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Hang out with aquatic animals during school vacation week at the New England Aquarium

The aquarium is offering special programming throughout the month for New England kids on April break.

African penguins gather for mealtime at the New England Aquarium. New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium will host special activities and programming this month for families on April school break. Kids and their parents can enjoy animal feedings, whale watches, films, and presentations. The aquarium offers programming for every New England state’s April break — April 11-15 for Rhode Island and some Connecticut students, April 18-22 for Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and other Connecticut students, and April 25-29 for New Hampshire students.

Visitors can catch daily presentations at 2 p.m. in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center, which houses sea lions and fur seals, and at 3 p.m. in the Atlantic Harbor Seals Exhibit. Guests can also check out daily feedings at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the penguins and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the four-story Giant Ocean Tank.


Whale watches will depart from Central Wharf daily during the week of April 17 at 10 a.m., with combo tickets available that include aquarium admission. Films showing at the aquarium’s Simons Theatre this month are “Incredible Predators,” “Great White Shark,” “Ocean Odyssey,” and “Turtle Odyssey.”

Other attractions at the aquarium include 90 year-old green sea turtle Myrtle in the Giant Ocean Tank and Peepsqueak, a rescued sanderling in the Shorebirds Exhibit and the aquarium’s newest resident. In addition, Lambert the African penguin celebrates his 30th hatch day on April 20.

The aquarium strongly recommends buying tickets in advance for April school vacation week. Masks are encouraged but not required.

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