February Events At The Tennessee Aquarium

Monday, January 28, 2013 - by Thom Benson

Here are upcoming events at the Tennessee Aquarium:

Chattanooga Chuck, the Aquarium’s weather predicting marmot, will make his annual Groundhog Day forecast in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari at Noon and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Event Name: Cub / Boy Scout Day at the Tennessee Aquarium

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Venue with street address: Tennessee Aquarium – One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Age-appropriateness: all
Admission fee: $10.00 for Scouts in uniform and leaders.
Is advance registration required? No.
Brief description of event/activities: Tour Chattanooga's top attraction and enjoy free behind-the-scenes tours and special programs with Aquarium staff to learn how to take care of penguins, jellyfish, sharks, snakes and more. Scouts must wear their uniform in order to receive discounted rates. Special programs available from 10 am - 2 pm.

$10.00 for Scouts and Leaders

Additional Adults, $20.00/ Additional Kids 3-12, $10.00

Questions?  Email us at events@tnaqua.org.

Phone and website: 800-262-0695  http://tnaqua.org/Education/Scouts.aspx

Event Name: Small Fry February

Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout February 
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Venue with street address: Tennessee Aquarium – One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Age-appropriateness: Family
Admission fee: FREE with Aquarium admission
Is advance registration required? No
Brief description of event/activities: The “Small Fry February” programs offer you some fun and interesting indoor things to do with your little ones during one of the coldest months of the year. Join a Tennessee Aquarium educator each Tuesday and Wednesday for Small Fry February! Drop in between 10:15 and 11:15 to participate in exciting activities designed to appeal to our youngest visitors (and their parents). On these special days, we will visit galleries, meet live animals, play games, listen to stories, make simple crafts, and enjoy a dive show designed especially to appeal to our “small fry.”

Feb. 5 & 6 - Oceans – Take a close up look at amazing salt water critters, talk with divers as we swim through the ocean discovering the incredible life under the sea and visit with the graceful inhabitants of Stingray Bay.

Feb. 12 and 13 – Turtles – Explore the world of turtles and discover what they eat, how they protect themselves and the purpose of that incredible shell. Play fun games and meet some really cool critters during this program.

Feb. 19 and 20 – Penguins – These amazing birds live in some of the coldest parts of the world and use interesting adaptations to help them survive. We’ll investigate many things such as feathers, blubber and nesting as we dive into the world of penguins.

Feb. 26 and 27 – Working Animals – People may go to school to learn to do their jobs. Some of the stars of Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari have their own type of school  to learn the behaviors they demonstrate. Meet some of the critters and see how we “teach”  our animals in this fun session focused on training.

*Tuesday activities will be repeated on Wednesday so come one or both days for lots of fun!

Phone and website: 423-267-FISH (3474) http://community.tnaqua.org/page.aspx?pid=720

Event Name: Uncensored: Tennessee Aquarium After Hours

Dates: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Venue with street address: Tennessee Aquarium – One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Age-appropriateness: Ages 21 and up with Valid ID.
Admission fee: $15 Aquarium members / $30 non-members
Is advance registration required? Recommended, but tickets will be available at the door.
Brief description of event/activities: This Valentine's night, allow us to entertain you and your friends for a night of UNCENSORED information. We know you've wanted to ask a question while touring the Aquarium but felt a little awkward around the kids…. How on earth does that sea star make babies? How exactly does a sperm whale get its name? We're even willing to bet you've seen animals mating and wanted to look for a little longer than appropriate, right? Well, fret no more and push the embarrassment aside! Now will be the time to ask all those taboo questions over after-dinner snacks and cocktails.

Evening festivities will include a wacky costume photo booth, presentations by aquarium educators, and a live DJ. Our UNCENSORED event is a new social experience to be held in the River Journey lobby and Seahorse Gallery. Admission price includes a ticket to return for a tour at your leisure. The evening will close out with a chance to win ridiculously silly prizes during our version of "pub trivia." Don't miss out on this alternative Valentine's Day extravaganza!

Open to ages 21 + with Valid ID

Cash Bar

Limited to 150

$15 Members / $30 non-members

Price includes event entry fee, voucher for a return visit, and a drink ticket to get the party started.

Phone and website: 800-262-0695  https://community.tnaqua.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=718  

Event Name: Valentine Sunset Cruise

Date: Saturday, Feb. 16
Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue with street address: Tennessee Aquarium – One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Age-appropriateness: All
Admission fee: $36/Member Adult; $41/Non-Member Adult
Is advance registration required? Yes
Brief description of event/activities: A romantic experience aboard the Aquarium's own "Love Boat" makes a wonderful Valentine gift for your family or loved one. Our three-hour sunset cruise takes you into the gorgeous Grand Canyon of Tennessee where a naturalist will point out wildlife as you munch on complimentary appetizers. Sing along to "Muskrat Love" and discover the special courtship of some animals that live and "love" along the river. While love is still in the air, you can pop the question, renew your vows or even tie the knot! Our captains are ordained ministers. Cash bar available for wine, beer and soft drinks.

Limited to 67

$36/Member Adult; $29/Member Child (4-12)

$41/Non-Member Adult; $34/Non-Member Child (3-12)

$20/Member or Non-Member Child (3 and younger)

Phone and website: 423-267-FISH (3474) https://community.tnaqua.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=704

Event Name: Romantic Seafood Dinner at Back Inn Café

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 26
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Venue with street address: Back Inn Cafe, 412 E 2nd Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403
Age-appropriateness: Adults 21 and up
Admission fee: $55.00 non-member per person
Is advance registration required? Yes
Brief description of event/activities: Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean the romance has to end. Come enjoy a unique dining experience at Back Inn Café as you sample some of the delicious, sustainable seafood America has to offer. Sip on a glass of wine as the chef prepares your dinner and chat with an Aquarium expert about our Serve & Protect program. Dinner includes chef-selected wine, dinner and gratuity. Please add an appropriate tip for any additional beverages you purchase.

Adults

Limited to 35

$45/Member; $55/Non-Member

Phone and website: 423-267-FISH (3474) https://community.tnaqua.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=705


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