Wednesday, November 18, 2015

S.E.A. aquarium

Brennan took the day off on Tuesday so we could check another item off of our Singapore bucket list- the aquarium. Aquariums seem a bit repetitive to me, I guess I don't truly appreciate the variation in different species of fish. But the kids didn't get bored at all and it's inside which means aircon so I won't complain. :) 

Outside the aquarium they have the maritime museum where they have part of huge boat and Declan basically thought he was at the zoo when he saw the fake rhinos and giraffes. He was pretty excited.

 What is it about looking at his little face down there, all in awe and wonder that just gets me? I love watching my kids learn and discover.
 Check out that hammerhead shark right behind them. That was Tatum's favorite, well besides Dory anyway.
 Having daddy around makes everything more of an adventure.

 Check out Dory right above Declan's head. There were lots of Dory fish in lots of different tanks and it was Tatum's favorite activity to try and spot them.

 He was pretty sure there was a mama fish in this tank and he was telling me all about it.
 Love Declan's little face in this one.

 This was their biggest aquatic window (I think that's what the guy called it). It was HUGE. And pretty awesome. We even came back through the aquarium to this point to eat our lunch after we had seen everything, because it was so neat.
 Making a jellyfish craft.
 This bad boy swam right above us in this quiet little atrium we found. Impressive capture, Brennan. :)

 Tatum has decided this is the best way to pose for almost every picture. Awesome...

 Octopus!! We had to fight quite a crowd to get a look at this guy.
 Sea snakes. I have never heard of such a think but they freaked me out at least as much as land snakes. Snakes are just gross. And creepy.
 We got to touch some starfish. Tatum loved it, Declan was done after one touch.

 They had this section where the floor was see through so you were walking right above sting rays. The kids were slightly terrified and it was hilarious. I kept making them walk on it just for my own entertainment. :) They would both do this little shuffle step the whole way like they had to make sure there was still glass there before every step. I tried to catch it on video but it was so dark in there it didn't turn out.

 Enjoying their lunch in front of the giant aquarium. They could have sat there forever I think. They never got bored.
 This guy did a little presentation while we were there and that was kind of fun. Tatum got a little sting ray toy for answering a question and it was funny to watch Declan ask the guy for one the rest of the time. He never heard or saw him but it was pretty cute to see him hold his hand out and say "want some, please? want some?"
 The manta ray. Apparently in the wild they can measure up to about 7 meters from wing tip to wing tip. So huge!
 Our failed attempt at capturing ourselves standing above the stingrays.

 It's probably a sign that you take too many pictures when your two year old starts to stop in front of things and say "take a picture please?". haha. That's what he did with this dinosaur.
 We told them to make a face like they were scared...
 The front side of the big ship.

The aquarium was definitely worth the visit. We did choose to go on Tuesday when they do 2 for 1 entries but there were a crazy number of school groups there. It kind of made me wonder if Tuesday is field trip day and that's why they do 2 for 1 for everyone else. It also bugged me that we couldn't very easily start at the end of the aquarium and do it backwards. It made it really difficult to try to keep either ahead or behind the school groups. We thought we were clever to go first thing but really I bet it's much less crowded in the late afternoon/evening. Also they have a tank for dolphins but you can never see them because they are a paid attraction at other parts of Resort World Sentosa. You can see that they are at the very top swimming around with people and trainers but that's it. I think it's sort of silly to have them as part of the aquarium at all. But really we had a great time and loved the aquarium!

 Since we went all the way down to Sentosa for the aquarium we decided to spend some time on the beach before going home. We have to soak in as much sun and heat as we can to get us through an Iowa winter.
 The castle builders.
 The castle.

 We finally convinced Declan he could play in the sand and the water wouldn't get him. But it still didn't last for long, he just wanted to be in the splash pad.

As we left the beach we saw that their animal encounters show was going on across the road. We decided to stop since we were right there and there was only about 15 minutes left of it anyway. The crowd wasn't huge and when the lady asked for a volunteer Tatum raised her hand! If you know Tatum very well, you know she is very shy and never raises her hand for things. Surprisingly she got picked. I don't think they realized just how young she was. Anyway, she got to hold a bird on her head! The only question she ever answered up there was "what is your name?" The rest of the time she was silent and never even nodded her head to answer a question. But the fact that she stayed up there the whole time and never ran back to her seat OR started crying is a BIG DEAL! It was a crazy proud moment for me. There is still hope that she won't turn out like me! Hallelujah!
We were talking to her about it as we walked to the train and Brennan asked her what she was thinking about while she was up there and if she was nervous to hold a bird on her head. Tatum said, "I couldn't understand what that lady was saying. I didn't know what was on my head and then they took it off and it was a bird!" So hilarious. It was a pretty fantastic way to end a great day.


  1. I am so I'm impressed Tatum went up onto the stage without you guys, She was so shy when you left!

  2. Yarg school groups! They're are seriously the worst! I sometimes take kids to things on random, middle of the week days on purpose thinking that the crowds will be small but there always ends up being tons of school groups! And they're so annoying! The aquarium looks awesome though. Those things are always more fun with kids, like you said. I love the video of Tatum with the bird. She doesn't even nod her head to answer questions, poor girl! Haha. I like how Brennan is trying to get her to talk. On a totally different subject, are you going back to Iowa City when you are done with Singapore?