Fundraising events are held year round to help support a number of causes. Come and join the fun!


Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Tuesdays, October 3 - November 7 | 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

Eventbrite - Spooky Seas: Haunted Tales at the Ocean Institute 2017

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

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 and educational activities inside our Ocean Education Center! 

Activities in our Ocean Education Center are suitable for all ages. The Haunted Tour is suitable for those ages 8 and up. 


Family Science Workshop
Color Changing Slime

Sticky, goopy, and a little bit spooky – this color changing slime workshop will have all the kids in your family excited about science! 


Whale Watching Cruise

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the wildlife that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Includes hands-on activities for kids. Each ticket also admits one to our Ocean Education Center, which includes aquariums and more activities for the kids! *Good for the same day as the cruise*


OctoPirate Painting Class
With OCDC Art & Design

Join us for a morning of painting with OCDC Art & Design! 

“OctoPirate” is a one-of-a-kind design, created by local, Daniela Mihaylov of OCDC Art & Design.  Daniela will be guiding this step-by-step acrylic painting class (11″x14″ canvas) at the awesome Ocean Institute in Dana Point.  Painting to begin promptly at 9:00am.  This will be a great take-home decoration for your home OR a great gift for someone who loves the ocean, ocean critters, or pirates!


$35.00 per person 


Science of Scent
Candle Making Workshop

Discover the science of scent in this hands-on candle making workshop!

Eventbrite - Science of Scent: Candle Workship



Making Waves

Ocean Institute programs have succeeded brilliantly in the most important mission: reaching and actively engaging the imagination of American youth.
- Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Maritime Education