Festival of Human Abilities January 26-27, 2019 celebrating the creative abilities of people with disabilities at The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Rollettes Photo Credit: Tiffany Brito

Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of Jan. 26-27, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations.

 At the Festival of Human Abilities, visitors can watch performances and learn unique adaptive skills taught by artists and other experts with disabilities. Featured at the festival are hip-hop wheelchair dancers, a sign language choir, a singer who is blind and has autism, a guitarist who is blind, and other inspiring performing artists.

Along with these music and dance performances, the Aquarium will feature art demonstrations and displays, including mouth-stick art by local artists with disabilities. DiveHeart will present adaptive SCUBA demonstrations to show that people of all abilities can enjoy this therapeutic sport.

A variety of free creative workshop classes will be held on site, lasting thirty to forty-five minutes per session. Participants will have the opportunity to learn to sing in sign language, create wheelchair art, paint a hat, and try hip-hop wheelchair dancing. All major programming will have sign language interpreters for guests who are deaf, and the Aquarium will provide visitor guides in braille and audio tours for guests who are blind.

 HONOREE:    The Aquarium will present the Glenn McIntyre Heritage Award to Dat Nguyen on Saturday, January 26, at 3:10 p.m. Nguyen is the co-founder of a nonprofit organization focused on the Vietnamese community and dedicated to raising awareness of the capabilities of people with disabilities. A musician who is blind, Nguyen is a founding participant in and helped create the Festival of Human Abilities.

 WHEN:      Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

COST:      $29.95 adult (12+), $26.95 senior (62+), $17.95 child (3-11), and free to kids age three and under and members.

 SPONSOR:         Courtyard Marriott Long Beach Downtown.


INFO:      (562) 590-3100 or http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/festival_of_human_abilities/

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a family 4 pack of tickets! Tickets are good for one day only. To enter leave us a comment below! One winner will randomly be selected. Deadline to enter is January 22nd, 2019 at noon PST.


Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific. SoCal City Kids will randomly select a winner for the giveaway. 


  1. This would be a great opportunity! Thank you.

  2. We love going to the aquarium! My daughter would live there if she could 🙂

  3. The aquarium is amazing.

  4. The Festival of Human Abilities seems very inspiring. A good event to take especially kids with disabilities!

  5. Congrats Winnie!

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