Sunday, February 21, 2010

VIP status feels great even if they are giving it out to anybody.

The ever so lovely JennyMac ( a fellow Georgia based Blogger whom I adore) forwarded an invitation to me for Planet Shark Blogger Day at the Georgia Aquarium. That's right, Bloggers were offered free admission to the Georgia Aquarium to visit the new exhibition. I thought, why not, I'm a Blogger and Griffin always has a great time at the Aquarium. So, off we went to have a fun filled day of free entertainment. Hoo rah!

We hit all of the hot spots that a 5 year old boy would want to see as we let him map out our visit. First we visited the Otters who were so cute that I wanted to take one home with me in my diaper bag. Then, it was off to marvel at the Whale Shark over in the Ocean Voyager area. We freaked out when we saw "Dori fish" in the Tropical Diver tanks. The Georgia Aquarium really is a magical place for kids. Griffin always has an innocent and wide eyed look on his face the entire time. It makes it so worth having to elbow our way into each exhibit, trying our best to not start any fights with the growing crowds. You really have to claim your spot when at the Aquarium but you must do it with a pleasant smile.

Anyway, we decided to check out the Planet Shark exhibit. I knew from a press release that was e-mailed to me that each of Planet Shark: Predator or Prey’s multiple galleries is a chapter in the story of this remarkable animal and mankind’s fascination with it. Often maligned as a mindless killer, the exhibition will provide intriguing insight into shark behavior, explore the interesting connection between humans and sharks, and expose the real threat of extinction that certain shark species are facing. (Okay, I admit that I just cut and pasted that last bit from the press release but they said it SO much better than I could have).

The e-mail also warned "Mommy Bloggers" that the content of the exhibit may be frightening to children. Griffin told us that he REALLY wanted to go see it and that he swore up and down that he was feeling brave. So, in we all went into the mysterious galleries.

Griffin freaked his freak.
It was dark.
It was creepy.
It was about sharks and their sharp teeth.

Roger swooped up Griffin and breezed through the exhibit as I tried my hardest to engage him in the non scary stuff. The exhibits were very educational and had some amazing displays and as my two guys hurried through I found myself trailing behind them and shouting things like, "Oh lookie here, this is the jaw of a real shark! Isn't that cool?" In which Griffin would respond "Get me outta here Dad!" Needless to say, we got out of there pretty quickly.

I would defiantly go back to check it out without my child who was not quite as fearless as he thought he was. It seemed like a fascinating and well laid out exhibition. If I had been smart about it, I would have sent Roger and Griffin off to the amazing play structure over at Georgia Explorer area and I would have gone through it alone.

In the end, Griffin left with an Otter stuffed animal and before he passed out in the backseat on the drive home he announced "Today was the best day ever!" He was so right, despite the fact that we ran out of the Shark Exhibit, we had a great day at the Georgia Aquarium.


Danielle said...

I love going to the aquarium out here in Co. My daughter has been twice but was too young to remember. I need to go back.

KarmaPearl said...

I live in Chattanooga, and while we have an aquarium here I've been wanting to go to the Georgia Aquarium since it opened. I grew up in Chicago and have been to the Shedd a few times so I'm used to "large scale" aquariums. One day I'll make it down to ATL and see the GA Aquarium! I love sharks. They scare the hell out of me and fascinate me all at the same time.

Kristen said...

We were there too! I was so tickled to get free tickets (because free is exciting you know?) Unfortunatly the child didn't nap on the way to ATL like he should we had temper, and drama, and crabby boy. So we missed the exhibit (which from your post I guess was OK) and we left after an hour.
But he LOVED the sharks/stingrays...anything he could put his hands in LOL

Tracie said...

My youngest would have freaked out too. He won't even watch them feed the sharks at the Newport Aquarium.