In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its first Baja Splash Cultural Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, 2002. This event for the whole family will feature special guest lectures and underwater presentations (Spanish and English) as well as ethnic food, music, live entertainment, crafts, story-telling, interactive children’s programs, displays/booths by the Museum of Latin American Art and much more.
The Aquarium’s weekend festival will showcase the beauty and diversity of marine life inhabiting the Pacific waters off of South America, Southern California and Baja. Upon their arrival, families will be able to pick up a special Baja Splash Fish Finder program to help locate and identify these beautiful and diverse animals. Many of these animals are featured in the Aquarium’s Southern California/Baja Gallery, which includes a display on Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, the educational focus of the festival. Before families walk through this gallery, they will have the opportunity to experience a special underwater presentation in the nearly three-story tall Blue Cavern habitat that will prepare them for their Baja Splash adventure, offered in English and Spanish.
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet and enjoy special guest lectures by the director of Baja California, Mexico’s Institute of Oceanographic Investigations, Dr. Jose Zertuche, on the Sea of Cortez and Baja Peninsula in English or Spanish. Aquarium of the Pacific marine biologists will also be hosting special lectures on the animals showcased in the Aquarium’s Southern California/Baja Gallery, from Mexico’s sea turtles to migrating whales found even further south in our vast Pacific Ocean. These special lectures will take place in the Aquarium’s Honda Theater throughout both days of the festival. Children will also have the opportunity to enjoy a special interactive program on sea turtles in the Aquarium’s Marine Life Theatre.
The Baja Splash Cultural Festival will also feature cultural story-telling by Amada Irma Perez on Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m.-noon, only, in the Marine Life Theater. Art Muralist Rob Padilla will also be encouraging families to become a part of his work, as he invites them to decorate his newest mural during the festival in front of the Aquarium’s Lorikeet Forest aviary. Guests will also be able to enjoy noon performances by children’s cultural dance troop, Folklorico del Mar of San Pedro, Calif. The festival will also feature Aztec dancers, live musical entertainment, a mask-making workshop for children in the Great Hall, Latin-American cuisine, children’s craft tables, Latino artisans and much more. This event is free with paid Aquarium admission and is brought to you the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), located on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, the Aquarium of the Pacific is open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $18.85 adult (12+), $14.95 senior (60+) and $9.95 child (3-11).
For info, call 562/590-3100 or visit us at www.aquariumofpacific.org.