By Kate Ditloff for Island Eye News
Celebrate the magic of the holiday SEA-son at the South Carolina Aquarium.
With loads of activities to unwrap, and visits from the Aquarium’s very own Santa, SCUBA Claus, it’s the perfect place for the whole family to come together and create lasting memories during this special time of year.
Now through December 31, take an extraordinary adventure to the North Pole on The Polar Express 4-D Experience being shown in the state’s only 4-D Immersion Theater. The 4-D theater combines 3-D imagery, interactive seating and waves of special effects such as snow, gusts of wind, the smell of hot chocolate and movement under your feet, all synchronized to a 15-minute version of the film. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. A doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, and he embarks on a journey of self discovery that shows him the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
A very special visitor from the North Pole will visit with Aquarium guests, and animals in the Aquarium’s largest tank, the Great Ocean Tank, during weekends in December (through Dec. 21). SCUBA Claus will put on his specially designed scuba gear and come face-to-face with guests, while diving with more than 700 animals that call the tank home. SCUBA Claus’ elf helpers have also created a special holiday-themed dive show where SCUBA Claus can engage with guests during the show, telling them all about his fishy friends.
The holiday fun doesn’t end there! Celebrate a “snow day” at the Aquarium with special snow day-themed activities during weekends in December. Cozy up to our hot chocolate bar, try your hand at snowman bowling, build an igloo out of recycled milk containers, test your skills at a giant game of checkers and no snow day would be complete without some cookie decorating. Charleston’s mild winters won’t keep the Aquarium from getting into the holiday spirit.
For more information on the Aquarium’s holiday SEA-son celebration, call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit scaquarium.org.