Kids, Animals, and Science
In PlayQuarium, you’ll learn how animals communicate underwater, and explore a life-sized kelp forest. Then play the role of a scientist and search for bioluminescent fish in a submarine. Children will feel connected to the ocean across the boardwalk, and learn about the ecosystem thriving beneath the surface.
Bilingual and Accessible
PlayQuarium is our first fully bilingual exhibit, in English and Spanish. PlayQuarium is also fully wheelchair accessible, and features low light and plenty of tactile elements. It’s the perfect place for children and families to connect with our oceans.
The Touch Pool is the place to meet local marine invertebrates including crabs, marine snails, and sea urchins. Our staff members will help you learn more about these amazing animals.
In the Touch Pool
Purple Sea Urchin
Purple sea urchins inhabit the eastern edge of the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to British Columbia. Their spines spear food and protect them from predators.
Despite their name, these marine arthropods are more closely related to spiders and scorpions than to true crabs or crustaceans.
This aquatic scavenger uses its appendages to scan the seabed for decaying matter while defending itself from small predators.