Summer is upon us. And as a former nanny and new mommy I know what an exciting, special and sometimes terrifying time this can be.
How in the world are you going to occupy your little ones for an entire summer??
And better yet, how are you going to do it without wanting to throw yourself on the ground and let out a cry that would rival only the most evil of children, Caillou. (I’m sorry but I know I’m not alone here, that kid is kind of the devil.)
Let’s face it, there are adult-summer-activities, and there are children’s-summer-activites.
But then, somewhere in a Magical-World-of-Harry Potter-esque middle ground, there are a group of activities that both you AND your little ones will love to do. And I’m here to help you find them!! So I will post 1 activity per week in this little segment, to run through-out the summer.
Starting with one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITES.
While Reef and I were in Connecticut last month we were lucky enough to be able to go to the Mystic Aquarium with Grandma and one of my absolute best friends in the entire world Chyloe. (Our friendship is a totally crazy story, we met in California, ended up living together in Hawaii, and now she is living in my home state of Connecticut with her 3, very soon to be 4! beautiful children and her husband Matt, whom happens to be a pretty stand up individual if I do say so myself… but moving on)
Now some of the great things about the aquarium include, but are not limited to:
- Air Conditioning – Its a hot day, you want a cool place. While most aquariums do have some outside exhibits, I can just about guarantee you there are plenty of dark, cool, neon lit areas for you and the littles ones to explore that are a cool crisp temperature.
- There are plenty of them! I’m sure many people don’t even know that there is an aquarium within driving distance of them. And even if it’s a bit of a drive, that makes more of a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, stop somewhere neat to eat on the way, the internet is at your disposal!! There are over a hundred Aquariums in the United States! You can look for one closest to you right here.
- They are educational. Might as well sneak that in there too! There is such a serious importance in teaching our children about our oceans and all of the amazing creatures that live within them. They are the next generation, and we need them to help protect the oceans in order to keep this planet a-turnin’. If they start life with an early appreciation for what makes up 70% of this planet, it will help to ensure that they continue to grow with that appreciation. (I clearly have a soft spot for unda’ da’ sea… I did name my son Reef after all)
- And finally it is LITERALLY fun for all ages. Teeny tiny babies like my bub, all the way up to “adults” like me enjoy the aquarium. There is just something about watching this incredible colorful world under the surface that most people never get to experience that just draws everyone in. And yes, it is absolutely magical!
Now I will leave you with some pictures from our INCREDIBLE day at the aquarium. (Seriously, I had a conversation with a Beluga Whale and we became best friends… it was PERFECTION.)
Baby Reef in his Aquarium Outfit
Reef at Breakfast with Auntie Lori
Reef and Grandma with His New Buddy that She Bought Him. ( I had a beluga stuffed animal from this aquarium when I was a baby as well and thought that this was so special!)
Grandma with Peyton and the Penguins
My New Bestie the Beluga Whale!!
And Last But Not Least: My Beautiful Friend, Our Beautiful Babies, and Some Pretty Cute Candids 🙂
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