Since you can’t go to the aquarium, the aquarium will go to you – at least virtually.
The Aquarium of the Pacific, closed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, continues to bring ocean life to residents’ homes with its many virtual programs and online services, intended to help children and parents stay busy for that the stay-at-home order remains in effect.
The free online resources include daily live and on-demand content, like its live penguin nest camera. And instead of its usual Earth Day festivities, the aquarium will also host a virtual Earth Day event on Wednesday April 22, which will feature themed classes for kids, an evening lecture for adults – hosted by Aquarium President Jerry Schubel – and a special edition of The Daily Bubble, which will brief viewers on events at the aquarium.
The aquarium’s seven live animal cameras allow viewers to watch pairs of penguins build nests, dive into coral reef habitats teeming with fish and sharks, lose themselves in the fascinating movements of sea jellies, and explore kelp forests.
The Daily Bubble Show, featuring comedy from the Pacific Pals – a group of puppet characters including Axl the Axolotl, Seymour Shark, Piper the Seahorse, Captain Quinn and Quinn’s son, Kevin the Crab. The Pacific Pals provide aquarium news, educational and craft ideas, and coloring pages and activity sheets.
Educators at the Aquarium of the Pacific, meanwhile, will run interactive online sessions, with kids able to text or email questions. Classes are divided by grade levels and include interviews with aquarium animal experts, live animal sightings and more. The courses cover a range of topics, from habitats to ocean exploration.
The aquarium also has a series of guest speakers and the Aquatic Academy a volume of various lecture videos.
The aquarium’s online resources are accessible through its website. English: aquariumofpacific.org/news/aquariumacademy. Spanish: aquariumofpacific.org/espanol.