Family Events

Join us for special celebrations throughout the year. From World Oceans Day to the Marine Masquerade there’s something for everyone.

Here are a few of the fun events we celebrate. Check out our calendar for a complete list.


Sunday, December 13, 2015
12 – 5:30 PM

Join us for our annual winter holiday celebration, featuring local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired gifts. Find some great gifts for the holidays and save 10% in the Ocean Discovery Shop!

Enjoy a cup of hot apple cider, while listening to music and browsing for the perfect gifts. Children will enjoy crafts, musical performances, and our exhibit hall during the excitement of the holidays.

The festivities typically culminate outdoors at dusk (about 5:45 p.m.) as we light up the night sky with Ms. Blue, our awesome blue whale skeleton!

2015 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

Special Admission:
Public: $6 adults, $4 kids, Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

Earth Day

Each April, our Earth Day celebration includes free admission for anyone arriving via people power (bicycle, walking, etc.) or via public transportation. Learn more about the big blue planet called Earth. The Seymour Center thanks you for doing your part to reduce your carbon emissions!

2015 Sponsors: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz and SEAL COVE INN, Half Moon Bay

World Oceans Day

Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day is the perfect time to learn how to protect the 71 percent of our planet that’s blue. Come get empowered to make a lasting difference for the future.World Oceans Day is celebrated in June each year.

2015 Sponsors: HULA’S ISLAND GRILL and MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

Shark Science Week

For a full week, the Seymour Center will celebrate Shark Science Week by revealing fascinating facts about these cartilaginous fishes. Come explore amazing shark adaptations including their extraordinary senses, the unique ways in which they reproduce, and so much more!

Marine Masquerade

Kids – dress up if you wish, be a seal or a fish – and bring your parents for a night of scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, a shipwreck story, costume parade, music, and more. Held each year in October.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


December 16, 5-7pm

Become a part of our team! Come learn how you can become a Seymour Center Volunteer.

Fantastic opportunity available; apply now! Applications due November 29.

Attention Teachers!
Space is still available for K-14 marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

December 13, 12-5:30pm

Enjoy children's activities while shopping for gifts by local artists and crafts people at the Seymour Center!

You'll see a lot of construction taking place here at the Coastal Science Campus but know, the Seymour Center is open for business as usual. Come visit!


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