Education & Awareness
The Two Oceans Aquarium has had a dedicated children’s playcentre since it opened its doors in 1995. It has been a place of entertainment and ocean education for Aquarium members, visitors and school children alike. Many visitors know our puppets by name, and eagerly anticipate what craft they can do in the centre. Over the years, the team that works in the playcentre has developed into a trained team of puppet show performers and Early Childhood Development (ECD) educators. In addition, six themed puppet shows are on offer, each with a specific environmental message that teaches children about nature and our impact.
Our Head of ECD, Marguerite Venter, has turned these beloved puppet shows into books, which means that the story can be taken back home. Teachers Jerome, Rafee’ah and Liziwe perform our puppet shows daily to day visitors and school groups in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Our six fun and educational puppet shows can now be enjoyed by children in their school. We can link up with your theme at school, whether it is about wetlands or plastic pollution, our puppet shows are designed to educate young minds with the help of our specially designed, one-of-a-kind puppets. We have Thalie and Geo, who narrate our stories, featuring various animals, such as Sally the Seal, Balo the Clownfish and Tinks the Tortoise. The puppets take the children on a journey of discovery and often lead to excited and interactive interactions from the children.
We also incorporate song and games, which emphasise the themes of our puppet stories. Included in our visit is story time, as all of our puppet shows now have dedicated books, which are included in your booking. Teachers Aisha, Wafiqah and Siphokazi bring our stories to life and can offer them in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
These classes form part of our school visits or mobile puppet show. For our on-site COVID-19 regulations, please see below.
COVID-19 and school group visits
We want to make sure your visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium is a safe one.
- Upon arrival, all group members will be screened before entry
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Our staff will also wear masks and adhere to social distancing regulations
- Hand sanitising stations can be found throughout the Aquarium
- Your group will be split into smaller groups during your walk-through of the Aquarium
- For our educational activities in the classroom, a maximum of 25 children will be allowed to adhere to social distancing regulations
- Our classrooms will be sanitised after a group has experienced one of our activities
- No eating or drinking is allowed inside the Aquarium
Book an aquarium puppet show visit
Please fill in the below form if you would like to bring your school to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, and to include a puppet show in your visit. Our puppet shows are suited for children from 6 months to 9 years old.
Book a Mobile Puppet Show
Please fill in the below form if you would like us to visit your school. Our visit includes a puppet show and a puppet stories book for each child. Our puppet shows are suited for children from 6 months to 9 years old.
I Love Turtles
Hatch the Turtle still has a lot to learn about the world. On his way to the ocean, he meets Tinks the Tortoise. Together they learn about the differences between turtles and tortoises, but danger lurks as Tinks is stalked by Edgar the Eagle. Also meet Bella the wise old mommy turtle as she saves Hatch from marine debris.
Keep the Beach Clean
Sally the Seal mistakes a plastic bag for a squid and eats it. Meet Sally’s friends as they try to help her get the plastic bag out of her throat. The story not only has a happy ending, but also includes an important environmental message.
I Live Smart
Beauty and her friend Geo love spending time in nature. Join them on an adventurous visit to the Two Oceans Aquarium. Meet interesting sea creatures like clownfish, sharks, penguins and seals while learning about living smartly (saving water & electricity, biodiversity and waste).
My Wild Pets
In My Wild Pets, Beauty and Geo go on their latest adventure as they learn about the differences between pets and wild animals; about how to love, respect and care for all animals. We also learn about sea stars as we meet a sea star who journeys from the ocean to the Aquarium and in doing so becomes an ocean ambassador.
Water Cycle Adventure
Water Cycle Adventure follows Geo and his new friend Thalie, as they set off to learn about water. With the help of friends like Sunny the Sun, Fluffy the Cloud and Uncle Mthi the Big Old Tree they learn to appreciate water and make a vital discovery – that the Water Cycle and the Life Cycle are the same!
Wetlands, not Wastelands
In Wetlands, not Wastelands, children once again join characters Geo and Thalie to learn about the animals living in a South African wetland - Otis the Otter, Taahira the Toad and friends all have a message to share about life in the wetland. As always, story-loving Thalie shares a unique tale – of Plucky the Pelican who convinces Plastic Bag to stop being a bully and shows him ways to be more useful and friendly.