Summer Education Via Aquarium Of The Pacific

Last week, Angry Kid and I took a little morning trip to Long Beach to visit the Aquarium of The Pacific.  We were invited to a special event in the morning before the Aquarium opened. It was quite difficult to get up in the morning but we made it in time. I was quite excited to be able to enjoy the aquarium with no crowds.

This was not our first time to The Aquarium of The Pacific.  We had been Annual Member Passholders for a few years.  We got a little burnt out. This is what happens when you go to a place too much. We also used to have a 125 gallon fish tank, and I think my husband misses it too much. Every time Angry Husband goes to the Aquarium, he wants another salt water tank.

I was looking forward to this visit to The Aquarium of The Pacific especially because Angry Kid is really into science right now, even marine biology.

Aquarium SilhouetteEven though I have like the most awesome DSLR camera, I chose to use my iPhone for photographs. Honestly, it can become quite difficult photographing aquariums because there is a wicked glare on the acrylic. And I was chasing after my son. Even though Angry Kid is six years old, he still gets over excited at things.

Because Angry Kid is getting ready to start school again, I thought that I would make this adventure a bit more educational. Of course, seeing pretty sea life is educational, but I wanted to incorporate some learning into this agenda.

While we were at the Aquarium, I had Angry Kid:

  1. Read the sign to EVERY exhibit, and also other information if there was more to read.
  2. Discuss the exhibit, fish, creature with me.
  3. Participate in the “touch tanks”. I had him feel the plants and other marine creatures. Angry Kid also asked the employees/volunteers questions at each exhibit.
  4. Teaching, Angry Kid did some educating of his own. He is pretty sharp and knowledgeable at his age. He told smaller children about the specific fish, etc. It was soo cute to see this.

Aquarium of The Pacific, Summer 2011It was a perfect morning adventure and we were able to enjoy the Aquarium and get out of there before it got too hot outside. Angry Kid is ready to go back again. I think we might be renewing our annual membership soon. Angry Husband actually told me that he missed going there.

I was looking at The Aquarium of The Pacific’s website today, and saw a ton of Upcoming Events that they are holding. They have some great Discounted Summer Nights, and Shark Lagoon Nights, which I know my son would love. And if I didn’t have plans already, the Photographer’s Night, on September 25, 2011 looks amazing. I could probably solve my camera glare issues if I attended those workshops.

Disclosure: I was invited to The Aquarium of The Pacific for a special mom blogging event. I was provided tickets. All opinions are mine. And the pictures were taken with my iPhone4, seriously. I used the ShakeItPhoto app to provide the antique look to my photographs.

7 comments
Alissa Circle
Alissa Circle

We too Katelyn for her second birthday and she loved it! I need to take her back now that both the kids are a little older. Maybe you and Angry Kid can come and read the signs to us. hehe Great pictures.

Casey
Casey

A phone? Come on. This place looks cool. Bookmarking it for when we venture up north. We'll be at Disney on Thursday/Friday. Did yall renew your passes? I'm thinking you did not, but have to check!

Lee-Ann
Lee-Ann

What a great outing! I'm so excited we are getting an aquarium in Toronto, though we have wait 2 more years for it to be done! We will be lined up to get in though! :)

Jenn
Jenn

I really should VISIT the Aquarium sometime! Given I've lived in OC or LA for the last (way to many) years, I really have no excuse!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Very nice. I've been wanting to take my kids there but haven't done it yet.

hilljean
hilljean

That looks so fun!I think you did a great job with the photos!

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