We had the opportunity to visit the new turtle shelter exhibit at Crown Center’s Sea Life Aquarium last week. This large attraction is located at the south side of Crown Center Square at 25th and Grand Blvd. It shares a building with the Legoland exhibit. We parked in the main Crown Center parking garage and wandered aimlessly a bit before figuring out where it was and heading over. We were greeted warmly by the staff, they graciously offered to validate our parking, gave our daughter a turtle crown (which she loved) and they took our picture in front of a green screen. At the end of the experience you have the opportunity to purchase the picture which has a sea life background superimposed behind it. These small touches were very nice and create a more personal experience.
Our two-year old daughter really enjoyed what the aquarium had to offer. She especially enjoyed the interactive exhibit where she was able to touch sea urchins and starfish, and the tunnel which had stingrays and sharks swimming right above us. The sea turtles were the stars of the show. The staff had one out and about and allowed children and guests to take pictures with him. Our daughter was very interested but was too nervous to get very close by herself. She eventually agreed to take a picture with daddy a few feet away from the turtle. They also had a video which discussed the challenges and dangers that sea turtles face.
At the end of the exhibit was a surprise playground which our daughter enjoyed immensely. The playground was great in that it offered enough to do to entertain bigger kids, but also had padded stairs and a slide that were perfect for toddlers. Too often these types of playgrounds are either too difficult and dangerous for two year olds, or too boring and lame for six year olds, but this one found a good middle ground.
Finally there was the gift shop where you get to see your aforementioned green screen picture, and the other sea life related goodies that they have to offer. We bought a reasonably priced turtle necklace for our little one and she couldn’t have been more excited. It will be a nice reminder of a great experience.
Overall, the turtle shelter exhibit at the SeaLife Aquarium is a great option if you are seeking some indoor fun. I definitely recommend it for those summer days that are just too hot and miserable to spend outside. For more information on the new Turtle Shelter Exhibit, head on over to the Sea Life Aquarium website.
This article was written by mom blogger Holli Ann from It’s An Ordinary Blog. Pictures from this event can be found on the blog’s Facebook fan page. Connect with Holli via Facebook or Twitter for more posts about life, parenting, and adventures with a toddler.