Sponsored: New York Aquarium Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure

Using my NY Wildlife Ambassador Program family pass this summer I went to the NY Aquarium on a play date with another friend of mine. Our boys loved all the animals especially the sharks. It’s amazing what the kids learn just watching the animals swim around.

I wanted to go back to the Aquarium before the end of summer, but unfortunately haven’t been able to. Through our Ambassador program last week I was told there’s a new theme at the New York Aquarium for the Halloween season.

It’s called the Ascarium: A Pirate Adventure.  I’m so excited to hear about this program because Lil Man LOVES pirates. So I think we need to make time to check it out in addition to the Halloween festivities at the Bronx Zoo (see that post here).

Here’s the information I was given about Ascarium:

Brings a new thematic to the NY Aquarium as a part of this season’s Halloween celebration. A range of pirate themed, kid-friendly, not so scary experiences will be part of this year’s festivities to continue the tradition of providing Brooklyn and area families with a great destination for their Halloween celebration. Ascarium combines the fun of this iconic holiday with the NY Aquarium’s mission of connecting people to wildlife. Ascarium will run the last three weekends in October (October 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28).

This year’s activities will include:

Haunted Seafari: The Tragic Tale of Captain Paul Looter
This year’s seafari adventure takes guests into the sunken ship of Captain Paul Looter, an awful pirate captain and a deep-sea criminal.  Guests will enter the quarters of Captain Looter, where he still guards his gold coins, gold objects and scores of treasures from beyond his watery grave.

  • Location: Explore the Shore
  • Timing: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Pirate School!
Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling one-man family vaudeville show created and performed by veteran New York physical comedian and actor David Engel. During Pirate School! the bumbling professor Billy Bones teaches youngsters how to be good pirates with zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like Buccaneers, skulls talk, cutlasses drop and pets run amok. And there’s marine conservation information incorporate as part of the programming. Ultimately Pirate School! aims to satisfy children’s universal curiosity about the briny Buccaneers of yore while subtly boosting their self-esteem and pro-social skills by prompting them to be more empathetic, responsible, courageous Corsairs.

  • Location: Seaside Pavilion
  • Timing: October 13, 14, 27, 28: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Musical Performance: The Brigands
A four piece musical group performing period pirate and nautical related music, will be the featured musicians. Their performances will include songs, ballads and fiddle tunes from roughly 1680 onwards, from the Golden Age of Piracy, thru the Tall Ships era right up to modern day with songs from virtually every Pirate movie ever made.  Program will be screened to assure that the Aquarium’s message of conservation is maintained, and any songs from the whaling period will not mention harvesting of marine life. The program will include many audience participation songs, suitable for general audiences and families. Dancing Pirate Gypsies will accompany through dance and encourage audience participation.

  • Location: Seaside Pavilion
  • Timing: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm

The Sea Gypsies: Dancing Pirate Gypsies
There is a long history of gypsies dancing for pirates when they came to shore. Gypsy women would often marry pirates and chose a life at sea. Our gypsy dancers will not only dance while the Brigands play but will perform independently. The Dancing Pirate Gypsies will perform a number of different dances –  each have a different theme and prop relevant to the pirate gypsy theme, example: pirates swords and fans, Romani gypsy festival dance. Audience participation is encouraged.

  • Location: Plaza
  • Timing: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm

Spooky Pirate Storytelling, Mindreading and Juggling: Astounding Pirate Feats
Join Pirate “Mad” Dudley McMudd as he uses audience suggestions to create a percussive, chilling, ear-shattering sea shanty about piracy, the high seas and the marine life that inhabits it. Then watch him risk life, limbs and his reputation with amazing feats of juggling, mind-reading and balancing a dangerously dirt-ridden Mud Pie!

  • Location: Plaza
  • Timing: October 13, 14, (no performance 10/20, 21) 27,28  12:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm

Pirate Tales
Join Pirate “Mad” Dudley McMudd as he uses audience suggestions to create a frighteningly spooky, fun-filled tale about piracy, the high seas and the marine life that inhabits it. Then watch him risk life, limbs and his reputation with amazing feats of juggling, mind-reading and balancing a dangerously dirt-ridden Mud Pie!

  • Location: Seaside Pavilion
  • Timing; October 20,21 Only – 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

Pirate Games of Skill
2 Pirate Games of Skill will be available for guests to test their pirating abilities. They include the Sink the Armada Cannonball Toss and a Pirate Ring Toss.

  • Location: Ocean View Room
  • Timing: 11:30pm – 4:30pm

Discover Creatures of the Deep
Get under the microscope and learn about SKELETON shrimp, discover the facts about VAMPIRE squids, GOBLIN sharks and more.

  • Location: Ocean View Room
  • Timing: 11:30am – 4:30pm

Pirate Crafts
Guests will be able to create their own unique Haunted Pirate Ship Wall Hanging Collage. Using their imagination they can create the ship and the sails along with cut out marine animals such as a sea jelly, a shark, along with decorations of the season.

  • Location: Seaside Pavilion
  • Timing: 11:30am – 4:30pm

4-D Theater – Curse of Skull Rock

  • Location: 4-D Theater
  • Times: As scheduled

Completely unrelated, but how cute is this seal????

Treat Stations
Kids can engage in safe trick-or-treating activities in the park.

  • Location: Ocean View Room
  • Timing: 11:00am – 4:00pm

I haven’t been there yet, but I’m excited at the idea of going. If you end up going, let me know how you like it!

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