river otter swimming

Aquarium at Home

Fun activities and resources for an at-home Aquarium experience, anytime!

While everyone is doing their part to stay home and stay well, we wanted to provide you with some content you can enjoy with your "fins" and family.

Penguins, Otters and Sharks - LIVE!

penguin colony on webcam view

Check in on the critters at River Otter FallsPenguins’ Rock and the Secret Reef.

While watching the Secret Reef camera, you can “gameify” the experience together by counting sharks as they pass by or using our Secret Reef Dichotomous Key.  

Can you Build Your Own Dichotomous Key for Penguins’ Rock?

Weekday Wonders

Weekday Wonders logo

Looking for activities to get your family engaged in nature and science (at home)? Weekday Wonders is a series designed by the Tennessee Aquarium Education Department. These resources are carefully curated to include activities that address content students learn in school, while being written in a way that is easy for caregivers to facilitate, even while working. 

Get Started

Aquarium Printables

turtle activity sheet

Download some printable activities about Aquarium animals created in collaboration with our Education department:

Turtles
Brook Trout
Salamanders

Coloring sheet featuring three turtles

NEW! Need an art project for kids (or adults)? Get creative with these new turtle coloring pages based on real art found inside the Aquarium! 

Virtual Backgrounds

Aquarium backgrounds showcased on a staff web meeting screen

Download these free backgrounds featuring some of your favorite animals and scenery from the Tennessee Aquarium.

Ask the Aquarium Video Series

"How do chameleons change their color?" "Why don't anemones sting clownfish?" "What is a turtle's shell made of?"

We've taken some of our most common visitor questions and answered them in our Ask The Aquarium video series. Watch our playlist on YouTube now!


IMAX at Home

film still of diver with Humpback Whale

We’ll be ready to welcome you back to the IMAX 3D Theater when conditions improve. Until then, our friends at MacGillivray Freeman Films and Giant Screen Films have opened up a portion of their film libraries for you to experience at home. Most of these amazing films come with educational guides for additional fun and learning.

See Films


Outdoor Fun

monarch butterfly

Get creative while making your backyard a better place for wildlife. We've got some ideas! Check out these projects and tips to get you inspired!

Get Outside (Safely)

Mr. Bill's Blog

Educator Bill Haley with students and lizard

Aquarium Outreach Educator "Mr. Bill" Haley is somewhat of a local celebrity. Haley visits schools in the surrounding area, bringing the Aquarium's mission of educating the public about water and wildlife (along with a few Aquarium critters) straight to area students. Now that the Aquarium is temporarily closed, he's taken over our blog and is sharing springtime observations from his own backyard! Read his Naturalist's Notebook here.