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Weekend Wonders in the Aquarium

As part of the Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration, come every weekend of April for something totally new and wonderful! From filmmakers to performers and community science, we’ve got it all.


April 6-7: Lelavision music/dance

lelavision volcano

When: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm (30 mins each)
Where: Baja Bay

Vashon Island-based duo Lelavision combine musical sculpture, dance, circus and theater into sheer magic. Use your imagination to dive into a weird, underwater world of singing shells, dancing volcanoes and spiraling DNA strands. Partners Leah Mann (choreography) and Ela Lamblin (sculpture, composition) create fantastical sounds and sights, exploring the possibilities of imagination and science.

Lelavision have appeared in festivals and theater shows around the world, including Hamburg, Quebec, Vancouver, Toronto, Genoa, Bangkok, Tokyo, Haifa, Singapore, New York, Georgia, Washington D.C. and many more.



April 7: Baja Garden Tour

baja bed

When: Meet 10am
Where: Top plaza

Take a special tour of our Baja Bed, right outside the aquarium and inspired by Baja Bay. Zoo horticulturalist Bryon Jones will highlight plants that have adapted to dry landscapes like that of Baja California – and how they save water.





April 13-14: Sisbro Studios filmmakers (CANCELLED SUN. APRIL 14)

two divers with cameras

When: 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm (30 mins each)
Films: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Where: Baja Bay

Sisbro Studios are just what they sound like: a Portland-based sister-brother team that make fun films about animals. But how do they get their footage? Who does the voices? And what’s with that 23-foot replica shark? Come find out in “Ocean Mystery Adventure,” an interactive program of music, games and film.

Laura and Robert Sams take you on a journey around the ocean to jump in the waves and discover incredible marine life. Why is a sea turtle hovering by the reef without moving? What is the biggest fish on the Pacific Northwest coast?

After each Sisbro showtime, stay for a screening of their film “My Haggan Dream,” about a young girl’s mysterious dream of sea turtles, an adventure and a special birthday wish.

Sisbro has worked with PBS KIDS, The Jim Henson Company, the Smithsonian Channel, Animal Planet and more. They recently worked on the PBS KIDS series Splash and Bubbles, as well as Dinosaur Train. Their work has won Best Children’s Program at the International Wildlife Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival



April 20: Behind-The-Scenes Tours

behind the scenes in aquariumWhen: 10am-11:45am, 3-3:45pm
Where: Tours begin near the Baja Bay area
Ages: 6 and up (no infants, please).

Go behind the scenes in the Pacific Seas Aquarium! Meet aquarists and take self-guided, open-house tours. See how a state-of-the-art aquarium works!

NOTE: Adult required with children under 17. ADA access: Please meet our escort by the Baja entrance.



April 26-29: City Nature Challenge

bioblitz group

When: 24/7 all weekend
Where: Anywhere you see nature around Tacoma

Who can spot the most animal or plants in their city? Tacoma can!

Join us and the rest of Tacoma in the City Nature Challenge, a global weekend where we get to spot as many animal or plant species as possible, and record them on the iNaturalist app. It’s a fun way to get out into nature – come to the aquarium to find out how the app works and get started.

Not from Tacoma? Check the City Nature Challenge website to find your own city’s challenge.


April 26-28: “Turtle Wave” community art

Sunny sea turtle

When: All day in Baja Bay

See and help create the “Turtle Wave,” a Tacoma-wide community art piece made of hundreds of origami turtles. Make your own, with your pledge to protect the ocean, and add it to the wave.

Every paper turtle raises $2 for youth ocean conservation leadership, thanks to the Bezos Family Foundation and the Ocean Art Challenge. Let’s see how many Tacoma can make!




FIND OUT MORE about the Pacific Seas Aquarium Community Celebration.



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