As Dory says, “Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!”

As some of you may know, Alisha and I live in opposite ends of the country. Alisha on the Sunshine Coast, and me in Melbourne. So it’s been great to have her visit this week with her two little ones – mostly for work on sorella & me’s current production, but also to have some fun!

First stop was the Melbourne Aquarium.

Situated right in the middle of the CBD opposite Southbank, the Aquarium is a great 2 hour escape from the hustle of the city and a fantastic place for your children to explore and learn about the underwater world.

The King & Gentoo Penguin enclosure was pretty amazing. I’ve always been a little unsure about keeping animals in areas distinctly more artificial than their natural habitat, however it made more sense to me watching my niece and nephew get so excited at the sight of these incredible animals and learning about them – we were so close and it was fantastic to see them go about their day. The King Penguin is magestic and calm, the Gentoo’s full of energy and a little cheeky! What other chance would we ever have to see an animal that is only found in the antarctic?!  And they really did look pretty happy and healthy. It is currently nesting season so we were lucky to see them go about building and protecting their nests – just like they would in their natural environment.

King and Gentoo Penguins at the Melbourne Aquarium

Swim time for the Penguins!

There were sea horses, catfish, star fish, turtles, sharks, sting rays, and coral!

Shark!

Beautiful coral & tropical fishies

Talk to a Diver session

There are lots of scheduled sessions throughout the day including feeding times, educational talks, and Q & A with one of the divers (while he is under water!) – which the kids really loved. Check out the website’s ‘What’s on Today’ section to plan your visit.

We would definitely recommend a visit to the Aquarium when in Melbourne.

Open from 9.30am – 6pm daily

Child (4-15yrs, children under 4 yrs free): $21.50
Concession: $23.90
Family (2 adults & up to 2 children): $92.00
Single Family (1 adult & up to 2 children): $65.00
Additional Children: $16.00 per child

~ anna

Do you have a great activity for kids in your town you would recommend to visitors?

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