One of the last activity we did with the kids was visit Maui Ocean Center. We drove by it almost everyday so when we finally got to go there, it was the best.day.ever for them. First impression was that we were pleasantly surprised it was an outdoor aquarium. Second was it was smaller than the aquarium we have in Shedd Aquarium in Chicago BUT I love it that way. It’s THE perfect size for young kids. In Chicago, it’s so big and it’s always so packed, I feel like I can lose them in a blink of an eye. At Maui Ocean Center, if they run away and turn the corner, I’m not freaking out.
At Maui Ocean Center, all the marine animals are from Hawaii. Whereas other aquariums, they’re from around the world. They’re one of the few aquariums that has beautiful living corals. Twenty five percent of the fish there are found nowhere else in the world. How fascinating is that!
The kids have MANY favorites but I would have to say the feeding of the green sea turtles (they’re obsessed with turtles) at the Turtle Lagoon and the dive presentation. The kids got to see the biggest, smiliest stingray swim by and they screamed (even though they were told to keep quiet during the presentation) each and every time. When we first got to Hawaii, we taught them how to hang ten. When one of the divers swam by one of my boys and threw the shaka sign, their faves lit up and laughed. The best way to end that day was when the diver gave all the kids high fives from inside the tank. They were in absolute awe and couldn’t stop talking about it for days.
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