Home School Program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium with our Home School Program! The program begins with an engaging 25-minute presentation by one of our Aquarium educators to set the stage for a fun, focused field trip. After the presentation, families can use exploration guides on their own to extend their learning in our Aquarium exhibits.

Reservations for the 2017–18 school year are now sold out and our waiting list is closed.

New this Year!

Our Home School Program will be offered Mondays from October 16, 2017, through March 19, 2018, not including holidays.

Group Information:

  • Book one entry time for up to five school-age students (ages 3–18).
  • Children ages two and under are admitted free of charge and do not need to be included in reservation numbers.
  • One adult per student may book complimentary admission as a chaperone. A single chaperone can bring up to five students. The maximum reservation size is five students and five chaperones.
  • Families/educators may make one reservation per school year.

Program Times:


Presentation in the Auditorium
  • 9:40 a.m.
  • 10:15 a.m.
  • 10:50 a.m.


Presentation in the Discovery Lab Classrooms
  • 11:40 a.m.
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 12:50 p.m.

Arrival Time:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your program time.

Special note: Home school groups of 10 or more school-age children may make a reservation to visit together through our Field Trip school programs. Self-Guided Field Trip reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the program minimums and maximums. Families may only make one Home School Program or Field Trip reservation per school year.