World Oceans Day is a great day for the public to visit their local aquarium or zoo to learn about and celebrate the incredible marine life in our oceans. Make your celebration special with these ideas:
Shed Light on Science
Incorporate the Animals
Engage in the Arts
Art is a great way to harness creativity, express feelings and values as well as garner attention. From crafts to murals, visitors can engage in art as a hands on way to share the importance of our oceans. The Primorsky Aquarium’s celebration included art workshops on pottery, glassware production and watercolor painting. SEA LIFE Paris Val d'Europe raised awareness through the arts with music, educational and theatrical workshops for children, with a particular focus on the oceans issues such as over-fishing and plastic pollution.
Get Outside the Aquarium
Besides having an awesome celebration onsite, move beyond the aquarium and host an event in your local community such as an aquatic cleanup. The Grand Aquarium Saint-Malo hosted a cleanup at a nearby beach. The Seattle Aquarium teamed up with Puget Soundkeeper to organize Hour for the Ocean Cleanups. Seattle residents spent one hour cleaning up multiple beaches and waterways.
Keep the Celebration Going
Why restrict your World Oceans Day celebration to one day? Host multiple events throughout the week, continue with events throughout June, and even consider participating in Plastic Free July! Resorts World Sentosa & S.E.A. Aquarium celebrated World Oceans Day with ocean-themed events throughout June. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast hosted family sleepovers where families could spend the night in the aquarium and learn more about the animals.