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 Mommies & Guppies Preschool Program Kicks off at Central Coast Aquarium 

The Central Coast Aquarium (CCA), located at 50 San Juan St, Avila Beach, will present another season of its popular preschool program called Mommies & Guppies, of course fathers and grandparents and caregivers are also welcome to attend with children five years old and younger.

Mommies & Guppies is a monthly event from October through May designed for preschoolers and adults to explore the Central Coast Aquarium together. Held during special operating hours when the Aquarium is closed to the public, adults and tots enjoy up-close animal encounters with creatures like sea stars and urchins, story time, sing-a-longs, games, and crafts. A different educational theme is featured each month and CCA’s uses the unique setting of the Aquarium to help make learning fun.

The goal of this one-of-a-kind early childhood education program is to engage young children in the wonders of the sea and to inspire future generations of marine scientists.

“I created this program as a way to provide children and their parents or caregivers an opportunity to engage in stimulating marine science activities by getting up close and personal with marine life,” said Taylor Starkie, a former staff member at CCA and founder of Mommies & Guppies. “Now that I’ve become a parent myself, I’ll be able to attend this unique program to share my passion for marine science with my own child.”

Mommies & Guppies kicks off on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach and continues on the first Monday of every month through May from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Cost is $6 per session payable at the door. As season pass is available for $40 and CCA Members receive a 15% discount. For more information, please visit www.centralcoastaquarium.com or call Central Coast Aquarium directly at 805-595-7280.

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