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16th Annual Autumn Festival + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 5 comments

  Celebrate the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 4-5, 2017, at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. In China, people celebrate the Moon Festival. In Japan, regional harvest festivals, or matsuri, are held. Chuseok is the traditional Korean fall festival. Celebrate the magic of fall through the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines during the sixteenth annual of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival. Held Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, this festival offers a weekend of diverse learning opportunities and family entertainment. The festival will feature live music and dance performances, cultural arts exhibits, and crafts. Throughout the weekend artisans and other vendors will be displaying and selling their works. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE:...

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Scarium of the Pacific + Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright Swim into the dark depths of the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright this Halloween season! Discover the eerie creatures lurking in the depths at the Scarium of the Pacific on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kids of all ages can hunt for creepy-looking animals while enjoying special Halloween activities and learning about the ocean. The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling, kooky crafts, the creepy coloring contest, otherworldly animals in the Great Hall, and much more. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. COST: Included with admission—$29.95...

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Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th Annual Southeast Asia Day + Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Live performances of traditional music and dance, as well as cultural craft demonstrations and displays, will help transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination during its thirteenth annual Southeast Asia Day. During the festival children can participate in arts and crafts. Through this unique celebration, the Aquarium seeks to foster a stronger connection with the local Southeast Asian community. One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation, Long Beach is home to the largest population of Cambodians outside of Southeast Asia. Southern California also has vibrant communities from Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar. Visitors can experience the traditional dance and other cultural practices from these countries during the festival. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 COST: Southeast Asia...

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Aquarium of the Pacific 13th Annual Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  Various tribes in our region have maintained strong connections to the ocean for hundreds of years and into modern times. Learn more about Southern California’s native cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The thirteenth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17, 2017. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and...

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Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 14th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. When: Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Cost: Included with general admission: $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win (4) tickets to the festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific by leaving a comment on our Facebook post or...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Urban Ocean Festival

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 10 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017. The Pacific waters off Southern California host an array of industrial and recreational activities and provide habitat for a diverse group of animals. Visitors to this festival can learn more about and appreciate our urban ocean. The festival will include art exhibitions, the Trashin’ Fashion Show and contest for designs using recycled materials, mural painting, poetry readings, booths, live band performances, educational activities, sustainable seafood tastings, and more. The Urban Ocean Poetry boat cruise will also be available during the weekend at an additional cost and Urban Ocean Cruises will occur monthly throughout the summer. WHEN: Festival: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Festival

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 9 comments

  The Aquarium of the Pacific’s twelfth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 1-2, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of many cultures, this festival featuresWest African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian, and Irish dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated. “Our International Children’s Festival is the culmination of all of our cultural festivals, where our various communities can come together to learn about the importance of working together to protect our ocean planet,” said Peter Martineau,...

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Noche de Estrellas at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed Late Night on Friday, March 24, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The Aquarium will remain open past normal operating hours so guests can dance to the sounds of cumbia, rock en Español, salsa, and other Latin rhythms with the live bands and DJs. The Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars) event will feature Aztec dance, crafts, and bilingual educational programs, including an underwater SCUBA diving show, scavenger hunt with prizes, ocean-related activities, and environmental activities—all offered in both English and Spanish. The event will also feature special programming highlighting the world’s smallest and most critically endangered whale, the vaquita—only 30 remain. Mexican cuisine, beers, wine, cocktails, and refreshments will also be available for...

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Aquarium Festival Celebrates African and African-American Culture

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways | 3 comments

  Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium’s fifteenth annual African-American Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers. The festival will also feature cultural displays, handmade craftwork, and storytellers. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the festival’s offerings and discover the wonders of the Pacific Ocean at the Aquarium. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, February 25-26, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SCHEDULE: SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. African-American Dance — Fantasia 10:40 a.m. Storytelling in the West African Tradition —...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Festival of Human Abilities

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 28-29, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations. At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip hop wheelchair dancers Auti Angel, The Rollettes, Infinite Flow, a sign language choir, Kodi Lee, a singer who is blind and has autism, Dat Nguyen, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists. Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. Diveheart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport. A variety of free creative workshop classes...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 8 comments

  Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The twelfth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous...

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Horses, Dragons and Vanishing Animals at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as guests of the Aquarium. The Aquarium of the Pacific recently launched two new exhibitions: Horses and Dragons and Vanishing Animals. Horses and Dragons features approximately a dozen species of seahorses and seadragons and their relatives. These beautiful creatures are amazing to see up close and personal.  The knowledgeable and friendly Aquarium staff can relay all sorts of interesting facts about these animals.  One of our family’s favorites was learning that in most species of seahorses and sea dragons, the male carries the egg in a brood pouch. We thought this was such a fun fact, and as a mother of three I personally applaud these Daddies for enduring pregnancy! Vanishing Animals is the Aquarium’s new exhibition focusing on the issue of ocean extinctions and how to prevent them. Recent research reveals that we are at a crucial...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Giveaway

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Family, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 11 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 13th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, island cuisine, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Marshallese, Fijian, and Tongan cultures will be featured. WHEN:Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Entertainment Schedule SATURDAY 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Tahitian Performances – Hitia O Te Ra 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony 12:55 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Hawaiian Performances – Halau O Lilinoe 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori Performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua...

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Aquarium of the Pacific and Denny’s Day Out

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Dining, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the venue If you haven’t been to the Aquarium of the Pacific now is the perfect to go! From now through April 30th, participating Denny’s locations are offering a discount to the Aquarium of the Pacific. The coupon is valid for a FREE child’s admission (ages 3-11) with the purchase of a full-price adult admission. My daughter and I enjoyed heading to the Aquarium of the Pacific for a fun day of exploring the creatures of the sea after having lunch at our local Denny’s. While at Denny’s my daughter enjoyed the delicious kid offerings while I had my favorite sandwich in the relaxed family-friendly dining environment. The Aquarium of the Pacific has so many amazing exhibits for children to explore. The thing that is so nice is that there are several opportunities...

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International Children’s Day Festival at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Family, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 7 comments

  The International Children’s Day Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific features dance and music performed by children, interactive programs for all ages, face painting, and educational programs. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s eleventh annual International Children’s Day is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 9-10, 2016,from 9:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be an international children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, face painting, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. The Aquarium will also honor a local youth with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of his or her efforts to make...

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11th Annual Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 It is time for the 11th Annual Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival this weekend, September 19-20th from 9am to 5pm. Several tribes will be represented at the Aquarium through live music and dance, cultural craft presentations, and artifacts of daily life Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous people of Southern California, the ocean has always been a sacred entity. The maritime native peoples that inhabited ocean waters for thousands of years, including the Tongva, Chumash, Acjachemen, Costanoan, Luiseno, and Kumeyaay, were taught to deeply respect the ocean. The ocean environment is reflected in all aspects of their cultures. WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the...

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Lily the Penguin Debuts at The Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Aquarium There’s a new Penguin that was just born at the Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach. We had the first glimpse of the little cutie when she made her debuted to the public on August 18th. Her name is Lily. She was born on June 5th, and she is now 70 days old. Her proud Magellanic Penguin parents are Roxy and Floyd, and her siblings are Heidi, Anderson, and Skipper. They learn the sex of the chicks by taking a blood test, which I found that to be pretty interesting. They did not put Lily on display until now because she had to grow her watertight feathers in a process called fledging. When we first met Lily she was simply adorable. She was in the middle of sucking down the...

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Win Tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific Pacific Islander Festival

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 11 comments

 Your family is invited to celebrate the different cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium of the Pacific 12th Annual Pacific Islander Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th through June 7th. There will be music, artifacts, animals and more at the fun family event. Various cultures including Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tokelauan, and Tongan will be featured. In celebration of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect people, particularly those living on Pacific Islands. Dates: Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, 2014 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Location: Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 Pricing: Included with general admission: $28.95 adult (12+) OR $18.95 with coupon on June 6-7, $25.95 senior (62+), and $14.95...

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Sea Jellies at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the Aquarium New and intriguing exhibits featuring Sea Jellies opened at the Aquarium of the Pacific Friday May 22, 2015. These beautiful, shimmering creatures have no heart, brain or eyes, but have existed since before the time of the dinosaurs. All new exhibits, films and educational programs explore numerous varieties of Sea Jellies, and their importance in our ocean ecosystems. The beautiful Jellies amazed us. The Aquarium of the Pacific boasts a large variety of Jellies, which are challenging animals to maintain properly in captivity.  Their short lifecycle and particular habitat demand a high level of care, which the knowledgeable personnel at the Aquarium provide. Among others, at the Aquarium, you can see Purple Striped Jellies, Pacific and Japanese Sea Nettle, Comb Jellies, Lion’s Mane Jellies, and Egg Yolk Jellies. There is even an opportunity to touch...

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Aquarium of the Pacific International Children’s Day Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 28 comments

 It’s time for the 10th Annual Children’s Day Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific from March 14-15th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will celebrate the talents of children of all cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Persian dance performances. Also featured will be a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations. Kids of all ages can partake in an international percussion circle, face painting, and Native American and Pacific Islander traditional children’s crafts and games. The Aquarium will honor Caroline Edmonds with its annual Young Hero Award in recognition of her efforts to make our planet a better place. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 1:40 p.m. During the weekend of International Children’s Day there will be a musical theater show for all ages. Entitled...

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