Earlier this week I heard that the new Penguin Encounter at our local aquarium was opening. Being the aquarium lover that I am, I was as excited as the kids to go. One day last week I had to work late and left a list on the kitchen counter that was titled: How to Earn A Trip to the Penguin Encounter This Weekend. Of course beneath the heading was a list of jobs that had to be done to go... Yup. I'm a mom first. And as you can tell, they earned the trip.
Watching the penguins
This one sat there moving nothing but his head almost the entire time we stood in front of the exhibit.
We loved to see them swim, then hop out of the water and land on their feet walking, all in one fluid motion.
The thrill of feeling the shock of an electric eel. It kept them entertained for at least 10 minutes.
They're trying to say, "We're so bored we're sleeping."
I did say this was an aquarium in a land-locked state, correct? If you walk through without stopping to look at anything, you could walk the entire building in under five minutes. We walked it several times. The highlights were petting the stingray and watching the penguins. This is a pretty big deal for Utah, and fun that we could see it less than 2 miles from our own home. It was a fun evening, worth the price of admission...in a land-locked state! (But you'd have to ask the kids if it was worth the extra jobs.)