It's always tough to find events and attractions that work for
kids of all ages. But there's one attraction that never fails to
thrill kids from toddlers to those hard-to-please teens:
I was reminded of this today when my
14-year-old daughter and I toured the Aquarium of the Pacific in
Long Beach, California. She was having just as much fun as the
toddlers who pressed their noses to the glass walls that held back
the tanks filled with the colorful coral and brightly colored
The aquarium is the reasonto visit The Pike in Long Beach. It's
a tourist attraction akin to Navy Pier in Chicago-one of those
places popular with tourists but you doubt any natives ever visit.
Long Beach natives might visit the Pike, however, to spend a day at
one of the coolest aquariums I've visited in years.
There were plenty of interactive things for kids to open, touch
and watch, lots of short video clips that only a parent would
recognize as educational and some of most interesting looking
fish I've ever seen, from the vibrantly colored tropical fish to
the creepy giant sea bass.
The first floor has a two-story high glass wall fish tank and a
scuba diver who jumps in to feed the fish by hand. Outdoors in the
shark pond where visitors can touch sharks and sting rays, although
the aquarium employees were having a very hard time convincing the
kids to touch with only two fingers ("Let's see you make rabbit
ears," she repeated over and over and over).
Cindy Richards is the travel writer for Chicago Parent and the
editor for www.TravelingMom.com.
Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with kids in tow. She also writes for TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor.
See more of Cindy's stories here.
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