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.

Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival

Celebrate the holidays – Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosted its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival, on Sunday, December 11, 2016.

This holiday tradition features local artists and crafts people who will tempt you with their ocean- and nature-inspired gifts. Festivities culminate outdoors at 5:30 PM as we celebrate with song in the belly of the whale! Join local songster Patti Maxine under a sparkling Ms. Blue, our awesome blue whale skeleton, as she sings in a welcome to winter.

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? Entrance fees to the Center are reduced during the entire day. Adult admission is $6; seniors and students $4; kids 2 and under are free.

The Seymour Center will also stay open for extended holiday hours until 7 PM on Wednesday, December 14. Between 5-7 PM, the public can enjoy free admission, holiday treats, free gift-wrapping on Ocean Discovery Shop purchases, and the opportunity to behold the sparkling glory of Ms. Blue!

Read more from NBC Bay Area.

2016 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

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 will receive a flower compliments of Mission Inn, all day long.

2016 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!

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.

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

Days & Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


Apply today for this exciting position––Seymour Center Visitor Programs Manager. The initial review date was March 12, 2017.

March is member appreciation month at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Join filmmaker, Kelsey Doyle, and marine biologist, Nicole Crane, as they discuss and present their film for this unusual Science Sunday.

Applications due March 23, 2017

Summer camp program information and application will be available online Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Schedule the best field trip of the year! Openings still available for Reserved School Tours and Self-guided Exhibit Explorations.

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!

Apply today for this exciting opportunity––Seymour Center Volunteer Coordinator/ Education Associate.


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