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.


Marine Masquerade

Friday, October 28, 2016

6 – 8 PM

Join us for a magical mystery marine masquerade adventure.

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, costume parade, music, and more.

Public: $8 adults, $6 kids, Children 2 and under FREE

Members: FREE


Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival

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.The festivities typically culminate outdoors at dusk (about 5:30 to 5:45 PM) as we light up the night sky with Ms. Blue, our awesome blue whale skeleton! Held each year in December.

2015 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

Earth Week

Each April, our Earth Week 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!

Mother’s Day

Take your mother out for Mother’s Day and bring her to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. There’s fun for everyone in the family! Learn a little about moms who live in the ocean, plus stop in for Sunday Seaside Crafts and create a special ocean-themed Mother’s Day gift to give her, right on the spot. Every mom will receive a flower compliments of Mission Inn, all day long.

2016 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

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. Take the “Better Bag Challenge” and decorate/make a reusable tote bag. Make an ocean promise and create a special ocean-themed craft. World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 each year.

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!

Sea Otter Awareness Week

Sea Otter Awareness Week is an annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Each year, zoos, aquariums, natural history museums, marine institutions, filmmakers, researchers, academics, educators, and the public participate in various events and activities highlighting sea otters and their natural history and the various conservation issues facing sea otters.

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Open every day - July and August, 10 AM to 5 PM


Thursday, October 20
7-8:30 PM
Understanding Coral Reefs through Marine Science and Woolly Sculptures—A unique perspective on corals, conservation, and crochet craftwork.

Sunday, October 23
12-3 PM
Join Margaret Wertheim co-founder of Crochet Coral Reef at the Seymour Center.

Apply today for this exciting opportunity –– Seymour Center Development Director.

Friday, October 28
6-8 PM
Join us for a magical mystery marine masquerade, including scavenger hunts, creature crafts, a costume parade, and more!

Art by Peter Winch
Sept. 20 - Nov. 27

This exhibit will feature large black and white marine artwork from Peter Winch's upcoming illustrated coloring book for adults, The Giant Ocean Coloring Book.

Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Marine science field trip information and applications for the 2016-17 school year are available online now.

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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