Family Events

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

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



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!

Sponsored by:



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 to her, right on the spot. Every mom receives a flower.


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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. Shark touching pool open every day! Shark Science week was July 22 – 28, 2018.



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. Sea Otter Awareness Week is September 22 – 30, 2018.



Fall Festival

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 AM – 5:00 PM
Details coming soon!

Public: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE


Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 9, 2018
12 – 5:30 PM
Celebrate the holidays – Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosts its Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival annually in December. This holiday tradition features local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired gifts. Enjoy live music, hot apple cider, and children’s activities. Shop jewelry, ceramics, art glass, photography, gourmet food gifts, and much more—all by local artisans—and save 10% in the Ocean Discovery Shop!

Entrance fees to the Center are reduced during the entire day.
Public: Adult $9 | Senior, Student, Child $7 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

Read more about the 2016 Jingle Shells from NBC Bay Area.

2017 Sponsor:
Elizabeth Quinn, MS DC—Santa Cruz Low Force Chiropractor




Days & Hours

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


August 19, 2018
1:30 – 2:30 PM
People in a Changing Sea: Achieving Resilient Coastal Fisheries in an Era of Global Change.

Apply NOW for the best science field trip of the year! Submit your application by the lottery deadline: September 6.

The Seymour Center is open every day in July and August! Come explore your ocean and visit us 10 AM – 5 PM.

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Seymour Center has multiple positions open for UCSC students who want to work in a dynamic and exciting environment. To join our team, apply today!

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