KC Edventures Guide for Ages 12-14

SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City

Watch stingrays 'fly' over your head, see sharks close-up along with more than 5,000 other sea animals at SEA LIFE Aquarium.  Your visit will take you through themed rooms that are home to seahorses, jellyfish, eels, and more.  Hold a sea star or horseshoe crab, or take some time to watch a scheduled feeding.  And learn about some amazing facts and conservation efforts!

Before Your Visit:

Explore SEA LIFE in KC:

  • If you want to learn about the animals, grab a Quiz card before you enter the aquarium.
  • The Shoaling Room hosts a tank with a 360 degree view of the fish.  There are about 1000 fish that will grow as they age so the tank will begin to look more crowded.
  • Learn about native fish from Missouri and Mississippi rivers in the Freshwater streams room, which also has an indoor waterfall.
  • Reading the walls as you tour the aquarium is a must - there are really interesting facts in every room.
  • You're never too old to experience a touch tank with sea stars, horseshoe crab and urchins - and you might be able to see the horseshoe crab eating lunch.
  • Watch the screen and read the boards to learn about sea turtle conservation efforts.  Talk to the Educational Specialists and they can tell you more about conservation.
  • Don't miss the barracuda as you enter the next area!
  • There are quite a few tanks in the Shipwreck Room - spend some time here crawling underneath and getting a magnified look at the fish.
  • One of the biggest draws in the Underwater Tunnel, along with the full-wall of glass around the corner.  Both areas have great viewing of the sharks and stingrays.
  • Did you know that jellyfish have no blood or brains?  Stop to consider what they are made of.
  • Stand on the glass platform over the tank in the Stingray Bay room and see the stingrays and eels swim below.  Ask the Education Spealist about the moray eels - you may have to look at the back of the tank to see them.
  • Don't forget to stop and see the seahorses.

Learn More:

  •  Visit Planet Ocean at Discovery Education to explore more about the ocean, barracudas, blue whales and more.

If your kids have yet to read a book by Carl Hiassen, introduce them to this environmentally-conscious author of the book "Flushed", a funny mystery about kids who uncover a the 'stink' on who's polluting local waters.


"Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers & Wetlands" by Cathryn Berger Kaye describes the issues that face our waters (such as runoff pollution and bottled water) and lists various projects teens can do to make an impact.


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Additional Info

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