The cool breeze of May and the warmth of the sun mark the perfect conditions for some family time on the beach. What better than visiting Manhattan Beach, CA with a pit stop at the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Pier.
Today, my brother and I took our kids to the Manhattan Beach and parked at the metered parking lot at the end of Manhattan Beach Blvd. It was only 25 cents for every 10 minutes of parking, so bring your quarters with you. I love parking at this lot because in just a 1 minute walk, you can get onto the sand. This location puts you right at the volleyball courts and toward the beach. It also puts you right on the boardwalk of the pier, which is a straight shot to the Roundhouse Aquarium.
Manhattan Beach, CA
Hours: Open to public free of charge: M-F 3pm- sunset & Sat/Sun 10am -sunset
Admission: Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family
Playing at the beach and the sand can be a full today in and of itself, but seeing the Aquarium is a little bonus. This aquarium is tiny so don’t be expecting it to be like the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, but it’s definitely a fun 1 hour of exploration. First there is a touch and feel tank where your little one can touch some sea-life such as star fish, ray fish, corals etc., and then they can look at all the fish in the different tanks. The aquarium has signs and explanations of the different marine life that is within each tank. The staff on site is also very resourceful in answering questions.
Then upstairs of the facility are more tanks full of marine life ranging from sea anemones, sea horse and much more. There are science books, puzzles and puppets available for your children to sit and learn with the parents about what they are seeing. Also, flyers are available for other fun classes, summer camps and free programs offered through the aquarium.
The Roundhouse Aquarium Summer Camps for 2012 Schedule is out, so I you would like your children to experience the ocean through hands on exploration, games and fun, check out their program.
FREE: Sea Story Time
Every Sunday @ 11:30am at the upstairs Kids Kelp Forest Corner
Program: story, explore real animal artifacts, a craft to take home
Volunteer at the Roundhouse Aquarium
If you are 14 years of age and would like to volunteer at this aquarium to help improve and enhance the current programs, go to www.roundhouseaquarium.org/volunteer
REMEMBER MOMS- although there is a lot that is free at this aquarium, it can only stay open from our donations, so if you can, give to the aquarium as it’s a wonderful learning environment for our children to enjoy.