Friday, May 23, 2014

Turtle Fest at SeaLife Aquarium

Get our of your shell and swim over to a turtully awesome event taking place through May 30th...

Turtle Fest at Sea Life Grapevine!



At Turtle Fest, you will learn about conservation through up close interactions with non-releasable endangered sea turtles.  You'll get to see the green sea turtles Hope and Boomer as well as a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle named Squirt.  Sea Life also welcomes their newest turtle, Eddie, a green sea turtle rescued in South Carolina.





* The kids will have fun with special turtle coloring activities where kids can post their pictures on a wall for everyone to see.


* Learn about conservation with Sea Life aquarists as they host daily Turtle Talks at 12:30 pm in the Turtle Rescue Center.

 
* See how these special creatures make their nests with a special turtle nest replica.

* Follow the special Turtle Fest scavenger hunt throughout the aquarium to find fun facts on conservation and sea turtles for a chance to win four tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas/Fort Worth.

* Take a "selfie" picture with a turtle and post it with #TurtleShellfieDFW on Facebook @sealifegrapevine or Twitter and Instagram @sealifegrpevine to win fun prizes.  The winners will be announced on the Sea Life website on Monday, June 2nd.


* Snap fun pictures with Tyler the Turtle


* Go through the turtle excluder and learn first-hand how this device helps a turtle escape when caught in a fisherman's net.

Once you've had lots of turtle fun, be sure to look around the rest of the aquarium.  There is so much to see and do here!

My kids' favorite exhibit at Sea Life are the touch tanks where they get to touch live creatures like these starfish.


Nicholas even got to touch a pencil anemone which gently wrapped its arms around his finger and held it like a pencil.


Even Stuart enjoyed the touch tanks.  He had never touched a live starfish before!


Starfish are just so beautiful to see but they stay so still that sometimes it is hard to believe that they are actually alive.


Rachel seemed the most fascinated by the giant hermit crab.

We were told not to touch him because of his pinchers but Rachel enjoyed watching him as he moved all around the tank.


There are several fun places where kids can peek through bubbles that actually put them right in the middle of an aquarium with fish swimming all around their heads!


Of course the sharks exhibits were a big hit with our kids (and adults!).



There are some fabulous interactive screens that teach about different kinds of sharks.  You can turn the shark around to see it from all sides and you can even play some shark games.

My favorite exhibit are the jellyfish.  They are so graceful to watch as they float across the tank.  They look like they are dancing a ballet.  It is easy to forget just how dangerous those whispy tentacles can be!



There are so many fascinating fish and creatures to see at the Sea Life and the aquariums are set up so that you really get a good view of everything.  It's almost like you are swimming around with them!




We all love the tunnel where you can watch creatures swim under your feet and over your head.  We always spend a lot of time here looking at the sharks and sting rays.


The lion fish is amazing to look at but their spiky fins are venomous and can cause numbness, dizziness, nausea in humans.  Rarely the venom can cause paralysis or even death.  An interesting creature but one you want to study from a distance.



Sea Life Grapevine is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway in the Grapevine Mills Mall.  Their hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 7:30 pm and Sunday 11:00 - 5:30 pm.  For more information or to order tickets, please visit the Sea Life Grapevine website.

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