Aquarium events

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: September 24-25

Join biologists at the Seattle Aquarium and explore the lives of sea otters. See how the Seattle Aquarium biologists care for these enchanting animals, including providing great nutrition, training and even toys! MORE >

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, September 25.

16th Annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Census

Where: Various dive locations

When: October 8-16

Calling all divers! Help collect data on a Puget Sound icon! If you go diving anytime during October 8–16, we’d like to know whether or not you see any giant Pacific octopuses. MORE >

Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Aquarium Halloween

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: October 29-30

Get your Halloween celebration started early! Put on your costume and join us for creepy games and activities, face painting, fun treats and two kinds of pumpkin carving demonstrations—on land with master carver Russ Leno and underwater with our Aquarium divers.


Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, October 30.

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Live streaming pumpkin cam: 9:30am-5pm
Watch live streaming video of Russ Leno carving aquatic designs into giant pumpkins at the Seattle Aquarium. WATCH LIVE HERE>

Trick or Treat at Waterfront Neighborhood Businesses from the ferry terminal to the Olympic Sculpture Park on Sunday, October 27, 11am-5pm.

Lightning Talks

Discover Science Weekend kickoff event

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Thursday, November 12

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn about marine science research from local scientists during Lightning Talks, part of our larger Discover Science Weekend. Scientists will give five-minute glimpses into topics such as Mishka, the Seattle Aquarium’s asthmatic sea otter, and orca poop—while inspiring guests to take an active role in marine conservation. Desserts will be served; no-host bar. Admission to the Seattle Aquarium and one drink are included. MORE>

Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter during Lightning Talks by using #Sci5.

Lightning Talks features 10 experts, each given just five minutes to talk about science, plus a chance to meet and mingle with the presenters afterward. Topics will range from what happens to dead things in the ocean to facts about ocean radiation from the Fukushima disaster and beyond. Light refreshments; cash bar. Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. REGISTER HERE >

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 11–13

Bring the family to explore science together through exciting interactive experiments and presentations. Meet scientists and researchers from the Aquarium as well as other organizations in the community to learn about current projects, as well as why and how the research is being conducted.

Discover Science at the Seattle Aquarium
Diving Santa at the Seattle Aquarium

Diving Santa

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Saturdays and Sundays, November 26-December 18,
noon and 3pm

Come to the Aquarium and get in the mood for the winter holidays! Meet Diving Santa, take a photo and treat yourself to a seasonal beverage at our café’s espresso bar. With special holiday concerts featuring local Puget Sound groups on select weekends. Be sure to bring your camera!

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, November 27.

Winter Fishtival

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: December 26-January 2, 2017

Join us for hands-on activities, special talks, and opportunities to learn more about the marine animals at the Aquarium and in Puget Sound. Each day will feature a different sea animal and activities. Included with Aquarium admission, no reservation necessary.

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, January 1.

Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium
Hawaii Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Hawaii in Your Own Backyard

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: January 14-16, 2017

Take a break from winter, dress up in Aloha wear, and join us at the Aquarium to explore a little of the tropics. Discover some of the unique sea life that originates only in the Hawaiian Islands.

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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, January 17.

Ocean Career Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: February 4, 9am-2pm

Come explore ocean-related careers at the Seattle Aquarium! Discuss career opportunities with biologists, researchers and educators. Attend special presentations by marine science professionals. And learn about schools and volunteer internship opportunities.

Ocean Career Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium

Octopus Week

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: February 18-26, 2017

Join us to learn about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus. Each day will feature hands-on activities for kids, octopus feedings and talks.

A few highlights: February 15 and 20 at noon: Live octopus release and February 13, 19 & 21 at noon: Divers swim with an octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. MORE >

*Activities, feedings and talks may vary due to seawall construction.

Marine Mammal Mania

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: April 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30

How does the Aquarium celebrate spring? With Marine Mammal Mania—four weekends of hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations devoted to marine mammals—join us!

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium
Mother's Day at the Seattle Aquarium

Mother's Day at the Aquarium

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: May 14

Celebrate moms of all types, animal and human. Members-only early opening at 9am with a special gift for moms.

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New this year!

We have teamed up with Ivar’s Acres of Clams restaurant and Downtown Parking to give families the ultimate Mother’s Day on the waterfront!

Make reservations to bring Mom down to the newly renovated Ivar’s Acres of Clams for a seafood brunch buffet fit for a queen. In addition to a delicious brunch, Moms will receive a FREE admission to the Seattle Aquarium good for the day.

As an extra bonus, you can receive up to four hours of free parking at select garages on the waterfront. Click here for more info.

Family Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: May 27-29

Participate in activities to learn about science and research taking place at the Seattle Aquarium. Hands-on activities, special talks and demonstrations will help the whole family discover science in a fun way.

Family Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium
World Ocean Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

World Ocean Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: June 10-11

Celebrate the world’s one big ocean with us and learn to be an ocean hero! Everyone, no matter where they live, can help keep the ocean clean and healthy. We'll show you how with a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations.

Be sure to bring your camera and see the Octonauts' show, To Your Stations, at 11am, 1pm and 2:30pm in the Puget Sound Hall.
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Father's Day at the Aquarium

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: June 18

Celebrate dads of all types—animal and human. Join us for talks, enrichments and fun activities.

featuring a group LEGO® build with Master Builder Dan Parker.

Members-only early opening at 9am with a special gift for dads.
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Father's at the Seattle Aquarium