Does your little beach-loving Moana or Maui need a break from the sun? We’ve found a variety of places where you can explore ocean treasures a bit away from shore. Delightful new exhibits abound––from drawing their own sea creature art that comes alive, to being immersed in a cube of bioluminescence, let your little Nemos take the plunge into sea-inspired learning. Click through our slideshow to see where to wonder about what’s beneath the waves.

LEGOLAND’s SEA LIFE Aquarium 

Visiting LEGOLAND this summer? Escape the heat for a couple of hours inside the SEA LIFE Aquarium. The small aquarium is perfect for little ones. Walk through a shark tunnel where young explorers can marvel at sharks and rays up close from underneath. Interact at a touch tank with sea stars- all while searching for cool underwater LEGO displays. With tanks set mostly to accommodate kids' heights, they get a great view of jellyfish, seahorses and more. Educational talks and feedings teach the importance of environmental protection of the oceans and take place throughout the day.

Cost: $18 online; Included in the hopper ticket; Always included in admission for pass members.
Online: https://www.visitsealife.com/california/

Photo: LEGOLAND California

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Where do you take your kids to learn about the ocean? Tell us in the comments!

––Cherie Gough