Sunday, February 10, 2013

A Day at the Aquarium

We have a fantastic Aquarium in our city.  The girls love it and we love it. 


Unfortunately the ticket prices are steep and as a result we don't get to go nearly as often as we'd like.

So I was pretty excited when I recived a special ticket offer from BC Hydro as a thank you for being part of their Power Smart program.  Apparently we were one of their few customers that managed to reduce our energy use by more than 15% last year.  And the prize for doing that is half price tickets to the Aquarium along with early entry. 

Cha-ching...I was all over that offer like a cheap suit.

Of course - Murphy's Law struck again - and we were up most of the night before our early morning visit dealing with little T's 4th ear infection in 2 months. Poor peachie...

But we were determined not to let a sleepless night deter us from our goal.  So we were up and in the car by 8:15.  One stop at Tim Horton's for some badly needed caffeine and breakfast sandwiches and we were on our way downtown.

We had to park a little further away than usual due to roadwork and of course it started to rain as we were walking over and of course we had no umbrellas.  But what's a little rain to a Vancouverite right?


who needs an umbrella when you have a hood?

Being the Aquarium so early before the crowds was totally worth all the hassle of getting there. It was almost as though we had the whole place to ourselves...

Wearing nice bright colours so we can see them from anywhere!

Hello?  Girls?  I want to take a picture...
...finally...success!

And clearly the octopus is an early bird.  I was so excited because this was the most active I had ever seen him (her?).  I took about 20 pictures.  I wish I was exaggerating about that...




 
 


The girls were not nearly as impressed by him (her?) as I was...they moved on pretty quickly to check out the sharks and caymans.



 

 

After checking the awesome 4D movie...(you need a little attitude to pull off this look):


...it was on to the main attractions - the belugas and the penguins:





 

Before heading home we stopped at the gift shop to pick out some friends to bring home.  After much agonizing...M chose a penguin named Steveston and T picked a Sea Otter named Cutie. Welcome to the family guys...

All in all we had a fabulous time...enough to make me think about buying an annual pass. Just wish it came with the early entry as well...


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