Mother and daughter at the Aquarium

Our flexibly structured Home School Days are designed for families to learn together while exploring the Aquarium's exhibits and programs.

How to Make Your Reservation

Reservations for the 2016–17 school year are now sold out. Reservations for the 2017–18 school year will open in September 2017.

Home School Days at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Topic for this school year:
"Life on the Edge"

Come explore life on the edge where the ocean meets the land. Living at the extreme, animals in this habitat have unique body parts and behaviors to help them survive waves, air exposure and tides.

Home School Days for the 2016–17 school year:

  • November 7, 2016
  • November 8, 2016
  • December 12, 2016
  • December 13, 2016
  • January 9, 2017
  • January 10, 2017


  • Each home school family may make a single reservation for up to 10 participants.
  • Each reservation must include at least one school-age student (ages 3-18) and no more than four adults.
  • Children ages two and under are admitted free of charge and do not need to be included in reservation numbers.
  • Families may only make one Home School Days or Field Trip reservation per school year; each family must have its own reservation.

Special note: Home school groups of 10 or more school-age children may make a reservation to visit together through our Field Trip school program on a date other than Home School Days. Self-Guided Field Trip reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the program minimums and maximums.