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Family Programs

Preschool Opportunities

Small Fry logoThis fun drop-in program is full of fun, engaging activities designed to appeal to 2–5 year olds. On these special days, we will meet live animals, play games, read stories and create fun crafts as we learn and grow together. These interactive parent-and-child programs are a great way to start your child on the path toward understanding and appreciating nature! More Info


Aquarium Adventures logoThis is a more active program designed for explorers ages 3-5 and a caretaker.  We will take preschool tykes on an adventure around the Aquarium to learn more about our animals and habitats. Registration required for this program; look at our events calendar for dates and registration links. Check our Events & Programs calendar for upcoming programs.

School-Age Opportunities

Nature Nuts logoJoin Aquarium educators and guest experts for a monthly nature club, especially for children ages 5-12! The Tennessee Aquarium Nature Nuts come together to connect children and their families to the amazing diversity of nature in our own backyards and around the world.  Topics vary month to month. Some meetings are at the Tennessee Aquarium and others are in the field at designated Chattanooga locations. More Info


Sleep in the Deep logoChildren six and older and their adults are invited to sleep beneath the fishes at a family sleep over. All overnights include guided tours of River Journey and Ocean Journey, mini Behind-the-Scenes tour, evening snack, critter encounter and breakfast. These events are geared toward family groups and allow you to experience the Aquarium in a fun and different way.  More Info