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Aquarium adventures on tap for youngsters

Published 3:22 pm, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Children ages 6 to 12 can count shark teeth, go on a treasure hunt, discover how whales keep warm and stock a real salt-water aquarium during a camp program in April at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

"Spring Vacation Adventures" invites students to explore a different topic each day of the school break April 14 to 18. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The aquarium is child care from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day as well.

For ages 6 to 9, kids can sign up for one, some or all five days. Each will be full of animal encounters, age-appropriate crafts and hands-on activities and experiments that make learning fun. The daily schedule and topics are "Sharks & Fish," "Whale of A Day," "Go Geo," "Making Sense" and "Water World."

For ages 9 to 12, "Junior Marine Biologist" is a five-day program in which students get involved in the inner workings of the aquarium's animal-husbandry staff, with the goal of setting up, stocking, feeding and maintaining a display of Long Island Sound marine life. They'll use water-chemistry meters to monitor water quality, grow brine shrimp to feed their animals and participate in squid and fish dissections.

The cost is $100 per day or $435 for the full week.

As a Connecticut state-certified camp, the aquarium requires health-exam forms for every child enrolled. Children should bring a snack and a bag lunch.

Advance registration is required and can be done by calling 203-852-0700, ext. 2206 or visiting www.maritimeaquarium.org.