It's hard not to love a penguin-it must have
something to do with that tuxedoed look. Jan. 20 is Penguin
Awareness Day, and it's a great time to learn about penguins and
the threats they face, such as oil spills, warming ocean
temperatures and depleted food sources. We've got the perfect place
to spend the day:
Shedd Aquarium, where general admission is free on Jan. 20 to
Illinois residents. We talked to those experts for some ideas
to celebrate our penguin pals.
There's no easier way to celebrate penguins than to dress like
one. In lieu of a tuxedo, DIY a costume for your kiddos in basic
black and white. Or head to Shedd's Polar Play
Zone (there's reduced admission that day) to try on a costume
kids can wear while climbing rocks and sliding down slides.
A penguin feast is in order! Penguins eat a variety of seafood,
including squid. But not all seafood at the grocery store is
penguin friendly. Check out Shedd's website for the Right Bite wallet
card, an easy guide to buying fish caught or farmed using
environmentally friendly practices.
Penguins don't exactly tweet, but you can! Hit up @shedd_aquarium with
your penguin queries and an expert will tweet the answer. Visit Shedd's website to learn
which day will be penguin-focused.
Shedd has a 4-D theater,
which means you don't just watch a movie, you experience it through
all your senses. Planet Earth: From Pole to Pole explores the life
of polar creatures, including emperor penguins, with gusts of wind,
rain and a few other surprises. And it's only 15 minutes long,
perfect for a quick breather at the large aquarium.
At Shedd, you can come face-to-face with rockhopper and
Magellanic penguins in the habitats. And if you're feeling
especially adventurous, check out the 30-minute
Penguin Encounters, an opportunity to meet a penguin, touch its
feathers and learn about the birds from one of Shedd's trainers.
Penguin Encounters fill up quickly, so register early!