Let the Spirits Move You to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica, CA (Sept. 28, 2012) – Get into the spirit of the season on October 27th and 28th at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium when the marine science center celebrates Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Aquarium, beach level at the Santa Monica Pier at 1600 Ocean Front Walk, has spooky, family friendly activities planned both days from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Experiment in the mad scientist laboratory, tip toe (if you dare!) through the marine animal graveyard and create colorful Dia de los Muertos crafts and masks. 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. An Aquarium-staffed photo booth on the Santa Monica Pier directly above the marine science center is the picture perfect place to snap a shot in costume.
Children under 13 are admitted free with an adult; for all others, there is a suggested donation of $5 or a $3 minimum admission fee. For groups of 10 or more, the entry fee is $2 per person. Come celebrate the season - come in costume or make your own Dia de los Muertos calavera mask once you get here and join in the fun!
About the SMPA
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s marine education facility located beach-level, just below the Carousel, at the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium is open to the general public and attracts more than 85,000 visitors per year. Since Heal the Bay acquired the Aquarium in 2003 from UCLA, more than half a million visitors have been welcomed during public hours and approximately 125,000 students have been educated during in-house education programs.
About Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
Contact: Randi Parent, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, (310) 393-6149 x105 or by email.