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Family Fun during the Holidays at the Tennessee Aquarium

11/6/2013 5:33:24 PM

There's plenty of family fun at the Tennessee Aquarium during Holidays Under the Peaks November 22nd through January 6th.

A pair of macaroni penguins enjoy receiving gifts during the holidays.

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Enjoy Fins and Family “Together Time” at the Tennessee Aquarium
Holidays Under the Peaks November 22nd – January 6th
Chattanooga, Tenn. (November 6, 2013) – You probably know that a group of fish is called a school. But did you know that a group of stingrays is called a fever? Frogs? An army. Butterflies? A flutter. And owls? A parliament! Whatever you call your group of loved ones, the holidays are a great time to spend with them at the Tennessee Aquarium.
Guests are invited to meet a waddle of penguins, a shiver of sharks or a smack of jellyfish during Holidays Under the Peaks November 22nd to January 6th.  Aquarium educators and animal experts will deliver daily programs to help connect visitors to some of nature’s most wonderful gifts.
A company of parrots can be found during special scheduled programs in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari along with a menagerie of native and exotic creatures guests may encounter throughout the day. Aquarium educators provide insights into the lives of these often colorful creatures.
People will flock to the River Giants exhibit when SCUBA Claus makes his underwater appearances alongside some of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. Look for the jolly old elf Saturdays at 11 am and Sundays at 2 pm from November 23rd through December 22nd. (After that he’ll be a pretty busy fella.)

SCUBA Claus at the Tennessee Aquarium

Penguins 3D opens at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater on “Black and White Friday,” November 29th. This new giant screen adventure, written and narrated by David Attenborough, follows a young King Penguin on his quest to find a mate and raise a family. Audiences will fall in love with this epic journey of love and survival in the spectacular scenery of South Georgia Island, the snow-capped oasis that’s home to more than one million penguins and piles of enormous elephant seals.
 An enormous elephant seal with King Penguins

Above: An Elephant Seal surrounded by King Penguins on Gold Harbour © 2013 Paul Williams for nWave Pictures

King Penguins and Chicks on South Georgia Island

Above: King Penguin adults and chicks on Salisbury Plain © 2013 Danny Spencer for nWave Pictures

The Polar Express 3D, another family tradition, also returns to IMAX on November 29th with special showings through December 24th. This magical journey to the North Pole has audiences grasping at snowflakes as a young boy discovers how the wonders of life never fade for those who believe.

 The Polar Express 3D returns to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater
“Holidays Under the Peaks” daily schedule - Nov. 22, 2012 - Jan. 6, 2014
(The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.)

Bird Shows in Ranger Rick’s Backyard Safari (River Journey)
10:45 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm, 12:45 pm, 2:00 pm & 2:15 pm
Penguin Programs
Penguins’ Rock Gallery (Ocean Journey)
10:30 am and 1:30 pm
Interactive Dive Shows
Secret Reef Exhibit (Ocean Journey)
11:00 am, 11:30 am, 2:00 pm & 2:30 pm
Butterfly Releases
Butterfly Garden (Ocean Journey)
10:30 am and 4:00 pm
Additional Diver viewing:
Look for divers in the River Journey Building each day at 11 am and 2 pm.
You’ll see them working in either the Nickajack Lake Exhibit or the River Giants Exhibit.
SCUBA Claus Weekend Dive Schedule November 23rd – December 22nd:
Saturdays at 11 am & Sundays at 2 pm in the River Giants Exhibit
Nov 23-24
Nov 30 – Dec 1
Dec 7 – Dec 8
Dec 14 – 15
Dec 21 - 22

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