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News & Events

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

SEA LIFE Welcomes New Rescued Turtles!

Opens February 22

Get face to flipper with rescued green sea turtles in our new turtle center located inside of SEA LIFE Kansas City. Get up-close and learn their story in February 2019!

The new Sea Turtle Rescue Center will serve as a home to rehabilitated sea turtles that are no longer able to survive in the wild due to injury or other ailments. A new, permanent addition to Kansas City’s aquarium, the center invites visitors of all ages to get face-to-flipper with rescued sea turtles while learning about the threats wild turtles encounter. 

With the help of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center located on Jekyll Island, GA, the first resident of SEA LIFE’s Turtle Rescue Center, Shawny, will find his new home in Kansas City. Shawny was rescued by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center after being found in the wild with a severely injured right flipper that required amputation. Undiscouraged by his injury, Shawny is full of heart, enjoys green peppers and back scratches from his animal care team.

Learn more about the new Sea Turtle Rescue Center. 

Meet a Mermaid

May 2-26

Meet magical mermaids on land and sea! Watch in wonder as mermaids twirl beneath the waves right before your eyes inside SEA LIFE's Ocean Tank. Be sure to stop for an unforgettable photo op with your new finned friends!

Become an Underwater Superhero

June-July, 2019

Are you stronger than an octopus? Faster than a shark? Test your own spectacular skills against our Super 5 sea creatures during these action-packed event days!

SEA LIFE Welcomes Weedy Sea Dragons

A relative of the seahorse and pipefish, these dancing dragons love to swim, twirl, hide and dance along ocean kelp forests and sea beds that they call home. Find these curiously camouflaged creatures at SEA LIFE Kansas City in our new Weedy Exhibit – Now open!  


Native to the southern tip of Australia, weedy sea dragons prefer shallow, cool waters among rocky reefs, kelp and seaweed where they are able to hide themselves using their unique “weedy” appendages. While they spend the majority of their life as solitary creatures, weedy sea dragons are known for their peculiar courtship ritual known as the “mirror dance,” in which pairs swim gracefully together while mirroring each partner’s movements.


Learn more about the weedy sea dragon during a visit to SEA LIFE Kansas City!