Love, Joleen: Georgia Aquarium and Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Georgia Aquarium and Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone

As you probably know, yesterday was the first day of Tot School for us. In my post with our 2015-2016 Tot School Themes I shared that this week our activities were based on an "under the sea" theme. I hadn't planned a field trip for the week but then my friend, Shawn, and her little boy, Croy, were over for our [somewhat] weekly playdate and mentioned Georgia Aquarium
I've had my membership to the Aquarium since March but for some reason hadn't shared it in my Atlanta City Guide yet! Tisk, tisk. I thought this was the perfect week to do that since we experienced many firsts while visiting this time!

We love the Aquarium and always have a wonderful time, but our visit a few weeks ago gave Benjamin an experience he's fond of remembering -- a "moment" with one of the divers, after a Q+A session. Ever since then Benjamin can't stop talking about and even painting divers and the aquarium in general.

Georgia Aquarium is the largest [aquarium] in the United States and is home to tens of thousands of animals, representing several hundred species, in 10 million gallons of [fresh and salt] water. It's incredible, really. 
In previous visits, the Aquarium had been under renovation and then I must never have noticed that it no longer was. Not totally surprising when you're running around with a two year old. We decided to skip the AT&T Dolphin Tales show this time because we were with younger friends and saw it just a few weeks ago. We were thrilled to happen upon Deepo's Undersea 3D Wondershow, which as the name suggests, was a 3D show with 4D effects. It's cute and short; great for the 2+ bunch in my opinion. 

Afterward we checked out the Aquanaut Adventure: A Discovery Zone! SO cool! Benjamin enjoyed it but I think elementary aged children would enjoy it even more. We didn't do the self-guided tour (using iPads they had available) and opted just to let the kids run walk  through and explore. Should you choose to do them, there are challenges set to "engage guests in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)-related activities." It definitely gave me that hands-on children's science center feeling, and I loved that!
My personal favorite experiences was this giant ice block and being able to see above the tanks. I had never seen the tanks from this perspective and it really gives you a feel for the magnitude of it. Benjamin loved it too and keeps telling us how "amazing!" it was.
If you live in Atlanta and haven't been or are planning to visit, I highly a visit to the Aquarium! P.S.- Do you see our boys running in front of us? Ha! #toddlerlife #momlife

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