World Oceans Day is 8 June

Just for Kids

Photo Credit: National Oceanography
Directorate, Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation Malaysia

Art Contests

Wondering what to do with a group of younger kids? Host a kids’ art contest with fun prizes, such as a behind-the-scenes tour of your local aquarium, zoo, or nature museum. Here are some great ideas for kids’ ocean art projects. Remember to use eco-friendly art supplies, including recycled materials, as much as possible.

Photo Credit: Saskatoon Public Library

Scavenger Hunt

Have a scavenger or treasure hunt with many small ocean-themed prizes such as T-shirts, bookmarks, aquarium passes, etc. Consider providing maps for the hunt with fun ocean-related facts on them. Check out the Octonauts Sea Rescue Pairs activity, an ocean conservation-themed scavenger hunt where kids have to find sea creature cards.

Photo Credit: Palma Aquarium


Sleepovers are a great opportunity for families and children to make the most out of World Oceans Day! Invite guests to stay over at your zoo, aquarium, or museum and offer special promotions like behind the scenes tours. Sleepovers allow you to pack lots of activities, from book readings to scavenger hunts, all in one fun filled night dedicated to ocean conservation!

Photo: Atlantis the Palm, Dubai


Hold a story time for the youngest ocean conservationists on World Oceans Day! Have a professional storyteller come to your location and tell stories related to the ocean. Alternatively, ask a parent or staff volunteer to read an ocean-themed story book to inspire children to care for and protect the ocean. Here are some suggestions: 

World Oceans Day by Samantha Mackiewicz

I Can Save the Ocean! by Alison Inches

All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper

Over in the Ocean: A Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Pulley Sayre

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