#15 WestsideDB’s 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica & the Westside -The Santa Monica Aquarium at the Pier

by WestsideDB on December 3, 2010 · 0 comments

in 365 Things to do in Santa Monica,Events,Family Activities

I was out looking for some Santa Monica townhomes for sale for some clients and decided that after a little work, it was time to have quality time with my son.  Under the Santa Monica pier lies a hidden jem that is inexpensive to get into and a great interactive learning tool for kids and adults alike.  It’s Heal the Bay’s marine education facility which inspires us all to understand our oceans and its inhabitants.

Heal the Bay is a non-profit organization formed over 20 years ago by Angelenos concerned about the levels of pollution and toxicity.  As a surfer in Santa Monica, I can attest to some nasty water now and again, especially after a rain.  With organizations like Heal the Bay and concerned citizens (over 12,000 to date), things are looking up and getting better.  We have reduced sewage pollution in the Bay by over 90% since 1985.

The Aquarium is a shining example of what concerned citizens can achieve – there are moray eels, sharks and a touch tank for the kids to explore sea urchins, starfish, and more.  You can rent it out for a private party or attend a class for an environmental educational trip.  There is a puppet show area and a spot for kids to create an art masterpiece. Go check out the shark tank on Sundays at 3:30pm – it’s feeding time!

You can call them at 310-393-6149 for a calendar of events and for information on classes.  Heal the Bay can be found at

1444 9th St

Santa Monica, CA 90401 and at healthebay.org

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