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Newport Aquarium To Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Jim Henson Experience

Newport Aquarium

The Newport Aquarium marks 20 years in 2019 and it's celebrating with the help of a popular PBS children's show. Jim Henson's Splash and Bubbles Reeftown Adventure is scheduled to open in January.The aquarium says in a statement the Reeftown Adventure is the first in a "year of surprises including new exhibits, animals, events and more."

The new space, based on the ocean-themed PBS show, will be between the Frog Bog and Stingray Hideaway, giving kids a chance to play on a coral reef and other environments from the television program. Children can learn about ocean conservation, play hands-on games, and become a Reeftown Ranger.

"We're inviting our youngest visitors to explore the undersea world of Splash and Bubbles where they can start learning about animals and conservation," says Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium's executive director. "Our goal is to show that exploring and learning about the ocean is so much fun."

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