Fun Events for Children and Adults

Family fun educational events are scheduled regularly at The Pier Aquarium by Marine Education Staff and are brought to you by Aquarium friends, partners and sponsors.

Second floor Aquarium events are free to children age 7 and older with a paid admission and free to children six and under, both when accompanied by an adult. Members are also free. There is no extra charge for an adult with a paid admission to a special event.

Fees are:


Adult, $5
Student and Senior, $4


Adult, Student and Senior, $2.50

Free every day for members and children 6 and under.

Closed Christmas Day.

Our “FISH-ful Saturday” programs for kids and adults are sponsored in part by the Pinellas County Commission through the Pinellas County Cultural Affairs Department's Cultural Development Grant Program.

On a quarterly basis, we offer Saturday AM Coffee Break and Book Nook by the Bay. This event combines a planned activity related to reading and a coffee break – relaxation time for families to read a book or watch a video from the Aquarium’s library while enjoying refreshments.

Our spring event, Spa Beach Splash is a free family marine discovery day with outdoor and fun activities exploring Tampa Bay and the creatures that live there. The annual Kids’ Fishing Tournament is offered to all children age 12 and under for $1. The first 500 receive goodies such as a T-shirt and lunch. This may change in the future. The St. Petersburg Times is our media sponsor for both events.

We also have special family-friendly activities such as birthday parties, scout workshops, scheduled guided tours and ecotours available at a per person charge that you can request and schedule.

Adults have their own fun event to attend – The Pier Aquarium’s annual Fish Head Ball scheduled in November. Sponsors for the 2006 fundraiser included the University of South Florida College of Marine Science, Canandaigua Wine, the St. Petersburg Times, the Angela Mann Family and The Pier. The Fish Head Ball raises money for our educational programs. Many local and community volunteers, businesses and organizations help support this effort.

Click on our Events Calendar, Special Events listing and Family Programs section for more information.