Family Days occur on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
On the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented at a student’s level using activities or experiments. We encourage parents to bring their children aboard and experience family-learning and quality time at a reduced cost. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperone. Please note: This special discount is designed for individual ticket sales and not meant to be combined with guided group tours or other museum programs.
2016 Family Days
January 9 Islands of Life:
Learn how platforms in the Gulf of Mexico provide habitats and protection for many
different types of marine animals. Come try your luck at “fishing” around our mock platform for facts about
these artificial habitats.
February 13 Shaving Cream Creations:
Use a common petroleum product (shaving cream?!), food coloring, a toothpick,
and cardstock to create your own marbled art creation. Explore your creative side and make a unique oneof-
a-kind valentine card for your loved one.
March 12 Derrick of Distinction:
“Oil Rigs” can be compared to vehicles: they come in lots of shapes and sizes! Using
unconventional materials (spaghetti, linguine, and marshmallows), compete with other visitors to design,
build, and test your very own model of a derrick. How tall can your distinctive derrick grow, and how much
weight can it support?
April 9 Shrinking Sedi-mints:
Learn about the concepts of mechanical and chemical weathering on rock by using a
special water “source” and a mint. How long will it take to dissolve your “sedi-mint?”
May 14 Rocks and Fossils:
Discover how hydrocarbons are formed from the various processes within every layer of
the Earth, and how certain rocks tell geologists where to look for oil and natural gas. Moving through areas
like the soil, volcanoes, and bodies of water, pretend you are a rock on your own special journey through
the rock cycle. Create a comic strip of your rocky story, or learn about the ABCs of rocks and fossils.
June 11 Off to the Races:
Discover the importance of viscosity and its usefulness to the Industry by being the judge
of a special race between five different tubes of oil. Rank the results and determine what it means for a
tube to win the race!
July 9 Rigs to Reefs:
Learn what happens to platforms when they are no longer used to produce offshore oil and
gas. In some cases, they apply and are accepted into the Rigs to Reef program, where they are converted
into artificial reef habitats. What types of sea creatures call these structures home? Create a Deep Sea
porthole –a unique view of an amazing underwater habitat.
August 13 Needle Through a Balloon:
Learn an amazing trick—almost like magic! A bamboo skewer coated with
petroleum jelly demonstrates the elasticity of polymers when pushed through a balloon. Locate the areas
on the balloon that can be stretched, allowing the skewer to penetrate through the balloon without it
September 10 Life on a Rig:
Step aboard the Ocean Star and learn about the different kinds of offshore structures, what
they do, and who works on them. Come search the museum to learn more about these vehicles at sea--
learn what you would look like as an offshore oil worker, try on safety gear, explore the old control room
and participate in a scavenger hunt during your visit.
October 8 Sources of Energy:
In addition to petroleum, learn about nine other energy sources and how each one is
important to your everyday life. See if you can put together our energy puzzle, and discover how
renewable and non-renewable energy affects your life.
November 12 What’s on your Plate?
The continents of today once formed a large land mass known as Pangaea. Over
time, the spreading of the sea floor and plate tectonics separated the supercontinent and created geologic
formations. Using modeling clay and a special tool, speed up geologic time to see how all of this created
folding and faulting that affects where oil and gas can be found.
December 10 An Offshore Holiday:
The term “Christmas Tree” means something very different in the Oil and Gas
Industry. Come find out what it is while learning about polymer chains. Create a model of a simple carbon
chain, using red and green construction paper—fit for your very own holiday tree!