Homeschool Programs

Open to Ontario Homeschool Families Only

FAMILY HOMESCHOOL DAYS

Exclusive to homeschool families—connect with over 20,000 aquatic animals! Please find our homeschool offerings and dates below.

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Grade 1: My Own Aquarium

Learn about what animals need to survive and explore the characteristics of an ideal fish habitat, using a home aquarium as a model. Apply this knowledge to craft your own 3D aquarium to take home.

Best for Grade 1: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, Kindergarten, and Grade 2

Grade 4: Watery Web

Investigate the components of an aquatic food web using the diverse faunae of Toronto’s blue backyard—Lake Ontario! Find out about the variety of life living there and how they depend on each other, and how we depend on them.

Best for Grade 4: Habitats and Communities

Grades 5 & 7: Pollution Solution

Explore the effects of environmental disasters on marine ecosystems through a simulated oil spill. Evaluate the efficiency of different cleanup methods; predict the effects of an oil spill on a marine environment; and identify the resulting issues for society. Find the best possible solution for the pollution.

Best for Grade 5: Conservation of Energy & Resources; Best for Grade 7: Interactions in the Environment

Grades 6–8: Great Plankton Challenge

Learn about the amazing diversity of plankton in the ocean and the essential role it plays. Find out about the unique challenges these tiny plants and animals face to maintain their position in the water, and then try your hand at designing your own perfect plankton!

Best for Grade 6 Biodiversity, Grade 7 Interactions of Environment, Grade 8 Cells

Grades 9–12: Climate Change & Squid Dissection

Explore the effect of the warming Earth on our oceans. Focus on the phenomena of ocean acidification and its impact on marine creatures through a variety of demonstrations and participation in a squid dissection.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SAMPLE ITINERARY A

(no workshop)

10:00 a.m. – Arrival and Check In
10:15 a.m. – Onward! Explore the Aquarium at your own pace, eat lunch, etc.
*Itinerary subject to change without notice

SAMPLE ITINERARY B

10:00 a.m. – Arrival and Check In
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Workshop
11:30 a.m. – Onward! Explore the Aquarium at your own pace.
*Itinerary subject to change without notice

DETAILS:

  • Minimum age of child to participate in classroom workshop is 4 years old.
  • Price per student is $10 +HST without workshop, or $15.00 +HST with workshop.
  • 1:4 ratio for complimentary adults. Additional adults are $30 +HST.
  • Changes to reservation and additional participants are subject to availability.
  • Programming subject to change without notice.
  • Lunch is not provided. Please ensure you pack a litter-less lunch.
  • Payment will be required in advance via credit card over the phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund within 48 hours of visit. Less than 48-hours notice, no refunds. Exceptions apply for illness and inclement weather.
  • No additional coupons, passes, or Annual Pass discounts apply.
  • No storage for coats, lunches, or other belongings will be available. Please be prepared to carry everything you bring with you.
  • For school board, please note “homeschooling family.” Include any additional adults and children 3 years and under attending with you in the comments field.
  • Adult supervision is required for any students attending the Classroom Workshop. Children 2 and under are permitted in the classroom during the program if a second adult is not available.

REGISTRATION

HOW TO REGISTER

Please sign up via the form below for Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada Homeschool Days. Please note that reservations are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting the form does not guarantee a reservation. We will follow up soon to confirm dates based on availability.

Following recommendations of the provincial government, proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid ID is required for visitors (ages 12+).
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Registration Form

Homeschool Families

Contact Information

About Workshops

All Workshops are at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

This fall workshops are offered for kindergarten to grade 8, with limited capacity. To participate in a Squid Dissection workshop students must be at least eight years old. Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and the hands-on nature of our some of our workshops, a limited selection will be offered. Students attending a workshop must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop Dates

Please indicate which workshops you are interested in booking by including the number of students for each workshop.

FAQs

Confirming Your Visit

Please note that reservations are based on a first-come, first-served basis. Submitting the form does not guarantee a reservation. We will follow up soon to confirm dates based on availability.

If you haven’t heard from the Aquarium within one (1) week of sending in your request, please contact our Education Department at 647-351-3474 ext. 2648 or email education@ripleysaquariumofcanada.com.

Payment

Full payment of the amount shown on your confirmation is due in advance via credit card over the phone. No additional coupons, passes, or Annual Pass discounts apply. Date modifications are subject to availability.

Safety Information

  • Ripley’s Aquarium requires that all Guests wear facemasks, in compliance with the City of Toronto bylaw.
  • All Aquarium Team Members are required to wear facemasks while working.
  • We are limiting hourly attendance to control Guest flow within the Aquarium, and to create a better and safer experience for all. This reduced capacity means you will get close to the exhibits, but not other guests!
  • Prepaid reservations are REQUIRED to manage capacity limits and minimize touchpoints at the entrance.
  • Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout the Aquarium, including at the entry, exit, interactive exhibits, washrooms, etc.
  • Floor graphics are located throughout the Aquarium to indicate appropriate physical distancing and one-way flow.
  • The Aquarium will maintain its high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces such as windows, railings, washrooms, and interactive exhibits will continuously be cleaned.
  • All dive shows, aquarist talks, and tours have been suspended temporarily.
  • Some areas, including the playground and coat check, will be unavailable.
  • Contactless payment via debit or credit is preferred for all onsite purchases.

COVID-19 WARNING

We have taken these enhanced health and safety measures for you and our Team Members. We ask that you please follow all posted instructions while visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions and/or compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable.

By visiting Ripley’s Attractions, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Cancellation Policy

If you or any member of your party or family is not feeling well, do not visit. Plan to come when everyone is well. In the event of illness, please let us know and we will try to reschedule your trip or provide a refund if we are unable to do so.

Other Cancellations: Full refund within 48 hours of visit; less than 48 hours notice, no refunds. Exceptions apply for illness and inclement weather.

Please note that if your trip must be cancelled due to bad weather, we will try to reschedule your trip, subject to available dates.

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