Created in 1992 by The Ocean Project, World Oceans Day is an international observance designed to learn more about the ocean and promote ocean conservation. Along with hundreds of zoos, aquariums and museums around the world, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach will be featuring fun events and activities to celebrate our world’s oceans.
While the “official” World Oceans Day is June 8, the Virginia Aquarium will be celebrating on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. With a theme of “Youth: The Next Wave for Change,” visitors are invited to participate in Dr. Seuss-themed programs, crafts and activities about the natural resource that provides air, food and clean water and regulates our climate.
World Oceans Day events and activities
- Story time and informational presentations throughout the day.
- A “fishy fun” scavenger hunt leads guest through the Ocean Pavilion to find clues to unlock a treasure chest.
- Meet divers in the Chesapeake Bay Aquarium and find out what it’s like to be under water with the fishes.
- Learn how to make a “trash talking turtle.”
- Play the Raindrop Roller Coaster.
- Learn all about funny fish “from here to there.”
- Much, much more.
A Dr. Seuss Breakfast will be offered on Saturday, June 9 for members and on Sunday, June 10 for non-members. Both breakfasts take place from 9:00-10:30 a.m. and feature fun Dr. Seuss characters such as The Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Members are $17 per person and non-members are $22 (does not include aquarium admission). Reservations can be made by calling Guest Services at 757-385-0300.
The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. Their mission is to inspire conservation of marine environments through education, research and sustainable practices.
The Ocean Project
The Ocean Project inspires action to protect our ocean by advancing ocean conservation in partnership with informal science education centers around the world. Its global network includes more than 1,500 partner aquariums, zoos, science museums and other educational organizations that serve millions of visitors each year.
The Ocean Project is the lead organization for the promotion of World Oceans Day. More about The Ocean Project can be found at TheOceanProject.org.
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