Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in behalf of SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium. I was compensated for this partnership with an Ultimate Family Membership Pass, however, all opinions are my own.
In an attempt to stay sane while being at home with two kids everyday I’ve started doing some home preschool work with Easton.
This week we’ve been working on the letter S, so I thought a great way to help him visualize the words that start with S would be by showing him things that start with S (you’re undoubtedly thinking….uhh no duh?).
Anyway, we’re members of the SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium here in town so after Jake left for work I packed up the boys, turned on my new favorite Podcast, the Mormon Mompreneur Podcast, stopped by Sonic, and made the easy 25 minute drive (on which I managed to make a wrong turn and get lost because even though we’ve been to SeaQuest several times before I have literally no sense of direction at all).
Since it was a Saturday I was expecting it to be totally jam packed, however, it really wasn’t bad at all. The natural flow of traffic once you’re inside the aquarium moves people along quite nicely keeping it from feeling overcrowded.
We made it through the member’s only line in literally .5 seconds, which was awesome because who likes waiting in lines with 2 little kids? Not me.
Once inside, Easton was immediately drawn to the first exhibit filled with fish native to the Rainforest. One of my favorite parts of SeaQuest is that it’s motto is if you can reach it, you can touch it so I’m not constantly corralling my threenager trying to get him to please stop touching everything.
After a few minutes of fishy stare-downs and lots of “what’s that mom?” we made it about halfway to the next tank before Easton wanted to jump into the canoe that sits in the center of the first room. He loved it last week when we were there, and he loved it again this time.
Kids and canoes.
After several minutes we moved on to check out the piranhas, turtles, and lizards then headed to the next room to check out some ocean life. Easton was so excited to see the stingrays and sharks, but once we got there he was too afraid to stop and see them.
We bought tokens so we’d be able to feed them so I was a little bummed out that he was so nervous.
We decided to skip that tank and went on to the next room to see some lizards and tortoises. Easton liked them but wanted to see the big tortoise who was out of its area (more on that in a minute).
We wandered through the next room before going out to the playground area. It was nice to take a little break and sit down for a minute (since I was carrying Lincoln on the front of my body and my diaper bag backpack on my back) and it was good for Easton to run around and play.
And then…we found the tortoise.
He was outside by the playground with a worker. And Easton was just so excited to pet him.
After that we were good to go.
He went into the parakeet exhibit with no issues and sat right next to me holding out the food cup and trying to pet the birds as they landed on our hands and arms.
It was so much fun to try and get them to land. They’re so cute and little!
The next room had more sea life so we stopped and said hi to Dory and Nemo, and some funky looking eels. We even had our picture taken with a real live mermaid!
Outside of that room is the Boardwalk area where they have two more huge tanks of fish, tables and benches, a stand where they sell snacks, some water play tables, and a couple other awesome activities for kids. They also have animal shows, but today they didn’t have one going on (at least not while we were there). Easton was fascinated with the water tables and watched two girls as they made a little dam.
Since we still had three tokens left and I wasn’t quite sure he would want to feed anything else, we used two of our tokens to buy a cotton candy- which was delicious by the way.
We then returned to the room with the stingray/shark tank which is right off the Boardwalk. They have a neat little space built into the tank where you can get in and watch the fish swim around and over top of you. Easton thought that was really cool, and after a few minutes he decided he wanted to touch and feed them!
Can you say breakthrough of the day?!
He was a little grossed out by touching the food, but really liked touching the stingrays as they swam up along the side of the tank to say hi!
We stayed for a few minutes and finished feeding them before we headed to the final exhibit- the shark tank.
It was cool to see the sharks swimming around. They’re definitely not the big scary sharks though, so this tank is also open for touching. Most of the sharks hang out along the bottom or middle of the tank though, so you can’t really reach in a hand unless you wanted to take a swim (not advised).
After a fun filled afternoon at SeaQuest Easton was begging the whole ride home to go back again tomorrow and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.
As a matter of fact, several hours later while I’m typing this, Easton is sitting in the bath tub asking me all kinds of questions about the “Fish house” and mermaids, and if tomorrow we can go back and have more “coppin candy” (cotton candy).
Like I’ve said before this was not our first time coming. We’ve been three times in the past three weeks, and since we’re members we’ll probably be back all summer long. SeaQuest is a great place to bring kids, but I think it’s especially fun for younger kids.
Are you a tourist with kids looking for something to do in Las Vegas? Are you a Vegas local trying to beat the heat this? Are you just looking for somewhere to take your kids for a fun day?
Stop by SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium! You won’t be disappointed.