Gallons of Fun at Maritime Aquarium Jan. 20

Children 6 to 12 years old can keep busy during the Martin Luther King Jr. school holiday – Mon., Jan. 20 – exploring our watery world in special camp programs offered at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

Fiddler Crab at the Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

Fiddler Crab at the Maritime Aquarium Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium’s Jan. 20 programs will engage young students in age-appropriate hands-on activities that will ignite and encourage interest in the sciences and our natural world.

“Parents searching for things to do for their kids can feel good about this fun and educational opportunity to get close to the Aquarium’s animals,” said Jamie Alonzo, the Aquarium’s education director.

Times are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Taking into account parents’ busy schedules, the Aquarium is offering pre-care from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and post-care from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. as well.

The programs are:
Ages 6 to 8 – “Feature Creature.” Kids will go on a scavenger hunt around the Aquarium to observe a variety of aquatic animals, such as frogs, turtles, crabs and seals. Then they’ll learn about these critters in the classroom through hands-on activities, artifacts and experiments. The day wraps up with a quiz-style game.

Ages 9 to 12 – “Junior Aquarist for a Day.” This is a special single-day introduction to the Aquarium’s popular “Junior Marine Biologist” summer-camp program. It includes a behind-the-scenes tour, squid dissection, goldfish experiments and the chance to feed some of the Aquarium’s invertebrates.

No matter the child’s age, cost is $98 ($78 for Aquarium members). Pre-care is $17 ($13 for members). Post-care is $33 ($26 for members).

Children should bring a bag lunch, a snack and an appetite for adventure. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more details or to download a registration form, go to www.maritimeaquarium.org. Or for reservations or more details, call (203) 852-0700 ext. 2206.

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