911 what’s your emergency? It’s the ocean and it needs YOUR help.
World Oceans Day comes around on 8th June, but the S.E.A. Aquarium’s celebrations are already well under way with its first ever eco-festival – Ocean Fest!
Over the month long festival, visitors to the Aquarium can partake in various activities as they learn all about ocean conservation. A key highlight of Ocean Fest is the all new Ocean Lab, a C.S.I. style crime lab where kids can interact with the exhibition and ave a hands on learning experience about how plastic harms the ocean, as they work together to solve the crime of who and why these marine animals have been harmed. Ultimately, it all boils down to the use of plastic, and through their investigations, will learn how we can do our part to reduce the use of plastic and prevent further crimes from happening.
How then can they put this newfound knowledge into action? With the S.E.A. Aquarium’s first ever ocean eco-market of course! Organised in conjunction with environmental social enterprise Terra SG, guests can explore and purchase products from more than 10 eco-friendly booths. Highlights included currently trending reusable metal straws, organic beauty products free from microplastics and woven bags. All around, the market was even decorated with creative paintings that utilised recyclable, leftover acrylic and polyester to make.
Six preschoolers from PPIS Child Development Centre got a chance to show off their creativity as they modelled and created outfits made from recyclable material, coming out on the ‘runway’ as turtles, jellyfish, sharks, squid and crabs. Together, they emphasised the importance of how we all needed to band together to reduce usage of plastic in order to let these sea creatures live their lives to the fullest, and save these marine animals and their homes.
During Ocean Fest, guests can also look forward to an all new underwater show each weekend. In this performance, Harmony (Valerie Choo) sings an all new song composed by the RWS team titled ‘Harmony’s Message’.
Comprehensible and easy to follow, as well as infectiously catchy with its Disney-like melody, the message of environmental conservation comes through clearly with Valerie’s energetic performance. Following this song, guests will then witness how “Dupi”, a fictitious pink sea creature has its life at risk when it nearly gets entangled by “Plastic Pete”, a dark character symbolising plastic trash in the ocean. Dupi eventually gets rescued by freediver “Finn”, and emphasises how everyone can and should do their part to keep the oceans clean to prevent harm to marine life.
Use less plastic, be entertained by the educational original live show, and have a rolling good time as you get to the bottom of these dastardly crimes threatening the life of the entire ocean, and celebrate World Oceans Day and cultivate marine eco-friendliness with the S.E.A. Aquarium this June Holiday!
Ocean Fest runs at the S.E.A. Aquarium till 24th June. For more information and tickets, visit the RWS website