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:
- Check our Preparing for Your Visit tips before you go!
- Please check your camera or phone as there is NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY allowed.
- If your kids wonder what they'll see, take a look at some videos of the sharks and rays at the aquarium.
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.
- Great printable coloring page that explains how trash in our neighborhood can reach the ocean and hurt marine life.
- 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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