April Events at the New England Aquarium

  • April 01, 2015 - April 30, 2015
  • (Recurring daily)
  • Times: From: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Venue: New England Aquarium
  • Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
  • Phone:617-973-5205

PENGUINOLOGY

Explore the Secret World of Penguins.

Come to the New England Aquarium this summer and learn all about those beloved birds that fly underwater-penguins! There are more than 80 birds and three different species in our colony. With their signature waddles and festive attire, it's amazing to watch them bounce around their island territories and rocket through the water of their 150,00-gallon exhibit.

GIANT OCEAN TANK

Enjoy 360 degree views of a spectacular, four story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more animals than
ever before. In 2013, the iconic Giant Ocean Tank underwent a top to bottom, 21st century transformation, including windows that provide crystal clear viewing opportunities; a vibrant, revitalized coral reef with more than 1,000 fishes; and the Yawkey Coral Reef Center at the top of the exhibit. The colorful Caribbean coral reef is home to sea turtles, eels and hundreds of tropical fish of all sizes. 

SEALS AND SEA LIONS AT PLAY

New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center
The seals and sea lions are always at play. Get to know these energetic marine mammals with our special program guide, and learn how you can help them in the wild. Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber Northern fur seals lope in this beautiful open air exhibit space. Learn about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild, and get a new perspective on fitness with New Balance Foundation Fitness Friday training sessions!.

THE LARGEST SHARK AND RAY TOUCH TANK ON THE EAST COAST
The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals. Visitors to this new exhibit can reach out and gently touch the back of cownose rays, Atlantic rays and sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal-clear water. The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons.

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TIMED TICKETING
Choose the day and time that you want to visit the Aquarium from the comfort of your home! New timed ticketing means more freedom to plan your day. The excitement is already buzzing about this summer’s unveiling of the New Aquarium Experience. Grab your timed ticket online today, take advantage of special construction pricing and don''t miss your chance to see the Aquarium transforming before your eyes.

IMAX presentations in April include Journey to the South Pacific, Great White Shark 3D, Humpback Whales 3D and Secret Ocean 3D (April 17).

Secret Ocean 3D Opens April 17:

See the hidden beauty of our oceans blossom before your eyes in Secret Ocean 3D . Watch thousands of
colorful fish ripple over vibrant corals among stunning, 400 pound giant clams. Observe the genius of a
camouflaged octopus hunting along a reef. Hover next to a basket star as it unfurls its tangled tendrils at nightfall. JeanMichel Cousteau directs his first IMAX film, narrated by renowned marine scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle, exploring the ocean’s intricate secrets on New England’s largest screen thanks to brand new 3D macro photography. Take a closer look at our oceans and you’ll find that the smallest living things can be a powerful inspiration for protecting the blue planet.

ANIMAL ENCOUNTER PROGRAMS AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

Meet Myrtle

Myrtle the green sea turtle is our most famous resident. This brand new encounter gives you a deepunderstanding of her home—the New England Aquarium’s sparkling, fourstory centerpiece, the Giant Ocean Tank. You’ll start with a personalized tour spiraling up the exhibit’s ramp alongside Aquarium staff members who know Myrtle best. Leave the public exhibit path and slip behind the scenes for a guided peek at the science, technology, husbandry and food preparation necessary to manage this 200,000 gallon exhibit. Every day is different; you never know what you’ll see. The highlight of the whole experience is a chance to step out onto the platform where surface feedings take place. You might serve up fish to barracuda, krill to needlefish or even a head of lettuce to Myrtle herself.

  • Offered 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays
  • Cost: $125 plus the cost of admission, admission is required ($110 for members)
  • Limited to 2 participants per session
  • For visitors ages 13 and older; visitors younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Take a Peek Behind the Tank
The gleaming exhibits on every floor of the New England Aquarium tell just a part of the story. Behind the scenes there are more fish tanks, plus pipes and hoses and food and a lot of hard work that goes into keeping the Aquarium running smoothly. The Behind the Scenes Tour gives you a personalized peek at the life behind the glass of one of our many galleries. 


Meet and Greet the Harbor Seals and Northern Fur Seals

Harbor Seal Meet and Greet programs occur at 11 a.m. daily
Fur Seal Meet and Greet programs are available at 10:15 a.m. weekends only

Come meet our charming harbor seals and Northern fur seals! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the
exhibits, and then sit next to a trainer during a session. While on exhibit you will have a variety
of opportunities to interact with the seals. Interactions vary from day to day and are done at the
trainer's discretion depending on how comfortable the participants and the seal are together. You
may have a chance to rub a seal's belly and back, give some signals to a seal, get splashed, touch
a flipper or even touch a seal's tongue. Most of the time the seals are willing to give a kiss as well!

 

APRIL PROGRAMS AT THE NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM

AQUARIUM LECTURE SERIES
The Aquarium has been providing lectures and films by scientists, environmental writers, photographers and others since 1972. The Aquarium Lecture Series is presented free to the public through the generosity of the Lowell Institute, which has been providing funding for free public lectures at universities and museums since 1836.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is requested. All programs start at 7 p.m. in the
Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre. Programs last approximately one hour. For more information and to
register for these free lectures, visit us online.

Wednesday, April 15
Protecting the Ocean's Giants: The Future of Manta Ray Conservation
Josh Stewart, Associate Director, Manta Trust and Marine Conservation Action Fund Grantee 2014

Thursday, April 23
Luminous Seas
Brian Skerry, National Geographic photographer and Explorer in Residence, New England Aquarium

Wednesday, April 29
Celebrating Right Whales: The Trials and Triumphs of a Species on the Edge
Amy Knowlton, Research Scientist, New England Aquarium 

Blue Discovery Family Day: I’m an Ocean Protector
Sunday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling during this fun, family friendly
activity day. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as often overlooked inhabitants. Activities are included with Aquarium admission.

 
SEA SQUIRTS: PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN 2 TO 4 YEARS OLD
Best Friends
Learn about symbiosis through some well-known ocean pairs, such as the clownfish and the anemone
Tuesdays: April 7, 14, 28, May 5
Wednesdays: April 8, 15, 29, May 6
Thursdays: April 9, 16, 30, May 7

Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their
developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills such as
observation and exploration. Classes run for one hour and include free play, circle time with songs, stories and activities, art projects and a visit to the Aquarium exhibits. Classes will incorporate a live animal encounter when appropriate to the topic. Classes cover each topic over four weeks. Classes are held in the Aquarium's Ocean Center, which is across the plaza from the main Aquarium building. A minimum of five children will be required to run a session. Please tell your friends to sign up! 

SEA SQUIRTS PREVIEW: Programs for Children Ages 12 to 24 Months
Mondays: April 27, May 4, 11, 18
Sea Squirts Preview introduces you and your child to the wonders of the Aquarium and the ocean
world. Activities focus on developing motor skills, independence and socialization, as well as
introducing your young one to new materials. Over the course of four weeks, your child will become
more comfortable in the Aquarium classroom setting, and you will become more confident exploring
the Aquarium with your children outside of class time. Classes run for one hour and include free play, circle time with songs, stories, art projects and a visit to the Aquarium exhibits. Classes will incorporate a live animal encounter when appropriate to the topic. Classes meet in the Aquarium's Ocean Center, which is across the plaza from the main Aquarium building.


Harbor Discoveries Camps: Registration Is Now Open
Take part in this popular marine science summer day camp for students entering grades 4 through 9,
complete with an overnight experience for all levels. Choose from programs that include handson
encounters with animals and unforgettable peeks behind the scenes at the Aquarium. For more information please visit us online.

April Hours:

The New England Aquarium is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and from 9am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. For April School Vacation NEAQ is open 9am-6pm.

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