Family Programs




Tiny Tots: Parent & Me Program
Tuesdays, July 11-August 15
9:30 AM

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: 9:30am – 10:30am

Series: $150.00 for all 6 classes 

Drop-in class: $30.00  (6 week series: $150.00 is not available after July 11 )


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 22: Slugs and Bugs: Insect Investigations with the Environmental Nature Center

Become an entomologist-in-training with naturalists from the Environmental Nature Center. Learn more about the bugs that might make you go “ugh!” during this hands-on event. 

Thursday, July 20: The Scoop on Poop: the Science of What is Left Behind with Ocean Institute’s Outdoor Education Team

Everybody poops and scientists use droppings, or “scat,” to learn about the animals they study. From migration patterns to health and diet, poop tells the story of the organism’s life. Scientists even use fossilized dinosaur poop (coprolite) to tell them about the live of prehistoric animals. In this gross (but not too gross) presentation, scientists of all ages will get to become dropping detectives and learn how to unlock the secrets of dung!

Thursday, August 17: SLIME!