Fun & Learning

Mystic Aquarium's formal and informal education programs inspire learners of all ages.

Through inquiry-based teaching and hands-on activities, education programs encourage people to use and develop skills such as observing, hypothesizing, experimenting, and drawing conclusions.

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Children & Families

Summer Programs

What do young explorers, animal and nature lovers, and budding marine biologists have in common? They can all find a summer camp to suit their interests at Mystic Aquarium.

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Sea School Preschool

Sea School is the nation’s first and only licensed preschool in an aquarium! This one of a kind program provides preschoolers with the unique opportunity to learn and play while exploring the exciting world of marine life!

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Homeschool and After School Programs

Mystic Aquarium offers activities and programs geared to homeschoolers.

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Family Overnights

Just think about how awesome it would be to come in after everyone else has gone home to explore the aquarium without all the crowds.

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Youth & Family Conservation Programs

Whether you live directly on the coast or hundreds of miles inland, protecting our ocean planet is everyone’s job!

Scout Programs

Are you looking for an underwater overnight adventure for your scouts? You have just located the perfect place to join in on the fun. These overnights are designed for your scouts ages 6-13 and their chaperones.

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Birthday Parties

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.

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Teachers & Schools

Educator Resources

Looking for additional information or resources related to a marine science topic you are teaching, or to up-to-date on what’s going on at the aquarium? Contact educationinfo@mysticaquarium.org with requests for information.

Preschool and Kindergarten

All Pre-K & K programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy and include a special Touch & Learn with live marine invertebrates. This hands-on opportunity offers a valuable and exciting learning experience which encourages students to make observations and ask questions.

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Grades 1-3

All grade 1-3 programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy and include a special Touch & Learn with live marine invertebrates or a live reptile. This hands-on opportunity offers a valuable and exciting learning experience which encourages students to make observations and ask questions.

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Grades 4-5

All grade 4-5 programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy. They are designed to bring science to life and to encourage students to make observations and ask questions.

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Grades 6-8

All grade 6-8 programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy. They are designed to bring science to life and encourage students to identify questions that can be answered through scientific exploration.

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Grades 9-12

All grade 9-12 programs focus on scientific inquiry and literacy, the ability to read, write, discuss and present coherent ideas about science. They are designed to bring science to life and encourage students to identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation.

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Large Groups

We offer workshops for adults, guided tours, sea lion training programs, auditorium programs, career fairs, a traveling touch tank, and distance learning.

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Distance Learning

Arrange a video conference presentation or series of programs that are tailored to your programming needs.
Each program is 30-40 minutes in length and is designed to be interactive and, when applicable, a live animal component with a reptile or invertebrate is available for many of the programs.

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Pricing & Registration

Learn all about Aquarium group admission rates, on-site Aquarium education programs and traveling programs!

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