• Silhouetted guests in front of California Coast exhibit
    The Academy after hours is lit!
  • Coral glows blue under fluorescent light on exhibit at the Academy
    Marvel at otherworldly coral in the Twilight Zone...
  • 2 kids point at giant arapaima fish in Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel exhibit
    Take a trip through the Amazon Flooded Forest Tunnel...
  • Sea nettle glows orange against blue backdrop on exhibit at the Academy
    Stare at sea nettles from a safe distance in Water Planet...
  • Claude the alligator with albinism opens his mouth underwater
    ...and cavort with Claude, who's all smiles to see you!

Science Under the Sea Stars
Wednesday, August 3, 2022 | 6:30-9 pm

Adult (18+): $49.95
Member Adult: $24.95
Youth (3-17): $38.95
Member Youth: First 4 free
Youth 2 and under: Free
Members, your discount will be applied after login.

Ready, set, GLOW! Celebrate the Academy's bioluminescent animals and plants at this enlightening evening event for all ages.

Brighten up with Academy biologists at interactive displays featuring some of their favorite glowing specimens. Ooh and aah at a mesmerizing magic show. Feel the spark of inspiration at arts-and-crafts stations placed around the museum. Zoom through the cosmos and coral reefs in three immersive planetarium shows* at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 pm. See what our animals get up to after hours in the aquarium and rainforest.* And explore our newest exhibits, Hidden Wonders and Bugs!

Special members-only programming

Close-up photo of the neon-colored tentacles of coral

We're amping up the wattage for Academy members. Join today and enjoy some exclusive event perks:

  • Discounted admission for adults, including four complimentary youth tickets
  • Early event entry at 6 pm
  • Member wine tasting (21+ only, one complimentary wine tasting ticket per member adult)
  • A special reading of Claude: The True Story of a White Alligator by author Emma Smith
  • Additional programming for kids
  • And more!

Enjoy science safely!

For a safe and fun evening for all, please keep the following in mind as you plan your visit:

  • All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Indoor masking is strongly encouraged, but not required.
  • Food and drink must be enjoyed in the Academy Café or outdoors in the East or West Garden.
  • For more information, please visit our Health & Safety page.

*Please note: Planetarium shows may not be appropriate for children under 7, and we regret that we cannot admit any child under 4. Last rainforest entry at 7:30 pm.