News & Events

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


February 24

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium presents, CLAWS! NOW OPEN!

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!

Included in regular admission price.


News & Events

Spring Break Extended Hours

Please note, we will be extending our hours to open daily at 9:00am on March 11-25. For the complete schedule of our operational hours, see below.

March 11-25: Spring Break Hours

Monday - Thursday: Open at 9am, last ticket sold at 5pm*, attraction close at 7pm. 
Friday - Saturday: Open at 9am, last ticket sold at 6pm*, attraction close at 8pm. 
Sunday: Open at 9am, last ticket sold at 5pm*, attraction close at 7pm. 

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! 

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.