Gallons Of Fun For Kids During Feb. Break At The Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk
Children 6 to 12 years old can study otter behaviors, build a lava lamp, stock a real salt-water aquarium and lots more in special programs during the upcoming school vacation week Feb. 17-21 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Curled up Otter at the Acquarium
The Maritime Aquarium’s “Winter Vacation Adventures” invite young students to explore our watery world each day of the school break. For ages 6 to 9, there’s a different topic each day. Sign up for one, some or all five. Ages 9 to 12 can take part in the five-day “Junior Marine Biologist” class.
Program hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Taking into account parents’ busy schedules, the Aquarium is offering pre-care from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and post-care from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
For ages 6 to 9:
The daily schedule and topics are...
Mon., Feb. 17 – “Motion Madness.”
Discover how marine animals are adapted to moving easily through the water. Go on an aquarium tour to find friends with flippers, fins, legs and tails. See if you can move like a seal, crab or penguin.
Tues., Feb. 18 – “Mammal Mania.”
In this popular session, kids will observe behaviors of the harbor seals and river otters, assemble a life-size animal puzzle, handle a real whale skeleton and get special access to the Aquarium’s huge collection of marine-mammal artifacts. Learn about the special adaptations of marine mammals by conducting feeding and blubber simulations, plus attend a special seal feeding.
Wed., Feb. 19 – “Wacky Science Day.”
Kids will be “ooohing” and “aaahing” at some of the wacky activities in the Aquarium’s laboratory of fun. They’ll make pop rockets, mix together ingredients that have a volcanic reaction, magically squeeze an egg through a tiny hole, build miniature lava lamps and more. And, of course, we’ll explore the science behind it all.
Thurs., Feb. 20 – “Sound Art.”
Mix science and creativity! Kids will tour the aquarium, touch live intertidal animals, learn different artistic techniques and then apply what they’ve learned to marine-themed art projects. From sculpture to painting to cartooning, they’ll create masterpieces to show off at an art show at the end of the day.
Fri., Feb. 21 – “Jazzy Jellies.”
Learn the differences between vertebrates & invertebrates. Go on an aquarium scavenger hunt for local invertebrates. See and touch live intertidal animals. Visit the Aquarium’s new “Jiggle A Jelly” touch-a-jellyfish exhibit. Participate in invertebrate relay races. And enjoy a special live invertebrate presentation from Animal Embassy
For ages 9 to 12:
Feb. 17-21 – “Junior Marine Biologist.” In this five-day program, students get involved in the inner workings of the Aquarium’s animal-husbandry staff, with the goal of setting up, stocking, feeding and maintaining an aquarium display of Long Island Sound marine life. They’ll use water-chemistry meters to monitor water quality, grow brine shrimp to feed their animals and participate in squid and fish dissections.
No matter the child’s age, cost of a “Winter Vacation Adventures” program is $98 per day or $435 for the full week. Maritime Aquarium members receive discounts. Pre-care is $17 additional per day or $72 for the week. Post-care is $33 per day or $143 for the week. Children should bring a bag lunch, a snack and an appetite for adventure. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more details or to download a registration form, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org. Or for reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700 ext. 2206.