Weekly Activities

Our drop-in programs will return in June 2015!

Creature of the Week

Mondays
Thursdays
Saturdays

Each week we will highlight one of the fascinating creatures living in the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium. Students will participate in hands-on explorations, craft activities, and stories that introduce all the fun features that make the creature unique. Check-in at our Admission Desk at Maritime Gloucester’s Entrance is required due to space limitations.

10:30 am–11:30 am

Audience: PreK - 6 Years
Registration: None required, but check in at Admissions Desk.
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Plankton Safari

Mondays
Thursdays
Saturdays

Join us for an afternoon of investigation in our video microscope lab. The program will include a lesson on marine plankton, and a chance to prepare slides and view microscopic marine life with Maritime Gloucester’s video microscopes. No scientific experience is necessary to enjoy this one of a kind opportunity to learn along with your children!

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Audience: Children 5+ WITH AN ADULT
Registration: None required, but please check-in at our Admission Desk at Maritime Gloucester’s Entrance is required due to space limitations.
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership.

Guided Site Tour

Tuesdays

Join one of our staff members for a 45-minute guided tour of the waterfront site for a full understanding of Gloucester’s past, present and future. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, and Saturdays at 11:30.

10:30 am–11:30 am

Audience: All ages
Registration: None Required
Cost: Free with admission/membership

Sailing on the Ardelle

Sail on the pinky schooner Ardelle, built by captain Harold Burnham. Cruises typically depart from Harbor Loop; subject to availability. Sail along Gloucester's outer harbor and pass by sights like the Dog Bar Breakwater, Norman's Woe and the mansions on Eastern Point.

10:00 am–6:00 pm

Audience: All Ages

Fox & Geese Game

Wednesdays

Learn to play this fun old-fashioned board game. A maritime tradition from the Age of Sail.

10:00 am–11:00 am

Audience: families
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Capturing the Light-Painting Demonstration

Sundays

Engage with artists painting the landscape from the Harriet Webster Pier. Take a look at what has drawn artists to Gloucester for centuries. Marie Sweeney-July 19 & August 16 Barbara McLaughlin-July 26 & August 23

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Tour the Schooner Adventure

Wednesdays

Take a tour of Gloucester's iconic wooden dory fishing schooner. Built in 1926 and recently restored, this National Historic Landmark is not to be missed! Tour between 10:00 am-2:00 pm

10:00 am–2:00 pm

Audience: All Ages
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Nautical Knots

Tuesdays

Try your hand at tying nautical knots. Learn different kinds of knots and how they are used aboard ship!

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership.

Skippy's Adventure Story Hour

Thursdays

Hear the story of Skippy, the wharf dog who lived aboard Schooner Adventure. Learn about life on a dory fishing schooner and about the men who took her to sea.

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Audience: Families
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

The Dory Story

Fridays

Learn about a fishing dory – what type of equipment was used and what kinds of fish were caught. A day in the life of a doryman!

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Audience: Families
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Snacks on the Pier

Fridays
Saturdays

Enjoy baked goods and a cold drink available at our outside kiosk. Fridays and Saturdays from 11-3. Picnic table seating is available under our tent.

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required

Net-Mending Demonstration

Tuesdays

See a demo of making handmade nets used on the fishing boats of yesteryear and today. This age old craft is still practiced around town.

1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Twist & Tie! Rope-Making Demonstration

Tuesdays
Sundays

Ply this! Learn to use our rope-making machine to turn ordinary twine into useful rope.

10:00 am–10:30 am

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Discovery Lab

Wednesdays
Fridays

Discovery Lab is a hands-on exhibit that allows visitors of all ages to explore and engage in marine science concepts through problems solving and play. Exhibits are open daily and change each week to encompass a wide variety of science concepts suitable for all ages. Special programs Wednesdays and Fridays for ages 6 and up (1:30-2:30).

1:30 pm–2:30 pm

Audience: Ages 6 and up
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Aquarium Feeding

Mondays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Fridays
Saturdays
Sundays

Feedings are always a crowd-pleaser in our Aquarium! Learn about the adaptations and feeding strategies of Gloucester’s sea creatures as you watch different species feed. The tanks spring to life as camouflaged spider crabs come out of their hiding places, and flounders and skates emerge from under the sand. Feeding times are subject to change depending on the animals' needs.

2:30 pm–3:00 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Creature Camera

Mondays

What lurks in the water beneath our main pier? Join us as we lower an underwater video camera into Gloucester Harbor and search for marine life! Watch the video screen as kelp sways with the current, fish swim by, and an occasional crab or lobster scurries across the seafloor.

3:30 pm–4:30 pm

Audience: All ages
Registration: None required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Guided Site Tour

Wednesdays

Join one of our staff members for a 45-minute guided tour of the waterfront site for a full understanding of Gloucester’s past, present and future. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, and Saturdays at 11:30.

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Audience: General Audience
Registration: None Required
Cost: Free with admission/membership

Guided Site Tour

Thursdays

Join one of our staff members for a 45-minute guided tour of the waterfront site for a full understanding of Gloucester’s past, present and future. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, and Saturdays at 11:30.

11:00 am–12:00 pm

Audience: General Audience
Registration: None Required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership

Guided Site Tour

Saturdays

Join one of our staff members for a 45-minute guided tour of the waterfront site for a full understanding of Gloucester’s past, present and future. Tours are scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, and Saturdays at 11:30.

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Audience: General Audience
Registration: None Required
Cost: Free with Admission/Membership