World Ocean Day Family Festival

Join us for a FREE day of fun and educational activities and celebrate the important role the world ocean plays in our lives and grand opening of H2O Today, an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

World Ocean Day is a global celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our ocean. Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Together, we can make a difference and keep our ocean healthy for future generations. Join us in honoring our ocean and do something to protect it!

 

World Ocean Day Family Festival Schedule of Events

 

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Whale, Dolphin, and Seal Activity Stations Open

  • Mock Seal Rescue with the NH Marine Mammal Rescue Team
  • The Blubber Report: try on a blubber glove and feel how it insulates you from icy water
  • How big is a whale? Learn about the whales that live in the Gulf of Maine and compare your size with theirs with our whale measuring activity.
  • Kid’s, make a seal craft to take home!

Face Painting, Games, and Meet and Greet with our mascots Belmont the Harbor Seal and Larry the Lobster
Kids of all ages, get your face painted for just $1, which goes directly to supporting our our ocean education mission.

10:30 am (activity table opens at 10am)
Family March for the Ocean
On June 9th, citizens across our national will Wear Blue for the Ocean and March for our Ocean to help turn the tide and restore and protect our one World Ocean. Show your support and help us raise awareness of how critically important ocean health is for us, for future generations, and for our planet during our Family March for the Ocean. Wear blue or don your best ocean costume, create signs and decorate your strollers at our March for the Ocean activity table, and join our Family March for the Ocean. Because of the threat balloons present to marine animals, they are not allowed.

11 am
Welcome by SSC President Jim Chase

11:15 am
H2O Today Exhibition Opening
Join us for the grand opening of H2O Today, a new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service that explores the beauty and essential nature of water through an engaging and interactive series of displays that have transformed the Center’s exhibit galleries.

11:15 am–12:30 pm
Inside Ladder the Life-size Inflatable Whale
Walk through the Blue Ocean Society’s Ladder, a 65 ft. inflatable whale, and learn all about how baleen whales eat and digest their food.

12 pm
Squid Dissection
Learn all about the anatomy and physiology of squid during these hands-on, guided squid dissection sessions. Space is limited and registration is required. Cost: $5 per person.
 
Squid Dissection Registration

12:30–2pm
Live music with Bliss, presented by 92.5 The River!
Bliss show always includes tight vocal harmonies, upbeat guitar and energetic fiddle. Their eclectic mix of originals and covers is inspired by legends including Bonnie Raitt, The Indigo Girls, John Hyatt and Dave Matthews. 

1:30–2:30 pm
Beach Cleanup
Join the Blue Ocean Society and do your part to help make our ocean a healthier and cleaner place! You’ll learn about the dangers marine debris pose to wildlife and humans.

 

Snacks always make things more fun! Lexie’s Burger Bus will be onsite for lunchtime and we’ll have freshly popped popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream, and drinks and available for purchase throughout the day. Additional snacks are available at our Nature Store and on-site vending machine.

 

Members receive free admission everyday! Learn more and join today.

 

Event Sponors

Please join us in thanking our event sponsors 92.5 The River, Macaroni Kid Seacoast, New Hampshire State Parks, and ReVision Energy.

 

Sponsor Opportunities Available

To learn more about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees, please contact Nichole Rutherford, Vice President of Advancement, at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].

 



A portion of our gallery space is under construction as we prepare to bring you H2O Today, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service (opens June 10). Our live animal exhibits, marine mammal exhibits, Jumpin' Jay's Discovery Dock, Tide Pool Touch Tank, and kid's play zone are open during construction.
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