The questionable weather deterred us from going to the beach with Grandma today, as originally planned. Instead, we decided to go check out the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Besides getting to spend quality time with grandma, there was a lot to enjoy at the aquarium. As soon as we arrived, we heard an announcement that the touch tank area was about to open. We followed the crowd to the back, where they opened up this neat little area where we got to touch sea urchins, starfish and sean anemones. Tuggy had a great time saying “sea anemone” over and over, since we had practiced it on the drive up to San Pedro.
Its not often that we get to spend some one on one time “exploring” with Grandma so today was a nice treat.
Tuggy was too scared to join us for a picture.
My camera is off to the Sony repair center in Texas, so unfortunately my cell phone camera wasn’t able to capture the vibrant colors of the starfish and the other touch tank creatures.
I had so much fun listening to Tuggy’s attempts at saying “sea anemone” … but I couldn’t get him to touch one.
Tuggy was all about exploring the tanks and displays inside the aquarium. Here, he is checking out one of the fish tanks with grandma.
Once we checked out the aquarium, we ventured outside and took some silly pictures.
After getting our sillies out with the fun photo ops outside, we went across the way to the Exploration Center. When you enter, you see this “crawl in” aquarium that takes you inside this tank with sea kelp above, and fish and other creatures all around. It was neat to see.
They also have an aquatic nursery, where they have shark eggs and other growing sea animals. They even have my favorite — jelly fish.
When we got done exploring what the aquarium had to offer, we took a short break outside where they have a playground for the kids, a picnic area, and a vendor selling hot dogs and other goodies. My favorite part was this sign.