“AquaFest will feature dozens of activities this year for the whole family and is mainly geared to entertain children, so we encourage parents to load the kids up for an affordable experience,” said Dana Daniel, chairperson of AquaFest and board of directors member for the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor.
Guests of AquaFest will be in for a treat with live water demos and educational exhibits from the U.S. Coast Guard, TAMUCC and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Children can try their luck at the Kid Fish and Ping Pong Toss. The weekend will also offer Wheel of Fortune, face painting and a lollipop tree.
The festival will also offer a dunking booth, featuring Mayor C.J. Wax with the City of Rockport, Mayor Jimmy Kendrix from Town of Fulton and Tommy Moore with the Navigation District and the local Sharks Swim Team.
Not only will there be a raffle for a fishing trip, Aquafest boasts a long list of items that include framed art, jewelry, a night in Rockport and dinner for two, an airboat tour, shopping spree and a membership to the USS Lexington on the Bay. The silent auction will feature a wide variety of items for pet lovers and Texas A&M University fans, as well as artwork, gift baskets, home décor, health and beauty items, just to name a few.
Families may also try their skills against one another at the Rubber Ducky Regatta, ShishkaBall, TP Toss and Giant Jenga on both days of the festival.
The entertainment lineup will feature the Scott Taylor Band, an Aqua Puppet Show and other live bands, including Tripp Hunt, Big C Band, Mark Williams Band and more. The festival will also have food and drink vendors, as well as a variety of booths for some unique shopping.
If guests have never made it to the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor for a tour, they will get the opportunity to take a break from the sun and stroll through the Aquarium’s exhibits featuring hundreds of creatures from the sea. Don’t miss the Birthday Celebration for the Aquarium’s most famous and prized Honeycomb Morey eel, Marley, on Saturday at 2 p.m. inside the Aquarium. Marley was a gift to the Aquarium from a Rockport resident and he is the only specimen inside the Aquarium that is not of the native bay waters. He’s known to show off when guests are around and loves the company.
Saturday at 9 a.m., gear up for the Gnarly Marley 5K Run and 2 Mile Walk. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt and free admission to AquaFest. The race will kick off at the Aquarium and is $20 each.
Admission to AquaFest is $2 each person, per day. Children ages 2 and under are free. Enjoy free parking at the festival all weekend. For more information about AquaFest and the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, visit www.rockportaquarium.com or call (361) 727-0016.