The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of California's world-class attractions, and gets its share of visitors from our area. In your coming travels, you might add these special events to the itinerary:
"The Jellies Experience," showing now: The popular 16-species jellyfish exhibit has taken new twists with the addition of six new hands-on interactive galleries. For instance, visitors can now "swim" with jellyfish, and create their own electronic jellies and set them adrift in a virtual aquarium.
"DÃa del NiÃ±o/Day of the Child," April 22: The 11th annual event will feature mariachi bands, performances by Grammy-nominated Perla Batalla, a special crafts-making room, and free admission for children 12 and younger.
"Cooking For Solutions," May 18-20: This is the big one - a "culinary extravaganza" - three days of food from 70 restaurants and wine from 60 wineries. Featured will be sustainable-seafood dishes from celebrity chefs, chef-hosted special breakfasts (one led by Carla Hall, co-host of TV's "The Chew"), cooking demonstrations, tastings, hands-on activities, seminars and more.
Among the award-winning celebrity chefs-restaurateurs will be Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill), Michael Chiarello (Bottega) and Charles Phan (Slanted Door). Ticketing is by event.
World Ocean Day weekend, June 9-10: Special activities and exhibits will mark the global celebration of the "amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of the planet." Emphasis will be on how to keep our oceans healthy.
The aquarium is on historic Cannery Row in Monterey. Its mission is "to inspire conservation of the oceans." For ticketing and more information: (831) 648-4800, www.montererybayquarium.org.