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Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greets

Scuba Claus

Merry Meet & Greets

Wednesday – Friday, December 14 – 16, 5 – 7:30pm (entry at 5, 5:30, 6 or 6:30pm)
Saturday & Sunday, December 17 &18, 8:30 – 10am (entry at 8:30 or 9am)

Dive into holiday fun! Talk to the magical man in red while he’s underwater with sharks, stingrays, eels and angelfish on his “nice list.” Discuss cookie preferences, ask diving questions or share what you ho-ho-hope to see under your tree during Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greet Days.

All Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greets include full Aquarium access, a seasonal I-Spy activity, an “I Saw Scuba Claus” pin, the unique opportunity to share “fish-mas” wishes with a Christmas icon and a digital photo of the memorable experience.

“If you have a family member who’s nervous about visiting St. Nick, you might want to try meeting Scuba Claus,” says White, noting that although the interaction is live and in real time, the novelty of the situation and the significant wall of acrylic between the scuba-certified old pro and guests can change the dynamic and put young fans at ease.

Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greets are limited capacity and only available with advance purchase. Tickets are $24.95 for guests ages 13+, $18.95 for children ages 2-12. Adult and child annual Passholders ages 2+ can reserve tickets for $5 each. Admission is always free for children younger than 2.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1. Advance tickets required for public and Passholders. Admission includes full Aquarium access. No refunds. 

Ages 13+ $24.95
Ages 2-12 $18.95
Passholder Adult or Child $5
Under 2 FREE

Possible Wednesday – Friday arrival times: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm & 6:30pm

Possible Saturday & Sunday arrival times: 8:30am & 9am

High School Career Day

High School Career Day

Join us for this career-focused program as your own adventure starts to come more into focus. Meet team members who perform a variety of jobs to keep the Aquarium running, find out what they wanted to do at your age, and how their career journey brought them here. We’ll touch on topics such as college majors, resumes and marine-related jobs outside of aquariums.

This program is recommended for students entering grades 9-12.  If you are a middle school student interested in career programs, look here. Parents and siblings are welcome to purchase regular admission tickets for the same day, and are invited to self-tour the Aquarium exhibits during the program.

Available Dates

Wednesday, November 23 @ 9am – 12pm

$30 General High School Student
$20 Passholder High School Student


Homeschool Wednesdays

Homeschool Wednesdays

Each Homeschool Wednesday offers 2 simultaneous sessions:
10:15am –11:30am (grades 4-8)
10:15am – 11:30am (grades K-3)

  • Both sessions focus on a similar topic (listed below), but contain unique, age-appropriate activities.
  • Sessions begin promptly at 10:15am, please arrive on time.
  • Adults are expected to stay and participate in the program with their students.
  • Homeschool Wednesday Class fee includes the program PLUS Aquarium admission for the full day. Please feel welcome to explore the galleries more thoroughly after class.
  • The classroom will remain available for 30min following the program.
  • Please feel welcome to bring and eat a packed lunch. Zero waste lunches are highly encouraged.

Advance registration is required. 

Student: $11
Passholder student: $8
Adult: $11
Passholder adult: $8
Sibling child (age 2-4): $11
Passholder sibling child (ages 2-4): $8

Guests younger than age 2 are free.

Super Senses (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Catfish have tastebuds covering their whole body. Sharks can sense electric currents. Explore the world of sight, sound, smell and touch! We will use our own senses to help us explore animal senses and learn how different animals rely on those senses to survive.

Behavioral Adaptations (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Why do some animals hide while others swim in open water? How do ambush predators eat? Did you know archerfish catch their food by spitting water? Animals have developed some amazing survival strategies. Discover how certain behaviors give animals an advantage and why some behaviors make sense in one habitat, but not in others.

Incredible Invertebrates (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Sea stars, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, crayfish . . . there are so many fun and interesting animals that do not have backbones. Learn about jellies, corals and other amazing animals and how they compare and contrast with each other. Discover what kinds of habitats these species live in, and what adaptations make them unique.

What’s Inside a Squid? (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Explore the world of invertebrates and discover what adaptations make them unique. How are invertebrates classified into kingdoms, phylums, orders and species? How do they differ from vertebrates? Explore and classify invertebrates in the Aquarium’s freshwater and saltwater habitats. Class includes a squid dissection lab.

Sharks: The Untold Story (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Are all sharks big? Why do sharks have so many teeth? Do sharks eat people? We will debunk some myths about sharks and stingrays during this awesome adventure. Touch a stingray, see a shark jaw up-close and learn why sharks are an important part of the ocean ecosystem.

Species on the Brink: Saving Sharks (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Become a shark scientist and discover what adaptations make sharks special. What are dermal denticles? What exactly is electroreception? We will touch stingrays, study shark teeth and find out why so many shark species are endangered. Discover how our consumerism actions here in Cleveland can impact sharks miles away.

Life on the Reef (Grades K-3)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Coral reefs are an important habitat in the ocean because they provide a home for so many different kinds of living things. We will find out if coral is a plant or an animal and discover so many other species along the way. Find out how we can live in an earth-friendly way to make sure coral reefs and their residents are protected.

Coral Reef Conservation (Grades 4-8)
Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Teeming with life, coral reefs are considered biodiversity hotspots. We will discover what coral is, how it eats, and how it builds reef structures. Learn what species thrive on coral reefs, why coral reefs are in jeopardy, and what we can do to ensure they are protected for future generations.

Career Days

Are you a middle school or high school homeschool student? Check out our Career Day programs.


Email or call 216.862.8803 x 7715.

Some programs presented in partnership with:

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Fin Fest

Fin Fest

A Weeklong Celebration of Sharks

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17

We’re putting a week-long spotlight on sharks to build a broader appreciation for the diversity, importance and plight of these FINtastic animals. We’ll do this by sharing shark-themed videos, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 17, 10am – 5pm

Sport shark gear! Show your shark shirt, shorts, socks, tie or hat in the Gift Shop and you can enter to win a $125 gift certificate. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Show us what you know. Pick up an activity booklet with jaw-some word searches, animal facts and more. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

See if you can spot 4 species of shark. When you find them, snap a photo and tag @cleaquarium on social: brownbanded bamboo, nurse, sand tiger and sandbar. (daily, 10am – 5pm)

Meet our mascot, Finn! Snap a photo with a very friendly landshark. (Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm)

Can you tell the tooth? Identify shark teeth and get a shark temporary tattoo or sticker. (daily, 11am & 1:30pm)

Feed the Stingrays. Stingrays, like sharks, are cartilaginous elasmobranchs. Feed these shark relatives. (daily, 10:30am)

Watch a Shark Feed. (Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday, 2:30pm)

Learn from our shark-sperts. Join #cleaquarium aquarists for weekday @CLEAquarium Instagram Live mini shark talks.

  • Monday, July 11 @ 9:30am – Shark Gallery Overview
  • Tuesday, July 12 @ 9:30am – Shark Pole Feed Food Prep
  • Wednesday, July 13 @ 9 :30am – Stingrays, Sharks’ Elasmobranch Relatives
  • Thursday, July 14 @ 2:30pm – Behind-the-Scenes of a Shark Pole Feed
  • Friday, July 15 @ 9:30am – All Things Shark 

Learn how our SCUBA team prepares to dive with sharks with a special online program. (Greater Cleveland Aquarium Passholders only, Wednesday, July 13 @ 3pm, free with advance registration)

SCUBA diver Stephanie explains why she and her colleagues find so many shark teeth AND how these teeth look and function differently depending on the shark species.

You might have seen the nurse sharks at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium cuddled up like they were having a daytime slumber party. What’s that all about? Get the lowdown on these interesting animals.

Brenton M. shows you what and how we feed the sharks. (Stick with it and you can see another Shark Gallery resident snag a treat.)

Not all sharks look like the ones you see in the movies. Aquarist Mallory H. tells you all about the brownbanded bamboo shark.

Why don’t the sharks eat their neighbors? Curator Ray P. answers one of guests’ most common questions about the Shark Gallery.

Learn about the different types of teeth our dive team finds in the Shark Gallery, explains how they function and and tests your knowledge.

Did you know sharks and stingrays are related? Both are elasmobranchs. Find out how the dive team and aquarists collaborate to check the weight, growth and barbs of the Touchpool stingrays.

Make a smiling shark with things you probably have at home: scissors, markers, glue, construction paper and of course a paper plate.

Make a tented rocking shark in minutes. 

Make a shark puppet with minimal art supplies.

All you need for this shark picture frame is a photo, marker, scissors, glue, construction paper and a manila folder.

Grab some construction paper, scissors, glue and tape so you can create a piece of custom headgear that will let everyone know you are a big fan of sharks.

Transform a toilet paper tube into a shark.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to making a construction paper shark with a moving mouth. The materials are simple. We suggest watching the entire video once before diving in. Knowing the steps ahead of time makes the whole process that much easier and more fun.

Tickets are available online and need to be purchased in advance of your visit. If you’re having difficulties, call 216.862.8803.

Answer 4 shark questions and you’ll be entered for a chance to win 4 Greater Cleveland Aquarium vouchers and a 6” shark plush! (Value $90). Limit one (1) entry per person/email address. Must be age 18 or older to participate. Four (4) winners will be selected randomly on 7/17/22 and notified by email. 


Middle School Career Day

Middle School Career Day

Do you love animals and have a passion for conservation? Think working at an aquarium sounds like fun? Explore what an aquarium career entails! Try hands-on activities to discover what you like and don’t like about daily aquarium tasks. Meet aquarists, SCUBA divers, education and guest experience team members. Come with an open mind for this half-day adventure and leave with an abundance of information, and hopefully, career inspiration.

This program is for students entering grades 6-9. If you are a high school student interested in career programs, check out the High School Career Day. Parents and siblings are welcome to purchase regular admission tickets for the same day and are invited to self-tour the Aquarium exhibits during the program.

Available Dates

Thursday, December 29 @ 9am – 12pm

$30 General Middle School/Junior High Student
$20 Passholder Middle School/Junior High Student


Father’s Day Weekend


Saturday,  June 18 & Sunday, June 19, 9am – 5pm

Did you know Banggai cardinalfish fathers do not eat for weeks while they turn and guard eggs in their mouths or that male weedy seadragons carry eggs on the base of their tails? Learn more about the Greater Cleveland Aquarium’s residents’ parenting habits onsite with extended Father’s Day Weekend hours, an I SPY trivia hunt, special interpretive signage and a chance to win a one-year Family Pass (or a one-year extension on a current membership).  All fathers also receive a “jaw-some dad” button while supplies last.

General $19.95 (ages 13+), $13.95 (ages 2-12), $0 (under 2)
Passholders FREE

Father's Day Gallery: