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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Dec. 22 and 23: Check out the Weekend Tidepool Walk with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff. Tour the Point Fermin Marine Life Refuge and learn about sea anemones, mussels, sea stars, crabs and other tidepool dwellers. Visitors will also get an informative slide-show presentation by the staff. Outdoor clothing and sneakers advised. The tour, which requires a $1 fee, is offered Dec. 22 and 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. and open to all ages. The tour will also be given in Spanish on Dec. 22 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Reservations required for groups. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. For more information, call 310-548-7562. Dec. 23: Visit the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at the Salt Marsh Open House and learn about local wildlife. Kids can view migratory birds using binoculars, observe live animals through microscopes and examine plant and animal specimens from the aquarium’s collection. With winter vacation under way, you might be wondering how to keep the kids educated as well as entertained while they’re away from the classroom. San Pedro offers a variety of activities at such places as the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Los Angeles Maritime Museum, for the 18-and-under crowd. So unplug the video game controllers, turn off the TV and go have some fun with your kids. You might even learn a thing or two yourself. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium The free event is from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and open to all ages. Dec. 26: Head to the aquarium’s Exploration Center and learn about music that celebrates the sea at the Discovery Lab, a weekly workshop series that teaches kids about the ocean through other disciplines such as art, literature and science. The free event is from 3 to 5 p.m. and open to all ages. Dec. 31 to Jan. 4: Students in grades 3 to 6 can join the Winter Seafari and explore San Pedro’s seashore. Activities for weeklong program include crab fishing, ocean art projects and lessons about migratory animals and the effects of winter storms. The program is $68 per student and $61 for FRIENDS of CMA members. For more information call, 310-548-7562. L.A. Maritime Museum Kids can learn about maritime life and view vessels, models, paintings and memorabilia. The featured exhibit “All Off for Catalina” retraces the history of Santa Catalina Island through photos, pottery, tile and other souvenirs from the 1890s to the 1940s. Ongoing exhibits include “Caught, Canned and Eaten: The History of San Pedro’s Fishing and Canning Industries;” “20,000 Jobs Under the Sea: A History of Commercial and Fishery Diving in Southern California;” “Neptune’s Favorites: Sailors’ Art From the Permanent Collection;” and “The USS Los Angeles CA-135: A Salute.” The museum will be closed Dec. 23, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults, $1 for youth and seniors, and free for children 6 and under. For more information, call 310-548-7618. San Pedro Public Library Spend some good quality quiet time at the local library. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library will be closed at noon on Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call 310-548-7779. The Port of Los Angeles Waterfront Red Car Line Take a ride on the historic Red Car Line, a 1.5 mile trolley route along the San Pedro waterfront that connects the World Cruise Center, Ports O’ Call Village and other attractions. Three authentic replicas of the Pacific Electric “Red Car” are used on the route. The line operates Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with service every 20 minutes. The cost is $1 for a one-day unlimited ride fare. Children 6 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The Red Car ticket is transferrable for free rides on the San Pedro Electric Trolleys and the Cruise Center shuttle. For more information, call 310-732-3473 or visit www.portof front.htm. White Point County Beach Tidepools Explore this local tidepool, where Visitors are advised to wear sunscreen and sturdy shoes. Lifeguards are on duty at the White Point and Royal Palms County Beaches seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Paid parking is available next to the tidepools and free parking is at the top of the cliff along Paseo del Mar south of Western Avenue. For more information, call the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors at 310-305-9503. the marine life is best observed during low tide. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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