Family Events

Join us for special ocean-themed celebrations throughout the year. From World Oceans Day to Jingle Shells, there’s something for everyone in the family!

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


Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Noon5:30 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 more than 30 local artists and craftspeople who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired wares. The festival features ocean-themed gifts, while proceeds directly support marine science education. Meet artists, shop for unique holiday gifts, enjoy live music, hot apple cider, free gift wrapping, children’s activities, and explore Seymour Center exhibits, aquarium, and touch pools. Where else can you touch a shark and get your holiday shopping accomplished all while supporting ocean conservation?

Shop jewelry, ceramics, art glass, photography, gourmet food gifts, and much more—all by local artisans—and save 10% in the Ocean Discovery Shop!

Special one-day-only price:

Adult $7 | Senior, Student, Child $5 | Children 2 and under FREE
Members: FREE

Sponsored by:

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


Earth Week

April 21–26, 2020

Learn more about the big blue planet called Earth during the Seymour Center’s 2020 Earth Week celebration! Special pop-up exhibits and fun arts and crafts will be set-up for visitors every day during the week.

Plus, each April the Seymour Center’s Earth Week celebration includes free admission for anyone arriving via people power (bicycle, walking, etc.) or via public transportation. The Seymour Center thanks you for doing your part to reduce your carbon emissions!


Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Take your mother out for a beautiful seaside Mother’s Day in Santa Cruz at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. There’s fun for everyone in the family! Learn a little about moms who live in the ocean, and stop in for Sunday Seaside Crafts (1–3 PM) to create a special ocean-themed Mother’s Day gift to give to her, right on the spot.



World Oceans Day

Sunday, June 7, 2020

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; however since the Seymour Center will be closed on Monday, June 8, we will be celebrating World Oceans Day on June 7, 2020.


Shark Science Week

July 2020, Dates TBD

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 28August 3, 2019. 2020 dates TBD.


Sea Otter Awareness Week

2020 Dates TBD

Discover the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem during Sea Otter Awareness Week. Special pop-up exhibits will highlight sea otters’ natural history, reveal conservation issues facing these marine mammals, and so much more. Sea Otter Awareness Week was September 24-29, 2019. 2020 dates TBD.

Many thanks to our event sponsor: Elizabeth Quinn, MS DC


Locals “Seymour” in October

2020 Dates TBD

Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free during Locals “Seymour”! Simply present a current photo ID showing Santa Cruz County residence. Current student ID from any school in Santa Cruz County or current utility bills are also valid proof of residence. Guests of county residents must pay regular admission prices. Locals “Seymour” was October 1–4, 2019. 2020 dates TBD.

Sponsored by generous donations on Giving Day.



Saturday, October 31, 2020

Wear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission! Discount available for adults, seniors, and children on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10 AM–5 PM.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Now–December 16, 2019
Visit any New Leaf store to fill out a paper ballot and vote for the Seymour Center today!

December 15, 2019
Noon–5:30 PM
Shop for gifts from local artisans and celebrate the holidays–Santa Cruz-style!

December 18, 2019
6–7:30 PM
Our Ocean Backyard: Collected Essays, Volume 2

Join our volunteer teamVOLUNTEER WITH US!
Now recruiting for volunteer Docents. Join the fun and learn how to teach the public about ocean conservation and marine science! Apply Now!

January 19, 2020
1:30–2:30 PM
Join us for our upcoming Science Sunday, “Fishing for Conservation Solutions: Protecting Manta Rays from Our Seafood System.”

January 23, 2020
Enjoy free admission to the Seymour Center all day, 10 AM–5 PM.

Inspire your students with the best field trip of the year! Discovery Lab field trip applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available. Apply NOW!

Booking Now–Dec. 2020
Experience spectacular ocean views for your next social or business event! Inquire today!


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