"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Kids & Families

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

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Sleep with the fishes!

Imagine falling asleep as jellies float next to you and sharks prowl just on the other side of the glass! That’s what you’ll experience during your group sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium.

What Goes on at a Maritime Aquarium Sleepover?

sleepover4 copyAfter check-in at 6:15 p.m. and a light dinner, we'll fill your group's evening with a fun- and fact-filled guided tour of the Aquarium, “aquatic games,” snacks and crafts. Lights are out at 11:15 p.m.!

Breakfast the next morning is at 7:30 a.m., followed by a private seal show and an IMAX movie. Visit the Gift Shop at 9:45 a.m., and you'll be on your way home by 10 a.m. Every child leaves with a customized program patch. Cost: $65 per person.

To learn how you can help with fun activities. such as sleepovers, email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

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Sleep with the fishes!

Imagine falling asleep as jellies float next to you and sharks prowl just on the other side of the glass! That’s what you’ll experience during your group sleepover at The Maritime Aquarium.

What Goes on at a Maritime Aquarium Sleepover?

sleepover4 copyAfter check-in at 6:15 p.m. and a light dinner, we'll fill your group's evening with a fun- and fact-filled guided tour of the Aquarium, “aquatic games,” snacks and crafts. Lights are out at 11:15 p.m.!

Breakfast the next morning is at 7:30 a.m., followed by a private seal show and an IMAX movie. Visit the Gift Shop at 9:45 a.m., and you'll be on your way home by 10 a.m. Every child leaves with a customized program patch. Cost: $65 per person.

To learn how you can help with fun activities. such as sleepovers, email volunteers@maritimeaquarium.org.

pdfSleepovers.pdf

Scout Day

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Scout Day 2017 at The Maritime Aquarium

Sat., March 11

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts can save on admission – and earn a limited-edition patch – by registering by Feb. 17 for Scout Day 2017, an activity-packed day that includes badge opportunities at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Discounted Scout Day admission is available to Scouts – and also to adult Scout leaders and to families of Scouts – who register by Fri., Feb. 17. The discounted price of $14 for admission (which includes an IMAX movie) is the same for all ages, and represents significant savings compared to regular pricing of $22.95 for adults, $20.95 for ages 13-17 and $15.95 for ages 3-12. But you must use a special code to receive the discount!  Before registering below, get this code by providing your troop/den number & email address in an email to one of these: Boy Scouts info@powahay.com or Girl Scouts  esavard@gsofct.org  or the Aquarium  education@maritimeaquarium.org.

Scouts registering by Feb. 17 also receive a unique Maritime Aquarium Scout Day event patch.  Patches will be available (while supplies last) for a small fee at Scout Day to Scouts who are Maritime Aquarium members.

Beginning Feb. 18, regular admission prices will apply.

Scout Day at The Maritime Aquarium offers hours of fun for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of all levels. As a troop or with their families, Scouts can get close to sharks, seals, sea turtles and all of the Aquarium’s fascinating marine animals, most of which are native to Long Island Sound. 

Plus, for a fee, Scouts can take part in Maritime Aquarium educational programs that support or fulfill badge requirements. Times and costs of the Aquarium-led programs vary. Advance registration by March 1 is required. Aquarium admission is required.

Below are admission options for Scout Day. Please review them all before making your decision and reservation!

Boy Scout Merit Badge Programs

If your Scout wants to participate in one of the full-day Boy Scout badge programs, choose here. (Parents and other family members can sign up for separate admission and other programs & cruises below.) Each Boy Scout Merit Badge Program is from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes Aquarium admission, the 10 a.m. IMAX screening of "Dream Big," and more.  You only need to click on the "Buy Tickets" button here to fully reserve the Merit Badge program. But you must do so by March 1.

PROGRAM      AGE GROUP TIME COST click to reserve
Environmental Science Merit Badge (cost includes admission, 10 a.m. IMAX movie, merit badge cruise at 8:15 a.m., "Water Pollution" classroom program at 2 p.m., materials and more)  Boy Scouts 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. $39 ($27 for members)  SOLD  OUT!

 

Oceanography Merit Badge  (cost includes admission, 10 a.m. IMAX movie, merit badge cruise at 8:15 a.m., materials, and more)

 Boy Scouts 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. $34 ($22 for members)  SOLD  OUT!

 

Fish & Wildlife Merit Badge  (cost includes admission, 10 a.m. IMAX movie, materials, and more)

 Boy Scouts 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $19  ($7 members)  SOLD  OUT!

Scout Day Admission 

For just discounted Aquarium admission (IMAX is included) on March 11 – OR – for discounted Aquarium admission, IMAX and also one or more of the optional programs below, start here by choosing your admission and the IMAX screening you want to attend.    Complete that registration into your "cart." Then, if you want to include an additional program or cruise below, return to this page and select the item you want by clicking on the appropriate "Buy Tickets" button(s). But you must do so by March 1.

Admission + 10 a.m. "Dream Big":      buy tickets button

Admission + 11 a.m. "Secret Ocean"   buy tickets button

Admission + noon "Dream Big"             buy tickets button

Admission + 1 p.m. "Secret Ocean"      buy tickets button

Admission + 2 p.m. "Dream Big"           buy tickets button

Admission + 3 p.m. "Secret Ocean"      buy tickets button

Admission + 4 p.m. "Dream Big"           buy tickets button

Add-On Programs and Cruises in addition to Admission

If you would like to include an optional educational program, choose from the table below. Space is limited in all classes.

Please Note: Cruise tickets will be back on sale Wednesday Feb. 22!

PROGRAM AGE GROUP TIME COST  Click to reserve
Pets Brownie Girl Scout Badge Grades 2-3 10 a.m. - 12:45p.m. $18 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Animal Habitats Junior Girl Scout Badge Grades 4-5 1-3:45 p.m. $18 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Science on the Sound study cruise Must be 42 inches tall 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. $15 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Similarities & Differences Grades K-1 10-11 a.m. $5 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Behind-the-Scenes: Species in Our Own Backyard Grades 3-5   10-11 a.m.  $5 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Life Cycles Grades 1-2 11:30 a.m. - 12:15p.m. $5 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Life Between the Tides Grades 3-4 1:30-2:30 p.m. $5 in addition to admission   buy tickets button
Science on the Sound study cruise Must be 42 inches tall 2:30-4:30 p.m. $15 in addition to admission  buy tickets button
Down & Dirty Cub Scout STEM program Grades 2-5 1:30-3:30 p.m. $5 in addition to admission  buy tickets button

 

Girl Scout Programs

All badge-achievement programs completely fulfill the requirements for that badge. (The Maritime Aquarium, however, does not issue badges.)

Other than Sleepovers, programs described below do not include Maritime Aquarium admission. However, discount coupons will be given for use toward admission on the day of your program.

Troops must supply 1 adult for every 7 Scouts, and there must be at least 7 Scouts in a program. $5 charge for each extra adult or sibling over 2 years old.

For reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Brownies Badge Programs

Pets

Go behind-the-scenes of The Maritime Aquarium to see how we care for our friends with fins. Discover the various needs of our animals and your pets at home by learning how to set up a basic salt-water aquarium. Create a food budget and calculate the monthly costs to feed the Aquarium's sharks. And play Pet Bingo and Animal Charades to understand how our pets communicate with us. 2 hrs., 45 mi. $18 per Scout. / Try-it: 1 hr., 45 mi. $15 per Scout.

Senses

You'll have to come to your senses – all five – to earn this badge. Go on a scavenger hunt of the Aquarium's exhibits in search of small Long Island Sound organisms and then use microscopes to help identify them. Use your nose and ears to play an otter scent and seal vocalization game. Take a taste test to create a map of your tongue's taste buds. And you'll find an investigation of the body forms of live intertidal animals very ... touching. 2 hrs., 45 mi. $18 per Scout. / Try-it: 1 hr., 45 mi. $15 per Scout.

Junior Girl Scouts Badge Programs

Animal Habitats

Tour the Aquarium and observe animal behaviors, movements and body coverings to learn how the creatures are adapted to the varying aquatic habitats. Create an animal home, either by visiting the Meerkats exhibit and sketching out their burrows OR by assembling a basic salt-water aquarium. Play a sea turtle nesting game to discover why sea turtles are endangered and what we can do to help protect them, and more. 2 hrs., 45 mi. $18 per Scout. / Try-it: 1 hr., 45 mi. $15 per Scout.

Senior Badge Programs

Voice for Animals

No, this badge isn't about learning how to bark like a sea lion or howl like a wolf. It's about becoming a voice for – an advocate for – the animals in your life. Conduct an experiment with goldfish and watch a seal show to investigate how animals are used for science and entertainment. Go "behind-the-scenes" to observe how we care for and protect our animals. And visit the Aquarium's "Go Fish" exhibit to explore issues surrounding regulations for fishermen and the efforts to create sustainable seafood. 2 hrs., 45 mi. $18 per Scout. / Try-it: 1 hr., 45 mi. $15 per Scout.

 

Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or e-mail reservations@maritimeaquarium.org

 

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