March is for members
We’re grateful for our members! To show our appreciation, we feature special members-only benefits and programs throughout the month of March. Highlights include members-only early openings, a members-only movie night, the chance to win an exclusive personalized tour of the Aquarium and a bigger discount in our café and gift shop.
Members-only movie night featuring Incredibles 2
Friday, March 1, 7pm
Enjoy a night out at the movies, Aquarium-style! Before the show starts at 7:30pm, you’ll have the opportunity to see, touch and explore the animals in our tide pools. You’ll also have time to load up on popcorn, candy and beverages before the lights go down. Come in pajamas for even more fun!
Four weekends of members-only early openings
Join us at 9am to beat the crowds and experience the Aquarium as it’s just waking up! Plus, we’ve planned special activities for each March weekend—see descriptions below. Programming will begin shortly after 9am, so make sure to give yourself enough time to get to the featured exhibit.
Don’t forget—kids can enjoy a free cocoa or lemonade from our café on members-only early opening days. Drink vouchers are available at the front desk between 9 and 9:30am and redeemable anytime that day.
March 9 & 10
Watch a live video feed from behind the scenes of our Windows on Washington Waters exhibit! Come on a virtual tour with one of our divers as they prepare to take to the water. Learn about the special equipment they use and the kind of care needed for our 120,000-gallon exhibit.
March 16 & 17
Take a closer look and discover the foundation of the marine food chain—plankton! Microscopes will be set up in Puget Sound Hall with water samples from right below our pier. Talk with an interpreter about the organisms you see and learn about the roles they play in the marine ecosystem.
March 23 & 24
Head to our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit to see how we get ready before opening our doors each day. A diver will be in the main exhibit performing the daily routine that helps keep our warm-water fish thriving.
March 30 & 31
Bring out your inner scientist and help us dissect opalescent squids. Grab a glove (or just watch, that’s ok!) and explore the internal and external anatomy of this amazing animal.
Members' Night Out (21+ only)
Friday, March 15, 6:30pm
Don’t miss this intimate, adults-only gathering exclusively for Aquarium members and their guests! The entire Aquarium will be yours to explore after we’ve closed to the public for the day—enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to experience our exhibits and staff in a whole new way. Meet other members who share your interests, and invite friends or family to join you for this unique experience!
Additional March benefits:
- A chance to win an exclusive, personalized tour of the Aquarium. Receive one entry per membership, per visit through the entire month of March. Entry forms are available at check-in.
- A bigger discount in our gift shop and café: instead of the usual 10 percent, you’ll receive 15 percent off your purchases.
- Membership referral perks: free guest passes to current members and new referred members when memberships are purchased in person at the Aquarium. Look out for a special referral email in early March to share with your friends and family!
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Pacific coral reef and Salish Sea activity backpacks: Available exclusively to members
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 exhibits. 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:
December 26-January 6—Winter Fishtival
January 19-21—Hawaii Weekend
February 16-24—Octopus Week
You can check one out at the member 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 will be greatly appreciated and will help guide us in future activity plans. If you fill out the survey, you will also have a chance to win a FREE FAMILY MEMBERSHIP renewal.
Our survey prize winner will be contacted by April 15, 2019. Only existing members will be eligible to win.