Aquarium of the Pacific will close, offering virtual visits only due to new COVID restrictions

Following the state’s renewed stay-at-home orders, the Aquarium of the Pacific will close in-person operations for the public for at least three weeks starting Sunday, Dec. 6, and instead will launch little-to-no-cost virtual programming starting Monday, Dec. 7.

The public can enjoy live and on-demand educational programming as well as activities for all ages through the aquarium’s Online Academy, according to an aquarium statement. People can also tune in each weekday at 9 and 10 a.m. for live classes for kids with aquarium educators.

You can also still view the aquarium’s animals through live webcams and take a virtual tour with 360-degree views. The aquarium’s YouTube channel features episodes of “The Pacific Pals Show,” guest speaker series as well as many other on-demand videos.

The aquarium is also offering a new, Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Northern Pacific Gallery (fee is  $10), featuring sea otters and a special New Year’s Eve program ($5) for families. To see the full schedule of live classes and all of the aquarium’s other online programs, visit the Online Academy page.

The aquarium is also asking the public for financial support to help it survive and recover from the impact of the closure through membershipsholiday gift purchases and charitable donations, which, they say, will help maintain its ocean conservation and education efforts and care for its more than 12,000 animals.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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