Curious kids bravely stuck their hands to feel the slippery seaweed and sea critters floating inside buckets of water.
The Central Coast Aquarium held an outdoor aquarium event for community members Saturday to give families a chance to interact with marine life.
Guests could see a sharks and stingrays exhibit and take park in experiments with mammal bones and seaweed.
Several Cal Poly students volunteered at the event to teach marine science to attendees.
The director of science and education at the aquarium says aquarium employees are working hard to get their indoor exhibits up and running again.
"We noticed that the kids that are coming to visit are really eager to learn and they seem to really be missing the opportunity to learn about the ocean and we are really excited to bring at least a part of our aquarium outdoors to the public," said Ande Fieber, the Director of Science and Education at the aquarium.
The Central Coast Aquarium has not yet planned next Saturday's outdoor event.