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Title:
40th Birthday Bash
When:
Saturday, October 5 2013  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Category:
Special Events

Description

Wow, a 40-foot sea of cupcakes flowing through Mystic Aquarium—a spectacle you don’t want to miss! It’s the kickoff to our big 40th Anniversary. And while your kids can claim a scrumptious cupcake to decorate on Saturday, hurry back Sunday to cheer local bakeries competing for the best ocean-themed birthday cake on campus from Lis Bake Shop, The Cake Lady Cafe and Vesta Bakery. There’s more! Enjoy special animal training and treat sessions, live entertainment and a bounce house obstacle course all weekend.

Since 1973 the aquarium has lit up the hearts, minds and faces of its visitors. More than 2,000 animals delighted visitors on opening day, October 6, 1973, including dolphins, harbor seals, fish and invertebrates. Beluga whales made their appearance in 1975, followed soon after by Steller sea lions, California sea lions, gray seals and northern fur seals. Mystic Aquarium’s beloved African penguin colony, originally from The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, was established in 1989, and the Seal Rescue Clinic was built in 1996.

We have so much to celebrate—our growing animal collection, our far-reaching education and conservation outreach, and our guests who make it all possible—so please join in the festivities!

Activity Schedule for Saturday, October 5th

Penguin Feeding Session................................................................... 9:30, 1:30
Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion


Bounce House Obstacle Course.......................................................... 10:00 - 4:00
Pacific Northwest Exhibit - Free with admission; take a turn bouncing around
in this ocean themed bounce house obstacle course.


Decorate Your Own Cupcake............................................................... 10:30- ‘til they’re gone
By the SpongeBob statue outside the Ocean Exploration Center - Help us celebrate!
Decorate and enjoy a vanilla cupcake with all your favorite toppings!


California Sea Lion Shows................................................................. 10:30, 12:30, 3:30
Foxwoods Marine Theater


Reptile Herpetologist Chat ............................................................... 11:00 - 11:15
Scales & Tails Exhibit - Meet an Argentine black and white tegu, a 7lb, almost 3 feet long
reptile! Hear from our expert; maybe get a chance to feel the interesting texture of his skin.


Shark Encounters Feeding Session...................................................... 11:00


Beluga Training Session.................................................................... 11:15, 1:30, 3:00
Arctic Coast


NBC Connecticut Weather Experience................................................. 11:30-12:15, 1:30-2:15
Foxwoods Marine Theater - Get a behind the scenes look at weather forecasting with NBC
Connecticut Meteorologists Brad Field and Bob Maxon…. plus lucky audience members will
have the chance to appear in their own weather forecast with live tips from NBC Connecticut’s
meteorologists.


Paint a Message for the Belugas........................................................ 12:00-1:00
Arctic Coast - Have some fun creating colorful messages on the windows of our Arctic Coast
exhibit. The belugas really enjoy this fun activity!


Keith Michael Johnson’s Bubbleology Presentation.............................. 1:00-1:30, 2:30-3:00
Main Gallery by Underwater Viewing of Foxwoods Marine Theater - Come be amazed by
bubbles created by Keith Michael Johnson. See someone put into a giant bubble!


Ray Feeding Session......................................................................... 2:00
Stingray Bay


Special Gifts for the Animals:
Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion........................... 2:00


Pacific Northwest, Fur Seals and Harbor Seal................ 3:00