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January 5, 2017

Media/Calendar Advisory

Octopus Week Is Coming to the Seattle Aquarium

Octopus Week
February 18-26
Join us for fun and learning about one of the coolest creatures in Puget Sound, the giant Pacific octopus, with octopus feedings and talks plus daily hands-on activities for kids.

Octopus Week highlights:

  • Live octopus release on Saturday, February 18 at noon. Watch live video feed as our biologists escort one of our octopuses to a new home in Puget Sound, just below the Aquarium’s pier. The following Saturday, February 25 at noon, another octopus will be released.
  • Divers swimming with an octopus on February 19, 20 and 26 at noon in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Get a really good view of an octopus and find out all kinds of cool information about this iconic Puget Sound animal.
  • Hands-on activities for kids of all ages February 18-26.
  • Daily octopus feedings and talks.

More Aquarium programs & events:

Welcome to the Gills Club
January 22, 2017, 2–3:30pm
The Gills Club is Atlantic White Shark Conservancy's STEM-based education initiative dedicated to connecting girls with female scientists from around the world, sharing knowledge, and inspiring shark and ocean conservation.

The Seattle Aquarium is your local Gills Club host meeting site! Quarterly meetings are held on select Sundays and open to Seattle Aquarium and Gills Club members, girls ages 6–12; must be accompanied by an adult, families welcome. Check the Aquarium website for more information and registration.

Evening Beach Walks
January 27, 9:30–11 pm; and February 10, 9–11pm at Constellation Park/South Alki Beach
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. No need to register! Visit SeattleAquarium.org for more information.

Ocean Career Day
January 28, 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. This event is open to students attending middle school, high school or college. Teachers and parents are also welcome. Tickets are $5 for students, parents and teachers who pre-register. Get more information and register at SeattleAquarium.org/ocean-career. Tickets are also available at the door for $10 on the day of the event.

Toddler Time
February 5, 6, 7, 26, 27, 28
FREE with Aquarium admission
For children ages 5 and under; must be accompanied by an adult. Drop in for any length of time between 9:30am and noon. From dressing up like an octopus to fish-print painting and water play with ocean animal toys, Toddler Time will keep even the busiest of bodies engaged and entertained. Toddler Time is proudly supported by the T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.
Admission fees: Adults $24.95; Youth (4–12) $16.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


January 5, 2017

Photo Opportunity/Media Advisory

Visit Hawaii in Your Own Backyard at the Seattle Aquarium

January 14-16

Are tropical breezes and warm sandy beaches calling out to you? 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. Featuring Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows.

January 14-16, 10:30am and 1:30pm
Direct from Hawaii, the Seattle Aquarium is proud to welcome Honu by the Sea, a live musical show featuring a young Waikiki beach boy who loves to surf the ocean and dreams of living under the sea. Upon finding a magical sea star along the beach, his wish is granted to spend an entire day underwater, where he encounters several amazing ocean characters. The show’s producer, Hawaii-native Johnson Enos, created Honu by the Sea as a way to educate the public about the importance of caring for the ocean.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.
Admission fees: Adults $24.95; Youth (4–12) $16.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


November 17, 2016

Media/Calendar Advisory

Santa SCUBA Dives at the Seattle Aquarium

Diving Santa
Noon and 3pm: Saturdays and Sundays, November 26–December 18
Plus noon on December 24

Get in the holiday spirit at the Seattle Aquarium!
Come see Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Bring your camera, take your picture with Diving Santa and stay perfectly dry! Or have your photo taken by our professional photographer so the whole family can be in the picture. Donations will be accepted to help fund DreamNight events at the Seattle Aquarium. DreamNights are evenings dedicated to bringing children who have disabilities, are chronically ill, or who have special needs to the Aquarium for a special night of exploring the undersea world in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

While you’re here to see Diving Santa, treat yourself to a special seasonal beverage at our café’s espresso bar and enjoy festive music.

Live musical performances at 1pm on:
November 26—Recess Monkey
November 27—Sol Quartet
December 3—The Not-Its!
December 4—Sol Quartet
December 10—Caspar Babypants
December 11—Sol Quartet
December 17—Puget Sound A Cappella
December 18—Sol Quartet
December 24—The Dickens Carolers

Winter hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm.
Holiday hours: We’re open Thanksgiving Day (November 24) and Christmas Eve (December 24) from 9:30am to 3pm with exhibits closing at 4pm; closed Christmas Day (December 25).
Admission fees: Adults $24.95; Youth (4–12) $16.95; Children 3 and younger are admitted FREE.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


October 27, 2016

Photo opportunity/Media adviosry

Aquarium Halloween

WHEN: Friday, October 28, noon

WHAT: Come preview the special, spooky weekend activities taking place at the Aquarium with Aquarium scuba divers carving Halloween pumpkins underwater AND master carver Russ Leno turning a 500-pound squash into a work of art!

WHERE: Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA, Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Please use the main Aquarium entrance.

Underwater pumpkin carving is just one of the activities planned for the Aquarium’s Halloween extravaganza October 29–30. Additional photo opportunities include:

  • Master carver Russ Leno wielding sharp knives and tools! He’ll be sculpting additional giant pumpkins on 10/29 and 10/30. Leno has carved all over the world, working in such mediums as wood, ice, sand, watermelons and of course, giant pumpkins.
  • Watch our adorable otters have their own Halloween hilarity with eerie ice toys! Ice toy creators will discuss the creepy craft of creating these cold culinary compositions, and then offer them to our otters in this frighteningly informative demonstration taking place at 1pm both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Not to be outdone, the river otters will get hair-raising pumpkin treats at 12:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. And what will happen at the ominous octopus feedings at noon and 4pm each day?
  • Two Teal Pumpkin stations will be included in the celebration this year, to give peace of mind to parents of children with food allergies.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $24.95; Youth (4–12) $16.95; children 3 and younger are admitted free. Tickets are now available online.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


September 29, 2016

Cedar River Salmon Journey Begins!

WHEN:
Saturday & Sunday, October 1 & 2, 11am to 4pm

WHERE:
Renton Library, Cedar River Park, Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area, and Landsburg Park and Dam.

WHAT:
Trained volunteer naturalists will be on site at four riverside locations around Renton and Maple Valley to provide free salmon viewing programs for the whole family. Join the Cedar River Salmon Journey program to learn about our local salmon that are returning to the Cedar River now, and find out what we can all do to help them. Visitors can expect to see sockeye, plus possibly chinook and coho salmon.

Additional dates: October 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 from 11am to 4pm.

Background: Since 1998, over 106,000 people have participated in the Cedar River Salmon Journey, learning about our local salmon and the watershed we share with them, plus the challenges salmon face today, including habitat loss and changing ocean conditions.

The Cedar River Salmon Journey is sponsored by the Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Public Utilities with funding from a King County Flood Control District Cooperative Watershed Management Grant, and support from the City of Renton, the WRIA8 Salmon Recovery Council, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District. Further information on the program and directions to program sites can be found on our website at SeattleAquarium.org/salmon-journey.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Laura Austin
(206) 386-4329
l.austin@seattleaquarium.org


September 28, 2016

Join the Seattle Aquarium for engaging family fun this fall and winter!

WHEN:
October 2016–January 2017

WHERE:
Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle, WA

WHAT:
Toddler Time
From dressing up like a wolf eel to fish-print painting and water play with ocean animal toys, Toddler Time keeps even the busiest of bodies engaged and entertained. A myriad of developmentally age-appropriate, hands-on activities await for tots to explore.

In our classrooms on select Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. For children ages five and under; must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Aquarium admission.

Drop in for any length of time 9:30am–noon
October 9, 10, 11, 23, 24, 25
November 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, 22
December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
January 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24
February 5, 6, 7, 26, 27, 28

Cedar River Salmon Journey, select weekends in October
FREE family-friendly salmon viewing programs!

Watch our local salmon spawning in the Cedar River, learn about their adventures and discover what we can all do to improve watershed health. Volunteer naturalists will be stationed from 11am to 4pm on October 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 at four locations along the Cedar River in the Renton and Maple Valley areas. Carpool if you can—these sites have limited parking. For a flyer with directions or to get more information visit SeattleAquarium.org/salmon-journey.

Halloween fun at the Seattle Aquarium, 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.

Discover Science Weekend, 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.

Lightning Talks
Discover Science Weekend kickoff event
Thursday, November 10, 7–10pm at the Seattle Aquarium

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 a variety of topics while inspiring guests to take an active role in marine conservation. Desserts will be served; no-host bar. Admission to the Seattle Aquarium included. Registration open October 1 at SeattleAquarium.org/events.

Diving Santa, Saturdays and Sundays, November 26–December 24
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.

Winter Fishtival, December 26, 2016–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.

Hawaii in Your Own Backyard, January 14–16
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.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:
The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am to 5pm daily, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: Adults $22.95; youth (4-12) $15.95; children 3 and under are admitted free.

On the web: SeattleAquarium.org
On Facebook: facebook.com/Aquarium.Seattle
On Twitter: twitter.com/SeattleAquarium.

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Contact:
Tim Kuniholm
(206) 386-4345
t.kuniholm@seattleaquarium.org


 

 

 

 

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