Aquarium Takes on Caine’s Cardboard Challenge With Imaginative Exhibit December 8

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Caines Arcade at the Long Beach Aquarium

Cain Monroy inspired people everywhere with his cardboard arcade. Photo by Nirvan Mullick – Imagination Foundation

Nine-year-old Caine Monroy and the Imagination Foundation are joining with the Aquarium of the Pacific to encourage children to use cardboard and their creativity to create solutions that allow people to live in harmony with Southern California’s urban ocean. Inspired by the Caine’s Global Cardboard Challenge, the cardboard exhibit created by Aquarium participants will be on display in institution’s Great Hall on December 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earlier this year, Caine created an arcade out of cardboard in his father’s used auto parts store in East Los Angeles. He dreamed of having customers, but people would not stop to play. One day he caught the attention of Nirvan Mullick, his first customer who happened to be a filmmaker. Nirvan created an eleven-minute YouTube video about Caine’s Arcade in April 2012. It became a viral sensation, stirring national media attention and inspiring kids around the world to make cardboard creations of their own. The response resulted in launching the Imagination Foundation with a mission to foster creativity and entrepreneurship in more kids like Caine. 

Participants in the Cardboard Challenge were encouraged to use their imaginations and, of course, cardboard to create solutions that will help people in Southern California solve big city problems related to the ocean. Population growth, traffic, commerce, pollution, and fishing are all parts of living in a coastal city like Los Angeles. These realities must be met while also reducing our impacts on the amazing ocean life found right off the coast. Blue whales, dolphins, sea lions, fish, crabs, lobsters, and other marine animals use our ocean and are coming in conflict with people more and more frequently.

The Aquarium of the Pacific asked children to use their creativity to produce a cardboard representation of something that could help solve a problem faced off the Southern California coast. Aquarium visitors will be able to view the results of the cardboard challenge on December 8.

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. For more information call (562) 590-3100 or visit


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