I have personally never been to Birch Aquarium, but after browsing their website, I think I am going to have to plan a day to visit. Now this is not your average aquarium – there are different events going on all of the time, including snorkeling with sharks, kayaking in La Jolla Shores, and many wonderful exhibits, one in particular called the “Art of Deception” stands out to me…basically it is an entire exhibit on how sea life can hide in plain site and how they will use their own forms of deception for survival. Another exhibit, “Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge” is an award-winning exhibit presenting the science of global climate change. The exhibit is hands on and is aimed at ending the confusion of global warming…come check it out and decide for yourself what you think.
For the kids-
Birch Aquarium has no shortage of activities for kids of all ages. If you have pre-schoolers, check out their “A, B Sea Club” which is an ocean discovery program which includes scavenger hunts, live animal encounters, story times, and crafts. Also, for kids 10 and up, they can take part in the kayaking La Jolla Shores, in which they will learn the basics of ocean kayaking while discovering the wonders of hte La Jola State Marine Conservation Area.
Also, don’t miss “Haunted Birch Aquarium: Where science goes mad!” on October 24-26, 6-9pm. Not exactly the first place you would think to go for a Halloween event, but nonetheless, I am sure it will be very fun for the kids, with the haunted Hall of Fishes and the skeleton shrimp meet-and-greet.