Learning doesn't stop just because school is out ... that's when FUN learning begins! The Maritime Aquarium offers educational programs each year during the spring break week of most local school districts and also through the summer. The age-appropriate hands-on activities engage students in ways that demonstrate how exploring our world can be fun and exciting.
Please Note: Our 2020 Spring Vacation Camp has been cancelled. Our Education Department will be reaching out to all registrants.
To participate, your child must be the listed age by the first day of the program. Pre-registration is required (no same-day registration allowed.) Enrollment closes 10 days prior to each session's start date. Registration and forms are all done through Camp Docs. Register early to take advantage of our payment plan options!
Member Discounts: Aquarium members receive discounts on camp! Upon registering and paying the deposit for camp, the Aquarium will verify your membership and place a member discount on the balance due in your CampDoc account.
June 22 - 26
Short Day: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. ($365/$315 for Aquarium Members)
Regular Day: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ($515/$465 for Aquarium Members)
Calling all ocean animal lovers! Each day of this program, we will focus on a different marine animal and learn all about how they thrive in the deep blue sea through stories, crafts, games, science activities, and exhibit exploration. Special live animal friends will make an appearance, and campers will have the opportunity to help feed some of our own education ambassador animals! Child must be potty-trained to enroll in this program. Extended care is not available for this program.
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July 27 - 31
While we love our ocean creatures, we know there is a whole world of fun animals out there! In this program, campers learn about some of our land and water animals through stories, creating an enrichment toy for an exhibit with a mammal trainer and watching a private seal training demonstration, with plenty of hands-on activities and explorations. Child must be potty-trained to enroll. Extended care is not available for this program.
August 17 - 21
Science, art, music and dance all come together for this exciting week! Experience all that the aquarium has to offer with the added bonus of special musical guests, projects combining art and science, and classroom animal encounters. Ideal for those with music in their hearts and animals on the brain! 20 camper max. Two pick-up options available, 2 or 4 pm. Child must be potty-trained to enroll. Extended care is not available for this program.
Single Day: June 15
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$105/$95 for Aquarium Members
Campers will discover all types of habitats, such as desert, grassland, and rainforest without ever leaving Norwalk with visits from several exciting animal ambassadors and an in-depth look at our Just Add Water exhibit. Dive deeper into our local habitat as well with the IMAX Backyard Wilderness.
Single Day: June 16
This day is dedicated to celebrating the planet we call home. Campers learn about the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives with hands-on activities, including testing out their frog calls for our Frog Watch program and learning what to do if they spot a tagged horseshoe crab, among others! Campers will tour the aquarium to discover the Long Island Sound ecosystem and understand how everything is connected. Finish the day by creating a reusable water container to bring your eco-savvy home with you.
Single Day: June 17
Marine animal keepers are dedicated to caring for and learning about the many ocean animals they love! In these sessions, campers will participate in the care and feeding of some of our animals, as well as learn about the behind-the-scenes work that aquarists and biologists do here at the aquarium and beyond.
Single Day: June 18
If you like this apex predator you’ll love our shark day! Campers will join aquarists for a behind the scenes feeding of our sand tiger sharks, catch a glimpse of the most notorious species in our Great White Sharks IMAX, and have a chance to meet a shark ambassador in the classroom.
Single Day: June 19
Engineering and animal science come together in this hands-on day of learning how STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) plays a massive role in both caring for our animals and learning about our oceans. Campers will have hands-on building projects, behind the scenes tours, visits from experts, and meetings with some of our animals up-close!
June 22-26 or August 17-21
$515/$465 for Aquarium Members
Your child deserves the best Norwalk has to offer, and we’ll provide that in this new program offered by The Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Museum for Children! Campers will spend three days at the aquarium and two days at the museum. They will participate in a variety of interactive activities about water, energy, and habitats, visit exhibits at both sites, meet animal ambassadors, build a take-home project in the maker space, and see an IMAX movie. It will be an experience your child will not forget! Camp activities (including pre and extended-care) take place at Maritime Aquarium on Mon, Wed, Fri and at Stepping Stones on Tue, Thurs.
July 6-17 or August 3-14
$1030/$980 for Aquarium Members
Young aquarists will explore how the aquarium provides top-flight care to our animals. They’ll have daily hands-on experiences participating in the care of animals such as sea stars, crabs and turtles. They’ll meet one of our mammal trainers, attend a private seal training demonstration and make enrichment items for some of our most popular animals. They’ll also play a variety of aquarium-themed games, take a trip to explore and collect animals at a local beach, and visit Beardsley Zoo to get a zoo-based perspective on animal care. 25 camper max. Special 8:00 a.m. drop-off time on July 15 and August 5 for Beardsley Zoo trip. Bus departs at 8:15.
Are you curious about all animals, from all over the globe? Featuring exciting classroom visits from animals from the desert, ocean, temperate forest, and rainforest, this camp will allow us to travel around the world without leaving Norwalk. Talk to the experts that care for all our different animals and learn about the unique places they come from. Campers continue their expedition with an IMAX featuring an across-the-world locale. Take a trip to the local beach to discover the many ways animals in coastal habitats survive and thrive.
It’s our very own version of Shark Week! Campers will join our aquarists behind-the-scenes for a private feeding of our large sand tiger sharks. They’ll meet our team of divers and watch as they swim with sharks in our Open Ocean exhibit. Other exciting activities will include a private visit to the shark & ray touch pool where they’ll help hand-feed our friendly stingrays, a classroom visit by a live shark, and seeing Great White Shark in our IMAX theater. Campers will take home a necklace featuring teeth shed by the aquarium’s very own sharks.
Our marine ecosystem doesn’t stop at the shore! This week, campers will learn about our coasts as well as the inland factors that keep them healthy. Campers will participate in a weeklong conservation building project, take a trip to a local beach and a cruise aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel to sample animals on the shore and in the waters of Long Island Sound. Go behind-the-scenes to learn about how we care for our unique collection of animals and how you can become a citizen scientist. 30 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off time on Tuesday for cruise. Boat leaves promptly at 9:00 am.
July 6-17 or August 3-14
$1130/$1080 for Aquarium Members
Calling all young scientists! This session features a combination of marine research and engineering in order to instill in young people the knowledge of how we study the oceans to identify the challenges it faces. Campers will learn about the different types of science projects the Aquarium is conducting and work side-by-side with crew on the Aquarium’s research vessel to collect data from biological, chemical, and environmental surveys. Back on land and in the lab, they will analyze their data in order to understand changes that are occurring in Long Island Sound. On the engineering side, they will design and test their own plankton nets and take a turn operating the Aquarium’s remotely operated submersible. 25 camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off time on first and second Tuesdays and first Thursday for cruises. Boat leaves promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Marine biologists work in the lab and in the field; through this in-depth program, young biologists will get a taste of both worlds. In the lab, they’ll set-up, stock, and maintain an aquarium. They’ll learn about and conduct daily care for their animals and learn to use probes to monitor water quality. In the field, they’ll visit a local beach to record biodiversity data and board our research vessel to collect biological samples from several sites in Norwalk Harbor. Then they’ll use their new biological knowledge to design and carry out a scientific investigation of the behavior or physiology of an aquarium animal of their choice. Open house for parents on last Friday at 3:30 p.m. 25 Camper max. Special 8:45 a.m. drop-off time on the second Tuesday for cruise (2-week session).
June 15-July 3, July 6-24 or August 3-21
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$1600/$1500 for Aquarium Members
This extremely popular behind-the-scenes experience provides a small group of teens with the opportunity to learn first-hand and hands-on about the operations that keep our marine and terrestrial animals thriving. Apprentices work side-by-side with aquarists and educators to feed our large sharks, rays, fish, and turtles, to monitor the behavior of key animals, create enrichments, and help perform daily maintenance tasks for select exhibits. They will participate in research aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel and at a local beach, as well as a local service-learning project. This exclusive program is limited to 14 participants. Parent open house on the last day at 2:00 p.m. Pre-care is not available for this program.
Friday, August 14
$70 per person (no member discount)
Campers and their families are invited to join us for a night at the Aquarium! This overnight will include dinner, an IMAX film, fun activities and breakfast.
Open to campers who have participated in our 2020 session only.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
For most camp weeks, we also offer pre-care and extended care. These relaxed informal sessions include enrichment science activities, games, crafts, exhibits and more. Pre-care is available for 4- and 5-year-old camp programs (extended care is not available for this age group.) To sign up, you must reserve these separately when you reserve your camp program(s).
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As a Connecticut State-certified camp, we require health exam forms for every camper. Campers bringing medications (inhalers, epi-pens, etc) require an authorization of medication form for each medication. All forms must be submitted through Camp Docs.
Call our Camp Director at (203) 852-0700, extension 1201, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org