On Friday night, C, T, and I attended one of two scheduled member anniversary parties at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The Aquarium is celebrating its 15th year this year, and to acknowledge the occasion, they invited its members to one of two free nighttime events to join in on the celebration.
While we’d been to the aquarium at night once before for a kids’ member event, this was our first member event for all-ages, and it was really fun and exceeded our expectations. No, it wasn’t because of the cash bars spread throughout the venue (though they didn’t hurt!). Surprisingly, it wasn’t very crowded… at all. I am unsure why since it was a gorgeous Friday summer evening. Maybe staff limit attendance at these special events by design, I’m not really sure, but regardless of the reason for the light crowd it made the evening extremely enjoyable since we didn’t have to fight against a throng of people at every turn (this place can get very crowded very fast during usual hours year-round). We got to see pretty much everything and anything we wanted, including a lot of active animals, and T was able to participate in the hands-on activities throughout the venue. We stayed almost two hours, from about 7:15 until just after 9 p.m. (event hours were 7-to-10 p.m.).
There were also a few special presentations and shows for the evening, including “Critter on a Rope in a Bucket… Check it out!” No, really, that was the name of the program. Of course, C was obsessed with repeating this over and over until we went to – what else – check it out. While it wasn’t really a show but an educational event at the outdoor amphitheater, we still enjoyed it. T and the other kids even got to take turns naming the critters on the ropes in the buckets. Glad we checked that out!
Also we learned about the Aquarium’s wonderful family volunteering program from a mother and her two sons. I had no idea that kids as young as seven-years-old could volunteer alongside their parent(s) here as frequently as once-weekly (up to two kids at a time). I’d not ever heard of such a volunteer or service program for kids this young, so I am hoping that one of you out there can take advantage of this information. I know I plan to look into this program further once T turns seven in a few short years!
Happy Anniversary to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and thank you for 15 solid years of education, conservation, and stewardship to Long Beach and its surrounding communities!
The last of two 15th Anniversary Member Parties at the Aquarium of the Pacific is tomorrow evening, Tuesday July 2, 7-to-10 p.m. Please go to this link for party details and for information on how to reserve your spots (advance RSVP required). While the RSVP deadline of June 23 has passed, it can’t hurt to call (562) 437-FISH (3474) to ask if more spots opened up last-minute. Please note admission is free for all Aquarium member levels (no guests please).