Every Sunday in February the Santa Monica Aquarium will be free to the public. 12:30 – 5pm thanks to Cirque du Soleil’s “Ovo” which is located in the Santa Monica Pier parking lot.
“The Aquarium is the public face of Heal the Bay; it is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants, living examples of the importance of our work to make Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean.
You can get a hug from a spiky sea urchin, feel a knobby sea star or sticky sea anemone, experience a refreshing squirt from a swell shark and observe microscopic plankton – all inhabitants of the Santa Monica Bay.
Each Saturday at 3:30 p.m., during our naturalists’ presentation, we feature an ever-changing list of animals on exhibit; for more in-depth knowledge of the often misunderstood shark, our weekly Shark Sundays will enlighten you; and if you visit on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, you’re sure to catch our staff and volunteers at feeding time, which starts around 2:30 p.m. during public hours. Stop by then and help us feed the sea stars.
The Aquarium also holds a FREE quarterly lecture series that explores a wide range of marine-related topics and hosts theme weekends throughout the year that offer special activities and fun-filled celebrations at the Pier.
Whether you’re from halfway around the world or from just down the street, we welcome you to a hands-on exploration at our Aquarium. Visit and be inspired to understand more about our amazing Santa Monica Bay marine environment, and learn how you can help to conserve it.” – Excerpt from the Heal the Bay website