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February Vacation Week at the National Marine Life Center!

Are you looking for something to do while school’s out? Visit the National Marine Life Center! Our Marine Animal Discovery Center will be open during February Vacation Week, February 13-16 from 10 am to 5 pm daily. And, from Monday through Friday, drop in to one of our educational classes. Learn more about helping marine animals!

Monday – Friday Education Schedule

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11:00 am – Little Flippers Club: Join us for a marine animal-themed story time and craft project! Different themes every day (see below). All ages welcome; most suitable for children ages 3-8.
Children must be supervised. Program lasts 45-60 minutes.
Cost: Members $3/child/program; non-members $5/child/program

12:00 noon – Patient Update: Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Suitable for all ages. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.

1:00 pm – Marine Animal Medical Mystery: What education, children, animalsdoes it take to be a marine animal care technician? What are some of the questions and “mysteries” involved in wildlife rehabilitation? Each day we’ll learn to care for a different animal (see themes below). Best suited for ages 8-14. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by calling 508-743-9888 at least 24 hours in advance.
Program lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.
Cost: Members $3/child/program; non-members $5/child/program

2:00 pm – Patient Update: Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Suitable for all ages. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.

3:00 pm – Pondering Predators and Prey: Interactions and Adaptations (Tuesday and Wednesday only): The ocean is home to a large number of fascinating creatures. Learn about the marine food web and interactions among ocean animals, as well as specialized adaptations these critters have to survive.
Best suited for ages 8-14. Program lasts approximately 45-60 minutes.
Cost: Members $3/child/program; non-members $5/child/program

4:00 pm – Patient Update: Learn the stories of the marine animal patients currently in our care from a member of our Animal Care Team. View our sea turtles via live TV and meet our small turtles in person. Suitable for all ages. Program lasts approximately 15-20 minutes. FREE.

Daily Themes

  • Saturday, February 13:  Open, no programs
  • Sunday, February 14: Turtles (11-3 only; see For the Love of Turtles Open House)
  • Monday, February 15: Manatees & Dugongs
  • Tuesday, February 16: Turtles
  • Wednesday, February 17: Seals, Sea Lions, & Walrus
  • Thursday, February 18: Sharks, Rays, & Skates
  • Friday, February 19: Dolphins, Porpoises, & Whales
  • Saturday, February 20: Open, no programs
  • Sunday, February 21: Open, no programs

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