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.


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 receives a flower, compliments of the Mission Inn, all day long.

2017 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. Shark touching pool open every day!

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 was September 23 – October 1 in 2017.

Marine Masquerade

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. The ate3one food truck will be serving up a delicious dinner with a modern street food menu that specializes in local, seasonal cuisine. Marine Masquerade was on Friday, October 27 from 5:30 – 8 PM in 2017.

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

Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017
12 – 5:30 PM
Celebrate the holidays – Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center will 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!

For 2017: El Buen Taco food truck was onsite to keep visitors fueled for shopping.

Entrance fees to the Center are reduced during the entire day.
Public: $6 adults, $4 kids and seniors, 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 Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM



Sunday, December 17
2-4 PM
Join us for a special film screening followed by an engaging discussion by Melissa Stevens, co-producer of the film.

Into Africa book coverINTO AFRICA
A New Presentation by
Frans Lanting & Chris Eckstrom
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Be a part of our team! The Seymour Center is looking for qualified, enthusiastic UCSC students—apply today!

Docents lead daily tours, assist guests at the touch pools, educate the public about marine conservation, and so much more!

As of September 1, 2017, parking permits are required by UCSC. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

Start planning your class field trip to the Seymour Center. Field trip information and applications for the 2017-18 school year are available now.


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