It’s February vacation this week for the local schools and by the middle of the week, your kids may need something else to do since it’s pretty cold out there. How about Mystic Aquarium in CT?
February vacation week activities focus on animals with teeth big and small; guests can also see Jetty the sea lion pup in Marine Theater shows
Think you know who has the biggest set of chompers at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration? Guests during February school vacation week may be surprised. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the aquarium is hosting Bite Week from February 14 to 19.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, kids will learn about the teeth of various marine animals and discover how they chew their food, the different ways they use their teeth and which don’t have teeth at all. Interactive activities include animal teeth displays, decorating foam fish frames and a game in which kids will learn how fish catch prey with their mouths by using household objects, such as tweezers, pipettes and pliers, to grab items. Kids will also meet reptiles up close and learn about their teeth and diets.
In the Marine Theater, guests can see the newest addition to the sea lion show, Jetty, the California sea lion pup who arrived last May and was named during a public naming contest in August. He recently joined the three sea lions in the Marine Theater, where he is slowly learning behaviors. While he doesn’t have an active role in the show yet, Jetty will slowly participate more as his training progresses. In the meantime, guests can enjoy his short attention span and playful antics while learning about sea lions, including their teeth.
WHERE: Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355
COST: Free with aquarium admission: Adults $26, seniors $23, kids (ages 3 to 17) $19, free for children 2 and under
For more information, call (860) 572-5955 or visit mysticaquarium.org.