Cold, Wet, Dark Days - With some Fun Thrown in!
We have been taking a break from the
Vancouver Aquarium. For locals, the best deal is to get a
seasons pass and then go as much as you can. Once you are
sick of it, you take a year off. That said, it's been a hard
year for the Vancouver Aquarium - they lost two Belugas and their
False Killer Whale Chester. I was a little worried taking
the kids back because they spent so much time seeing Chester, but
they seemed to be okay with Chester no longer being there.
The kids definitely have their favorites - after realizing the
large whales aren't there any more (and it was too cold for the
penguins to come out) they went down to see the rays. The
kids had some good interactions. After that we went upstairs
and found facepaint with a short line so both kids got things on
A little different from normal - the kids
focused on some of the smaller tanks. Claira for some reason
really wanted to see sea horses so when we found the tank, she
spent some time following it. In the large hall, they had a
tank showing local eel grass. They had a great volunteer
there that added stories to the lives of the animals in the
tank. I was quite impressed with the Pacific Spiny
Lumpsucker (there is a lumpsucker in one of the kids books)
because it is so funny to watch swim around.
One of Claira's favorites is the bat
exhibit. For me, it's a fun photography challenge. I
have a new camera and it really does an amazing job with so little
The weather report may say "rain all
weekend", but sometimes you get gaps without rain. On a not
dry weekend we got a gap and went out for a ride. I had the
trail gator so I could tow Claira, but she enjoyed riding on her
own in parks and other safer spaces.
It was raining by the time we got
home. The kids made banana bread.
The boat show is a great January
activity for us. It's mostly inside (out of the rain) and is
very kid friendly. We try to be there when the doors open
and we go to the Kids Zone to do the kids activities. This
year, between the bouncy castle and the paddle boats, the kids
played for an hour and half. It's pretty guilt free too -
they bouncy castle was almost empty most of the time and the boats
never had a line up.
Both Nara and Claira are pretty
adapt at the paddle boats now. They tried to organize a race,
but the other kids (who are newbies) kept floating off course.
Last year we toured
about 3 boats and then the kids got bored. This year, we
toured for more than an hour. The kids discovered that many
boats have interesting spaces (cupboards, bathrooms, half height
bedrooms) and exploring can be a lot of fun. Claira wanted to
sit in every captain's seat.
The half height bedrooms were a big hit with the kids. They
aren't big so a less than full length bed is lots of fun.
Last but not least, we discovered
the small scale boats. Both girls really liked the catamaran
because it reminded them of Moana and the sales guy was fine with
them playing on it. The kids now want to take sailing class.
Tags: Vancouver Boat Show(13), Vancouver Aquarium(9), paddle boat(3), play gym(3), bouncy(3), face paint(2)
People: Claira(9), Nara(7)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2020 to 2005 > January 2018
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