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Fin Fest

A week-long celebration of sharks

Sunday, July 28 – Sunday, August 4 | 10am – 5pm

Extinct mega sharks wreaking havoc on overconfident scientists. Sci-fi disasters that cyclone menacing sharks into skyscrapers. A vindictive shark that taunts a beach community. Celebrity shark encounters. Popular culture has given sharks a menacing mythology, but in reality there’s much more to revere than fear when it comes to these jaw-some creatures. Learn more about the misunderstood masters of the deep at this week-long celebration of all things shark!

Shark-themed activities include:

  • scavenger hunt
  • crafts
  • giveaways
  • photo ops
  • storytelling
  • games
  • aquarist and SCUBA diver talks
  • an interactive art installation

*All activities are included with general admission.

Fin-Tastic Daily Activities
10am – 5pm
  • Complete a shark-themed scavenger hunt for a chance to win an Annual Family Pass OR to have your current Pass renewed for 1 year on us! (throughout Aquarium)
  • Test your shark knowledge in our shark anatomy and shark tooth matching games to win shark-centric prizes. (activity table, Shark Gallery)
  • Create make-and-take shark puppets (classroom, Ticket Counter Lobby)
  • Play shark Jenga (second floor, Imagiquarium)
  • Pledge to adopt a shark-friendly, sustainable practice at the interactive shark mural (Shark Gallery)
  • Fold origami sharks to raise conservation awareness (classroom, Ticket Counter Lobby)
  • Snap a selfie with our shark-themed photo ops (throughout the Aquarium)
  • Impress your friends with trivia you learn from our Shark Spots (throughout the Aquarium)
11:15am & 1:30pm
  • Ask our team your shark diving questions while they’re underwater during the Sharks and SCUBA Talk (Shark Gallery)
 2pm
  • Doo doo doo doo doo doo you want to meet our “land shark” mascot Finn and dance to “Baby Shark”? This is your chance! (throughout the Aquarium)
3pm
  • Try your hand at feeding a stingray—like sharks, they are elasmobranchs ($2 reserved; limited daily availability)
Cost

Included with general admission.

Love Sharks?
Fill in this brief True/False quiz below for a chance to win a FIN FEST 4-PACK!
Jaw-Some Day-By-Day Highlights  
Sunday, July 28
  • Art House Interactive Shark Photo Op (Coastal Boardwalk Gallery)
  • Meet & greet with NHRA dragsters, 2018 PDRA World Champions and #SharkTino fans Martino Motorsports, a family-owned and -operated Youngstown team (Shark Gallery)
  • 2:30pm – Hear an aquarist’s insights on sharks and stingrays when they “Dish on Fish” (Shark Gallery)
  • 3:30pm – Watch an Aquarist pole feed sharks (Shark Gallery SeaTube)
Monday, July 29
  • Art House Interactive Photo Op (Coastal Boardwalk Gallery)
Tuesday, July 30
  • 2:30pm – Hear an aquarist’s insights on sharks and stingrays when they “Dish on Fish” (Shark Gallery)
  • 3:30pm – Watch an Aquarist pole feed sharks (Shark Gallery SeaTube)
Wednesday, July 31
  • 10am -2pm – Discover why access to clean water is critical for all life with Drink Local. Drink Tap. Quiz yourself with trivia dice and uncover the impact plastics have on ocean life. (Shark Gallery)
  • 2pm – Kids! Meet up for the Finn and Friends Story Time and Aquarium Parade (Imagiquarium)
Thursday, August 1
  • 10am – 2pm – Discover why access to clean water is critical for all life with Drink Local. Drink Tap. Quiz yourself with trivia dice and uncover the impact plastics have on ocean life. (Shark Gallery)
  • 3:30pm – Watch an Aquarist pole feed sharks (Shark Gallery SeaTube)
Friday, August 2
  • 10am – 2pm – Find out why we all need to play a role in water management and conservation with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. Learn how individual actions can influence ocean water quality. (Shark Gallery)
  • 2pm – Kids! Meet up for the Finn and Friends Story Time and Aquarium Parade (Imagiquarium)
Saturday, August 3
  • 2pm – Doo doo doo doo doo doo you want to meet our “land shark” mascot Finn and dance to “Baby Shark”? This is your chance! (throughout the Aquarium)
Sunday, August 4
  • 2:30pm – Hear an aquarist’s insights on sharks and stingrays when they “Dish on Fish” (Shark Gallery)
  • 3:30pm – Watch an Aquarist pole feed sharks (Shark Gallery SeaTube)

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