Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is teaming up with Cirque du Soleil to give kids from disadvantaged neighborhoods a chance to learn about the ocean and how to protect it.

Cirque du Soleil is sponsoring field trips to the Pier Aquarium for five schools in February. Cirque’s funding will also allow the aquarium to feature free general admission every Sunday throughout the month.

To kick off the partnership, characters from “OVO,” Cirque du Soleil’s new show about the world of insects, will be at the aquarium to meet some of its crustaceans, the aquatic counterpart of insects.

The event will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m, and is open to the general public.

For more information, visit www.healthebay.org.

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