Sierra hitched a ride with Daddy on the walk in from the parking garage. Kaia was in a carrier on my back, but she fell asleep before we even got in to the aquarium.
We looked around a little bit, and then it was time for the dolphin and whale show, which Sierra loved. She was completely captivated, and afterward, she did a great impression of a dolphin. She squeaked like a dolphin and then scooted backward like a dolphin in the water.
One of my favorites was the penguins. We love watching them swim in and out of their under water cave.
There were some interactive exhibits where Sierra tried to match fake barnacle with their places in the water and she got to touch a real starfish in very cold water (Jason and I touched it, too!).
At about this time, Kaia finally woke up and she loved the otters. She was laughing out loud at them.
We headed downstairs to the coral reef exhibit and right at the entrance, there was a simulated wave pool, which Kaia was much less a fan of. The noise scared her, I think, but she did like looking at the fish.
While we were in the exhibit, two divers swam down to collect something from the tank.
Sierra really, really wanted to see the "Nemo fish." Success! There was also a giant clam, which was amazing to see, but there was very little light in that tank, so I couldn't get a picture of it.
After the aquarium, we had an afternoon "snack" of Chicago style hotdogs from one of those little vendor carts on the side of the road. Good stuff.
Then, we managed to get ourselves completely turned around trying to drive back to Kelley's house and the GPS had no idea where we were. Really. It makes me glad I don't have to drive in city traffic every day, but I'm so glad we got to experience this trip.