ATLANTIC CITY — In honor of ‘Read Across America’ day (visit readacrossamerica.org), the diver in the 25,000-gallon tank at the Atlantic City Aquarium (800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Historic Gardner’s Basin) will be reading Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures as part of the nationwide celebration of reading on Sunday, March 2 — Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
Visitors will also be invited to participate in a Dr. Seuss-themed scavenger hunt throughout the Aquarium, where they’ll identify some of the different fish and animals. Kids will receive a special Dr. Seuss treat if they wear Dr. Seuss attire, such as a shirt, wig or hat. They will receive $1 off paid admission (not valid with any other discounts).
Following the Live Diver Reader Show, visitors can enjoy the exhibits at the aquarium and scheduled activities for the day. At noon and 3pm, it’s feeding time for the juvenile cow nose rays. Visitors can hand feed these species by purchasing cups of food. Cups of food are $2 (or $1 for members).
At 2pm, visitors can get close to the Aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the Exotic Animal Show. Depending on the show, visitors may meet the Rose Hair Tarantula, a tarantula with pink hair; the Sulcata Tortoise, one of Africa’s largest tortoises; a boa constrictor that is as long as its handler; and the softest furred mammal in the world. Aquarium handlers discuss their native habitats, their suitability as pets, natural defenses and predatory instincts other interesting facts.
Also in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the Atlantic City Aquarium will be adding two of his books to the ‘fishy tales’ line-up for Story Time. Story
Time takes place on Tuesdays at the Aquarium. Stories are read at 11am and are followed by a craft or activity perfect for little hands.