"Hands-on" and "interactive" are our middle names. Looking for something to do on the weekend, school breaks, or on holidays? We got the thing for you!
Our Family Programs and Lab Classes are a treat for anyone that has an interest in marine life. Design your own t-shirt, make a shrimp aquarium, or feed our fish; it's all possible.
Does science have your interest? We offer fun and exciting laboratory classes such as squid dissection, wet lab, and a plankton class.

Interested in our workshops and lab classes for your school, scouting troop, family gathering, or any other group? You may qualify for our group rates. Would like us to visit your school, child care center, or location? Most of our programs are also available as an outreach program.
Family Programs - Popular Picks
Mini HomeOpae Ula - Super Shrimp The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.Marine Center Tour Pillow case design by the Scherman family.T-shirt and Fabric Designing

There’s a new way for children and adults to view tropical sea life and even touch some of it.
Hawaii Business Magazine

The guides at the Living Art Marine Center really know their stuff
A. de Coligny - Hnl Family Magazine

There are hands-on enriching experiences as learning is the core of the center.
Makai Ocean Lifestyle Magazine

The kids got to see all sorts of sea life (much like the aquarium) but they also got to go on a scavenger hunt, make a t-shirt, put together a puzzle, and watch videos. It was a fun outing.
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Opae Ula - Hawaiian Super Shrimp
The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.
The Shrimp Cube is our latest model and comes with decorative plant, gravel, 3 Opae, and a lid for convenience.

Bring in your own aquarium and decorate it for a unique Opae Ula pet shrimp home.
Bring in your own aquarium and decorate it for a unique Opae Ula pet shrimp home.

The 'Opae Ula is a shrimp found locally in Hawaiian waters.
This cute animal is ideal as a pet for all ages because our environments are developed to need no cleaning, no feeding, and no hassle! Learn more about these amazing creatures and make your own customized pet shrimp aquarium.

The 'Opae Ula workshop is a fun family program!

Choose between the following options:

1. Bring in your own aquarium $12.50
2. Mini Home (with lid) $15.00
3. Shrimp Cube (with lid) $17.50 new
4. Opae Ula Glass Globe was $25.00 now $19.95

What is included?

 

Upcoming dates:  
Sunday September 21, 1:00 p.m. booked
Sunday September 28, 1:00 p.m. Super Shrimp September
   
Wednesday October 8, 1:00 p.m. fall break
Sunday October 19, 1:00 p.m.  
Sunday November 2, 1:00 p.m. booked
Sunday November 16, 1:00 p.m.  
Friday November 28, 1:00 p.m.  
   
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Online sale price: $12.50 (starting price)
Payment is due upon arrival. Credit card payment is preferred.
Program Details


Recommended ages: 4 years and up
Adult price: 1 adult free per paying child
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required

Additional decorative items such as shells, coral, plants, and extra shrimp are available upon arrival. Fee ranges from $3 to $20.
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


A visit to the Discovery Zone to touch animals like Hermit Crabs and other tide pool critters is included in this workshop.

A visit to the Discovery Zone to touch animals like Hermit Crabs and other tide pool critters is included in this workshop.
Guided Marine Center Tour
Friendly and knowledgeable  tour guided will make your visit unforgettable.
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guided will make your visit unforgettable.

The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.
The beautiful and colorful creatures of the ocean will delight any visitor.

This 90 minute visit of the Marine Center includes a guided tour of our tropical fish exhibits with one of our educators, Gyotaku fish print craft on paper, and a visit to our Discovery Zone to touch animals.

 

In addition to the guided tour, there is a chance to do several craft activities such as t-shirt printing, shell carving, jewelry making, and shell box making.

(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival in our Welcome Center.
Materials available while supplies last.)

Upcoming dates:  
Saturday September 27, 10:00 a.m.  
Saturday October 11, 10:00 a.m.  
Saturday October 25, 10:00 a.m. booked
Saturday November 8, 10:00 a.m.  
Saturday November 22, 10:00 a.m.  
   
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General Admission: $20.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95 (child), $7.50 (adult)
(online sale price, door price $12.50 (child), $9.95 (adult))
Program Details


Recommended ages: 3 years and up
Kama'aina and Military Discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Visit the Marine Center for the unique, personal, and hands-on Marine Life experience for the whole family.

Visit the Marine Center for that unique, personal, and hands-on Marine Life experience for the whole family.
Ocean Craft Day - open studio

Are you the artistic type? Do you like to make ocean themed crafts? Or do you simply want to learn how to? Then the Ocean Craft Day is right for you!

Join us every first and third Saturday between 10:00 and 12:00 p.m. for open studio to do crafts, or to relax and check out our fish.
Craft activities change every month. Check out the schedule below for details.

Ocean Craft Day dates    
Saturday September 20 10 - 12 p.m. T-shirt printing, Shell Art, Beach Treasures
Saturday October 4 10 - 12 p.m. T-shirt printing, Beach Treasures
Saturday October 18 10 - 12 p.m. Jewelry, Halloween Gourds
Saturday November 1 10 - 12 p.m. Shell Art, Holiday Soap Making
Saturday November 15 10 - 12 p.m. Soap Making, Gobble Gobble Gourds
December - January schedule TBA schedule TBA

There is no admission fee if you show us the coupon and purchase at least one craft per family. Download the coupon here.
Make your own design: oval, heart shaped, or shaped like a sea star.
Make your own design: oval, heart shaped, or shaped like a sea star.
Images coming soon.
Tip: bring your own beach trasures such as beach glass or shells to add to your art work.
If you're like us, you may find yourself spending hours at the beach looking for empty shells and other beach treasures.
Let us help you take those beach memories into your house by making your own sand casting with beach treasures.
Bring your own beach treasures to add: beach glass, empty shells, mother of pearl, or sea urchin spines.
Workshop includes plaster made with Hawaiian sea water, sand to decorate, and one sea star.

Regular rate: $12.50
Online sale price: $7.50 (per piece, when prepaying online)
Decorative shells available for purchase upon arrival.

Make a Reservation

A variety of pendants are available including the elegant Hawaiian sunrise shell.
A variety of pendants are available including the elegant Hawaiian sunrise shell.
Click here for more images.
Make your own "Made in Hawaii" jewelry in this unique
shell jewelry making workshop
.
From elegant white and pink to bold blacks and browns, you create your own necklace or bracelet using beads, shells, and several customizable shell pendant options.

Did you know that the Hawaiian Sunrise Shell is only found in the Hawaiian Islands at usually at depths of 150ft. or more?

Regular rate: $15.00
Online sale price: $10.00 (per necklace, when prepaying online)
Pendants not included in necklace price, pendants available upon arrival and while materials last.

Make a Reservation

Decorative items such as sea shells can be molten into the soap.
Decorative items such as sea shells can be molten into the soap.

Create their own soap from scratch by using raw materials and adding your own color and scent. Decorative items such as beautiful sea shells can be molten in to make beautiful decorative soap.

Have you ever made a soap in the shape of a crab, fish,
sea star, or shell?

Regular rate: $10.00
Online sale price: $7.50 (per soap, when prepaying online)

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Get creative: bring your own pillow case or bag to print on.
Get creative: bring your own pillow case or bag to print on.
Fee of $6.50 per item applies. Click here for more images.

Create your own personalized t-shirt in this unique aquatic themed t-shirt designing workshop. Sharks, turtles, dolphins, and even an eel are among the choices available for this workshop. Our special printing technique makes this workshop fun and easy to do for the whole family.

 

Regular rate: $10.00
Online sale price: $8.00 (per t-shirt, when prepaying online)

Fee includes t-shirt. Bring your own t-shirt, bag, pillow case, or other allowed. Fee of $6.50 per item applies.


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Carve your own name or a special message in a shell.
Carve your own name or a special message in a shell.
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for more images of shell art.
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Shells are beautiful the way they are but with a simple craft technique, you can even personalize them and turn it into
Shell Art. Look into making your own uniquely carved cowry shell with your name or that special message.
Shell carving is safe and easy to do for adults and small children and gets you amazing results.
Decorative frames and shell boxes are available for a small fee while supplies last.

 

Regular rate: $8.00
Online sale price: $6.00 (per shell, when prepaying online)

Additional shells, shell boxes, or shell frames can be purchased
upon arrival while supplies last.


Make a Reservation

Program Details


Recommended ages: 2 years and up
Adult price: no admission price with coupon when purchasing at least one craft per family.
One coupon needed per family.
Program duration: varies depending on craft
Check-in: please check in with our staff before entering our exhibits.
Reservations: not required, walk in OK.
Pre-pay your activities online for discount.
Doors open: 9:45 a.m.
Doors close: 12:15 p.m.
Last time to get started with activities is 11:30 a.m.
Craft activities vary per date.
Available while supplies last.
Please see full schedule for details.
On-line booking: refund policy applies


The Sunrise Shell is only found in Hawaii and at depths of 150 ft. and deeper. This makes the shell so rare and unique.

The Sunrise Shell is only found in Hawaii and at depths of 150 ft. and deeper.
This makes the shell so rare and unique.


Decorate your soap with a wide variety of beautifully colored shells.

Decorate your soap with a wide variety of beautifully colored shells.

 

While you're here, check out our beautiful tropical reef fish exhibits.

While you're here, check out our beautiful tropical reef fish exhibits.

 

T-shirts are availabe upon check-in or bring your own for a small material fee.

T-shirts are availabe upon check-in or bring your own for a small material fee.

 

Designing your own t-shirt is easier

Designing your own t-shirt is easier
than you may think.

 

Cowry shells can be carved with letters using a very easy-to-do technique with great results.

Cowry shells can be carved with letters using a very easy-to-do technique with great results.

Splash Tour
Touching animals at the Discovery Zone.
Touch a crab or sea star.

Gyotaku t-shirt printing.
Print a fish or shell on a t-shirt.

Have you never been to the Marine Center before or looking for something to do during school breaks or on holidays? Then the Splash Tour is for you.

This special 90 minute reduced admission guided tour of the Marine Center involves a tour of our exhibits and touching tide pool creatures at the Discovery Zone

Looking to do even more? Several craft options are available during this tour such as soap making, jewelry designing, and t-shirt printing.
(Cost for craft materials not included in admission price. Add-on craft activities can be purchased upon arrival in our Welcome Center.
Materials available while supplies last.)


Upcoming dates:  
Friday October 10, 1:00 p.m. fall break
Friday November 28, 10:00 a.m.  
   
General Admission: $12.50
Kama'aina & Military: $6.50
per person
(online sale price, door price $9.95 per person)

Make a Reservation


Program Details


Recommended ages: 3 years and up

Kama'aina and Military Discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Our knowledgeable tour guides will teach you about the beautiful marine life that calls Hawaii their home.

Our knowledgeable tour guides will teach you about the beautiful marine life that calls Hawaii their home.

Gobble Gobble Gourds - Thanksgiving Craft
Super cool! A Hawaiian turkey gourd.
Design your own Hawaiian style gobble gobble turkey gourd.

Make your own turkey gourd.
The turkey's necklace doubles as a bracelet as well.

Thanksgiving gets a Hawaiian swing this year with
Hawaiian Gobble Gobble Gourds.

Show your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them by making your own unique island flavor turkey gourds. Great as a gift to send home!
There is no limit to your creativity: Make a hula turkey, place a flower on her head, or create your own surfer dude turkey with surfboard.
Gobble Gobble Gourds can be decorated with a turkey necklace complete with personalized cowry shell which doubles as a bracelet for people.
(material fee applies for shell necklace)

 

Upcoming dates:  
Saturday November 15, 10:00 a.m. Ocean Craft Day
Sunday November 23, 1:00 p.m.  
   
Door Price: $12.50 per gourd
Online sale price: $9.95
per gourd
(please register only persons making a gourd, adult or child)

Make a Reservation
Program Details


Recommended ages: 2 years and up.
Program duration: varies.
Check-in: please check in with our staff before entering our exhibits.
Reservations: not required, walk in OK.
Pre-pay your activities online for discount.
Select only persons making a gourd.
Available while supplies last.

On-line booking: refund policy applies


Creativity has no limitation.

Creativity has no limitation.
You can make any kind of gourd you like.

Fish Feeding Fun Tour
What does a Moray Eel eat?
Watch the Moray Eels eat.

Touch Hermit Crabs.
After the feeding, we'll touch animals at the Discovery Zone.

Omnivore? Carnivore? Herbivore?

 

What do all the beautiful critters of the ocean eat? Tag along with our Aquarium Staff and find out yourself during this unique animal feeding tour. You’ll learn all there is to know about our animals’ diets, watch our animals eat, and you’ll even get to feed some of our animals yourself.


This fun family program includes a special visit to our new Moray Eels exhibit to watch these animals munch as well as a peak into the new Opae Ula exhibit to see these shrimp nibble on some algae.


Upcoming dates:  
There are currently no tours scheduled, please check again later.
   

General Admission: $20.00 (child), $15.00 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95
(child), $5.50 (adult)
(online sale price, door price $12.50 (child), $9.95 (adult))


Make a Reservation
Program Details


Recommended ages: 5 years and up

Kama'aina and Military Discount available
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Nom nom nom. I'm hungry!

Nom nom nom. I'm hungry!
Junior Scientist Lab Classes
Junior Scientists make a real hypothesis and test it out.
Junior Scientists make a real hypothesis and test it out.

Mr. Marshmallow will "expand your mind."
Mister Marshmallow will
"expand" your knowledge.

Did you know that sea stars have a water vascular system?
How many tentacles
does a squid have?

Who said science class is boring? Lab classes are filled with exiting demonstrations and hands-on experiments and may include a cool "make your own" take home gift like a squid ink card or a Gyotaku T-shirt.

Upcoming dates:  
Monday October 6, 1:00 p.m. Squid Dissection
Sunday October 12, 1:00 p.m. Wacky Wild Wet Lab
Friday November 28, 1:00 p.m. Squid Dissection
   

General Admission: $17.50 (child), $6.50 (adult)
Kama'aina & Military: $9.95
(child), $4.95 (adult)
(Door price: $14.99 (child), $5.99 (adult))


Squid Dissection
Dissection is an important part of science discovery that can help us better understand how life works.
Professor Tako's students will dissect their own squid, learn about this animal, feed our fish, and write their name on a card with squid ink!
And it's also a lot of fun!

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Wacky Wild Wet Lab
Come join Professor Tako in the wet lab and perform cool science experiments while exploring the wonderful world of water!
Did you know that you can create different layers of color in regular tap water? You've never seen this before!


Check availability


 

 

Program Details


Recommended ages: 6 years and up
Program duration: 90 minutes
Check-in time: 15 minutes prior
Reservations: required
Walk-ins: not available without reservation
On-line booking: refund policy applies

Group discount: click here for details


Squid Dissection is a popular program for scout troops.

Squid Dissection is a popular program for scout troops.
Click here for more information.


Dissection is an important part of learning about how animals' bodies work.

Dissection is an important part of learning about how animals' bodies work.