The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will celebrate the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale during its “Whale of a Weekend,” Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19.

A host of whale-related activities will be ongoing both days from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk in Santa Monica.

Visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth. Kids of all ages can also have their faces painted and make a whale visor to take home.

The event will feature story time, film screenings and a host of activities organized by Brandon Scott, creator of Cool Cups, a gelatin-like snack visitors can sample. In addition, visitors can play a beanbag style game of Cool Cups Eco-Toss and learn about the harvesting of seaweed, as well as enter a recycling contest.

Aquarium naturalists, along with representatives of the American Cetacean Society, will also staff a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier.

Aquarium admission is free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. For those 13 and older, a $5 donation is suggested, with a minimum $3 admission per person required. For groups of 10 or more, the fee is $2 per person.

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