When your kids find out about what’s going on at the Oregon Coast Aquarium Memorial Day weekend, don’t be surprised if one of them asks, “Hey Dad, can I get the keys to the submarine?” From the looks of it, it’ll be a lot of fun for not only the kids but for parents as well.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is opening it’s “The Sea & Me” children’s interactive exhibit as part of their Memorial Day weekend activities May 26-28 at their South Beach facility. The opening also celebrates the aquarium’s 20 year anniversary. Opening weekend includes a Saturday performance of “Radio Disney” and a live radio remote with KYTE here in Newport.
Visitors to “The Sea & Me” will dive into the ocean on a submarine, haul in a catch on a fishing boat, dig in the sand for seashore treasures and see, hear and touch some really “cool” animals. And, surprisingly, adults are allowed to tag along and rediscover their own sense of play.
The nearby Fishing Gallery is a child-sized fishing boat outfitted with a wheelhouse and fishing gear. Young explorers can slip on rubber bibs and experience the life of a fisherman in coastal waters while learning where seafood comes from and how it’s caught.
Meanwhile, the aquarium theater will be transformed into a free-play area where children can create their own ocean adventure through discovery boxes filled with “bio-facts’ like shark jaws, whale ballen, ocean books, marine animal costumes and a stage for little ones to act out their own ocean exploits.
The Sea & Me exhibit also offers an opportunity for the whole family to experience one-on-one interaction with sharks and ocean rays. Don’t worry, all safety precautions are well in place! Also, the aquarium’s regular touch pool features ocean bottom and reef critters in the Rocky Shores Gallery.
It’s all waiting for you and your family at the Oregon Coast Aquarium May 26th through the 28th, 9-6!