Saturday, October 8, 2016


Kids in Halloween costumes can get free admission to The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on the final two weekends in October when the popular family attraction transforms into the Aqua-Scarium.

Children age 3 to 12 who come to the Aqua-Scarium in costume on Oct. 22, 23, 29 or 30 get free admission (a $15.95 value) with each paying adult. Adult admission is $22.95. (The offer requires one paying adult for each free costumed child.) Plus, each of the four weekend days, kids can collect candy and prizes in safe trick-or-treating (while supplies last), and everyone can take part in family-fun (non-scary) activities and encounters.
At the Aqua-Scarium activity station, youngsters can decorate a free trick-or-treat bag to use to collect candy and prizes at special stops throughout the animal galleries. Follow a special map to locate the cauldrons of collectibles. Also each day of Aqua-Scarium:
• Face-painters will enhance Halloween alter egos, turning guests into wild creatures, superheroes, princesses and more. Face-painting times are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supplying the artistry will be Wells Noonan of Face-Painting by Wells (Oct. 22, 29 & 30) and Picasso Parties (Oct. 23).
• A dragon will be loose ... but not too loose ... at a "Meet the Dragon" station. Aquarium educators will invite guests to touch or hold a live bearded dragon, one of the nine species of dragons displayed in the "Dragons: Real or Myth" exhibit. "Meet the Dragon" times are 11 a.m.-noon and 1 to 2 p.m.
The Aqua-Scarium itself will be ghoulishly decorated for Halloween, with jack-o'-lanterns, seasonal accessories and staff dressed in costume.
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