Read to Reef
Baltimore-area students in fifth grade or younger with a Pratt Library card can earn free admission to the Aquarium by joining the Read to Reef Book Club, a reading program in partnership with the National Aquarium.
How to Participate
Borrow, read, or listen to someone read any five aquatic- or conservation-themed books and record them on your Read to Reef bookmark. You can also register and track your progress online with Beanstack.
Reserve Your Tickets
Once you have read and logged five books, you can reserve up to four admission tickets to The National Aquarium.
Reserve your tickets at aqua.org/read-tickets, or learn more about Read to Reef and other community programs at aqua.org/read. All guests must reserve their visit date and entry time in advance online using the reservation portal.
To reserve your timed entry slot, use the code printed on the bottom of your Read to Reef bookmark. This code can only be used once to redeem four tickets of admission. Children two years old and younger do not require tickets, and if you do not use all four tickets in your transaction they are forfeited and cannot be used on a separate day.
Bookmarks are subject to availability while supplies last and expire on January 15, 2024.
Blackout dates for the fall season are November 23, 2023, and December 25, 2023.
For more specifics and details, see the Aquarium website.
Meet the Author
Join us for a special event to meet author Stephen Bramucci on October 16 and celebrate the release of Race for the Ruby Turtle, a heartfelt middle grade eco-adventure story full of friendship and self-discovery. Participants will receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last.
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