I know, it’s been a while, but I am back with this post about our visit to the New England Aquarium. This one is long due considering we visited the aquarium more than 6 months back.
Aquarium visits are always fun. This post is about our visit to the New England Aquarium a must if you are visiting Boston. It has been long due considering we visited the aquarium last year.
As a preparation for this visit, we began reading board books on aquatic life. We wanted to give our toddler a little glimpse into a marine world and familiarize him with the colorful sea world. We were glad we did that because he was able to name and recognize many of the marine animals in the aquarium.
- Touch Tank: When you enter the shark and ray touch tank at the entrance of the aquarium it feels like there is a party is going on. The surrounding tanks with beautiful little fishes fetch the color, the chirping children bring in the music and swimming stingrays fetch the movement. It felt festive, that Sunday afternoon. It might just delight a toddler to hold a starfish at the end of the sea exhibit. We actually returned to these touch tanks again and again during our visit. The staff is very friendly and always ready to answer your questions.
- Greet the Penguins: There were so many. You can spend hours watching them. At least we could. While a little child may not really understand the different species of them, he will enjoy watching them nevertheless. The penguins were quite active and seemed playful, some swimming around and some looking around on the rocks and occasionally letting out a loud call. We even made up stories like that penguin is this Penguins friend and they are planning to play hide-and-seek behind the rocks and so on.
- Introduce them to the animals in their books: Like the Penguins and octopuses. I remember hearing many kids mention Nemo that day whilst at the aquarium. I am sure they would marvel seeing the likes of their favorites in their natural self.
- Introduce them to the sea animals, not in their books: Like the piranhas, sea dragons, eels and many others. Not a storybook favorite, though, occasionally appearing here and there, they are bound to catch a little one’s attention. Especially the gigantic Anaconda and the electric eel. Try spotting the poison dart frog it camouflages itself so well and we were able to spot it only when it showed some movement. We spent considerable at these exhibits displayed at each level.
- Seals show: Watching the Seals and Sea Lions in action was the highlight of our trip to the aquarium. Adult or a young child you should not miss this sea lion training session.
- The Ocean Tank: This giant ocean tank is the star of the aquarium. A four-storied tank with a spiral walkway. Beautiful and exotic sea animals swim elegantly in a Carribean coral reef environment. Moray eels, barracuda, stingrays, sea turtles are among the more than 1000 inhabitants (belonging to over a dozen different species) of this tank. The star is the Myrtle, the sea turtle who has been in the aquarium since 1970. I am sure I don’t have to explain why toddlers would love this one.
- Divers: Every parent knows how much water play amuses toddlers. Splashing in the pool or pouring in the tub. But, watching someone dive into it and swimming along with the fish is a whole new experience! Make sure you point out how the diver has dressed appropriately for his task. Teach them the names of diving gear like snorkel, mask, air tank etc.
We really had a great time at the aquarium and are sure visit it again. We found it a great learning opportunity. Not just for the toddler but we learned a lot of about marine animals.
Here are a few pics!!