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*Penguin Encounter*Beluga Encounter*Whales Up Close
*Trainer for a Day*Paint with a Whale*Stranding Events
*First Responder Training*Birthday Parties
 
*PENGUIN ENCOUNTER

In this 60-minute program, one of our penguin specialists will describe these remarkable birds and their care here at the aquarium. Participants also learn about the history of the species and conservation issues affecting these intriguing animals.

Participants must be 6 years old and children ages 6-12 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to encounter time.

 
Penguin Encounter - Aquarium Member
   Price: $54.00 Qty
Must be a current Aquarium Member - membership card required upon entry.

Children must be at least 6 to participate and children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Penguin Encounter
   Price: $60.00 Qty
This Ticket does not include admission. Admission is required with all Encounter Programs and can be purchased at the gate when you arrive or you can add it to your online order during your purchase. If you have a coupon or other discount that can be applied to your admission, please purchase your admission ticket at our gate upon arrival.

Children must be at least 6 to participate and children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
*BELUGA ENCOUNTER

Put on waterproof gear and wade waist-deep into the water of the Arctic Coast exhibit with the whales and trainers. During this 90-minute program, you will be able to touch the whales back and belly and see how they breathe, spout and sing. Aquarium trainers will explain how we care for the whales and demonstrate the way in which encounter sessions are beneficial to the whales health and well-being.

Participants must be 5 feet tall and children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

Includes one photograph taken by Sharp Shooter Photography. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to encounter time.

If you have a Gift Certificate please contact Reservations at 860.572.5955 ext. 520 to register.

 
Beluga Encounter - Aquarium Member
   Price: $142.00 Qty
Must be a current Aquarium Member - membership card required upon entry.

Guests must be 5ft tall to participate. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Beluga Encounter
   Price: $150.00 Qty
This Ticket does not include admission. Admission is required with all Encounter Programs and can be purchased at the gate when you arrive or you can add it to your online order during your purchase. If you have a coupon or other discount that can be applied to your admission, please purchase your admission ticket at our gate upon arrival.

Guests must be 5ft tall to participate. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
*WHALES UP CLOSE

Witness a beluga feeding and learn more about these magnificent animals special behaviors with only a three-foot-high window separating you from the whale. After meeting with a trainer in the Beluga Encounter Room to learn more about the whales, you'll be led to a behind-the-scenes area of the Arctic Coast exhibit that is not usually accessible to the public, where you'll come face to face with a beluga whale. As trainers interact with the whale, you'll learn more about its special behaviors, which are taught for regular close interaction that includes daily physical examinations, research, exercise, playtime and learning with the whales all within a foot of the whale.

Participants must be 6 years old and children ages 6-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Whales Up Close - Aquarium Member
   Price: $54.00 Qty
Must be a current Aquarium Member - membership card required upon entry.

Children must be at least 6 to participate and children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Whales Up Close
   Price: $60.00 Qty
This Ticket does not include admission. Admission is required with all Encounter Programs and can be purchased at the gate when you arrive or you can add it to your online order during your purchase. If you have a coupon or other discount that can be applied to your admission, please purchase your admission ticket at our gate upon arrival.

Children must be at least 6 to participate and children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
*TRAINER FOR A DAY

Ever wonder what it takes to train marine animals? Now you can find out! Youre going to love being a Trainer for a Day at Mystic Aquarium. From 1 - 4:30 p.m., you will enjoy the company of our animal care team as you explore behind the scenes and learn what it takes to be a marine animal trainer. You will interact with African penguins, Beluga whales, seals and sea lions through hands-on, side-by-side training sessions with Mystic Aquariums animal care team highlight this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Participants must be 13 years old and children ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

There is a maximum of 2 guests per program.

Program includes admission and one 8x10 matted photo. DVD of slideshow ($80) may be purchased separately. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to encounter time. Please wear comfortable, close-toed footwear and lanyards are required for eyeglasses and sunglasses.

If you have a Gift Certificate please contact Reservations at 860.572.5955 ext. 520 to register.

 
Trainer for a Day - Aquarium Member
   Price: $300.00 Qty
Must be a current Aquarium Member - membership card required upon entry.

Children must be at least 13 to participate and children ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Trainer for a Day
   Price: $325.00 Qty

Children must be at least 13 to participate and children ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
*PAINT WITH A WHALE

During a beluga painting session, trainers will introduce you to the whales and give you an inside look at how they work with them. After you pick the colors you would like to use, the trainer will place a specially crafted brush in the belugas mouth. Then, you get to hold the canvas while the artist is at work!

After you are done, we will send you home with your work of art as well as a professionally taken photo of you during the experience.

 
Paint with a Whale - Aquarium Member
   Price: $140.00 Qty
Must be a current Aquarium Member - membership card required upon entry.

Children must be at least 13 to participate and children ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
Paint with a Whale
   Price: $150.00 Qty

Children must be at least 13 to participate and children ages 13-15 years must be accompanied by an adult who has paid to participate in the encounter.

 
*STRANDING EVENTS

 
SEALS ON THE ROCKS
   Regular Price: $15.00 Member Price: $12.00 Qty

Join us for evening of fun and entertainment. Proceeds support Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Program.

Friday, June 27, 2014
7-10pm
Mingle with your friends among the candlelit indoor exhibits filled with colorful fish and plenty of conversation starters. Enjoy live music and delicious hors d’oeuvres created by Ocean Blue Catering.

Cost includes admission to the event, hor d'oeuvres and one drink ticket. Must be 21 years old to attend.
Tickets are $12 for aquarium members and $15 for non-members and are available through June 26th at 6 p.m. Ticket price at the door is $20.

  Session  Seals on the Rocks '14: Fri,Jun 27,2014 7:00PM-10:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
*FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING

Sign-up to be a First Responder for Mystic Aquariums Stranding Program! Class will include a basic Mystic Aquarium orientation and initial training to join the Animal Rescue Team. First Responders are typically the first set of eyes and ears in the field assessing reports of marine mammals and sea turtles for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Fishers Island, NY. This class is FREE to anyone interested who is 18 years or older. No prior training required.

 
May 6th, 2014 at Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT
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Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd. Mystic, CT 06355
6:00 - 8:00pm

Mystic Aquarium's Nautilus Live Theater

For more location information please visit www.mysticaquarium.org

  Session  First Responer - Mysti: Tue,May 6,2014 6:00PM-8:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
May 22nd, 2014 Hammonasset State Park, Madison CT
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Meigs Point Visitor Center in Hammonasset State Park
1288 Boston Post Rd. Madison, CT 06443
6:00 - 8:00pm

For more location information please visit http://www.meigspointnaturecenter.org

  Session  First Responder - Hamm: Thu,May 22,2014 6:00PM-8:00PM   (17 AVAIL)
 
 
May 29th, 2014 RI Audubon Society in Bristol, RI
    Qty
Rhode Island Audubon Society
1401 Hope St. (Rte. 114), Bristol, Rhode Island
6:00 - 8:00pm

For more location information please visit http://www.asri.org/

  Session  First Responder - RI A: Thu,May 29,2014 6:00PM-8:00PM   AVAILABLE
 
 
*BIRTHDAY PARTIES

Our In House Parties takes place in a private learning lab with a Party host where you and your guests will enjoy an age appropriate, educational and entertaining themed program, a private touch tank of live sea creatures or a live reptile for your guests to experience based on the chosen program topic, a personalized Ocean Themed Birthday Cake, Decorative tableware and utensils and a fun party favor for each child!

 
In-House Party
   Regular Price: $450.00 Member Price: $375.00

Come and celebrate your child’s special day at the Mystic Aquarium.

The package is 1 1/2 hours and also includes admission to the Mystic Aquarium after your scheduled party; where guests will be able to explore the wonders of the ocean world.

 
In-House Pizza Party
   Regular Price: $475.00 Member Price: $400.00
Have Delicious Pizza at your Party! The In-House Pizza Party includes extra half hour for the Pizza Party Portion of the Birthday Party! The package also includes admission to the Mystic Aquarium after your scheduled party; where guests will be able to explore the wonders of the ocean world.