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A Special Day at the Aquarium

Today Gracen and I were very lucky to be part of a group of blogging mamas {and kiddos} invited down to the Vancouver Aquarium for a special morning.  

IMG 3340IMG 3343IMG 3344It’s no secret that we adore our local aquarium, and this visit was even more fun as we got to mingle with friends while following our very own tour guide.  After making our way to some of the very cool Luminescence exhibits and some of the regular favourites (the giant sea turtles, penguins, and sea otters), we prepared for one of the really special events – a 4D theatre experience.

IMG 3347The feature film was a 19 minute version of The Polar Express, and though I was super excited to try out the whole 4D experience myself, I was definitely nervous about how my sensitive little lady would react. Just to be safe, I selected an aisle seat right next to the emergency exit, made sure Grae was on my lap, and explained {as best I could} what the experience would be like.  

All in all, it turned out okay. She was definitely nervous in some parts and was not at all a fan of being sprayed with water, but at the same time, she didn’t want to leave the theatre either.  While I’d probably wait a little while before taking her to another 4D film, I must say, it was pretty amazing. 

IMG 3353After The Polar Express, we all gathered around the Pacific Canada Pavillion to await the arrival of the jolly old fellow in the red suit.

IMG 3366IMG 3379It seems he had carelessly dropped his jingle bells in the tank and therefore needed to hop in and search for them…

IMG 3380Luckily, with a very excited audience cheering him on, he found his bells and all was right in the world again.  ☺

As always, we had a lovely time at the aquarium and can’t wait to go back again soon.  
If you’re looking for a wonderfully unique gift for someone in the Lower Mainland, I highly recommend an aquarium membership.  They pay for themselves in just two visits and allow for an unlimited number of admissions for an entire year.  For more information on gifting a Vancouver Aquarium membership, click here.

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Aquarium Visit

Today, Miss G and I met up with our good friends Cheri and Jaiden for a little play date at the aquarium.  The girls are so sweet together that it just melts my heart.  Here’s our morning in photos…

IMG 8708Jellyfish.

IMG 8715“Big fishie!”

IMG 8722Friends.

IMG 8729Dolphin watching.

IMG 8738Dolphin Grae.

IMG 8736Dolphin talk.
IMG 8742Perhaps this will lure them over?
IMG 8746Arm painting.
IMG 8750“Mama! Grae Grae penguin on arm!”
IMG 8751Penguin puppet.
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Although I really wanted to take Gracen to the members only penguin premier last week, events that start at 5:30 p.m. don’t really work for our 6:30 p.m. to bed gal.  But that’s okay.  I’ll happily skip evening events order to continue having a little lady that sleeps 12 hours through the night and another 2 during the day any day of the week.  In our house, a well-rested munchkin equals a happy mama.  We meant to get to the aquarium the day after the premier, but play dates and days-too-gorgeous-to-not-spend-at-the-beach got in our way.  We finally made it there this morning though, and let me tell you, the penguins are ridiculously cute.  They even wear beaded bracelets around their flippers. The penguin show was good {from what I could hear over the audience chatter} and the new habitat is pretty cool, albeit smaller and less grand than what I was expecting.  Gracen’s favourite part was a little kids’ area they had set up in a corner where they were offering penguin bingo sheets and mini pencils.  The only thing I was a little disappointed about was the fact that there is no seating or standing area where children can see the penguins when they’re up on the rock area of their environment (which is where they were both times we visited). Of course, you can just hold them up for a better view, but it makes for tired arms and a lack of good photo opportunities if you’re the only parent accompanying your child.  A little inconvenient, but not a deal breaker.  We enjoyed seeing the penguins enough to stop by twice during our visit and will definitely be back again. IMG 3382IMG 3374IMG 3379IMG 3404

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