"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.
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.

The Opae Ula workshop is a fun family program!

Choose one of the three aquarium options:

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

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Upcoming dates:  
Saturday September 17, 4:30 p.m. booked
Saturday October 15, 4:30 p.m. at Island Scoops*
Saturday November 19, 4:30 p.m. at Island Scoops*
*One free Bubbies Mochi Ice Cream for each paying participant at Island Scoops locations.
   
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Recommended ages: 4 years and up. Adult price: 1 adult free per paying child . 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. This program is offered at two different locations: Island Scoops (former Bubbies on University Ave.), and the Marine Center (near Honolulu Airport).
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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 September 24, 10:00 a.m. booked
Saturday October 22, 10:00 a.m.
   
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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

After School Aquarium 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.

Friendly and knowledgeable  tour guided will make your visit unforgettable.
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides will make your visit unforgettable.

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 and now also every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. as an After School Aquarium Tour.

 

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 October 8, 10:00 a.m. booked
Saturday November 12, 10:00 a.m.
   
Wednesday August 3, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 10, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 17, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 24, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday August 31, 3:30 p.m.
   
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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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Create your own Gyotaku fish print t-shirt.
Create your own Gyotaku fish print t-shirt.
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.
Craft activities change every month. Check out the schedule below for details.

Ocean Craft Day dates    
Saturday September 3 10 - 12 p.m.
Saturday September 17 10 - 12 p.m. No Ocean Craft Day
October-November schedule TBA schedule TBA
*Proceeds of craft activities sold will directly support our Marine Center education program.
Mahalo for your support.

What would Dory do? Well...just keep swimming of course.Dory Shirt
Design your own Dory shirt with quotes like "Just Keep Swimming"
$10.00 per shirt.


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.

Shell Jewelry
Design your own shell necklace with beads and unique pendant.
$10.00 per necklace
(plus price of pendant)

Carve your own name or a special message in a shell.Shell Art
Carve a special message in a cowry shell is easy to do.
$6.00 per shell.

Decorative items such as sea shells can be molten into the soap.Shark Tooth Necklace
Design your own shark tooth necklace
$15.00 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
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.

Have you never been to the Marine Center before or looking for something to do during school breaks or on holidays? Then the Splash Tour is for you.

This special 90 minute reduced admission guided tour of the Marine Center involves a tour of our exhibits and touching tide pool creatures at the Discovery Zone

Looking to do even more? Several craft options are available during this tour such as soap making, jewelry designing, and t-shirt printing.
(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival in our Welcome Center.
Materials available while supplies last.)


Upcoming dates:  
Monday October 10, 10:00 a.m. Discoverer's Day
   
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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.


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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 September 18, 10:00 a.m. booked
Sunday November 20, 10:00 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 pair of participants will be added.
 

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.
---Teairra S. through Yelp.



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Jumbo Shrimp Dissection NEW
Dissection a shrimp is an important element of scientific discovery
Dissecting a shrimp is fun.

Feed our fish after the program.
Feed our fish after the program.

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 Jumbo Shrimp, learn about this animal, and feed our fish!

New! Rostrum, Telson, Pleopod, Maxilliped; if these words sound impressive to you, it's time to dissect a shrimp. This widely known crustacean is an important link on the world ocean's food chain but how much do you know about this amazing animals? Dissect your own Jumbo Shrimp and find out yourself

Upcoming dates:  
Sunday October 23, 10:00 a.m. Jumbo Shrimp Dissection
   
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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.
---Teairra S. through Yelp.



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