A trip to the nearest aquarium is a great place to observe some of nature's most amazing animals.
Here are 10 things you can do to make your visit more meaningful.
- Check the aquarium's website to find which animals live there. Choose a few favorites, then research habitats, food, behavior, etc. Be sure to locate your favorites in the aquarium.
- Bring a journal and a list of questions you'd like to answer while at the aquarium.
- Buy tickets on line to avoid long lines.
- See if the aquarium has a picnic area. Bring a lunch to save money and 'let the kids run off steam'.
- Teach your family to care for the environment while at lunch. Pack lunches in cloth bags or reusable containers instead of paper bags. Avoid adding to the landfill by using reusable food/drink containers, napkins, and utensils. Clean your area before leaving.
- Remind everyone to respect aquarium animals. Use a gentle touch in the discovery area and leave animals in the water. Avoid tapping exhibit glass.
- Encourage your child to observe the animals closely by asking inquiring questions. Why do you think the sharks haven't eaten all the little fish in the tank?
- Ask the aquarium guides to answer any questions you might have.
- Discuss your visit on the way home. Ask each person to tell one thing they learned at the aquarium and one animal they'd like to learn more about.
- Take pictures and make a scrap book after you get home.