Fun Activities at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Ocean County, NJ

///Fun Activities at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Ocean County, NJ

Fun Activities at Jenkinson's Aquarium in Ocean County, NJ

Calling all grandmothers and grandfathers living in or visiting New Jersey! If you are looking for fun kids activities to do with your grandchildren, visit Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant, Ocean County. The aquarium is located on the fun Point Pleasant boardwalk at the Jersey shore and open year round for lots of indoor fun! It’s a great place to hold kids birthday parties, too.

Jenkinson’s Aquarium has a special for you during the month of January. The price of weekday general admission is half price! (This special does not include birthday parties, specials, weekends, groups, or holidays.)

Two fun kids activities you might want to bring your toddler to are the Make and Take activities on January 13 and February 10.  Visit Jenkinson’s website for more information.

January

  • Positively Penguin

    Saturday 1/10/09         
    All Day, All Ages          
    General Admission

    Perhaps you have pondered about our playful penguins? Plan for a pleasant program, where our penguins and their perfect plumage are top priority. Penguins will partake in feeding at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Toddler Make & Take

    Tuesday 1/13/09                                 
    9:30 am – 10:30 am
    $18 parent-child pair/ $8 for each additional participant

    Make marine life crafts, listen to a story, and learn about some of our animals.  This workshop is for children ages 3-5 years old with an adult and occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in January, February, and September through December. Includes all day aquarium admission.   Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Saturday 1/17/09
    9:30 am – 11:00 am
    Ages 5 and up only
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    Discover what goes on behind the scenes of the aquarium.  Learn what it takes to feed, clean, and enrich all of our animals. Tour the building from top to bottom while learning about our aquarium inhabitants. Closed-toed shoes are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • So You Want to be a Marine Biologist?

    Wednesday 1/21/09                            
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm              
    Ages 15 and up only
    $15 per person

    A wide variety of education, animal care, aquarist, and other positions are needed for an aquarium to run well. Learn from the experts what steps you should take to obtain a career with animals. Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • February

  • Penguin Pointers

    Sunday 2/08/09                                   
    10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Ages 5 and up                                     
    $20 for adults & 13 for children

    A pleasant program where you will learn about penguin play, perks, and privileges, as well as progressive procedures to ensure preservation. Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Toddler Make & Take

    Tuesday 2/10/09                                 
    9:30 am – 10:30 am
    $18 parent-child pair/$8 for each additional participant

    Make marine life crafts, listen to a story, and learn about some of our animals.  This workshop is for children ages 3-5 years old with an adult and occurs on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in January, February, and September through December. Includes all day aquarium admission.   Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Sunday 2/21/09
    9:30 am – 11:00 am              
    Ages 5 and up only               
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    Discover what goes on behind the scenes of the aquarium.  Learn what it takes to feed, clean, and enrich all of our animals. Tour the building from top to bottom while learning about our aquarium inhabitants. Closed-toed shoes are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • So You Want to be a Marine Biologist?

    Wednesday 2/25/09 
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Ages 15 and up only               
    $15 per person

    A wide variety of education, animal care, aquarist, and other positions are needed for an aquarium to run well. Learn from the experts what steps you should take to obtain a career with animals.    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • March

  • Dr. Seuss Celebration: One Fish, Two Fish.

    Saturday 3/07/09 
    General Admission

    Join us as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with hands-on activities and storytelling sessions all about marine life. Special appearance by the Cat in the Hat. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Leap into Spring!

    Sunday 3/08/09
    10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Ages 5 and up
    $20 for adults & $13 for children

    A wide variety of education, animal care, aquarist, and other positions are needed for an aquarium to run well. Learn from the experts what steps you should take to obtain a career with animals.    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • International Day of the Seal

    Saturday 3/14/09
    All Day All Ages
    General Admission

    Commemorate our three Harbor seals – Luseal, Coral and Sequin – With this international day of recognition and honor. Uncover interesting facts about these mammals, their relatives and our local species of seals. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Going Green for St. Patrick’s Day

    Tuesday 3/17/09
    All Day All Ages
    General Admission

    What better day to celebrate “green” than on St. Patrick’s Day? Come in and see what you can do to help the environment and protect our oceans. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Reptile and Amphibian Keepers Workshop

    Wednesday 3/25/09
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Adults Only
    $15 per person

    Are you curious to learn about caring for reptiles and amphibians on your own? Learn the proper care and treatment techniques for these interesting and challenging animals.    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Marmoset Mania

    Sunday 3/29/09
    9:30 am – 11:00 am 
    Ages 7 and up
    $15 for adults & $11 for children

    Did you know that Pygmy Marmosets are the smallest kind of monkey in the world? Learn about these fascinating animals and help make an enrichment item which we will use in their exhibit.    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • April

  • Junior Keepers

    Sunday 4/5/09
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Ages 11-15 only
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    This program provides the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view. Our “helpers” will assist with animal enrichment, logging, and feeding some of our animals. Sneakers  are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Saturday 4/18/09
    9:30 am – 11:00 am
    Ages 5 and up only 
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    Discover what goes on behind the scenes of the aquarium.  Learn what it takes to feed, clean, and enrich all of our animals. Tour the building from top to bottom while learning about our aquarium inhabitants. Closed-toed shoes are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Respect Your Mother: Earth Day

    Saturday 4/18/09
    All Day All Ages
    General Admission

    It’s a Party for the Planet! Become enlightened about ways to protect our environment, invluding small steps you can take to “Go Green” every day. Honor our blue planet by learning how to “Respect Your Mother” This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Ocean Topography for MS/HS students

    Saturday 4/25/09
    9:00 am – 10:30 am
    Ages 12 and up only
    $15 per person

    Have you ever wondered what the ocean floor is like? Learn about hydrothermal vents, mid-ocean ridges and more while creating a model of the ocean floor.  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • May

  • Shark, Shark, Shark

    Saturday 5/09/09
    12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Ages 5 and up only
    $15 for adults & $11 for children

    Predetor or prey? Do we really need to fear sharks? Come and find out about the world of sharks: the fish without bones.    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Mothers Day

    Sunday 5/10/09
    All Day

    In honor of Mother’s Day, admission is free to mothers with a paid child admission.

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Saturday 5/16/09
    9:30 am -11:00 am
    Ages 5 and up only 
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    Discover what goes on behind the scenes of the aquarium.  Learn what it takes to feed, clean, and enrich all of our animals. Tour the building from top to bottom while learning about our aquarium inhabitants. Closed-toed shoes are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • What lies beneath? Horseshoe Crabs!

    Saturday 5/16/09
    All Day All Ages
    General Admission

    Get close to these harmless creatures that haven’t changed in over 300 million years. Program in conjunction with American Littoral Society. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Gyotaku: Fish Printing

    Sunday 5/31/09
    9:30 am-11:00 am
    Ages 7 and up
    $15 for adults & $11 for children

    Learn about different types of fish and create your own piece of artwork at the same time!
    Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • June

  • World Ocean Day

    Sunday 6/07/09
    All Day All Ages
    General Admission

    Water, water everywhere…makes you stop and think! Join us for this worldwide celebration of the ocean and explore what you can do every day to help consderve our oceans and help keep our waterways clean. This special event is FREE with paid general admission.

  • Junior Keepers

    Sunday 6/14/09
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    Ages 11-15 only
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    This program provides the opportunity to experience the aquarium from an employee’s point of view. Our “helpers” will assist with animal enrichment, logging, and feeding some of our animals. Sneakers  are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Behind the Scenes Tour

    Saturday 6/20/09
    9:30 am-11:00 am
    Ages 5 and up only
    $14 for adults & $10 for children

    Discover what goes on behind the scenes of the aquarium.  Learn what it takes to feed, clean, and enrich all of our animals. Tour the building from top to bottom while learning about our aquarium inhabitants. Closed-toed shoes are required!  Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

  • Fathers Day

    Sunday 6/21/09
    All Day

    In honor of Father’s Day, admission is free to fathers with a paid child admission.

  • Dissection Workshop MS/HS students

    Saturday 6/27/09
    9:30 am-11:00 am
    Ages 12 and up
    $15 per person

    Do you enjoy learning about anatomy? Dissect a squid and a fish to learn about the differences between these two animals. Call to pre-register: 732-899-1659.

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Grandmother of 5 great kids, retired special ed high school teacher, married since 1972 to Poppy…loves spoiling the grands, crocheting for whomever I can and charities, reading, crafts, outdoors, and blogging.

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