Read to Reef

Read to Reef Book Club and the National Aquarium

Baltimore area students in fifth grade or younger can earn free admission to the Aquarium by joining the Read to Reef Book Club, a reading program in partnership with the National Aquarium. 

Due to COVID-19, the Spring 2020 session of Read to Reef has been extended. Participating children will now have through September 30, 2020 to complete the program and visit the Aquarium.

Step 1: Get a Bookmark

Baltimore area children in fifth grade and younger may request a Read to Reef bookmark by mail. Call one of the Pratt Library Sidewalk Service locations, provide your child’s library card number and address, and the bookmarks will be mailed to you. Bookmarks can be requested through July 24, while supplies last. 

Step 2: Get Reading!

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 pick up library books in person with Sidewalk Service, or browse eBooks in our Digital Library

Step 3: Reserve Your Tickets

The National Aquarium is reopening on July 1, with social distancing and other safety procedures in place. All guests must reserve their visit date and entry time in advance online using the reservation portal, which will launch on June 25 at aqua.org/read. Blackout dates are Saturdays in July and August, and Labor Day weekend (September 5-7, 2020), you will not be able to use your Reed to Reef tickets on these days. 

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. 

Before your visit, please review the National Aquarium’s updated protocols and procedures in response to COVID-19 before you arrive on-site.