Calendar of Events

See What’s New for more on these events. Also see daily programs free with admission, and tours and adventures available for additional fees.


Santa by the Sea
Dec. 12
Children confide their wishes among the fishes as St. Nick listens attentively. A photo of the encounter or one of the family is included. In addition to meeting Santa Claus, children enjoy ornament crafts, seasonal stories and other fun activities in this family holiday event. $15 per person. Tickets 5:30 -8 p.m.

Scrap Exchange – Crystal Coast Countdown
Dec. 28
Make a masterpiece from paper, plastic, packaging, containers, corks, candles, beads fabric bits and more stuff that otherwise would go to a landfill. The Aquarium hosts the non-profit Scrap Exchange project as part of the Crystal Coast Countdown. The Scrap Exchange, based in Durham, describes itself as a creative re-use center promoting creativity, conservation and community. Admission to the art project in Clearwater Classroom is free. Admission fees apply for visiting the rest of the Aquarium. Noon – 4 p.m.

Holiday Camps
Dec. 29-31

Holiday camps at the Aquarium combine fun and learning into wintertime adventures for children during the holiday break. Participants enjoy outdoor activities, animal interactions, discovery labs and behind-the-scenes action. Camps run 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $40 per camper. Dec. 29 – First and second grades; Dec. 30 – Third and fourth grades; Dec. 31 – Fifth and sixth grades. $40 per camper. Advance registration and payment required.




  Holiday and special hours

The Aquarium is open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including all holidays except closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days, and closing at 1 p.m. Dec. 12 to prepare for Santa by the Sea.