KC Edventures Guide for Ages 6-8

SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City

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Kids will enjoy exploring the many tunnels, passages and rooms at SEA LIFE Aquarium.  Watch sharks, stingrays and fish swim over your head.  Learn some fun fish facts, hold a sea star or horseshoe crab, and discover more than 5,000 sea creatures during your visit.

Before Your Visit:

Explore SEA LIFE in KC:

  • Kids this age will love the Quiz Game stations located throughout the aquarium - pick up a card before your tour at the front desk.
  • The first room you enter is called the Shoaling ring - it's a huge tank that surrounds you and the kids will love seeing the fish swim in a full circle.  Have them pick one fish and see if they can follow it around the room as it swims!
  • Don't miss the indoor waterfall!
  • Stop at the touch tank in the Harbor Room to hold a sea star, horseshoe crab or sea urchin. 
  • Make sure you stop and read the walls with the kids - there are fish facts in every room (some are very entertaining).
  • Enter the Shipwreck Room and you'll feel like you've walking right into a scene from the movie "Finding Nemo" - check out the bubble tank - crawl inside to see the fish.
  • Kids will want to spend some time in the Underwater Tunnel and next to the large sea tank as they watch the sharks and stingrays swim.
  • Stop by the jellyfish tank and watch them as they 'change colors'.
  • Find the tunnel behind tank in Stingray Bay and you should get a good view of the moray eels.  There's also a glass platform above the tank that you can stand on and see the fish swimming below.
  • Don't miss the Seahorse tank - they are cool creatures!  Read about seahorses to see if the mom or the dad seahorse has the babies!
  • Stop at the play zone and sand table - there's also another 'bubble tank' in the last room that kids can crawl into.

Learn More:

  • Great printable coloring page that explains how trash in our neighborhood can reach the ocean and hurt marine life.

Create Your Own Ocean-scape

  • Create your own Ocean-scape to learn more about habitats and ocean zones.
  • Books are always a great way to kids to expand on what they see - try some of these fun & informative reads: 

"The Magic School Bus On the Ocean Floor" by Joanna Cole takes the class on a trip through the ocean.  Kids will recognize a few friends from the aquarium, along with some new creatures too.

In "Wish for a Fish: All About Sea Creatures" by Bonnie Worth, kids will travel through the various ocean zones and meet some of the creatures that live in each area.

 

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    Additional Info

    • Nature & Animals: Ocean Animals, Wild/Exotic Animals
    • Science: The Environment