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.


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Earth Week

April 23–28, 2019

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!


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Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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.


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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.


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Sea Otter Awareness Week

September 24–29, 2019

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.

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Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival

Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival is a one-of-a-kind community event for all ages. Guests will explore our marine lab’s Science Showcase featuring unique science artifacts, our skull collection, and a whale of a skeleton (or two!). Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival was October 14, 2018.

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Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission! Discount available for adults, seniors, and children on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 10 AM–5 PM.


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Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Noon – 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 more than thirty 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

2018 Sponsor:

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

 

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Spotlight!

FRANS LANTING’S:
LAND OF THE JAGUARS
February 2, 2019
3 PM & 7 PM
A benefit for the Seymour Center’s marine science education and conservation programs. Purchase tickets.

HOMESCHOOL DAY
March 6, 2019
Join us for a morning of special hands-on activities and science investigations designed for homeschool families. Advanced registration recommended.

GLOBAL OCEANS GALA
March 23, 2019
Save the date for the 2019 Global Oceans Gala honoring John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources.

Join our teamATTENTION TEACHERS
Bring your class to the best science field trip of the year. Choose from a variety of field trip options for your group.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UCSC STUDENTS!
Seymour Center has 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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