Crabs and Critters” Come to You!

Invite some crabs and other critters from The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk into your home for a birthday party your kids and guests are sure to remember. They will have a great time, get to touch the animals, and will learn something too. It is a face-to-face close encounter they will enjoy and remember.

Our 45-minute traveling birthday party program is for groups up to 25, ages 4 to 12; we leave a crab craft as a gift for each party guest.

(There is an additional fee for travel outside a 20-mile radius of the Aquarium.)

Download the pdfTraveling Birthday Party Brochure

Call Reservations: (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, to book your Traveling Birthday Party!

Goodie Bags and Party Stuff

Goodie bags and party favors are available for birthday parties. Orders can be placed by calling the gift shop at (203)852-0700, ext. 2236.

Sleepovers at the Maritime Aquarium

Imagine falling asleep as jellies float next to you and seals lounge on the rocks a few feet away! That’s what you’ll experience during your group sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium.

What Goes on at a Maritime Aquarium Sleepover?

After check-in at 6:15 pm and a light dinner, we’ll fill your groups evening with a fun and fact filled guided tour of the Aquarium, “aquatic games”, snacks, and crafts. Lights are out at 11:15 pm!

Breakfast the next morning is at 7:30 a.m., followed by a private seal show and an IMAX movie. Visit the Gift Shop at 9:30 am, and you’ll be on your way home by 10 a.m. Every child leaves with a customized program patch.

Download the pdfOvernight Brochure

To learn how you can help with fun activities such as sleepovers, email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

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2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, United States

From its earliest days, the Wildlife Conservation Society has been a leader in animal well being. The flagship Bronx Zoo established its first veterinary department in 1901. At the time, the department consisted only of a pathologist and a veterinarian. Today, the Wildlife Health Sciences division includes departments of clinical care, pathology, nutrition, and field veterinary programs. The Wildlife Health Center, located on Bronx Zoo grounds, serves more than 15,000 animals from the four WCS zoos in New York.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium opened in 2008 to meet the unique challenges of caring for its collection of marine animals. The high-tech hospital includes a laboratory and an operating room, several pools for patients with flippers, X-ray machines, and a kitchen for preparing meals for residents of all sizes, from a tiny seahorse to a 3,000-pound walrus.

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Exhibits & Attractions

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. In cool weather, sliding glass doors transform the carousel into an indoor experience.

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Congo Gorilla Forest

Go nose-to-nose with gorillas in a 6.5-acre swath of the rainforest that will transport you to the heart of Africa. Your Congo wildlife safari will be packed with surprises as you trek beneath the canopy of leaves, through sprays of mist, and up to treetop lookouts.

JungleWorld

JungleWorld

Transport yourself to the tropics! Inside ourAsian jungle, the warm air is just right for otters, gibbons, and a tapir, among nearly 800 other critters that live in mangroves and beaches, sharing their homes just as they would in the wild.

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Madagascar!

Leaping lemurs! Hissing cockroaches! Cave-dwelling crocs! Meet one-of-a-kind wildlife from the world’s fourth largest island. Towering baobobs and octopus trees, forested deserts, and other enchanting habitats will transport you there.

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Tiger Mountain

Go nose-to-nose with Siberian tigers on a woodland that recreates the Russian Far East. In this showcase of the Zoo’s animal enrichment program, discover how training, toys, and foraging games help the big cats stay fit and stimulated.

Outdoor Exhibits & Rides

Indoor Exhibits & Rides

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Activities

Ice Age 4D

4-D Theater Double Feature

Get ready for an adventure of mammoth proportions! Films include Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The 4-D Experience and Dora and Diego’s 4-D Adventure, both combining a high-definition 3-D film with effects such as wind, mist, scents and dramatic lighting to take you on a multi-sensory journey.

Animal Activity Trail

Animal Activity Trail

Find your inner animal on the Animal Activity Trail, presented by Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and learn to move like an animal while exploring the Bronx Zoo. Run, jump, dance and crawl as you visit wildlife with remarkable athletic abilities throughout the park.

Bug Carousel

Bug Carousel

Imagine bugs so big you can ride them! Enjoy a true flight of fancy aboard a long-legged praying mantis, a bright green grasshopper, or another of your favorite creepy-crawlies. The Bug Carouselis open year-round. In cool weather, sliding glass doors make it an indoor experience.

Camel Ride

Camel Rides

Saddle up and hop on a hump! Experience a very unique form of New York City transit when you ride a camel around Wild Asia Plaza. Ride can accommodate up to three children, or one adult.

Penguin Feeding

Penguin Feedings

During the daily feeding in the Russell B. Aitken Sea Bird Colony at 3:30 p.m., watch Magellanic penguins come out of their dens or up from the deep and bob for fish. Ask a keeper your questions about the birds.

Sea Lion Feeding

Sea Lion Feedings

At the heart of the park, bark hello to California sea lions and meet their keepers. Two daily feeding and training demonstrations for the Zoo’s noisiest residents make the sea lion pool one of our most popular attractions.

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American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, New York City, NY, United States

 

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

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Programs

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Hayden Planetarium Programs

After-hours lectures and programs for the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium Theater

Adventures in Science

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Adventures in Science

Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Global Weekends

A family-friendly series of day-long programs about contemporary cultures from around the world.

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EXHIBITION

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.

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CHILD AND CAREGIVER PROGRAM, CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Early Adventures Program

This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.

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KIDS AND FAMILY PROGRAM

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins

Step into the state-of-the-art Sackler Educational Laboratory, located in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, every Saturday and Sunday, for hands-on activities led by scientists.

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WALKS AND TOURS

Nature Walks

Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.

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CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Science and Nature Program

Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Milstein Science Series

This weekend afternoon series give visitors a chance to interact with scientists, discover amazing creatures, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.

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AT THE MUSEUM, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Monthly Family Series

Monthly programs for families with children ages 4 to 11 that runs from October to June that include audience participation and hands-on activities.

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