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Ocean Institute Bonfire Benefit
November 10th at 6 p.m.

Driftwood Bonfire Benefit Kick-off Party at Doheny State Beach with Cassadee Pope

Friday November 10th | 6 p.m. | VIP Section of the Driftwood Main Stage

Come celebrate our 40th Anniversary at the Driftwood Bonfire Benefit! Ocean Institute has collaborated with the Driftwood Music Festival at Doheny to create an unforgettable night of fun to benefit our educational experiences, inspiring children today and for many tomorrows. 

Events

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

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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*

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Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Mighty Mariners

Scott Schmitt

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. 

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Bioluminescence Night Cruise

There’s a luminous underwater world just waiting to shine! Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon.*

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Opera of the High Seas
A Musical Performance

Don’t miss a voyage of operatic proportions as acclaimed vocalists take you on a musical journey of opera arias celebrating pirates, mermaids, seas, and sails! 

Light refreshments along with a cash bar will be available before the performance begins. 

Tickets will be available in mid-September. 

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Opera of the High Seas
A Musical Performance

Don’t miss a voyage of operatic proportions as acclaimed vocalists take you on a musical journey of opera arias celebrating pirates, mermaids, seas, and sails! 

Light refreshments including complimentary wine will be available before the performance begins. 

Tickets: 

General Admission: $75.00 
General Admission (under 21): $35.00
Member Admission: $50.00* 
*must enter member ID number at checkout to receive this special ticket price. 

Eventbrite - Opera of the High Seas: A Musical Performance

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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!

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! 

Activities in our Ocean Education Center are suitable for all ages. The Haunted Tour is suitable for those ages 10 and up. 

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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