The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will mark its 10th anniversary with a three-day celebration beginning Friday, March 1.
What started as small teaching aquarium at UCLA’s former Ocean Discovery Center beneath the Santa Monica Pier on March 1, 2003 has become a public face for Heal the Bay, the longtime Santa Monica-based environmental organization.
Ten years and more than half a million visitors later, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium continues to evolve, introducing new exhibits and new animals and finding new ways to utilize the 4,800-square foot space for exhibits and education, said aquarium spokeswoman Randi Parent.
The anniversary celebration will kick off with a cake and ice cream party at 3 p.m. March 1.
The party will continue Saturday, March 2 when elected officials will be on hand at 3 p.m. to present a proclamation for the aquarium’s 10 years as a community resource and field trip destination for thousands of students from Los Angeles County and beyond. City Councilman Terry O’Day and state Assemblyman Richard Bloom are expected to attend the festivities.
Special guest Ed Begley Jr. is scheduled to host a story time at 3:30 p.m. Face painting and special crafts projects with a birthday theme will round out the afternoon.
The festivities will continue Sunday, March 3, including a presentation and feeding at the shark tank beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Local restaurants will join in the celebration, offering special marine-themed libations throughout the month of March.
The aquarium is open Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.; and weekends from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Information, (310) 393-6149, or www.healthebay.org/smpa.

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