Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has a day’s worth of fun, educational activities planned to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 18. All who participate in a beach cleanup first are rewarded with free admission for the festivities.

The Aquarium’s Earth Day celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A presentation in the Dorothy Green Room at 12 p.m., “Who Pollutes?” is a lively lesson for all ages — and is repeated at 3 p.m.; a special puppet show at 2 p.m. will highlight our coastal Marine Protected Areas with colorful puppets and a playful storyline; and visitors who walk to the west end of the Pier will find a wildlife station, staffed and stocked with binoculars and bird identification guides. Face painting, a crafts station and a display of bottle cap art — on loan from the City of Santa Monica’s Resource Recovery and Recycling Department — will round out the presentations in the Aquarium.

Heal the Bay’s monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup takes place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park, 2600 Barnard Way. Volunteers must be 13 years old or accompanied by an adult. As part of Heal the Bay’s Zero Waste initiative, participants are asked to bring their own buckets, gloves and reusable water bottles. Learn more at www.healthebay.org/blogs-news/oceans-earth-month-events-heal-bay.

For those who have to miss the cleanup, admission to the Aquarium is just $5 for everyone 13 or older; everyone under 13 is admitted free with a paying adult. More information is available at (310) 393-6149.

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