Last week we went to the Vancouver Aquarium with some wonderful friends. The kids had a wonderful time and have asked regularly to go back
It is one of those places where the kids have always loved, and as they get older, they find more and more things to be fascinated by. Last time we were there was 3 years ago, and Jaclyn wasn't really old enough to take notice of as much as she did this time, and David was only interested in certain areas last time. This time with a 5 and 6 year old, everywhere we looked was something incredible and new to explore. Jaclyn loved the giant turtle, and the feeling seemed to be mutual as the turtle stared at her for a few minutes from in his tank.
David was very excited to see some of the animals in the rain forest area, including the alligator. It was great to watch them explore the area and really start to process the different things about each animal and what their lives are like.
While there, we were able to watch some different shows, the first was a dolphin show highlighting training and caring for them and then a beluga whale show highlighting their needs (both of which the kids thoroughly enjoyed). At the end of the beluga show we got splashed because we were in the splash zone. David loved getting splashed and this became one of the highlights for him from the day. Jaclyn, on the other hand, was not as impressed with getting wet and decided she did not like beluga wales anymore. Since that day she has told me that she does like beluga whales but not getting splashed.
Jaclyn has told me she is now thinking about working at an aquarium as a trainer. Right now she wants to work with the dolphins so that it would be almost like she has a pet dolphin that she could teach to do tricks.
Both are so interested in all the different animals there and want to learn more. David has told me that he wants to keep asking questions because he wants to figure out everything...which is a great attitude that both of them share, but definitely forces us to do some quick research sometimes.