A Hidden Gem in Redwood City – The Marine Science Institute


Do you have a child who loves the ocean, sea life, and being outdoors? Then you should definitely check out the Marine Science Institute in Redwood City. Located right along a very scenic part of the Bay, it’s the perfect spot for kids to learn more about the San Francisco Bay and the sea life that lives there.

Using hands-on, interactive activities, kids can explore the marine environment at their own pace, with marine science experts educating them along the way.

We recently discovered this gem at a preschooler’s birthday party. Yes, they are willing to take on a group of 20 five-year-olds. And it was a blast! The kids were able to touch fish and little critters, help pull up a huge net filled with fish, explore a stationary boat, dig in the sand, learn a lot about the ecosystem, and, of course, enjoy cake and snacks right on the scenic shoreline.

If you’re interested in getting your child involved, check out the Marine Institute’s educational programs. You can host a birthday party, sign your child up for summer camp or after-school programs, or attend one of their many events. There are also bay Discovery Eco adventures for kids 6 years and older, where you can go out on the boat to explore the bay and dig up invertebrates hiding in the mud. There are also hikes, fundraisers, and clean up events to help give back to our Bay.

I urge you to check out this fun and educational site, right in our own backyard!

Photos courtesy of Kristi Espinoza, KandidLense.com



Editor’s note: This article originally published on November 2, 2017, and was lightly edited prior to republishing.

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Meredith is a transplant to the Bay Area and has fallen in love with the weather, gorgeous scenery, and plethora of local wineries. A wife and mother of two, she works part-time as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She hails from Texas, where she attended the University of Texas and will always bleed orange. She then moved to Washington DC to attend Georgetown's School of Medicine, where she fell in love with her future husband, a fellow student, and has been happily married for almost a decade. She and her husband lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years for their medical training and found it the perfect place to start a family. She relocated to the Bay Area a few years ago and has quickly adapted to West Coast living. Meredith enjoys the balance of part-time working and full-time parenting and loves to write about this ongoing struggle. In her persistent drive to find more "me time", she actively pursues her interests in reading, running, soccer, baking, and wine tasting.


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