Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, is offering free admission for children on Friday who visit with a paid adult due to the large number of school children whose classes are out of session.
"The San Diego blackout was unprecedented, and we understand how difficult it can be for parents and caretakers to find something fun to do on short notice," said Nigella Hillgarth, aquarium executive director. "This discount is a small way that Birch Aquarium can help support our community."
Birch Aquarium is open until 5 p.m. Adult admission is $14. Each paid adult can bring in one free child - Friday only; admission for additional children is $9.50.
Visitors can experience the aquarium's newest exhibit, Boundless Energy, an outdoor, interactive playground that explores how we can use renewable energy to power our lives - a timely subject given Thursday's regional blackout.
In addition, guests can discover more than 60 habitats of fish and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is located at 2300 Expedition Way in La Jolla. Visit aquarium.ucsd.edu for more information.