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A Day at the Aquarium

This morning was one of those mornings, where I knew we needed to switch gears fast, or it was not going to go well.  I sent out an S.O.S on Facebook, asking for something fun to do with three boys.  The usual options of playgrounds and bouncy places were out because of a broken arm.  Within minutes, a friend from New York suggested the Seattle Aquarium.  The boys liked this idea, so off we went.    It wasn't something that I would have suggested on my own, but the boys wanted to go, so I thought I'd give it another try.  The last time I went, my son was around two, it was a busy Saturday afternoon, and it was frustrating because of the crowds and not being able to get close to anything.  This time, a Monday, we arrived when it opened, and we had a great time. The aquarium does not have any Orcas in captivity (thankfully) but there was an exhibit about them that the boys seemed to love.  It was incredible to see the scale of the dorsal fin in relation to the boys.  The touch ponds were also very popular.I believe that Pixar has forever changed the name of the clown fish.  I heard at least five children run up to the tank saying, "there's Nemo!"There was a play area with dress up clothes, including scuba gear, that the boys enjoyed.  Only they had a different idea for the scuba hoods.  Can you guess what they are?And then we saw a real diver, in the tank, feeding the fish and talking with the children.  My only regret was underestimating how much time we would want to spend at the aquarium.  We weren't really ready to leave yet, but my parking pass was about to expire so we had to go.  On the way back, we stopped and watched a man carving small totem poles..such talent. So there.  I snuck a little more learning into their summer vacation.  And they thought they were just having fun. ;)  I love doing that.  When we got home, I went and found this little treasure of a  book, to just casually leave in the car for their reading pleasure.  I have found that they're not very receptive to any overt suggestions of learning, so I sneak it in where I can. 

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Reader Comments (5)

Ohhh sneaky learning, if only they knew what covert things you were up to ;) It looks like a FUN place for little boys and little ninjas alike. That first photo (an otter?) is SO sdorabley cute.

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

I saw this come up on FB and thought how cool it was that FB helped so quickly and effectively. Great photos!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteradie

Thank you Adie and Steph. That was a fun place to take pictures. : )

July 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterDawn

VERY fun. That ray was amazing. What a great place. A little bit of sugar to make the learning go down. You're so good at taking them places. And they look happy, even as Ninjaz.

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterK

Dear, dear Dawn,

You contribute such richness to your children's everyday experiences. I know you must enjoy it too; bringing so much love and excitment to their lives!

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoris B. Gill

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