Get Shipwrecked at Haunted Birch Aquarium!

birchpirateGhouls and buoys of all ages are invited to spend a safe and “spirited” Halloween with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego!

Discover what lurks beneath the surface Oct. 21 & 22 at the 11th annual Haunted Birch Aquarium: Shipwrecked! The entire family can soak up spooky science activities, explore the aquarium’s “wreckage” for sunken treasures, BOO-gie down with zydeco band Billy Lee & the Swamp Critters and enjoy close encounters of the fishy kind.

Haunted Birch Aquarium offers participants a fun and informal atmosphere in which to learn about ocean science. This spooktacular event is geared toward families and open to guests of all ages. Children under 2 are free, and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Come dressed to impress in your best costume! Proceeds support exhibits and educational programming at Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

hauntedbirch2011• Dates: October 21st & 22nd
• Time: 6pm-9pm
• Pricing:
~ Members $12 prepaid.
~ Public $15 prepaid.
~ $17 at the door.
~ Kids under 2 are FREE!
• RSVP: 858-534-7336 or at this LINK.

About Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, Earth and ocean science and features nearly five-dozen interactive elements. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Birch Aquarium has an annual attendance of more than 415,000, including 45,000 school children.

• Location: 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, CA
• Phone: 858-534-3474
• Website:
• Directions: From Interstate 5, exit at La Jolla Village Drive. Go West one mile. Left on Expedition Way.
• Parking: Birch Aquarium offers three-hour courtesy parking.

Images courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

The “Big Green Bus” Rolls into Birch Aquarium at Scripps!

The “Big Green Bus”, a Greyhound bus which has been converted into a true “classroom on wheels”, is rolling into the Birch Aquarium at Scripps from Noon-3pm on Saturday, August 6th! The bus travels on bio-diesel fuel, vegetable oil, and solar power. It’s being operated by 13 Dartmouth students, and is on a nationwide tour to promote sustainability. The bus is equipped with different sensors & tools designed to help visitors learn and experience just how to bus works. Take a look below at some fun facts about ‘The Big Green Bus’ & why you should bring the kids to come see it below.

• The bus’ custom 260-gallon tank runs on waste vegetable oil, which the students pick up from restaurants and hotels along the way. The tank holds enough fuel to travel about 2,000 miles.
• The 13 students, ages 19-24, are sharing the tight quarters for three months.
• Four rooftop solar panels help power the onboard electronics, including an energy-efficient refrigerator that runs on only 40 watts (the average modern refrigerator runs on about 400 watts).

The visit is tied to the aquarium’s newest exhibit, Boundless Energy, an outdoor, interactive playground that celebrates the innovative ways we can use natural forces to power our lives. The exhibit is designed to deepen visitors’ understanding of how renewable energy sources from the sun, the wind and ocean motion can be used to produce clean electricity.

You can find more info about the Big Green Bus HERE. Click HERE for more info about the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Admission to Birch Aquarium at Scripps:
$14 Adult, 18+
$10 Senior, 60+
$9.50 Youth, 3-17
Free Children, 2 and under
Free Scripps Oceanographic Society Members

Website: Big Green Bus
Twitter: @biggreenbus
Facebook: Big Green Bus

Photo courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps & The Big Green Bus.

It’s Shark Week! Where will you celebrate?

It’s Shark Week! Where will you be celebrating? Some fun places to visit in SoCal that have sharks are below. Perhaps we’ll see you at one or more!

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Aquarium of the Pacific
The Living Coast Discovery Center
SEA LIFE Aquarium
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
SeaWorld San Diego
The Ty Warner Sea Center
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Go San Diego Card: Now including admission to SeaWorld San Diego!

“Museums On Us” by Bank of America

The 1st full weekend of each month is Bank of America’s “Museums On Us” weekend! Bank of America cardholders (credit or debit) receive FREE admission to a handful of great museums on the first full weekend of each month. Show your ID + your Bank of America card, and receive 1 free general admission per cardholder to many fun places in SoCal including but not limited to the following museums and attractions:

The Living Desert
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Autry
Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)
Palm Springs Art Museum
Museum of Latin American Art
Discovery Science Center (Sunday admission ONLY.)
Skirball Cultural Center (Noah’s Ark is awesome for kids! Call days ahead to reserve a time slot.)

Be sure to check the Museums On Us links on the B of A site to verify their continued participation. Also, it’s always a good idea to call each establishment prior to your visit to verify their hours, etc.. More info HERE as well. Perhaps we’ll see you at one more of the participating museums!

Get a FREE full-color guidebook with the purchase of a Go City Card or Explorer Pass