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 30, 2015
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, a shipwreck story, costume
parade, music, and more.

Come listen to “Maritime Mysteries” presented by author JoAnn Semones. Semones will share the stories of local shipwrecks—
the La Feliz and the Active—and lighthouse keeper LauraLa Feliz 1924 jpg
Hecox, who maintained the Santa Cruz lighthouse for 33 years
starting in 1883.

Talk times: 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM — each talk will be about 15 minutes long, and both will include similar stories.

Public: $8 adults, $6 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!

Jingle Shells Art and Crafts Festival

Our annual winter holiday celebration features local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired 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!

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


October 15, 7-8:30 pm

Three scientists share their investigations of troubling trends in our modern ocean and share their perspectives on signs of improving health.

October 18
Younger Lagoon Reserve

Join Manager Elizabeth Howard as she discusses the history of the reserve, current programs, and future plans for teaching, research, and restoration at Younger Lagoon Reserve.

October 30, 6-8 pm

Come one, come all to the Halloween Ball! Costume parade, scavenger hunts, creature crafts, flashlight tours to a whale of a skeleton, and more!

Attention Teachers!
Space is still available for K-14 marine science education programs 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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