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Kathie Fulgham 423-785-3007
Aaron Jordan 423-785-3011

Home schooling with the fishes
Tennessee Aquarium celebrates National Home School Day
with fishy fun and family savings Sept. 11

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 15, 2006) – The Tennessee Aquarium and other Chattanooga attractions are celebrating Home School Day on Monday, Sept. 11, by providing discounts and special programs.  Home school students and their families will get the chance to explore exciting tales of the deep and learn about the fuzzy, finny, scaly and sometimes slimy creatures at the Aquarium. 

Home school students and their families will receive the education discount rate on Aquarium, IMAX and combo tickets.  Other Chattanooga attractions celebrating are the Chattanooga Regional History Museum, Chattanooga Nature Center, Rock City, Ruby Falls and the Creative Discovery Museum.

“We have a lot of fun helping home school families explore new learning experiences, but we also take pride in introducing great home school resources to home schooled children and their families,” said educator Bray McDonald.

While touring the Aquarium families can enjoy scavenger hunts, live animal encounters and interactive programs. There also will be learning craft exhibits at the Environment Learning Lab from 2:30 – 4 p.m.   The Chattanooga Nature Center and the Chattanooga Zoo will present exciting educational programs in the Aquarium’s auditorium. 

Students and parents also have the chance to take home some Aquarium gear at the gift shop where they will receive a 10 percent discount.  Members with home schooled children will receive a 20 percent discount. And for the really adventurous family, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium.

Special Rates for National Home School Day Sept. 11:

Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3-D: Info & Resv.  (423) 265-0698
Adults: Aquarium $12.50, IMAX 3-D $8.25, Combo $16.25
Children: Aquarium $5, IMAX 3-D $4.50, Combo $8.25
http://www.tnaqua.org

Chattanooga Regional History Museum: Info & Resv. (423) 265-3247
Adults: $4 Children: $3
Groups of 10 or more $3.20 & $2.50
http://www.chattanoogahistory.com/

Ruby Falls and Rock City: Info.& Resv. (423) 821-2544 & 820-2531
Adults and Students: $4.80 each
http://www.seerockcity.com
http://www.rubyfalls.com

Creative Discovery Museum: Info & Resv. (423) 648-6071
One child free with each paid adult
http://www.cdmfun.org/

Chattanooga Nature Center: (423) 821-1160
Pass for two free admissions
http://chattanooganaturecenter.org/

The Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the natural world. Admission is $17.95 per adult and $9.50 per child, ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium. Ticket prices are $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX combo tickets are $22.95 for adults and $13.50 for children. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization. Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to join.

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