We used to have an annual pass to the aquarium and LOVED going there quite regularly... the kids never got bored and between their 3-D theater, play area, shark tank, hands on exhibits, etc. we would spend the entire day there at least once a month. Since our pass expired we haven't been back in awhile and heard that there was a new Asia area that has opened up this year and were thrilled when the aquarium agreed to host us for a day.
We got there right as they opened at 10 am sharp... along with what felt like a dozen buses full of elementary school kids on fields trips. I thought we'd be avoiding the crowds by going early, turns out you want to arrive after lunch to avoid most of the bigger groups. To sort of get away from the crowds we headed straight upstairs to the new exhibit and found a little more space to spread out and look at all the exhibits.
My 3-year-old has been obsessed with leopards for the past couple months since his church teacher gave him a small leopard stuffed animal. Thus he was THRILLED to discover that there is a leopard in the Asia section and not just water animals. Another favorite was the otters... they always to be more active than other animals on display and so the kids really enjoy watching them interact with their environment.
After we wandered through the Asian exhibit for awhile we made our way back to all the other exhibits as well and got to see all of our old favorites as well.
They also had all new movies showing in their 3-D theater and the shows are including in the price of your admission, so we didn't have to worry about paying extra. However, they did allow a photo printing company to come in and set up a booth right inside the aquarium. So as we entered they took a picture of our family in front of green screen and then on our way out the door we could see ourselves set in various surroundings, which the kids thought was the greatest thing ever. Those did cost extra... $20 for the basic package and $30 for the upgrade with includes a bonus hologramish picture and a downloadable digital copy.
This week they also have their entire facility decorated for Halloween. We've gone in years past and the kids got a huge kick out of it. Not only are there cute decorations, but a bunch of employees spread out throughout the aquarium and the kids can trick-or-treat their way through all the exhibits. I love Halloween and I'll take any excuse to attend another themed activity with the kids wearing those cute costumes!
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