Celebrate your child’s special day by discovering Amazing Sharks, having a Beluga Blast, Penguin Palooza or discovering what adventure lies in the Suitcase of Surprises. A variety of program topics are available to excite and educate your group!
Choose from a wide range of themes for your Aquarium Birthday Party!
Please choose the topic based on the age of the majority of the children who will be attending the party.
Hermit Crab Hideaway (Ages 2-5) Through a fun interactive skit that utilizes the story A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, props and a costume, party goers will discover how hermit crabs camouflage themselves while decorating a shell with sea anemones, sea stars, lantern fish and more! Birthday child wears a hermit crab costume while host reviews hermit crab body parts, eyes on stalks, antennae, claws, legs and soft tail. Host reads the story House for Hermit Crab while kids help decorate the hermit crab's shell with foam creations representing the characters in the story. The program is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (sea stars, crabs and snails).
Ocean Locomotion (Ages 2-5) Ocean animals have countless ways of moving from one place to another. Some float, some use flippers, others walk sideways! Through a puppet show, the party will see if Rocky the rock crab or Octy the octopus can teach a confused baby beluga how to swim. The puppet show utilizes beluga whale, rock crab, sea star and octopus puppets that illustrate to kids that whales move their tails up and down to swim. The show is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with invertebrates (sea star, crabs and snails).
Suitcase of Surprises (Ages 4-6) Children will discover the unique ways that fish hide and protect themselves in the ocean as they participate in a great ocean survival game. Hiding places like a cave, rocks, eel grass, seaweed, sand and a sea anemone are pulled from the magical suitcase. Next to join the party are a squirrel fish, American eel, flounder, pipefish, sea raven, lion fish and anemone fish. Each of these unique animals has a special body part or way of acting to help protect itself in the vast ocean environment. Each child takes on the role of a fish or a hiding place and after practicing this interaction the educator brings out the fun shark puppet. This is when the game begins and the children help their fish swim to its appropriate hiding place away from the shark. The game is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (sea stars, crabs, snails).
Penguin Palooza (Ages 4-6) Party guests will be tickled to watch as the birthday child is turned into a penguin right before their eyes as they discover the wonders of these “birds that can’t fly”. The birthday child is dressed up in a penguin costume while the host reviews penguin body parts- wings, feathers, beak, and webbed feet. Games include those that illustrate how penguins in cold climates balance eggs on their feet and how adult penguins use sound to find their chicks. The program is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (sea stars, crabs and snails).
Explore the Shore (Ages 7-10) The party becomes the setting for children to learn about the beautiful rocky shores of the Long Island Sound and investigate the native plants and animals that live there. The party host uses a mural and cloth animal and plant pieces to introduce kids to a rocky shore of New England. The program is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (sea stars, crabs and snails).
Beluga Blast (Ages 7-13) Children will learn about the incredible physical and behavioral adaptations these charismatic marine mammals have for survival in their ocean habitat. The host will dress the birthday child in a beluga costume to explain various body parts that help it to survive (flukes, flippers, blubber, eyes etc.) in the arctic environment. The host will choose fun games that are best suited for the age group and may include those that illustrate how a beluga whale uses sound to “see” in the ocean, how it finds food and how it eats. The program is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (crabs, sea stars and snail).
Amazing Sharks (Ages 7-13) In this program, children learn about many fascinating shark species, the adaptations they have for survival, and the conservation efforts that are underway to protect them.Through an interactive game the group will learn the differences between bony fish and sharks. The group will then play a large game of shark bingo where they will explore the importance of sharks and why we need to protect them. The program is followed by a hands-on touch and learn with live invertebrates (crabs, sea stars and snails).
Amphibians in Jeopardy (Ages 7-13) This interactive party, which delves into the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians, is perfect for all lovers of our scaly or slimy friends. This interactive Jeopardy-style game will introduce guests to the many amazing adaptations that amphibians have to survive. Participants will answer questions and perform challenges to discover more about amphibians and the roles they play in our ecosystem. The program will be followed with a hands-on touch and learn with a live reptile.
Exploring the Titanic (Ages 7-13) Do you have a Titanic fan having a birthday? Come enjoy a birthday party where you will learn about ocean exploration focusing on the Titanic. Party attendees will learn how Dr. Ballard discovered the famous ship, decode an SOS message, see how the ocean affects items left there over time, put together a puzzle which makes a photograph of the ship and of course "sink the Titanic" themselves.
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