4 Things To Do with HtB this Week

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Heal the Bay staff canvass Los Angeles County each week, hosting events and offering fun ways to engage with the local environment.

Tuesdays are the days that we really get going, with the weekly feeding time at our Aquarium, which starts at 3:30 p.m. during public hours. Come help us feed a sea star and then feed your kids at Rusty’s Surf Ranch. With proof of Aquarium entry, you’ll receive one free child’s meal with purchase of an adult meal. The Aquarium is located on the Santa Monica Pier, just below the carousel.

You’re also invited to return October 27-28 to the Aquarium’s Fishy Fest, our annual Halloween/Dia de los Muertos celebration from 12:30 to 5 p.m.  Experiment in the mad scientist laboratory, create colorful Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks. Costumes are encouraged, but you can also dress up in our costumes and pose with a marine themed backdrop at our photo booth. Both days will feature a glow in the dark bioluminescent deep-sea experience. Face painting and spooky story times are scheduled throughout the weekend as well. The weekly Saturday story time at 3:30 p.m. is guaranteed to be ghostly; and at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, special guest author David Derrick, will read his new children’s book, “Animals Don’t So I Won’t.” Derrick is also a story artist at DreamWorks Animation and the author of  “Sid the Squid,” which he read last year to a captivated Aquarium audience. Shark-themed Sunday will also feature spine-tingling facts about these misunderstood marine creatures and a feeding at the shark exhibit. 

Check out the SMPA Pinterest site to get into the spooky mood!

Also this weekend, we’ll be hosting our first annual fall festival at WAYS park on Saturday, October 27, 2-5 p.m. Come carve a pumpkin, climb a hay bale and create an art or a craft!

Once the weekend’s over, it’s time to get Hallow-clean with Soaptopia, which is offering $1 donation to HtB for every bar of Beauty and the Beach or OCEAN's 12 purchased. Mention "Heal the Bay Fundraiser" in the note section of checkout, and Soaptopia will donate 15 percent to Heal the Bay. Want a coupon? Become a Heal the Bay member through Soaptopia and receive a $10 coupon! Shop now.

Want to plan next weekend’s Heal the Bay fun? Consult our calendar.