The New England Aquarium strives to connect our neighbors with the ocean and to participate as members of a community who protect the blue planet.

Each year, the Aquarium delivers free programs to more than 30,000 children and families through programs at community centers, community festivals, libraries, science nights, and admission programs. There are many ways we can collaborate for youth and family learning!

sea star lays on rock and shell formation

One-time Programs

Let us present free hands-on programs at your site to encourage children to observe, touch, and learn about marine animals and habitats. These free programs are offered throughout the year to qualifying organizations in Boston and Cambridge. 

Aquarium educator talks to visitors at traveling tidepool

Community Event Programming

Our free open-house style programs are great additions to your festivals, library events, family days, science nights, and more! Program components can vary based on your event, and may even include live tidepool animals or interactive exhibit stations. 

Kids looking into a tropical gallery tank

Aquarium Field Trips for Groups

Free Aquarium admission is offered to youth from Boston and Cambridge community-based organizations during out-of-school time. (Note: School groups are not eligible for free admission through this program.)

Shark and Ray Touch Tank

Field Trip and Curriculum Resources

Check out materials to make your Aquarium visit more productive or curriculum to help bring ocean science into your after-school curriculum. 

drawing of fish

Ocean Exploration After-School
Activity Book

Basic science skills, like observation and problem solving, are critical to navigate today’s world. This downloadable book contains dozens of activities, crafts, and projects that help develop a young scientist’s natural curiosity during out-of-school time.