For Kids

White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Arts & Crafts

Get creative with ocean themed arts and crafts. Here are some great ideas for kids’ ocean art projects. Remember to use eco-friendly art supplies, including recycled materials, as much as possible.

Sample Event: Celebrate Our Oceans: Swimming Through the Ocean with Crafts

Photo Credit: Jean Van Tatenhove, National Park Service

Scavenger Hunt

Have a scavenger or treasure hunt with small ocean-themed prizes such as t-shirts, bookmarks or aquarium passes. Consider providing maps for the hunt with fun ocean-related facts on them.

Sample Event: OceanXplorersLP

Photo Credit: Palma Aquarium


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.

Sample Event: Family Sleep Under the Sea

Photo: Atlantis the Palm, Dubai


Hold a story time for the youngest ocean conservationists on World Oceans Day! Ask a professional storyteller, 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

The Ocean Story by John Seven

I Can Save the Ocean! by Alison Inches 

The Eye of the Whale by Jennifer O'Connell

All the Way to the Ocean by Joel Harper

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Emma and the Whale by Julie Case

Layer by Layer: Under the Sea by Anne Rooney

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! by April Pulley Sayre

Abigale the Happy Whale by Peter Farrelly