The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! Heal the Bay took over the former UCLA Ocean Discovery Center on March 1, 2003. Join Aquarium staff and volunteers (and of course all the exhibited marine life) for a three-day birthday celebration, beginning with a cake and ice cream party during public hours on Friday, March 1, at 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon is feeding time for the more than 100 species of Santa Monica Bay creatures at the Aquarium as well and visitors are invited to help staff feed the sea stars. The Aquarium will be open to the public from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The celebration will continue throughout the weekend, with special presentations, face painting, exhibits and craft activities with a birthday theme. Local bars and restaurants are celebrating with special deals and marine-themed cocktails. Weekend hours are 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.