Friday, July 16, 2010

Ripley's Aquarium - Myrtle Beach

preschool corner

While Stephanie hung out at the Convention Center and supported her fellow dancers, Daddy and I took the younger kids to the Ripley's Aquarium.  They have always been big fans of aquariums so we thought this would be a lot of fun for them.

The current exhibit in the New Exhibits Hall was called Lethal Weapons and was about the most deadly sea creatures.  The hall had a lot of interactive exhibits that the kids loved seeing what they would do.
They were fascinated by the extremely venomous Scorpian fish and how they looked just like rocks.
There was a giant model of a Portuguese Man-of-War that Vicki had a good time playing in the tentacles, although Georgie didn't want to go near it.

Looking at the jellies.

Vicki also really liked the Moray eels.  We saw a variety of different ones in various areas of the aquarium.

Georgie's favorite area of the aquarium was the Discovery Area.  There was a touch tank with Horseshoe Crabs.  Neither kid stood still long enough to actually touch them although Vicki did dip her hands in the water.

There was a replica of a shipwrecked pirate ship that both kids liked climbing around.

The Dangerous Reef tunnel was a lot of fun with the sharks and rays swimming all around, including over our heads.

The Saw-toothed shark was very interesting looking.

Another type of Moray eel.

And a Sandbar Shark.
Vicki was excited to see Nemo (clown fish)....
and Dory (blue tang).
Georgie was able to get a close up look at an octopus.
The sea dragons were very bizarre looking.
The Ray Bay was fascinating especially when they swam up the glass for a good view of their underside.
Our last stop was at the ray touch tank.  A diver lead a ray around close to the edge so it was easy to reach in and touch them.
The Ripley's aquarium was a lot of fun to visit.  There was room for the kids to run around and explore (important with these two) as well as lots of educational opportunities.

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