Virginia Aquarium Celebrates the Earth & Its Oceans

Party for the Planet Weekend - May 5 & 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

“Party for the Planet” by joining Virginia Aquarium staff and their guest experts in celebrating the earth and its oceans on May 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Aquarium’s Bay & Ocean Pavilion. This party is free with Aquarium admission.

Guest experts for the party include Mentoring Young Scientists (MYS), “Balloon Girl,” U.S. Navy and Monitor National Marine Sanctuary representatives, and local Girl Scout Troops.

The MYS, a Virginia Aquarium group of environmentally conscious middle school students and adult mentors, will present coastal trend topics through games and activities as well as offer things you can do to help your environment. “Party goers” can play Watershed Rampage and Bottle Cap races, and watch raindrops ride the Raindrop Roller Coaster.

Aquarium guests will see “Balloon Girl,” a local high school student, model her balloon dress and tell about balloons and their potential harm to the environment. The Navy and the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary will showcase marine debris and its effects on the environment. Local Girl Scouts will offer three activity stations. Conservation Catchers and Toad Abodes will be made by guests and they can play Scoop the Poop Races.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums whose mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. The Aquarium is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. For more information on exhibits, movies, boat rides and special event, call (757) 385-FISH (3474), (TTY 711) or visit

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