Thursday, April 9, 2015

Adventure Aquarium!

Last week, we had a fabulous outing to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.  It was maybe not my best idea to go on Good Friday... since everyone else apparently had the same idea.  But, Grams and I persevered and the girls had a great time.

Here were the girls' top picks:

Kyra: Our KiKi JoJo went crazy for just about everything at the aquarium ("fish! pengin!  big!"), but her top picks seemed to be the penguins ("simming!"), the starfish ("I touch!") and the jellyfish ("fish!")... unlike Chloe, she did not really care for the fossil/skeleton displays that were scattered throughout ("tuttle scary!").  More on those in a minute...

Amber: Although Amber loved the animals, she told me her favorite part was playing in the kids' area.  There was a boat to drive, drums to play, and more.  She was giggling the whole time and really loved it.

Chloe: Chloe is our adventurous girl.  She said that her favorite part was the faux shark cage, where everyone steps into a cage and footage of a shark is played as if the shark is hitting your cage and swimming around and trying to bite you.  She also is crazy for the shark tunnel and likes to pet the stingrays.  This great photo was taken just as a stingray swam up and splashed Kyra and Amber.  Chloe loved it!

 Chloe was also wild for the Dinosaurs of the Deep exhibit which featured life size replicas of "prehistoric monsters."  We were a little confused at first that these replicas were sprinkled throughout the aquarium, rather than having everything in one exhibit area.  I actually thought that worked out really well.  As I mentioned, Kyra wasn't a fan of the fossil replicas, although she really liked the live-looking ones.  (We passed under one that was HUGE and she said, "ohhh." I responded, "It's so big, I can't believe it!"  She said, "So big... believe it!")  The fact that it was all spaced out made it easy to re-direct her if she saw something she didn't like.

Overall, it was a really terrific day - Mommy and Grams were suitably exhausted at the end.  :-)

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