Saturday, July 25, 2009

Aquarium Day 2

Day two of our trip to the aquarium started off with Lily getting up VERY early....and waking everyone else up very early too. Instead of just hanging out in the hotel room until the aquarium opened, Jeff decided to head over to the Bass Pro Shop that was right next to the hotel. (Picture sighs of boredom from me and cheering from the boys.) The kids thought this waterfall was really cool.

They also found a shooting game that they tried out.

Then it was finally time to go to the aquarium. The reason why we went for two days was because we wanted to be there in the morning to feed the turtles and stingrays. It is on a first come first serve basis, so by the afternoon, all of the food is gone and we knew it would be gone by the time we got there on Wednesday.
We started with the turtles first. They gave the kids little poles with clothespins on them to put strips of carrots in.

The other animals you can feed are the stingrays. They have two tanks of stingrays. One were you can touch them and one where you can just look at them and feed them. To feed the stingrays, the kids got poles with a little hook on the end where they could attach shrimp. The stingrays loved it, they swam right up and snatched the shrimp out!

We touched the sharks and stingrays again and then we looked at some of the exhibits we missed the day before.

Riley LOVED this octopus!

They had a whole room full of sharks. It was a big tunnel where you could watch the sharks swimming. The picture below is of baby sharks.

There was a man showing the kids a shark jaw. He told the boys to see if they could open their mouths that wide.

On the first day, Zach found Nemo right away, but he couldn't find Dory.
Finally, at the end of the second day, he found her!

When it was time to go, the boys decided it would be funny to pose with the alligator one more time......this time with their heads IN the alligators mouth......I have some goofy boys. =)

Then it was time to head home. It was a fun trip to the aquarium!

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