Family Programs



Scott Schmitt

Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Tuesdays, October 4 - November 8, 2016| 9:00am – 10:15am

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series of exploration and play. Stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving.

Suitable for children ages 2 to 3 years; must be accompanied by an adult. 


Spooky Seas
Haunted Tales at the Ocean Institute

Join us for a night full of fright as you navigate through our labs and ships that might have a few unexpected visitors!

 Cliff Wasserman

Our haunted adventure begins aboard the Brig Pilgrim, continues onto the historic Boathouse, and ends in a Mad Scientist lab! 

Excuse yourself from the ghostly gathering to enjoy hot cocoa, apple cider, and educational activities inside our Ocean Education Center! 

The Haunted Tour is suitable for those ages 10 and up. 


Gaspar de Portola: First Governor of California
Presented by Dr. Milt McMenamin

Join us for a spell-binding evening with Dr. Milt McMenamin PhD, as he transports us to the California of the 1700s under the administration of Spain and its highest official- Gaspar de Portola. Learn more about the legendary leader and his many adventures in New Spain. 

 The evening includes this special presentation and light refreshments. Suitable for audiences 13 and older.

November  3, 2016
6:00-7:30 pm 

General Admission: $6.00
Members: FREE *please register in advance by entering your member i.d. with the link below.

Eventbrite - Gaspar de Portola: First Governor of California 


Family Movie Night
Muppet Treasure Island

Join us November 18th, 2016 as the Ocean Institute presents Muppet Treasure Island! Doors open at 5:00 pm with food trucks, touch tanks, and activities. The movie starts at 6:00 pm.