NORWALK, Conn. -- The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk will let kids count shark teeth, go on a treasure hunt and discover how whales keep warm as part of the aquarium's spring camp programs.
The aquarium is hosting a variety of camp programs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from April 14 to 18. The Maritime Aquarium’s “Spring Vacation Adventures” program will allow students to explore a different topic involving the watery world each day of the school break.
The following is a listing of camp programs available, according to the aquarium:
For Ages 6 to 9.
- Mon., April 14 – “Sharks & Fish.” Find out what makes a shark different from a flounder on this very fishy day! Kids will visit the Shark & Ray Touch Pool, count teeth in real shark jaws, and learn about a shark’s unique senses through hands-on activities. They’ll see how food is prepared for the sharks and might even get a sneak peek behind the scenes to see where the Aquarium’s cares for our friends with fins.
- Tues., April 15 – “Whale of A Day.” It’s a special day devoted to Earth’s biggest animals. Activities include an IMAX® movie, blubber and feeding experiments, assembling a life-size whale puzzle, touching real whale artifacts, crafts and more.
- Wed., April 16 – “Go Geo.” This fun session will navigate through the history of navigation and some of the many tools that have been used to help us find our way in the world. Kids will learn what geocaching is, use navigation tools and go on a special Maritime Aquarium geocaching hunt for treasures! Includes seeing a special IMAX movie.
- Thurs., April 17 – “Making Sense.” Through hands-on activities, kids will learn about our five senses, including the fun of optical illusions. They’ll use tools such as hand lenses and microscopes in discovering the senses of animals, from crabs to sharks and jellies.
- Fri., April 18 – “Water World.” Why is Earth called the “blue planet?” Kids will learn how we are connected, and that what we do in our yards affects Long Island Sound. They’ll go on an outdoor river walk (weather permitting). The day will be topped off with learning about things they can do to help the environment.
For Ages 9 to 12.
- April 14 to 18 – “Junior Marine Biologist.” In this five-day program, students get involved in the inner workings of the Aquarium’s animal-husbandry staff, with the goal of setting up, stocking, feeding and maintaining an aquarium display of Long Island Sound marine life. They’ll use water-chemistry meters to monitor water quality, grow brine shrimp to feed their animals and participate in squid and fish dissections.
The cost of a “Spring Vacation Adventures” program is $100 per day or $435 for the full week. Pre-care is $20 additional per day or $75 for the week. Post-care is $35 per day or $145 for the week. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For reservations or more details, residents can call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or go online to The Martime Aquarium website.