Mermaid lessons cause a stir in Santa Monica – NBC Los Angeles

What there is to know

  • Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
  • The 45-minute class takes place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. until September 3; open to hotel guests and non-guests, ages 6 and up (“merkids” must be accompanied by an adult over 18)
  • $45.35; reservations required

March might seem like the sirenest month in Southern California, thanks to the fun fact that Ventura Harbor Village celebrates sea superstars in early spring.

But summer is also a prime time for mythical merpeople to shine, thanks to the idea that sun-heated rocks, those close to shore, can be prime spots for these ocean icons to roost.

And if the mermaids can’t find a shore made for sunbathing, they are probably looking for a swimming pool, located fairly close to the beach.

The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel is not far from the Pacific Ocean; the “beach” part of the hotel’s name is pretty clear about its beautiful location.

And to delight budding sirens looking for a fun 45-minute session in the sun? The destination offers a Mermaid Academy every Saturday morning at 10am.

The academy is open to hotel guests as well as non-guests, but each mermaid must secure their reservation in advance, as places are limited at each class.

If your “merkid” wishes to register, he must be at least 6 years old and be accompanied by an adult.

Does your little mermaid need a tail to borrow because yours is at the dry cleaners? Or maybe, since we’re talking mermaids, “wet” cleansers are more appropriate?

The hotel provides loan queues for youngsters, as well as pool towels for all students attending Mermaid Academy. (Adults are welcome to sign up for the Tailless Sessions, which were created for younger kids.)

A sweet touch to this splashy school session? There will be “hidden pool treasures” to watch out for and a “magical mermaid” to lead.

For more details on this explosion near the beach, point your pinball machine over to the hotel’s events page now for all pinball-fun 411.

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