Aquarium Adventures: Sea Life Grapevine
Once upon a time, I gave Phil a birthday present of a membership to the Sea Life aquarium in Minneapolis. We used to go a lot, often on a Friday evening, just to wander and watch all the cool fish and animals. Our favorite fish was the arapaima, a giant South American fish. Given our history of aquariums, I was surprised to realize we hadn’t taken Jaye since we moved to Texas and she’d actually be aware of what was happening. So last night, Phil and Jaye and I headed to the Sea Life Grapevine aquarium to check it out!
We started our tour of the aquarium with a little media preview of the Turtle Fest events happening at Sea Life from Friday May 23 through Friday May 30th. May 23rd is World Turtle Day, so the big exhibit Sea Life Grapevine is featuring right now is all about their sea turtles and the efforts they are taking to rescue sea turtles. We got to watch a trainer behind the scenes work with one of the turtles, who has been trained to follow a green target so that the aquarium can check on her and make sure she stays healthy! Did you know sea turtles love to eat lettuce and green peppers?
The next area we explored was the touch pools. Jaye loved touching the starfish. There was also a playground climbing area (socks required!) with tubes and slides nearby, but we stayed focused on the fish and sea animals.
My favorite was the octopus. While we were there, Jaye had so much fun in this little area with a cave next to a tank of sharks. She loved running through the cave and then up some steps where you could view the same shark tank from above. She did that route all by herself at least 10 times. Then she started reenacting her board book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” using the cave.
We had a really fun night at the Sea Life Grapevine aquarium. I’m sure Jaye is going to be asking to go back soon. If you’re planning a trip to Sea Life, check out their website first, it’s usually cheaper to buy tickets online before you head out.
Oh my – look at that grin!! Thats how you know a kid had a GREAT time!Looks like an awesome place!
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We have yet to make it out there to check this out, but it looks like a great time! I’m adding it to our summer bucket list, it will be perfect when the temperatures are super duper hot this summer!
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Sweet memories being made! SeaLife is one of my favorite local places….and I love that it isn’t so big. So great for little ones!
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We seriously love visiting Sea Life…it is so fun! It’s a great place for kids, too.
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I am really hoping to take my nieces and nephews out to the Sea Life aquarium. I think this would be such a fun experience for them. The starfishes would probably be my favorite!
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It’s so awesome to get to touch the starfish!
Sea Life is always so relaxing and the kids have a ball. It seems like we always see something new and of course we all have our “favorites”. Such a great place for a family outing.
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It is relaxing, you’re right! The cool dim rooms, especially the jellyfish one just feel so calm!
Looks fun! I’ve been before and had a blast there. And by the way, little Jaye is SO ADORABLE.