April 22nd is Earth Day, and as a state that is filled with environmental enthusiasts, we tend to go above and beyond to give back to Mother Earth. This year, “Heal the Bay” is organizing a Santa Monica beach cleanup that will take place this upcoming Saturday, April 15th.

This “Nothin’ but Sand Cleanup,” runs from 10 a.m. to noon on the north side of the Santa Monica Pier. All cleanup participants will be given free admission to the Aquarium, which opens at 11 a.m. that day, making this a great way to get your little ones involved and interested in keeping the environment clean.

And in addition to teaching your kiddos, you could potentially learn a thing or two. That’s because, while cleaning the beach, you will also learn about environmental threats and how residents and the city can protect the ocean from pollution and debris.  

According to the Marine Debris Database the most five commonly picked up items during a beach cleanup are cigarette butts, Styrofoam items, plastic lids, plastic straws, and food wrappers. All of which are deadly to sea creatures and hazardous to the environment, but simply taking one afternoon to cleanup the beach, you are saving countless lives.

If you aren’t available to participate on Saturday, but still want a fun way to teach your children about the importance of Earth Day then swing by the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on April 22. There will be special activities throughout the day to commemorate the official day to celebrate our planet, including story time, wildlife stations and crafts. At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., you can also join us for “Who Pollutes?” which is an interactive lesson in keeping our waterways and oceans healthy.

The Aquarium is open the regular hours of 12:30 to 5 p.m. and admission will be free on Earth Day courtesy of The Albright!

Below is a schedule of the Earth Day Events!



1:00-4:00pm – Wildlife Observation Station (West End of Pier – next to Harbor Patrol)


1:00pm – “Who Pollutes” Presentation


2:00pm – Story Time and live animal presentation


3:00pm – “Who Pollutes” Presentation (repeat)