Sunday, June 1, 2014

Oh, how we celebrated World Oceans Day June 8!

Here at the Aquarium, we like to think every day is oceans day. But there comes an occasion each year that we go all out and celebrate our blue planet. That happened last weekend: World Oceans Day!

We hosted free, outdoor activities as the Aquarium celebrates World Oceans Day on Central Wharf on June 8. Kids loved all the hands-on activities, games and crafts. Our sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations were a big hit. Of course, there was also lots to learn about ocean animals and how each of us can live blue™ to help the oceans!

Make your own sea jelly craft with our friends at Boston Harbor Cruises!

Here's a list of all the free activities:
  • Seafood cooking demonstrations with Aquarium’s Head Chef Bill Bradley,  Josh Lewin from Bread and Salt, Peter McCarthy from EVOO and more! Featured species on the menu will be: Squid, trout and Pacific halibut 
  • Live appearance by Magic 106.7
  • Opportunity to try on real water-survival suits 
  • Experiment with kelp and learn about its characteristics 
  • Design your own Hard Rock Guitar Save the Planet pin
  • Enjoy free Ben & Jerry’s scoops 
  • An appearance by Calvin the life size inflatable right whale
  • MIT SeaGrant ROV’s
  • An Augmented Reality Sandbox 
  • Lots of arts and crafts 
Aquarium teens created this structure from recycled bottles—so much plastic.
Use a reusable water bottle if you can!

Plus, we had exciting giveaways leading up to and during the event. Congratulations to our winners!

In the days leading up to World Oceans Day, we gave away dozens of seats on
DUCK Tours through an Instagram contest.

Raffle winners:
  • Penguin painting – Maddie C.
  • Signed Barton Seaver cookbook – Narda S.

We collaborate with many groups to provide lots of information about our blue planet. Gorton's Seafood brought their lego sailor and helped families learn about sustainable seafood.

Gorton’s Seafood "Guess How Many Legos" winner (2 Aquarium passes) – Angelina Camacho
Boston Harbor Cruise Whale Watch winners (family 4-pack) - Susan Chinsen and Dawn Coelin

Thanks to everyone who joined us!

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