We were invited to the media opening for the Jellies Exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
I always had a fascination with sea jellies. They are so beautiful and if I had money I would put a giant fish tank filled with jellies in my home. At the Aquarium of the Pacific you can get up close to all the different kind of jellies. The ones pictured above are the Pacific Sea Nettles which are located in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The Aquarium of the Pacific currently has a web cam on these guys so you can get your kids excited about seeing them up close.
The Spotted Lagoon Jelly is my favorite. Yes it has no brain, but look their fashion sense! You will find these lovelies in the Tropical Pacific Gallery.
At the Marine Life Theatre there are daily shows where kids get to help the puppets answer questions about sea life. My little one really enjoyed this show and loved shouting out what he thought the answer was.
My toddlers favorite was the Moon Jellies. He loved how they glowed. While I had his attention and not jumping from one exhibit to the other I told him how the jellies had no heart, no brains, and no eyes. Then I told him that they lived here before dinosaurs!
Most of the exhibits were at my toddlers height which I was so thankful for. There was only two that I had to pick him up on the get a better view.
The best part is that the kids can touch the Jellies at the touch pool. Roll your kids sleeves up and remind them only use two fingers. My toddler had a hard time with this concept so I told him one finger and he got it.
Now some tips:
- If you are going during the school year, April through June are crowded with field trips.
- The best months are September and October during the school year.
- After 1pm the field trips are all done
- If you are there in the morning during the school year the Southern California/Baja Gallery is last stop for field trips.