Aquarium events

Meet us at the beach
Nighttime low-tide beach walks

Where: Constellation Park/South Alki Beach

When: Friday, January 27, 9:30–11pm;
and Friday, February 10, 9–11pm

Explore the beach during winter nighttime low tides with Beach Naturalist staff and volunteers. Discover what creatures we see on the beach at this time of year. Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts. MORE>

Nighttime Low Tide Beach Walks
Ocean Career Day at the Seattle Aquarium

Ocean Career Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: January 28, 9am-2pm

Ocean Career Day is an opportunity for middle, high school and college students to learn about educational, volunteer, internship and career opportunities at a variety of colleges, nonprofits and government institutions. Parents, guardians and teachers are also welcome to attend.

Join us for formal presentations from marine science professionals and a panel presentation from representatives of colleges and universities—plus, speak with representatives from a variety of ocean-related organizations.

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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 18 and 25 at noon: Live octopus release and February 19, 20 and 26 at noon: Divers swim with an octopus in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. MORE >

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, February 19.

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

Octopus Week at the Seattle Aquarium
Sea Otter Conservation Workshop

Sea Otter Conservation Workshop X

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Workshop schedule varies, March 17-19, 2017

Join the Seattle Aquarium for the largest meeting of sea otter biologists in the world at our Sea Otter Conservation Workshop. The event will feature over 50 talks, including discussions on wild sea otter biology, ecology, husbandry and conservation presented by biologists at the federal, state and nonprofit level; and updates on sea otters and facility husbandry and research from every U.S. institution that keeps sea otters. This international conference, the ninth since the Seattle Aquarium began hosting them biennially in 1999, will be attended by delegates from the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan. MORE >

Marine Mammal Mania

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: April 7-16

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

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

Marine Mammal Mania at the Seattle Aquarium
Discover Science at the Seattle Aquarium

Octopus Workshop 2017

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Join the Seattle Aquarium for our one-day workshop, highlighting current research. The Seattle Aquarium has a long history of exhibiting octopuses—and giant Pacific octopuses are even found in the waters directly below our pier. The workshop will feature several papers and round-table discussions about octopus husbandry, biology, physiology, ecology and behavior. MORE >

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.

Mother's Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Deaf Community Day

Deaf Community Day

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: May 20

Sign language interpreters will be present at each of our scheduled daily talks and throughout our exhibit areas as well.

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For possible discounts on tickets, visit SeattleAquarium.org/accessibility.

Family Science Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

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.

Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, May 28.

Meet us at the beach
FREE 2017 Beach Naturalist program

Where: Various locations

When: Various dates: May-August 2017

Time: Various times

Explore the beach at low tide with a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist. Trained Naturalists will be at several local beaches. Look for signs at the entrance to the beach. This is a free drop-in program and reservations are not needed.

Seattle Aquarium's Beach Naturalist program
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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Members-only early opening: 9am on Sunday, June 11.

Cedar River Salmon Journey

FREE family-friendly salmon viewing program!
In partnership with King County Flood Control District, Seattle Public Utilities, The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed), The City of Renton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District.

Where: Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard and at four sites along the Cedar River.

When: Watch the salmon migration through the Hiram Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Check back in June 2017 for summer dates.

See the salmon migration and learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Ballard Locks, into Lake Washington, and up the river to spawn. The Cedar River hosts chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species.

Learn more. What do salmon need to thrive? Why is clean and cold water so important to their survival? Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born.

Click here for a flyer with directions. MORE >

Cedar River Salmon Journey poster
Father's at the Seattle Aquarium

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. Members-only early opening at 9am.

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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Sea Otter Awareness Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: September 23-24

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!

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

Cedar River Salmon Journey

FREE family-friendly salmon viewing program!
In partnership with King County Flood Control District, Seattle Public Utilities, The WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council (Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed), The City of Renton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Seattle District.

Where: Along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas.

When: See spawning salmon at one or all four locations along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas. Check back in Fall 2017 for dates.

See the salmon migration and learn about the epic journey that takes place every year as salmon swim from the ocean, through the Ballard Locks, into Lake Washington, and up the river to spawn. The Cedar River hosts chinook, sockeye and coho salmon among other fish species.

Learn more. What do salmon need to thrive? Why is clean and cold water so important to their survival? Discover how you can help to keep these special creatures coming back to the river where they were born.

Click here for a flyer with directions. MORE >

Cedar River Salmon Journey poster

17th Annual Seattle Aquarium Octopus Census

Where: Various dive locations

When: October 7–15

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.

Aquarium Halloween

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: October 28–29

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.

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

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.
Halloween at the Seattle Aquarium

Lightning Talks

Discover Science Weekend kickoff event

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: Thursday, November 10, 7-10pm

Learn about marine science research directly from local scientists during Lighting Talks, part of the Aquarium’s larger Discover Science Weekend. Get exciting five-minute glimpses into a variety of topics, and learn how you can help with the conservation of our marine environment. It’s like science on a speed date—including a chance to meet and network with the scientists after their presentations! Admission is $10 in advance; $15 at the door. REGISTER HERE >

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

 

Discover Science Weekend

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: November 10–12

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 at noon and 3pm
November 25 and 26,
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24*
*At noon only on December 24. Seattle Aquarium closes at 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!

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

Winter Fishtival

Where: Seattle Aquarium

When: December 26-January 1, 2018

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.

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

Winter Fishtival at the Seattle Aquarium