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.

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 is September 23 – October 1 this year.


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!

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

Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival

Celebrate the holidays – Santa Cruz-style! The Seymour Center hosts its annual Jingle Shells Arts and Crafts Festival in mid-December. 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.

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 from NBC Bay Area.

2016 Sponsor: MISSION INN, Santa Cruz

Days & Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM


September 23 - October 1, 2017
Join us for this annual recognition of the vital role that sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.

Beginning September 1, 2017, parking permits will be required. Seymour Center guests will receive three hours of free parking with paid admission.

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

Santa Cruz County locals can visit the Seymour Marine Discovery Center for free any Thursday this September!

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

Kids participate in the underwater robotics workshopUNDERWATER ROBOTICS
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Learn how to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in this fun workshop!


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