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!

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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

September 22 – 30*, 2018

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.

(*The Seymour Center is closed Monday, September 24, 2018.)

Special Presentation, In the Crosshairs: An Update on the Sea Otter Survival Story



Fish, Fins, and Flukes Fall Festival

Sunday, October 14, 2018
10 AM – 5 PM

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!). Family crafts, El Buen Taco food truck, and live music from The Singing Scientist complete the day.

A special thank you to Long Marine Lab research groups!

Science Showcase 12 – 3 PM

Check out unique science artifacts never before seen by the public! Students and scientists from the Long Marine Laboratory will showcase interesting props, specimens, or scientific instruments representing their research.

The Singing Scientist and The Earth Rangers 3 – 4:30 PM

Join Dr. Peter Weiss, “The Singing Scientist,” and his rockin’ band, “The Earth Rangers,” for some danceable environmental education music. They sing about wildlife, plastic pollution, blue whales, cookin’ with a solar oven, and much more. Dr. Pete, also known as a UCSC chemistry instructor, plays music that is danceable, engaging, and catchy. The Earth Rangers, with Gail Swain and Ron Goodman on vocals, Jerry Paul on bass, and Jeff Arlt on percussion, are a bunch of pros, and together with Dr. Pete, they will get the Seymour Center rockin’!

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



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wear your costume to the Seymour Center on Halloween and receive $2 off regular price admission! Discount available for adults, seniors, and children on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 10 AM – 5 PM.


Jingle Shells Arts & Crafts Festival

Sunday, December 9, 2018
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


December 9, 2018
Noon–5:30 PM
Shop for gifts from local artisans and celebrate the holidays–Santa Cruz-style!

Now–December 16, 2018
Visit any New Leaf store to fill out a paper ballot and vote for the Seymour Center today.

Now–December 6, 2018
Learn about the effects of single-use plastics on marine life. This exhibit is outdoors and free to the public.

February 2, 2019
3 PM & 7 PM
A new presentation by Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom.

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

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

Every membership includes free admission for 12 months and other benefits. Join or renew online today!

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Looking for a way to make a difference? Interested in learning more about marine science and conservation? Feel great, learn lots, and make an impact—that's what happens when you become a Seymour Center volunteer!


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