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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! Reservations must be booked 2 weeks in advance Call (732) 899-1659 or email education@jenkinsons.com to book.

Lunch with a Keeper

Enjoy pizza and a drink with one of our animal keepers. Find out what it takes to take care of our penguins, parrots, seal or reptiles followed by a behind the scenes tour of the animal’s area. Must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance. Ages 6 and up. $30 per person $50 per adult/child pair. Aquarium admission included.

2017 Program Guide

 

January

Enjoy half price admission on weekdays in January starting on the 2nd! Does not include January 16th

 

Breakfast with the Animals

Saturday, January 14th 8:30-10am

Start your day with our keepers and meet some of our ambassador animals too! Registrants receive special earl entry to the aquarium, a continental breakfast and time to ask questions and talk about the animals. Pre-registration is required. $35 per adult/child pair. $10 each additional child. $20 each additional adult. Aquarium admission included.

 

Junior Keepers

Monday, January 16th 8:00am-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 and sneakers are required. $80 PER CHILD.

 

Penguin Awareness Day

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

Today is all about everyone’s favorite flightless bird! Join us for keeper chats, activities and crafts too! All ages. Included with admission.

 

Behind the Scenes Tours

Sunday, January 22nd 9:20-11:00am

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at our aquarium while you tour the building. Pre-registration and sneakers are required. Ages 5 and up only. $15 Adults. $10 Children.

 

February

 

Behind the Scenes Tours

Saturday, February 4th 9:30-11:00am

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

Pre-registration and sneakers are required.

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

 

Family Date Night

Friday February 10th and Saturday February 11th

Watch our website for details!

 

Junior Keepers

Monday, February 20th 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 and sneakers are required.

$80 per child.

 

International Polar Bear Day

Saturday, February 25th All 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 in admission.

 

March

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Saturday, March 4th 1:00-5:00pm

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

All ages. Included with admission

 

Breakfast with the Animals

Sunday, March 12th 8:30- 10:00am

Start your day with our keepers and meet some of our ambassador animals too! Registrants receive special early entry to the aquarium, a continental breakfast and time to ask questions and talk about the animals.

Pre- registration is required.

$35 per adult/child pair. $10 each additional child. Aquarium admission included.

 

International Day of the Seal

Saturday, March 25th 1:00-4:00pm

 

In 1982 the U.S. Congress set aside this day to highlight the plight of seals world wide.  Come learn all about these wonderful animals through keeper chats, crafts, and activities.  All ages.  Included with admission.

April

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

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

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

Pre- registration and sneakers are required.

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

 

Penguin Pointers

Monday, April 17th  9:00-10:30am

Get up close and personal with our famous feathered friends while learning all about these flightless birds and their wild cousins.

Pre- registration is required.

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

 

Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22nd 1:00-4:00pm

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.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

 

May

 

Salamander Saturday

Saturday. May 6th All Day

Join us for a celebration of these fabulous creatures! Come find out what they are, where they are, the threats they face and how you can help them! There will be keeper chats, crafts and more.

All ages. Included with admission.

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

Sunday, May 7th 9:30-11:00am

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

Pre- registration and sneakers are required.

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

 

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14th All Day.

All Moms are free with a paid child admission!

Endangered Species Day

Saturday, May 20th 1:00-4:00pm

Why is it important to protect these plants and animals? What can you do to help preserve the future of these species? Activities, games, and chats will explore how you can help. All ages. Included with admission.

 

June

 

Seanet: It’s for the birds!

Tuesday, June 13th and Tuesday, June 27th

8:00-9:30am

Walk the beach with our staff while helping monitor local shorebird populations. Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp. Ages 9 and up.  Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

 

Beach Blanket Bingo!

Every Wednesday starting June 28th to August 30th

Everyone knows how to play bingo! Instead of numbers we will use common items found on the beach. Beach blanket is optional. Meet in front of the aquarium. Ages 5-12. Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

 

World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 10th 1:00-4:00pm

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

All Ages. Included with admission

 

Mermaid Tea Party

Sunday, June 11th

1:30-3:00pm

It’s your classic tea party with an under the sea 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. $30 per adult/child pair.

 

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 18th

All Day. All Dads are free with a paid child admission!

 

July

 

Beach Combing

Every Monday all month!

6:00-6:45

Explore the Shore with our staff during this free program and see what you can find! All ages. Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

 

Seanet: It’s for the birds!

Tuesday, July 11th and Tuesday July 25th

8:00-9:30am

Walk the beach with our staff while helping monitor local shorebird populations. Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp. Ages 9 and up. Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

 

Beach Blanket Bingo!

Every Wednesday starting June 28th to August 30th

Everyone knows how to play bingo! Instead of numbers we will use common items found on the beach. Beach blanket is optional. Meet in front of the aquarium. Ages 5-12. Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

There’s more to the Shore!

Every Thursday this month

5:30-6:30pm

Join one of our interpreters on the beach and learn something new about the animals that call the Jersey Shore home. Free of charge and does not include Aquarium admission. All outdoor programming is weather dependent.

 

Princesses and Pirates

Friday, July 7th 12:00-4:00pm

Come dressed as royalty or as a scallywag for a day of fun and adventure. Whether you are royalty or a scallywag you can enjoy a quest for treasure, crafts, tattoo station, games and more!

All Ages. Included with admission.

 

August

 

Beach Combing

Every Monday all month!

6:00-6:45

Explore the Shore with our staff during this free program and see what you can find! All ages.

 

Seanet: It’s for the birds!

Tuesday, August  8th and Tuesday, August 22nd

8:00-9:30am

Walk the beach with our staff while helping monitor local shorebird populations. Meet in front of the aquarium at 8:00am sharp. Ages 9 and up.

 

Beach Blanket Bingo!

Every Wednesday starting June 28th to August 30th

Everyone knows how to play bingo! Instead of numbers we will use common items found on the beach. Beach blanket is optional. Meet in front of the aquarium. Ages 5-12.

 

There’s more to the Shore!

Every Thursday this month

5:30-6:30pm

Join one of our interpreters on the beach and learn something new about the animals that call the Jersey Shore home.

 

Breakfast with the Animals

Saturday, August 19th 8:30-10:00am

Start your day with our keepers and meet some of our ambassador animals too! Registrants receive special early entry to the aquarium, a continental breakfast and time to ask questions and talk about the animals.

Pre-registration is required.

$35per adult/child pair. $10 each additional child. $20 each additional adult. Aquarium admission included.

 

September

 

Grandparents Day

Sunday, September 10th All Day

One Grandparent free with a paid grandchild admission!

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

Saturday, September 16th 9:30-11am

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.

 

Tea by the Sea

Thursday, September 28th 2:00pm

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

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $10 per person.

 

October

 

Mermaid Tea Party

Sunday, October 1st 1:30-3:00pm

It’s your classic tea part with an undersea twist! Enjoys 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. $30 per adult/child pair. $15 each additional child.

 

Tea by the Sea

Thursday, October 19th 2:00pm

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

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $10 per person.

 

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

 

November

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

Sunday, November 5th 9:30-11:00am

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.

 

Tea by the Sea

Thursday, November 16th 2:00pm

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

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 55 and up. $10 per person.

 

 

December

 

Behind the Scenes Tour

Saturday, December 2nd 9:30am-11:00am

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.

 

Junior Keepers

Friday, December 29th 8:00am-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.

 

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