It’s Shark Week on the Discovery channel and who doesn’t love learning about these super cool predators? Dive into Shark Week with these fun activities for the kids!
1. Check Out this Live Webcam of the Shark Lagoon
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Shark Lagoon will get you up close and personal with some of the ocean’s most mysterious and misunderstood predators. Watch Sand Tiger, Zebra, Blacktip, and Whitetip sharks, as well as a Reticulated Whiptail ray, and a Mangrove ray. Tune in daily at 2 p.m. to watch the large sharks get fed! Visit the aquarium to see and touch sharks in their Shark Lagoon!
2. Visit the Shark Lab @ CSULB
Visit the CSULB Shark Lab on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. for an afternoon of sharks, science, and math fun! Admission is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. Snacks will be available for purchase during event. Arrive early! Free parking is available in the Foundation parking lot, but space is limited. Additional parking is available for $9. Click here for more information.
- Tour the Shark and Marine Labs
- View the sun using solar scopes
- Participate in math challenges
- Experience a simulated ocean oil spill and clean-up
- Take a hands-on tour of their Museum Collections of mammals, birds, and reptiles
- Meet their partners in science from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the California Science Center
- Do mentored physics experience
3. Shark Sundays at the Santa Monica Pier
Don’t miss this favorite weekly feature at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. At 3:30 p.m. every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while the horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come. Expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit. Everyone is invited to make a fun shark craft to take home. More info on Shark Sundays here!
4. Shark Teeth Fossils
Head to Laguna Hills to see Orange County’s only preserved portion of a 17-million-year-old fossil reef — at none other than Fossil Reef Park. You can see 48 species of marine fossil vertebrates, including shark teeth.
Via Lomas, between Moulton Pkwy. and Alicia Pkwy.
5. “Jaws” at Granada Beach
Da-dun. Da-dun. Da-dun-da-dun-da-dun! On July 31, once the sun starts to set, brave tweens and older can settle in on the sand for a Moonlight Movies on the Beach screening of the horror flick, “Jaws.” The movie is free and there’s plenty of free beach-lot parking. Snack shop, food trucks, and VIP seating available! More info on Moonlight Movies on the Beach here.
6. Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Shark Week is coming to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium from August 5-11! Enjoy activities all week in honor of one of the ocean’s top predators. Shark Week will feature amazing shark specimens like real shark skin, shark teeth, and shark egg cases. Plus, kids can create their very own shark egg case! Complete a Shark Fact Scavenger Hunt and receive a cool surprise. There’s also a super neat scientific shark dissection demonstration on the agenda! Find out more about Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium here.
7. Make a Shark Sensory Bin
Let little hands explore the dark depths of a shark infested water bin! See how to make this engaging activity here.
8. Make a Shark Infested Water Drink
Check out this fun and easy way to get the kids excited about drinking and eating their water! See instructions here from Simplistically Living.
How do you celebrate one of the coolest ocean animals? Share your ideas below!