Our Environmental Education Centre offers exciting activities to school groups and youth groups. 

We invite you to open up a whole new world of hands-on discovery for the students in your care. Explore our exciting, informative, beautiful exhibits and the more-than-3 000 fascinating creatures that inhabit them, then sit back and observe as our CAPS-related activities are delivered by qualified and experienced teachers.

“Our learners felt at ease and welcome on our arrival. Staff was very professional in the way that they spoke. This activity can encourage better conservation of animals and plants, the activity were sufficient.” – Mr Kenny Reid, Mimosa Primary

These programmes complement the work done in schools and have been carefully designed to connect with the South African curriculum. 

Offered by well qualified, vibrant and effective environmental educators, the activities are balanced with fun and messages aimed at empowering the youth to make a difference.

Our activities are designed to lead learners to discover and learn about the freshwater, coastal and marine environments.

“We were welcomed warmly, staff courteous. Learners are taken from their usual environment at school to something different as learners now are able to distinguish between frogs and toads. The activity was very encouraging.” – Mrs J. Louw, Regina Coeli RC primary

Should you wish your activity to be a different topic, we would be happy to discuss your requirements and structure an activity accordingly.

Double Deal! 

Our Double Deal gives school groups the opportunity to experience two of our interactive Discovery Centre lessons in one day. With two lessons, schools can make the most of their time out of the school classroom and ensure that students are exposed to as much education as possible. Take advantage of this offer for R90 per child (usual rate is R55 per child for a single lesson).  

Contact Carrin Viret on schools@aquarium.co.za or call 021 814 4555 to secure a spot for your school – but hurry, spots will fill up fast!

School group curriculum

Pre-School activities

Our puppet shows centre on colours and counting, smart living, keeping our beaches clean, turtles, penguins and marine food chains.

Foundation Phase: Grades 1-3

Lesson topics include Fish and Underwater Wonders.

Intermediate Phase: Grades 4-6

Lesson topics include Fish, Sharks and their Relatives, Water Conservation and Rocky Shore Ecology.

Senior Phase: Grades 7-9

Lesson topics include Fish, Sharks, Underwater Wonders, Data Collection, Kelp Holdfast Ecology and the Rocky Shore.

FET Phase: Grades 10-12

Lesson topics include Fish, Sharks, Invertebrates, Data Collection, Ecotourism in our Two Oceans and Biodiversity in our Two Oceans.

Ready to book? Download the booking form here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when my group booking is confirmed?

  • Once you have received an invoice from the Aquarium the booking is confirmed.

Can I pay on the day of the visit?

  • Yes, you can pay on the day of your visit. However, bus payments need to be made at least one week in advance.

Is there a place for the children to have lunch?

  • We have benches outside where the children can sit and eat.

Can we (the school) just come to the Aquarium any day or do we need to book?

  • No, you need to make a booking in order to get the school group booking rate.

Will somebody take our group around the Aquarium?

  • No, it will be a self-guided tour.

How much does it cost for a guided tour?

  • R470 for a guided tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides.

Ready to book? Download the booking form here.