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Pacific coral reef and Salish Sea activity backpacks: available exclusively to members


Two kids backpacks with different ocean inspired designs

Check out our activity backpacks, filled with games, activities and books that provide family fun and offer engaging ways to learn more about the Pacific coral reef, the Salish Sea and the animals that live there. Detailed instructions for each activity are included as well as an adult guide to provide you with additional information and ideas while exploring our habitats. Activities are perfect for kids between ages 4 and 6.

Activity backpacks are available for member use every day* from October 1 through March 31 with the exception of all federal holidays and the following blackout dates:

November 23–25
December 26–January 1

*There may be unplanned days when activity backpacks are not available due to high visitation and/or staffing constraints.

You can check out a backpack at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. A credit card number is required to check out a backpack and will be given back to you at the end of checkout. Please note: backpacks are for use only while you're in the Aquarium and cannot be taken home.

You will be asked to complete a short survey when you return the backpack so we can learn from your experience. Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated and will help guide us in future activity plans. Plus, all survey respondents will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to our gift shop!

Our survey prize winner will be contacted by April 21, 2023.