News & Events

SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City hosts a number of on-site events for all ages, year-round.

CLAWS - Coming Soon!

February 24

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium presents, CLAWS, opening Friday, February 24th of 2017!

Meet the armored division of the marine world and #SinkYourClaws into SEA LIFE's latest exhibit!

Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed! The Claws exhibit showcases incredible crustaceans from around the world, featuring the giant Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) with legs reaching up to 12 feet in length when fully grown.

Other species will include the Florida spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), spider crab (Mithrax spinosissimus), the unique fiddler crab and even lobsters!

Don't miss the official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Claws on Friday, February 24th at 4:00pm! Enjoy refreshments, meet Sharky & more! 

Annual Pass Holders are encouraged to bring a friend for just $10.00 on February 24th-26th for the CLAWS Grand Opening Weekend! Each Annual Pass Holder may bring 1 friend per Annual Pass. 

News & Events

Road Closure Saturday, February 25

Due to the Mardis Gras 5K Run, the area surrounding Crown Center and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center will experience some road closures on Saturday, February 25th from 9:00am until 12:30pm.

On Saturday, February 25th, 2017: 

Gillham Road will be closed from the north up to and including 25th Street; Pershing Road will be closed from 25th Street north and west to Grand; and Grand Boulevard will be closed from Pershing Road north to support the event.

Please anticipate road closures impacting travel on area streets up to 30 minutes before and after the event.

Homeschool Week

February 13-17

Homeschool families are invited to visit us during Homeschool Week on February 13-17!

FREE workshops will be offered EXCLUSIVELY to Homeschool families Monday through Friday at select times on a first-come, first-serve basis. *Please note, maximum capacity is 32 individuals per workshop session. 

Monday through Friday during Homeschool Weeks: 

  • Workshop Session 1- 10:30am - 11:00am 
  • Workshop Session 2- 11:15am - 11:45am 

Learn more about special Homeschool Weeks offers and educational workshops on our Homeschool webpage! 

Join us for Homeschool Week!

Shark Research In Turks & Caicos

Together with the School For Field Studies, one of SEA LIFE Kansas City's aquarist, Brittany Stopp, joined a team of other scientists for a Shark Research Trip. The team set off for South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) for a week of important data collection from sharks native to the TCI waters. 

The trip focused on data collection from native shark species to better relocate and expand Marine Protected Areas in the surrounding waters. Lemon sharks are among the species observed, particularly young shark pups that thrive in mangrove forests off the Turks & Caicos shore.

The participating scientists are all alumni of the School For Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies. The Center not only dedicates itself to creating educational experiences in field research for its students, but works to improve the lives of wildlife and the surrounding communities on TCI. Watch the video to learn more about the experience and what goes into a field research trip! 

Toddler Tuesdays

For $14.00+tax, one Adult and one Child under 4 can visit SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium! 

Pre-purchase Toddler Tuesday tickets in advance online, or at walk-up on the date of your visit.

This offer is only available during non-peak times only on Tuesdays.


Toddler Tuesdays are not available during the following months and dates:

- December 1st-31st

- June - August

Celebrating the largest marine protected area!

Papahanaumokuakea Ocean off Hawaii

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, The SEA LIFE Trust and The Ocean Project are celebrating President Obama’s landmark decision to expand the Papahanaumokuakea Ocean off Hawaii - creating the largest protected area on the planet. 

SEA LIFE is wrapping up an extensive national awareness campaign that allowed visitors to vote for four unique ocean ecosystems - of which Papahanaumokuāakea was one - to be considered for designation as a “blue park”. Thank you to all who cast their vote! 


Fun facts about the newest “Blue Park”!

  • Pronounced, “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”
  • At 582,578 square miles, Papahanaumokuakea is 8 times the size of Missouri
  • Papahanaumokuakea is home to more than 7,000 species, a quarter of which are found nowhere else on Earth!
  • The shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, as well as 14 million seabirds.