welcome to the back bay science center

Did you know every Sunday, you can visit the back bay science center for a FREE community day! They are open from 10am-2pm and the kids will love it!

What can you do there?

Tide pool touch tanks

Touch and feel pools for kids

First, you can visit the outside touch tanks where the kids can learn, see, and touch real ocean animals! They have star fish Sea anemones, crabs, nurse sharks and sting rays!

Touching star fish
touching crabs

The teaching lab

Learn inside

Then you can enter inside the building to the learning room. You’ll find all sorts of fun things to learn, small artifacts, an octopus, sharks, jelly fish, and lots of other fun marine animals! You can even watch them feed them. 


I loved that it was quite and not crowded so the kids could really get up close and ask all the questions they wanted! This was such a cool learning experience.

Jelly Fish
Fossils and artifacts
Inside learning area

Bird Watch


The kids can learn how to use binoculars and practice looking for birds and leaning about the different types we have at the bay!

Go on a hike or nature walk

Back Bay

The back bay is a beautiful place to explore. They have nesting birds and an abundance of wild life! I love when I find something the kids enjoy outdoors. They can learn and explore and take a step away from all of the material things we get so accustomed to. 

This FREE activity at the back bay science center (BBBC) is a Sunday well spent!

back bay

How do you get there?

Located right off Jamboree at 

600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach, California 

What to bring?

The facility at the back bay science center has bathrooms on site and plenty of areas to wash your hands. Bring closed toed shoes and sunscreen if its a warm day! Parking is Free and admission is Free. No reservations are required 🙂

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