What: Kids’ Fest Extravaganza at OdySea Aquarium
When: Saturday, March 10-Sunday, March 25
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: OdySea Aquarium
9500 E. Via de Ventura
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Info: To keep kids entertained and educated all throughout Spring Break, OdySea Aquarium launches Kids’ Fest, a 15-day program including special events, character meet-and-greets, and new interactive play and discovery opportunities in the Kids’ Fest Cove daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. including:
- Mission Voyager Scavenger Hunt
- Spin Art table
- LEGO free play station
- Touchable artifacts — skulls, feathers and eggs
- Robotics with Bricks for Kids
- Sketch the Sea creative art station
- Interactive Light Brite wall
- Animal Ambassador visits with “hidden treasures” from isopods to sea cucumbers
- Interactive floor games
Other special activities include:
Sloth Encounter — Daily between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., guests can get up close and personal with Squidney, OdySea Aquarium’s beloved two-toed sloth, during this exclusive limited-time encounter. Visitors will learn all about sloths — and how to protect these precious animals — as well as touch Squidney, feed her a favorite snack and get some photos to commemorate the experience! Each encounter is 30 to 40 minutes and costs $59.95, plus cost of aquarium admission.
Under the Sea Slime — March 12 through 19, budding chemical engineers can make and play with their own “Under the Sea Slime” creating one-of-a-kind colors and textures with STEM Camp, Engineering for Kids.
Penguin Paintings — Each weekend during Kids’ Fest, children will marvel as OdySea’s African Black-footed Penguins get artistic, creating masterpieces before guests’ very eyes!
Character Meet and Greets — Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., kids can visit with their favorite character icons from movies like Frozen, Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero Six and Minions.
Behind the Scenes Sneak Peeks — Daily, guests will enjoy a video journey to rarely seen aquarium happening like sea lion demonstrations, shark feeds, diet preparation, and animals visiting the veterinarian.
Cost: FREE with Aquarium admission (excluding the Sloth Encounter).
Contact: For more information about Kids’ Fest, call 480-291-8000 or visit
the website at www.odyseaaquarium.com