Do you have some animal lovers in your family? It’s always wonderful to see your child's face light up when they see unique and larger-than-life creatures that they’ve only read about in books. Even more magical is a family trip to the aquarium. Watching all the colorful sea creatures swimming around in oversized tanks makes it feel like a deep sea adventure. Research shows that opportunities to touch marine life, giving kids hands-on experiences, spark learning and interest in nature and the environment. But at what age will kids actually get the best benefit from a visit to the local aquarium. Here are some things to consider and tips on getting the most out of your aquarium visit with your kids!
Any out-of-the-house excursion with a young toddler, usually ages 1-3 years, can seem daunting. So there’s always a stringent thought process on deciding where to take a toddler on a family adventure. Most parents or caregivers want to know if places will be kid-friendly, have changing facilities, or have stroller access. More often than not local aquariums are designed and geared to be kid friendly as possible! SeaQuest aquariums almost always have a play area or interactive games for little ones. This allows a break during the tour visit and kids can run around to burn off some energy. Taking your little tots to an aquarium can be a great decision for many reasons:
You may be a teacher looking for ideas on class field trips, or a parent with kids who fall into the student category, elementary or middle schoolers. If so, this is truly the best age range to take kids on a trip to the aquarium. This is the age where, to children, the world is still huge and full of wonder. They are old enough to listen to instructions, be genuinely interested in learning, and are able to endure the time or distance required at an aquarium.
For the older learners in your home or classroom, aquariums are a great way to introduce more complicated topics to explore. An in-person experience builds on critical thinking and improves problem-solving skills for tweens and high school-aged teens.
Truth be told, there is something at the aquarium for kids of all ages. A visit to your local aquarium can bring children and families together. The colorful marine life, bright sights, soothing sounds, and underwater journey creates conversations that lead to family bonding. If you live near an aquarium, it’s worth researching the cost of a yearly membership/ It could be a solid investment for your family, particularly if you are a family that loves to explore and adventure any day of the week! From the touch tanks to feeding animals, or even holding and petting some cute little fuzzy creatures, a family trip to the aquarium creates memories that last a lifetime.
SeaQuest is committed to protecting our world's oceans, wildlife, and endangered animals. We focus on how to be proactive in finding solutions. To learn how your family can purchase yearly memberships for fun family adventures, visit SeaQuest today or stop by any of the following locations: Utah, Las Vegas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Connecticut, Lynchburg, New Jersey, and Atlanta.