On-site classroom programs

Pre-K: Ages 3–5

Introductory marine science programs perfect for preschools, Head Start classes, day care centers and other groups of young children.

Sea stars, urchins and friends

Meet five different live Puget Sound seashore animals and learn all about them through discussions, puppets, movement and song. This introductory marine science program is perfect for preschools, Head Start classes, day care centers and other groups of young children.

 

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Self-guided tour

Discover the Seattle Aquarium with your students! Guide them through face-to-face interactions with marine animals as they explore the exhibits, from the cool waters of Puget Sound to the tropical coral reefs of the Pacific. Make sure to stop by our hands-on tide pools and interact with a diver at one of our interpretive shows.

 

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Off-site

Our classroom-based outreach programs will come to your Pre-K center!

Ocean animals

What is an animal without a backbone? Learn about some of our Puget Sound invertebrates such as squid, mussels and sea stars. Games, puppets, songs and discussions help students explore the names, locomotion and habitats of these animals.


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Seals, whales and otters

What makes a whale a marine mammal? Explore the characteristics of marine mammals with hands-on opportunities to handle pelts, bones, teeth and baleen. Other activities include making marine mammal rubbings and creative dramatics.


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Fun with fishes

Learn about Northwest fishes and sharks, including the elusive sixgill sharks of Puget Sound, using real skeletons and teeth. Activities include fish rubbings, storytelling and other fishy fun!


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On-site program details

October 2015—June 2016
Monday—Friday

 

Fees

On-site classroom programs are free with Aquarium admission. The following admission rates apply to pre-registered groups of 10 or more.

Adults/youth age 4 and over: $9.50.

Children age 3 and under: No fees.

Passes, discounted tickets, coupons and Seattle Aquarium membership cards are not valid for school group admission fees.

 

Program start times and duration

Program start times: 9:45am (pre-K only), 10:45am, 12:15pm and 1:45pm. We can accommodate two groups per time slot. Groups must arrive at the Aquarium a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Five minutes before the program begins, an Aquarium instructor will meet your group to take you upstairs to our classrooms.

Program length: 30 minutes for pre-K programs; 60 minutes for all other programs.

Fees: Classroom programs are free with admission.

 

Group size

The minimum group size is 10 students. Maximum of 25 students in pre-K programs; maximum of 32 students in all other programs. Due to space and safety concerns, a maximum of 10 chaperones will be permitted into the classroom.

 

Conservation education fund scholarships

Scholarship assistance for admission, transportation and off-site programs is available to qualifying schools. Scholarships are awarded as funding is available. Priority will be given to 40 percent or greater free and reduced lunch or equivalent schools, Head Start, ECEAP, special needs and ESL/ELL classes. Limited funding available. Please apply online when registering for programs.