Ages 12 to 24 months
Sea Squirts Preview
Specially designed for our youngest learners, the Sea Squirts Preview program is a great introduction to our Sea Squirts classes for children 2 to 4 years old! Over the course of four weeks, your child will become more comfortable in our classroom setting and you will become more confident exploring the Aquarium with your children outside of class time.
Classes take place Mondays at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Register online for these programs by selecting the date of the session you wish to attend. A minimum of five (5) children participants will be required to run a session.
Sea Squirts Preview
2017 Program Dates
Session A: January 23, 30, February 6, 13
Session B: March 6, 13, 20, 27
Session A: April 10, 24, May 1, 8
Session B: May 15, 22, June 5, 12
Session A: September 11, 18, 25, October 2
Session B: November 6, 13, 20, 27
There is a fee of $55 for members and $100 for nonmembers for the series of four classes. Adults are included in the cost. Aquarium admission is included in the cost for nonmembers. A $2 service fee will be added to each ticket for nonmembers.
To reserve your space, call Central Reservations at 617-973-5206. Payment is due upon registration. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. A $2 service fee will be added to each ticket.
Ages 2 to 4 years old
Continue your youngster’s ocean education with Sea Squirts classes, which introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills, socialization skills, and encouraging the development of early science skills such as observation and exploration. Sea Squirts is a four-week class for children who are 2 to 4 years old.
Click the button for the series you’d like to attend, then select the day and time that works for you. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.
2017 Program Dates and Topics
Dive down and explore the squiggly, wiggly, and glowing animals of the deep ocean.
- Tuesdays: January 3, 10, 17, 24
- Wednesdays: January 4, 11, 18, 25
- Thursdays: January 5, 12, 19, 26
Explore the big and small, fast and slow, light and dark, and hot and cold.
- Tuesdays: January 31, February 7, 14, 28
- Wednesdays: February 1, 8, 15, March 1
- Thursdays: February 2, 9, 16, March 2
Just Like You and Me
Learn how animals eat, sleep, and play, just like you and me!
- Tuesdays: March, 14, 21, 28, April 4
- Wednesdays: March 15, 22, 29, April 5
- Thursdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6
Learn about symbiosis through some of the great ocean pairs: the clownfish and the anemone, grouper and goby, and more!
- Tuesdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16
- Wednesdays: April 26, May 3, 10, 17
- Thursdays: April 27, May 4, 11, 18
Hide and Seek
Some animals really love to hide by blending in. Join us as we look for them!
- Tuesdays: May 23, 30, June 6, 13
- Wednesdays: May 24, 31, June 7, 14
- Thursdays: May 25, June 1, 8, 15
Rainbow Ocean Part 1
Part one of an eight-week series. Learn about ocean animals that are red, orange, yellow, and green.
- Tuesdays: September 5, 12, 26, October 3
- Wednesdays: September 6, 13, 27, October 4
- Thursdays: September 7, 14, 28, October 5
Rainbow Ocean Part 2
Part two of an eight-week series. Learn about ocean animals that are blue, purple, white, and black.
- Tuesdays: October 10, 17, 24, 31
- Wednesdays: October 11, 18, 25, November 1
- Thursdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2
Aquarium Celebrities — New!
Come learn all the fun facts about your favorite New England Aquarium animals!
- Tuesdays: November 7, 14, 28, December 5
- Wednesdays: November 8, 15, 29, December 6
- Thursdays: November 9, 16, 30, December 7
Each series consists of four weekly classes. There is a fee of $55 for members and $100 for nonmembers for each series of four classes. Adults are included in the session cost of each child. Aquarium admission is included in the cost for nonmembers as classes end in the Aquarium. A $2 service fee will be added to each ticket for nonmembers.
For 8 years old and older
For students entering fourth grade and above, Harbor Discoveries is an interactive marine and environmental science program that incorporates traditional camp activities. Nature serves as our outdoor classroom as we travel to explore aquatic environments.
We offer a variety of educational, volunteer, and paid opportunities for teens ages 13 through 19. Programs happen throughout the year.
Programs for Teens
Advanced Summer Camp
Harbor Discoveries Advanced Camps are for those entering eighth and ninth grade in the fall of 2017. Incoming 10th-graders are also eligible for special two-week programs.
ClimaTeens is a group of dedicated teens ages 14 to 18 who care about the oceans and who want to contribute to a healthy planet.
live blue™ Ambassadors
The live blue™ Ambassador program is a service learning program for teens ages 14 to 18 who are interested in serving the Aquarium’s mission beyond the walls of the Aquarium.
Marine Biologists in Training
There are two sessions of Marine Biologists in Training (MBIT), one in the spring and one in the fall, which explore marine science topics for teens in grades 9 to 11.
The Summer Teen Internship Program is a great opportunity for teens to challenge themselves and learn useful skills while having fun and meeting new friends.
The Aquarium provides professional resources, volunteer, and leadership opportunities and reflection practices to help young adults who participated in our programs.