Here we are at the beginning of our Monterey Bay Aquarium Homeschool Field Trip. The kids were great on the ride down, they had snack, and watched a DVD in the car and so the time went by quickly. They listened as we made our way through the parking garage, crossed streets, and made it inside the Aquarium to the Will Call window. What an incredible treat to get to go to this fantastic Aquarium for free! It was homeschooler's day and as soon as we walked in, somebody recognized the two big kids from their homeschool enrichment class last year.
I am so glad I braved it alone. We got our map and made a plan. There was very little discussion, we took turns deciding what we did next and we saw everything except the otters and penguins being fed (but we saw that last time with Bill.) We saw the seahorses and jelly fish, watched the Great White Shark presentation in the auditorium, played in the Splash zone, went outside a bit, and we got to see the huge octopuses.
My picture of the octopus didn't turn out very well - this is from the Monterey Bay Aquarium website.
While we were walking around we ran into some other homeschoolers we know who do the co-op run by the nuns at OLOP. It was hard not to miss all the nuns in their habits! They were a cute group!
We spent some money at the gift shop, but I didn't feel too bad since it was educational and a lovely memento of a great trip. The boys shared a weather station to build and record weather with, Sweet Pea picked an alphabet book about sea animals with a DVD, and we got a cute board book about Seahorses by Eric Carle for Baby M.