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Family Fun Learning Environment

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Call (732) 899-1659. Workshop price includes all day Aquarium admission on the day of the workshop. Workshops for children ages 5 & up unless otherwise noted. Workshops are subject to cancellation.

Animal Encounters

Ever want to waddle with a penguin?  Ever want to take part in a shark feeding? Ever want to be up close with a sea turtle?  Then call or email us to book a once in a lifetime experience! Call (732) 899-1659 or email jenkinsonsaquarium@comcast.com

2015 Family Education Programs

Junior Keepers

Monday, December 28th 8:00-1:00pm
This program provides students ages 10 -16 with the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view.
Pre-registration & sneakers are required.
$80 per child

Winter Break Tours

December 28, 29, & 30, 12:00pm
Join us for a free guided tour of the aquarium. Included with general admission. Does not include behind the scenes areas.
Meet at the Front Desk at 11:55am.

2016 Family Education Programs

January

 

Enjoy half price admission on weekdays in January starting on the 4th! Does not include January 18th.

 

Saturday, January 9th 1:00-4:00pm

Celebrate Barnegat Bay

Barnegat Bay isn’t only a great place for boating and fishing, but many animals also call it home.

Horseshoe crabs, terrapins, harbor seals, and sharks all inhabit these waters. Learn how you can keep the bay clean for future generations.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

Saturday, January 16th 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures: Penguins

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

Monday, January 18th 8:00-1:00pm

Junior Keepers

This program provides students ages 10-16 with the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$80 per child

 

Sunday, January 24th 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tours

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

 

February

 

Saturday, February 6th

Chinese New Year

It is the Year of the Monkey! Join us in honoring our monkey friends with crafts, activities, keeper chats and more!

 

Friday-Sunday, February 12th -14th

Family Date Night

Watch our website for details!!!

 

Saturday, February 13th 9:00-10am

Animal Adventures: Frogs

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

Monday, February 15th 8:00-1:00pm

Junior Keepers

This program provides students ages 10-16 with the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view.  Pre-registration

Saturday, February 20th 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tours

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom!

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

Saturday, February 27th All Day

International Polar Bear Day

With our partner, Polar Bears International, learn more about polar bears and what we can do in our everyday lives to help these disappearing animals.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

 

March

 

Saturday, March 5th 1:00-5:00pm

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Bring your favorite book and share it during story times with the Cat in the Hat at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:30 pm. Enjoy crafts too!

All ages. Included with admission.

 

Saturday, March 12th 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures: Sharks

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

Saturday, March 26th 2:00-3:30pm

Seal-abration!

It is birthday time for our harbor seals, Luseal  and Seaquin! Help celebrate with crafts and cake while you watch our seals get a special birthday snack!

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 5 and up. $15 per person.

 

Monday, March 28th 9:00-10:30am

Penguin Pointers

Get up close and personal with our famous feathered friends while learning all about these flightless birds! Pre-registration is required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

 

April

 

Saturday April 9th 9:30-11:00am

Rise, Shine & Dine

Join us for a light continental breakfast while learning about some of our resident animals.  Afterwards enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the aquarium before we open!

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday April 10th 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom!

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

Saturday, April 16th 1:00-4:00pm

Super Heroes for Earth Day

Come learn how you can be a hero for our planet. Receive $1.00 off admission if you dress in full costume as your favorite super hero. Join us for crafts, games and keeper chats.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

May

 

Sunday, May 1st 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

Sunday, May 8th All Day

Mother’s Day

All Moms are free with a paid child admission!

 

Saturday, May 21st 1:00-4:00pm

Endangered Species Day

Join us to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and the everyday actions we can all take to protect them.  Join us for crafts, games, keeper chats.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

 

 

June

 

This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the aquarium. Watch our Facebook page and website for event schedule.

 

Saturday, June 11th 1:00-4:00pm

World Oceans Day

Join us for this worldwide celebration of the ocean & explore ways you can help keep it clean every day.  Dive demonstrations, activities, and crafts.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

Sunday, June 12th 1:30-3:00pm

Mermaid Tea Party

It’s your classic tea party with an undersea twist! Enjoy snacks and “tea,” make a craft, and more! Dress in your best mermaid outfit and join us for a magical afternoon.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 4-10. $15 per person.

 

Tuesday, June 14th 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

Saturday, June 18th 1:00-4:00pm

World Sea Turtle Day

Today we honor and celebrate the importance of sea turtles. We also celebrate Dr. Archie Carr, whose research and advocacy brought attention to the threats to sea turtles. Join us for crafts, games and keeper chats. All ages. Included with admission.

 

Sunday, June 19th All Day

Father’s Day

All Dads are free with a paid child admission!

 

Tuesday, June 28th 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

 

Wednesday, June 29th 6:00-6:45pm

Kids Beach Blanket Bingo!

Everyone knows how to play bingo.  We are taking our activity a step further.  Instead of numbers we will use common items found on trhe beach.  Beach blanket optional. Meet in front of the aquarium at 6:00pm sharp.  Weather dependent. Ages 5-12

FREE

 

 

July

 

 

Every Monday in July 6:00-6:45pm

Beachcombing

Explore the shore with our staff during this free program and see what you can find! Weather permitting. All ages.  FREE

 

Every Wednesday in July 6:00-6:45pm

Kids Beach Blanket Bingo!

Everyone knows how to play bingo.  We are taking our activity a step further.  Instead of numbers we will use common items found on trhe beach.  Beach blanket optional. Meet in front of the aquarium at 6:00pm sharp.  Weather dependent. Ages 5-12

FREE

 

Every Thursday in July 5:30-6:30pm

There’s More to the Shore!

Join one of our interpreters on the beach and learn something new about the animals that call the Jersey Shore home. Discover what you can do to keep their home clean.

All Ages. FREE

 

Saturday, July 9th 1:00-4:00pm

Rainforest Day

A day to celebrate the world’s rainforests and the animals that call them home. Join us for crafts, games and keeper chats. All ages. Included with admission.

 

Tuesday, July 12th 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

 

Tuesday, June 26th 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

 

August

Every Monday in August 6:00-6:45pm

Beachcombing

Explore the shore with our staff during this free program and see what you can find! Weather permitting. All ages.  FREE

 

Every Wednesday in August 6:00-6:45pm

Kids Beach Blanket Bingo!

Everyone knows how to play bingo.  We are taking our activity a step further.  Instead of numbers we will use common items found on trhe beach.  Beach blanket optional. Meet in front of the aquarium at 6:00pm sharp.  Weather dependent. Ages 5-12

FREE

 

Every Thursday in August 5:30-6:30pm

There’s More to the Shore!

Join one of our interpreters on the beach and learn something new about the animals that call the Jersey Shore home. Discover what you can do to keep their home clean.

All Ages. FREE

 

Tuesday, August 9th 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

 

Tuesday, August 23rd 8:00am-9:30am

Seanet; It’s for the birds!

Walk the beach with our staff while helping them monitor local shorebird populations.  Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp.  Weather dependent.

Ages 5 and up.  FREE

 

Saturday, August 27th 1:00-4:00pm

Our Precious Pinelands

New Jersey is home to one of the most awesome habitats on the planet. Learn about all the things that make it special and meet some of the animals that call it home! Join us for crafts, activities, and more. Included with admission.

 

September

 

 

Saturday, September 10th 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures:  Parrots

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

 

 

Sunday, September 11th All Day

Grandparent’s Day

One Grandparent free with a paid grandchild admission!

 

Saturday, September 17th 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

Thursday, September 22nd 2:00pm

Tea by the Sea

Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while learning about some of our resident animals.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $9 per person.

 

October

 

Sunday, October 2nd 1:30-3:00pm

Mermaid Tea Party

It’s your classic tea party with an undersea twist! Enjoy snacks and “tea,” make a craft, and more! Dress in your best mermaid outfit and join us for a magical afternoon.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 4-10. $15 per person.

 

Thursday, October 6th 2:00pm

Tea by the Sea

Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while learning about some of our resident animals.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $9 per person.

 

Saturday, October 8th 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures:  Owls

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

Saturday, October 15th 1:00-4:00pm

South African Penguin Festival

Join the penguin party to celebrate our partner in conservation, the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Join us for crafts, games and keeper chats.                          All ages. Included with admission.

 

Thursday, October 20th 2:00pm

Tea by the Sea

Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while learning about some of our resident animals.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $9 per person.

 

 

Boo at the Boardwalk: Check our website for “Boo” dates and activities!!!

 

 

 

November

 

Sunday, November 6th 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom!

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

Thursday, November 10th 2:00pm

Tea by the Sea

Enjoy afternoon tea and snacks while learning about some of our resident animals.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $9 per person.

 

Saturday, November 19th: 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures:  Sharks

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

 

December

 

Saturday, December 3rd 9:30-11:00am

Behind the Scenes Tour

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building from top to bottom!

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children

 

Saturday, December 10th 9:00-10:00am

Animal Adventures:  Reptiles

This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10.

 

Monday, December 26th 8:00-1:00pm

Junior Keepers

This program provides students ages 10 -16 with the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view.

Pre-registration & sneakers are required.

$80 per child

 

Sea of Lights:   Check our website for dates and activities!!!

 

 

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