Celebrate the Ocean at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Aug 3-4 & Enter Our Giveaway!

Celebrate the Ocean at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Aug 3-4 & Enter Our Giveaway!

Surf over to the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to celebrate the ocean weekend August 3 -4 with extra free fun for kids. Plus we’ve got a special aquarium goodie bag with 2 free tickets for adults to giveaway!

Located at beach level, just below the historic pier carousel, the aquarium is a great way to learn about marine life in the Santa Monica Bay. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under and a minimum $3 admimission price for ages 12+ ($5 donation suggested). But we’re sweetening that deal with…
a giveaway for a Health the Bay reusable bag with goodies for the family including 2 admission tickets for adults. Details on how to enter below.

Free Fun at Santa Monica PierOcean Appreciation Weekend’s  free family-friendly activities include make and race your own plankton,  a scavenger hunt or playing a fishing game; create marine themed arts and crafts; and add a painted sea creature to your face at the face painting station before snapping a photo – surfin’ safari style – at the photo backdrop. Don’t miss a puppet show at 1:30 p.m. and a naturalists’ presentation at 2:30 p.m., scheduled for both days.

Visitors might spy dolphins, sea lions and sea birds just off the west end of the Pier at the marine wildlife observation station. Equipped with binoculars and field guides, Aquarium naturalists will be available to answer questions about the two habitats visible from the western end of the Pier – the sandy bottom and the open ocean.

The weekend will also include regular features: Saturday storytime with our ace teller of tales at 3:30 p.m. and the Sunday feeding at the shark exhibit at 3:30 p.m.

And now for the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium goodie bag giveaway!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Tweet @FreeFunLA the name of your favorite Pacific Ocean marine animal with the hashtag #HealtheBay.
2. Tell us what Pacific Ocean animal you’d like to learn more about in a comment on this post, or on our Facebook or  Google + page.

The winner will be announced on Friday, August 2 at 6 p.m. Goodie bag to be picked up at the aquarium box office.

Good Luck & Live Free!


*Disclosure: No compensation was received in exchange for this post.


  • lilmissmuffett

    Sea Otters are so adorable and yet so hearty! I can never learn enough about this amazing animals of the Pacific!

  • Irene

    I’d love to learn more about conservation and stewardship towards marine life, especially whales.

  • alex

    Sea Otters-they’re natural entertainers!

  • Bo

    I’d love to learn more about Sea Dragons.

  • FFLA

    You’ll be getting to learn a lot about them, because you’ve won the tickets! Congrats! Please email your full name to editor@freefunguides.com so you can claim your prize.