Family Programs



Post Selina
Celebrate the upcoming Tall Ships Festival by painting our Tall Ships!

Painting By the Sea
Art of Sailing

Celebrate the upcoming Tall Ships and Ocean Festival by painting the Ocean Institute’s tall ships Spirit of Dana Point and brig Pilgrim. The event will take place on the Historic Maritime Wharf with experts Christie and Daniela to instruct you on the painting process.

All skill levels welcome; Minors must have a legal guardian present at all times. 


Sea Stars with Sensitivities
New Program!

Sea Stars with Sensitivities is a new program at Ocean Institute which is designed for our guests with ASD or any sensitivity to explore and enjoy. Ocean Institute will be open an extra hour for our Sea Stars with Sensitivities program on Saturday, July 27th. This program focuses on sensory play in addition to all our Grossology activities. You can rent a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, get the scoop on poop in the scat lab, check out a fidget toy, test the properties of slime, take advantage of our quiet corner, and learn about gross ocean science.


Family Science Nights
Ages 4–104

From animals to humans, navigation takes skill, talent, and many tools. Learn from our expert naturalists how whales, birds, and humans navigate yearly migrations, explore the deep sea, or chart a course for adventure. Each month we will explore a new way of navigating. 

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm


Tiny Tots: Mighty Mariners
Parent & Me Program

Join us for this six-week, maritime themed series exploring that will stretch your child’s imagination through creative play that supports language development, social interaction, and problem solving. Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter and an activity. This program is suitable for ages two to three years, with parental support.


Beach Cleanup Opportunities

Looking to give back to the ocean and your community? Join us for a two hour Beach Cleanup!

Ocean Institute beach cleanups removed over 1,000 pounds of trash in 2018. Help us prevent even more trash from entering our ocean in 2019. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Those 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Ocean Institute will provide trash pickers and bags! 

Select the “Book Now” button below to sign up.