"Hands-on" and "interactive" are our middle names. Looking for something to do on the weekend, school breaks, or on holidays? We got the thing for you!
Our Family Programs and Lab Classes are a treat for anyone that has an interest in marine life. Design your own t-shirt, make a shrimp aquarium, or feed our fish; it's all possible.
Does science have your interest? We offer fun and exciting laboratory classes such as squid dissection, and Jumbo Shrimp Dissection.

Interested in our workshops and lab classes for your school, scouting troop, family gathering, or any other group? You may qualify for our group rates. Would you like us to visit your school, child care center, or location? Most of our programs are also available as a mobile outreach program.
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The staff there were very helpful and attentive to our needs.  It's filled with educational points and creative art activities.  Definitely worth the money and time.  Will return soon to try their programs.
---Marie H. through Facebook.
Christmas Crafts - self-made gifts
Design a Christmas Tree shirt
Design a Christmas Tree shirt.

Make an Opae ula pet shrimp aquarium.
Make an Opae ula pet shrimp aquarium.

If you are looking for that last-minute Christmas present, we got your back! We'll be hosting a special one-day craft day to make your own Christmas tree t-shirt ($10), shell carving magnet ($8), shell necklace ($18+), or Opae ula pet shrimp aquarium ($25+). It's the perfect gift for your mom, your dad, your auntie, uncle, cousin, niece, or for yourself!

Marine Center Admission is free with the purchase of a craft activity.

Christmas Crafts Day is a fun Family program!

One Day Only:  
Sunday December 24 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
   

Recommended ages: all ages welcome, the whole 'ohana can come. Admission to the Marine Center is included with the purchase of one craft per family. Reservations: required. Crafts can be started anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Cost: $8 and up per craft. Cash and exact change only. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by their parent or caretaker.
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Christmas T-shirt printing - at Honolulu City Lights
Bring the 'ohana to City Lights
Bring the 'ohana to City Lights

Create your own masterpiece.
Create your own masterpiece.

Did you see our live tropical fish tank at the City Lights Christmas tree display at Honolulu Hale already? Nemo our clownfish and bloat the pufferfish are there.

In partnership with the Department of Environmental Servives we're offering family fun t-shirt printing at City Lights this year.
Bring your own t-shirt or support local and purchase one on site.

Mahalo to the Dept. of Environmental Services and Honolulu City Lights for hosting this fun family activity this year!

Available dates  
Wednesday December 13 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 16 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday December 20 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday December 23 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday December 27 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
   

Recommended ages: all ages welcome, the whole 'ohana can come. This event is presented by the Deprtment of Environmental Services and sponsored by the Living Art Marine Center. Reservations: not needed. Location: around Honolulu Hale Cost: $10 per shirt or bring your own. Cash and exact change only. Materials available on a first-come-first-served basis. Print models change every date. A selection of available print items and colors will be available.
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What design will you create?
What design will you create?

Print fish or other ocean animals.
Print with fish or use other ocean animals.
All animals used are imitation, no real fish are used.


Mini Aquaponics - Family Program
Build your own Mini Aquaponics Garden.
Build your own Mini Aquaponics Garden.

Real fish are included.
Real fish are included!

Grown plants using fish waste? Need some fresh basil but don't have a garden? Love fish and plants as well? We got you covered!

Aquaponics is an amazing and sustainable way to grow fish and plants in the same system. It works because the fish provide waste as plant fertilizer, and the plants clean the water. Interested to find out how it works? We'll teach you in a simple and easy-to-understand way. The best part? You'll get to make your own mini aquaponics system with plants to grow and actual fish.

Expert tip: Dads love our Aquaponics Garden program!

Available Dates  
Sunday November 26, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday December 24, 9:30 a.m.
   
General Admission: $45 per aquaponics kit made.
Kama'aina & Military: $25 per aquaponics kit made.

Recommended ages: all ages welcome, the whole 'ohana can come. Admission fees apply per aquarium made. Reservations: required. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by their parent or caretaker. This program is best enjoyed by families with kids ages 6 and up but anyone can come.
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Opae Ula - Hawaiian Super Shrimp
The Opae Ula workshop is a fun family activity.
The Opae Ula workshop is a fun family activity.

The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.
The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.

The Opae Ula is a shrimp found locally in Hawaiian waters.
This cute animal is ideal as a pet for all ages because our environments are developed to need no cleaning, no feeding, and no hassle! Learn more about these amazing creatures and make your own customized pet shrimp aquarium.

All workshop fees in November and December are 10% off!
Happy Holidays!


Choose one of the three aquarium options:

1. Bring in your own aquarium $20.00 $18.00 (10% off)
2. Mini Home (with lid) $25.00 $22.50 (10% off)
3. Opae Ula Glass Globe $25.00 $22.50 (10% off)

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Upcoming dates:  
Sunday October 22, 3:30 p.m. booked
Saturday December 23, 3:00 p.m.
   
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Recommended ages: 4 years and up. Adult price: 1 adult free per paying child. We encourage to purchase an Opae Ula aquarium for each attending child. Seats may be limited for non-paying participants. Program duration: 60-90 minutes.Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by their parent or caretaker. Payment due upon arrival in cash and exact change only.
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My husband and three young kids all loved the "super shrimp" class! Your facility is something that cannot be found anywhere else on the island and you put such thought into your classes.
---Rachel through Facebook.


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Behind the Seas Tour
Our fish warehouse holds hundreds of different colorful fish.
Our fish warehouse holds hundreds of different colorful fish.

Knowledgeble tourguides will show you fish you never thought existed.
Knowledgeble tourguides will show you fish you never thought existed.

Have you always wanted to take a peak "behind the scenes" and see how we operate our fish aquariums? Then you're in for a treat!
With our partner company - one of Hawaii's fish exporting businesses - we've developed a unique tour through our fish exporting warehouse. You'll be able to see how our fish arrive here, stay for a while, and go on their journey all over the world to pet stores, public aquariums, and research facilities.


Upcoming dates:  
Saturday December 23, 10:00 a.m. booked
   
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General Admission: $20.00 (child), $25.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $10.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)

Recommended ages: 8 years and up. Kama'aina and Military discount available. Program duration: 60 minutes.Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Walk-ins: not available without reservation. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by a paying adult. Flash lights provided. Tax is included in all prices.
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Fascinating, informative, beautiful. We were entertained every minute of our tour. It is obviously our guide is passionate about Hawaii's aquarium fish.
---Hapa J. through TripAdvisor.



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Guided Marine Center Tour

Design your own t-shirt with images of sharks, dolphins, or eels!
Design your own t-shirt with images of sharks, dolphins, or eels!

 

The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.
The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.

This guided minute visit of the Marine Center includes a guided tour of our tropical fish exhibits with one of our educators, Gyotaku fish print craft on paper, and a visit to our Discovery Zone to touch animals.

New: the Guided Marine Center Tour is offered every Second Saturday of the month.

In addition to the guided tour, there is a chance to do several craft activities such as t-shirt printing, shell carving, jewelry making, and shell box making.

 

Upcoming dates:
Saturday November 11 10:00 a.m. booked
Saturday December 9 10:00 a.m. booked
   
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General Admission: $25.00 (child), $20.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $10.00 (child), $7.50 (adult)
 

Recommended ages: 4 years and up. Kama'aina and Military discount available. Program duration: 60-90 minutes. Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Walk-ins: not available without reservation. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by a paying adult.(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival while supplies last.) Certain dates may not be available.
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Just had a fun guided tour here and had a lot of fun! We were pleasantly surprised by its quirky location near the airport.
---Marie H. through Yelp.



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Ocean Craft Day - open studio

Are you the artistic type? Do you like to make ocean themed crafts? Or do you simply want to learn how to? Then the Ocean Craft Day is right for you!

Join us every first and third Saturday between 10:00 and 12:00 p.m. for open studio to do crafts, or to relax and check out our fish.
Choice of craft activities are: T-shirt designing, shell carving, and shell necklace making.

Ocean Craft Day dates    
Saturday December 2 10 - 12 p.m. No Ocean Craft Day
Saturday December 16 10 - 12 p.m. No Ocean Craft Day
*Proceeds of craft activities sold will directly support our Marine Center education program.
Mahalo for your support.

Create your fall time Christmas Tree t-shirt with shell prints (color varies).Christmas Tree Shirts
Create your fall time Christmas Tree t-shirt with shell prints (color varies).
$10.00 and up.


Use shells, fish, or shark models to design your own unique looking t-shirts. T-shirts in youth sizes of various colors are available.
T-shirt printing
Use shells, fish, or shark models to design your own unique looking t-shirts. T-shirts in youth sizes of various colors are available.
$10.00 per shirt.

Tree Ornament
Carve a shell and make it into a Christmas tree ornament.
$8.00 and up per shell

Design a beautiful air plant garden that will last a lifetime. Air Plant Garden
This ocean themed air plant garden is ideal as a gift.
$25 and up per garden

Decorative items such as sea shells can be molten into the soap. Shark Tooth Necklace
Design your own shark tooth necklace
$15 and up per necklace.


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Recommended ages: 2 years and up
No admission cost to enter during Ocean Craft Day. Material fee applies for crafts.
Program duration: average 5-20 minute per craft.
Check-in: please check in with our staff before entering our exhibits.
Reservations: not required, walk in OK.
Touching animals may not be available.
Doors open: 9:45 a.m.
Doors close: 12:10 p.m.
Last time to get started with activities is 11:30 a.m.
Craft activities vary per date.
Available while supplies last.
Please see full schedule for details.
Children under 18 are required to be supervised by their parents or caretaker.

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Splash Tour - Tropical Fish Aquarium Tour
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone.
Touch a crab or sea star.

Gyotaku t-shirt printing.
Print a fish or shell on a t-shirt.

Love tropical fish? We have the program for you!

Whether you've never visited us, or you come once a month, there is always something new and interested to see and do at the Living Art Marine Center. Tag along with a special reduced admission tour of our tropical fish aquariums, make a fish print on paper, and touch tide pool animals.

Want to do more? We're offering several optional crafts upon check in such as shell carving or t-shirt printing.

Upcoming dates:  
Wednesday December 27 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday January 3 10:00 a.m.
   
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General Admission: $15.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $7.50 (child), $7.50 (adult)
 

Recommended ages: 4 years and up. Kama'aina and Military Discount available. Program duration: 90 minutes. Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Walk-ins: not available without reservation.Children under 18 are required to be supervised by a paying adult. Cost for additional crafts not included.


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My daughter loved it. I will bring my other two children to enjoy as well.
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Super Squid Dissection NEW
Dissection a Squid is an important element of scientific discovery
Dissecting a squid is fun.

Gyotaku squid printing.
Make your own Gyotaku squid print on paper to take home.

Dissection is an important part of science discovery that can help us better understand how life works. Professor Tako's students will dissect their own squid, learn about this animal, and feed our fish!

New! Professor Tako now offers gigantic Super Squid to dissect. There are more body parts to see, more dissection to do, and it's way more fun!

Upcoming dates:  
Sunday December 17, 9:30 a.m.
   
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General Admission: $20.00 (child), $10.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $10.00 (child), $7.50 (adult)
A Super Squid lab fee of $5.00 per family will be added.
 

Recommended ages: 6 years and up. Program duration: 120 minutes Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Walk-ins: not available without reservation. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by a paying adult.
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I'm so glad that we went to their squid dissection class. The instructor was very nice and very knowledgeable.
---Teairra S. through Yelp.



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Fantastic Fish Dissection NEW
Dissection is an important element of scientific discovery
Dissecting a fish is fun.

Do you know what a swim bladder is?
Do you know what a
swim bladder is?

Dissection is an important part of science discovery that can help us better understand how life works. Professor Tako's students will dissect their own fish, learn about this animal, and take a look at all the internal and external body parts.

Do you know what a swim bladder is for? How about a lateral line? Ever heard of a peduncle? What adaptations do fish have to survive? All these and more questions will be answered.

Upcoming dates:  
Sunday October 15, 9:30 a.m.
   
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General Admission: $20.00 (child), $10.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $10.00 (child), $7.50 (adult)
 

Recommended ages: 6 years and up. Program duration: 90 minutes Check-in time: 15 minutes prior. Reservations: required. Walk-ins: not available without reservation. Children under 18 are required to be supervised by a paying adult.


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I'm so glad that we went to their squid dissection class. The instructor was very nice and very knowledgeable.
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