Family Programs


Family Programs

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Finding Nemo Party
Family Film Screening

Join us, Friday, June 17 at 5:00 pm for a screening of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo!

Doors open at 5:00 pm including activities, food trucks, and more. Film starts at 6:00 pm. 

Seating is first come, first serve picnic style! So bring you blankets and pillows for a fun family night at the Ocean Institute!

*Members enter your Member ID # to receive $1.00 off General Admission Tickets. 

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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Tuesdays, May 3 - June 7, 2016

Sea Star Adventures

You and your child are invited to join us for this six-week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Suitable for ages 2 to 3 years.

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am

Drop-in class: $30.00  (6 week series: $150.00 is not available after May 3)

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Father’s Day Whale Watching Cruise

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While onboard the R/V Sea Explorer, enjoy a wonderful morning with Ocean Institute scientists as they introduce you to wildlife along southern California’s coastline, including a wide variety of birds, fish, microscopic plankton, and animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or cruise alongside a passing whale. Light pastries, cookies, and coffee will be provided.

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Father’s Day Adventure at Sea

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Sign aboard the Spirit of Dana Point for an exciting voyage on a real tallship!

First, you and dad will join the crew in handling lines and raising sails. Then, you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared onboard by our ship’s cook. Later, you may help steer the ship, listen to stories of legend and lore, or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean.

This thrilling sail will create memories you’ll not soon forget!

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Father’s Day Afternoon Sail

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Take dad sailing aboard the majestic tallship Spirit of Dana Point. Hoist sail, steer the ship, or simply sit back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the water. Light refreshments included.

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Family Science Nights
Ages 4–104

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists. Each experience will include a presentation by a special guest speaker with alternate activities for kids. A different topic will be covered each week.

Thursday, June 30: The Science of Fireworks!
Learn about the science behind the shapes and colors of fireworks with the University of California Chemistry Outreach Club. The program includes special activities and demonstrations!

Thursday, July 14: World of Waves
Learn more about how waves are used, including surfing, scientists, mariners, and more with special presenter Jennifer McWharter of the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP). 

Thursday, July 28: Sharks!
Learn more about the research being conducted by California State University, Long Beach’s Shark Lab! 

Thursday, August 11: Animal Adventures
Join the Ocean Institute and Adventures in Living Science for a night filled with snakes, lizards, and more! Learn about our local terrestrial ecology and maybe pet a snake or two!

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4th of July Fireworks Cruise

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Join us aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for a sunset cruise! At sea, you’ll have a unique and unbeatable view of the fireworks while enjoying wine, appetizers, and desserts. Off-site parking and a free shuttle will be available.

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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Weekly, July 12 – August 16, 2016
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 10:45am

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.

Children age 18 months to 3 years accompanied by an adult

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Pilgrim Parent-Child Overnight Program
Ages 8–Adult*

Join the crew of the tallship Pilgrim for an evening of fun and adventure. Modeled after our award-winning living history programs, this exciting camp provides the opportunity for parents to share a unique and dynamic experience with their child while creating a long-lasting memory!