Openings available at the Maritime Aquarium Summer Camp

There’s still time to give kids a fun experience of exploring our aquatic world, with summer camp programs starting the week of June 27 at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

The Aquarium shows kids the fun side of scientific research, with lots of hands-on activities and experiments, interactions and sightings of the animals in the Aquarium, and maybe even IMAX movies and outings aboard the new ship unique research facility of the Aquarium. Every session is different, so choose one, several or all of them.

Your child can spend time interacting with quirky lifeforms (great prep for college!). Photo of the Maritime Aquarium

Pre-registration is required well in advance of each week’s session. A deadline of Friday, June 17 for the first week of summer camp is fast approaching.

The 2016 Sea Aquarium summer programs with places available are:

  • June 27-July 1 – “Shark Safari” (6-8 years old) and “Junior Marine Biologist 1” (9-12 years old).
  • July 11-15 – “Ocean Explorers” (6-8 years old).
  • July 18-22 – “Junior Aquarist” (6-8 years old) and “Junior Marine Biologist I” (9-12 years old).
  • July 25-29 – “Shark Safari” (6-8 years old) and “Junior Marine Biologist 2” (9-12 years old).
  • August 1-5 – “Sound Art” (6-8 years old) and “R/V Oceanography” (9-12 years old).
  • August 8-12 – “Junior Aquarist” (6-8 years old) and “Junior Marine Biologist 2” (9-12 years old).
  • August 15-19 – “Ocean Mammals” (6-8 years old) and “R/V Oceanography” (9-12 years old).
  • August 22-26 – “Ocean Explorers” (6-8 years old) and “Junior Marine Biologist 3” (10-14 years old).

The cost varies between $450 and $550 per week, depending on the program. Members of the Maritime Aquarium benefit from discounts.

Sessions are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For working parents, pre-daycare is available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for $85 per week ($65 for Aquarium members). Extended care from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. costs $170 per week ($150 for members).

  • An additional three-week session, “Teen Apprentice” for ages 13-15, meeting weekdays August 8-26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., is also available. The cost of this internship-type session is $1,600 ($1,450 for members).

Financial assistance is available. Dial (203) 852-0700 ext. 1201.

As a Connecticut state-certified camp, health screening forms are required from each camper.

Get more information about Aquarium Summer Camp, including descriptions of each program as well as a downloadable application online at the Maritimes Aquarium website.

Or you can make reservations or get more details by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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— an ad from the Maritime Aquarium (except for the caption, that one is ours).

Virginia S. Braud