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 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
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
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.
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